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This edition: Christmas in depth; de Blasio's first year

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 22, 2014.

First aired: December 24, 2014.

First, Christmas: it's celebrated differently around the world. You say Santa, I say Krampus. And controversy is nothing new for the most magical time of the year. Brian talks to Tara Moore, author of Christmas: the Sacred to Santa.

Then, 2014 was Bill de Blasio's first year as mayor. The year wound down with protests over race relations and police conduct. But also more jobs and a state surplus. For perspective on the young administration looking back and forward, Brian talks to Greg David, director of the Business and Economic Reporting program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and contributor at Crain's New York Business.

Next, racial motives are difficult to prove in court - and aren't always intended, but the psychology of race perception can be studied and intervened with, according to a recently released report from the Perception Institute. Seton Hall Law Professor Rachel Godsil, author of "Addressing Implicit Bias, Racial Anxiety, and Stereotype Threat in Education and Health Care."

Finally, New York roots. A newly digitized trove of early Dutch ordinances from 1647 to 1661 provides a glimpse into the raucous beginnings of our city. To discuss some history and the archives, Pauline Toole, commissioner of the Department of Records and Information Services and Michael Lorenzini, deputy director of municipal archives.

Guest List

Greg David Director of Business and Economics Reporting, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

Rachel D. Godsil Professor, Seton Hall University Law School

Michael Lorenzini Commissioner, New York City Municipal Archives

Tara Moore Author, Instructor in writing, “Christmas: the Sacred to Santa”; Penn State University York

Pauline Toole Commissioner, Department of Records and Info Services (DoRIS)