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Can NYC Eliminate Sidewalk Trash Bags? Councilmember Bottcher Wants to Try.
The majority of the New York City Council members are new and are part of a class that is the most diverse and progressive in city history. Over the next year Brian Lehrer will get to know all 51 members.
This week, Councilmember Erik Bottcher talked about his priorities for District 3 (which covers Greenwich Village, Chelsea, Hell’s Kitchen, Flatiron, Hudson Square, Times Square, the Theater District, the Garment District and Columbus Circle), like the need for more robust mental health services, and why he's "had it" with the way New York City deals with trash.
Businesses: What’s the Most Unfair Fine You've Received From the City?
Eric Adams is asking heads of city agencies to review the fines they issue business and offer recommendations on how to reform the penalty system. Business owners call-in with their stories about the most unfair fine they've received from the city.
Global Risk Assessment
Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZero Media and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018) and the forthcoming The Power of Crisis: How Three Threats – and Our Response – Will Change the World (Simon & Schuster, 2022), offers his analysis of the biggest geopolitical risks likely to play out in 2022.
Covid, climate and Chinese economic policy flow through the list with wide-ranging impact on global supply chains, mounting debt and a disconnect between energy demand and politics. Plus, tension between Russia and western NATO allies through Ukraine, the challenge of regulating big tech, corporations losing the culture wars and how it all affects the upcoming midterm elections in the United States.
Trump's Midterm Strategy
Meridith McGraw, national political correspondent for Politico, talks about how Donald Trump is charting out his midterm strategy, from holding more rallies to monitoring key Senate races.
MLK Day: Schomburg Center's Director Joy Bivins
Joy Bivins, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, talks about first year leading the Center, also to catch the final week of their Subversion & The Art of Slavery Abolition exhibition and discusses the collection originated by Arturo Schomburg with it's value in teaching Black history.
When Did You First ‘See Yourself’ in a Book?
Building off what Jacqueline Woodson said about her work against the absence of stories about people of color like her, listeners call in to share the first time they saw themselves reflected in literature or a piece of pop culture.