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This edition: Getting Closer at the Company Party

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 16, 2013.

First aired: December 18, 2013.

First up: Bill deBlasio has pledged to quickly ban horse-drawn carriages from the city. Brian examines the new power politics of animal rights and the ethics of putting an age-old business out to pasture. In the studio are animal advocates Allie Feldman, executive director of New Yorkers for Clean Livable and Safe Streets (NYCLASS), and Wendy Kelman-Neu, CEO of the Hugo Neu Corporation which supports sustainable projects. Later in the segment, Brian hears from a carriage operator on the other side of the debate. Christina Hansen is a spokesperson for the Horse & Carriage Association of New York City.

Next, the legal battle over unpaid internships. We’ll meet the young man who sued “Fox Searchlight Pictures”, demanding pay for his work on the film “Black Swan.“ Joining Brian in our New York studio, intern rights lawyer Maurice Pianko. Connecting to the show via Skype, the Economic Policy Institute's Ross Eisenbrey, and Eric Glatt, plaintiff in the infamous "black swan" intern rights case.

Then, in our regular Public Intellectual segment, where we feature new research with the power to change our minds and public policy, we’ll hear how the holiday office party might actually reinforce, rather than heal, the racial divide. Columbia University business professor Katherine Phillips has co-authored a study of the issue in a paper called: "Getting Closer at the Company Party: Integration Experiences, Racial Dissimilarity, and Workplace Relationships”.

And, finally, Brian sits down with Edgadget executive editor Marc Perton to ponder a wide assortment of high-tech gifts that just might unclog any last-minute bouts of gift-buyer's block.

Guest List

Ross Eisenbrey Vice President, Economic Policy Institute

Allie Feldman Executive Director, New Yorkers for Clean Livable And Safe Streets

Eric Glatt Intern Rights Activist, Plaintiff, Glatt v. Fox Searchlight Pictures Inc.

Christina Hansen NYC Carriage Horse Operator, Horse and Carriage Association of NYC

Wendy Kelman Neu Animal advocate, Chairman and CEO, Hugo Neu Group

Stephen Malone NYC Carriage Horse Operator, Horse and Carriage Association of NYC

Marc Perton Executive Editor, Engadget

Katherine Phillips Professor, Study Co-Author, Columbia University Business School

Maurice Pianko, Esq. Attorney, Pianko Law Group PLLC

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