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This edition: Yelp For Ex-Offenders

Episode Details

Original tape date: February 9, 2015.

First aired: February 18, 2015.

First, most U.S. prisoners who are released are rearrested within five years, according to the National Institute of Justice. This can be attributed to a lacking connection to key resources for help out of this cycle. Now, there's an app for that, called "Angel's List". To discuss, Angel's List founder and Fellow at the Halcyon Incubator, Brian Ferguson.

Then, a controversial Business Improvement District proposed along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights and Corona, Queens, has residents worried about gentrification as a side effect. Now, urban ecologies graduated students at Parson The New School of Design have come up with an alternative to the plan. To discuss, lecturer Quilian Riano, and student Mateo Fernandez-Muro.

Next, a group of transit advocates has a vision that would turn the length of 42nd Street in Midtown into a car-free pedestrian strip with an above-ground light-rail instead of buses. We'll see what this could look like with designs from the top winners of a recent competition in Architect Magazine. To explain, chair of Vision 42, Roxanne Warren, and architectural and design consultant, Peter Brassard.

And finally, in our Public Intellectual segment, a large study with experiments in six countries takes a fresh look at micro-credit, or small loans designed to help those in impoverished neighborhoods. The study advanced the growing notion that micro-loans are not the magic bullet they have been touted as but do some good. To discuss, lead author Abhijit Banerjee, the Ford Foundation International Professor of Economics at MIT and director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.

Guest List

Abhijit Banerjee Director, Professor, Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, MIT

Peter Brassard Architectural and Design Consultant

Brian Ferguson Fellow, Halcyon Incubator

Mateo Fernandez-Muro Student, Parsons The New School of Design

Quilian Riano Lecturer, Parsons The New School of Design

Roxanne Warren Chair, Vision 42

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