September 24, 2012 Public health considerations alone are not enough to justify banning the sale of large containers of soda. Commentator Alva Noë argues that the question at hand is one of the values we hold, not healthcare costs.
September 16, 2012 The new ban on the sale of soft drinks in large containers in New York City is arbitrary and insulting, argues commentator and philosopher Alva Noë. He says that "just because something is bad, that doesn't mean you should ban it."
September 13, 2012 People are taking the New York City's proposed big soda ban to heart because it goes after our food. And cultural anthropologists say we have strong attachments to what we consider food — and we don't like it taken away.
September 11, 2012 On today's show, we have four short Planet Money stories.
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September 2, 2012 Historians and museum curators have chosen 50 objects that tell the long history of New York City; to an anthropologist's eye, they've done a superb job of emphasizing the importance of material culture in human life.
One of the blocked off streets near the scene of today's shooting outside the Empire State Building.
August 24, 2012 The incident outside the landmark building ended with the gunman's death. Nine other people were injured, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
President Obama turned a planned campaign speech in Fort Myers, Fla., into a brief statement about the shooting rampage. He asked the audience to join him in a moment of silence for the victims.
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July 20, 2012 The shootings of dozens at a Colorado movie theater led the presidential campaigns to tear up their scripts for Friday and beyond. President Obama cut short a campaign trip to Florida as his campaign and that of Republican Mitt Romney halted ads in Colorado and canceled some appearances.
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The Bronx has lagged as the rest of New York City has boomed.
July 10, 2012 New York City has been on a tear since the 1970s, but one of its five boroughs hasn't kept up: the Bronx. Pittsburgh may hold some answers.
June 1, 2012 New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to ban nearly all sales of big, sugary drinks. What else should be put on his target list? Serious and not-so-serious suggestions are welcome.
Bloomberg's got his sights on these.
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May 31, 2012 New York City's mayor wants to block sales of sugary drinks larger than 16 fluid ounces. It's his latest idea about making his city healthier. Is it a good one?
May 25, 2012 The disappearance of Etan Patz from a New York City street 33 years ago was a cultural turning point for children and their parents, according to commentator Alva Noë. It was also frightening point in time for Noë and the other kids living Patz' neighborhood
Etan Patz, and the "lost child" poster issued after his 1979 disappearance.
May 24, 2012 But news reports also say police have not been able to corroborate his story. Still, he may help solve the 33-year-old mystery. Patz's was one of the first missing children cases to gain national attention.
May 11, 2012 New video work by Austrian artist Hans Schabus brings out the deep links between making art and being human.
April 27, 2012 On today's show, the key to succeeding in the food truck business: the perfect parking spot.
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Riding atop a 747 shuttle carrier aircraft, the space shuttle Enterprise flew past the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor today.
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April 27, 2012 Carried atop a jumbo jet, the Enterprise flew from Northern Virginia to New York City today. It passed low over the city's five boroughs.
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