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Tuesday, February 9

Should New Jersey take over Atlantic City?

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Hour 1

Guests: Don Guardian, Betty Lewis, Steve Sweeny

New Jersey has been grappling with how to improve the conditions in struggling Atlantic City for a long time. Persistent crime, declining tourism revenue, and casino closures have all contributed its troubles. Many ideas have been floated to revitalize Atlantic City, with the latest being a bill in the state legislature that would have the state take over city operations. Today on Radio Times, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the state assuming control over Atlantic City. First, we’ll talk with Mayor DON GUARDIAN to get his perspective on the prospect. We’ll then speak with president of the Atlantic City branch of the NAACP, BETTY LEWIS, to hear why she is against the bill. Finally, we’ll talk with State Senate president, STEVE SWEENEY, about why he introduced the bill into the legislature.

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Long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad

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Hour 2

Guest: Diana Nyad

In 2013 at the age of 64, DIANA NYAD swam 110 miles from Cuba to Florida, becoming the first person to complete it without the aid of a shark cage. This was her fifth attempt at the challenge. She swam for fifty-three hours, fighting powerful currents, nausea, dehydration, and toxic jellyfish. Nyad, who is also a journalist, recounts her historic swim and how events in her life shaped her competitive drive and her obsession in a new memoir, Find a Way. She comes in today to talk with Marty about it.

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