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This edition: Nepal Earthquake Relief; TPP debate

Episode Details

Original tape date: April 28, 2015.

First aired: April 29, 2015.

First, more than 4800 people are reported dead from the earthquake in Nepal. Here in New York, the Nepalese population of nearly 5,000, centered in Queens, is trying to connect with back home and raise funds for disaster relief. To discuss the situation and how to help, is Luna Ranjit, the executive director of Adhikaar, a Woodside, Queens-based organization that assists the Nepali speaking immigrant community.

Then, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe is in Washington, largely to discuss the major treaty of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12 nation alliance seeking to lift international trade barriers. But the deal is highly controversial, dividing President Obama from members of his own party such as senators Elizabeth Warren and Chuck Schumer. To debate this, and "fast-track authority", is Zephyr Teachout, author of "Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United", and William Reinsch, president of the National Foreign Trade Council.

Next, East New York is at the cusp of Mayor de Blasio's plan to rezone parts of the city to expand affordable housing. But before the city takes steps to revitalize the Brooklyn neighborhood, local activists are taking strides to make sure residents benefit from the changes to come. Using empty lots for incubators, "(re)New Lots" is a program designed to empower Brooklyn small businesses and artists to reflect the character of East New York. To explain, Catherine Green, founder of Arts East New York.

Next, for Public Intellectual, a new study finds that corporations have increasingly cited the first amendment in lawsuits. To explain, professor of law and economics at Harvard, John Coates.

Then, it's spring in New York and that means there's one thing to do: go birding. To give us a virtual tour of the birds that concentrate in Central Park, Paul Sweet, ornithologist at the American Museum of Natural History.

Guest List

John Coates Professor of Law & Economics, Harvard University

Catherine Green Founder, ARTs East New York

Luna Ranjit Executive Director, Adhikaar

William Reinsch President, National Foreign Trade Council

Paul Sweet Ornithologist, American Museum of Natural History

Zephyr Teachout Associate Professor of Law, Fordham Law School

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