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Gillian Anderson; Raffi; and "The Daily Show's" Aasif Mandvi

"Daily Show" correspondent Aasif Mandvi; X-Files actress turned sci-fi novelist Gillian Anderson; Jeff Chang explores race in America; Raffi; and data-tracking lessons.
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How to Deal with Our Frustrating Airports

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Businessweek recently ranked the "most frustrating airports" and LaGuardia, JFK and Newark were in the top five. Here are some hacks to make holiday travel less painful.
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The Grave Mishandling of Campus Rape

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

News of a brutal rape at the University of Virginia has led to a temporary suspension of all fraternities. But will curbing frat life put a stop to sexual assault?
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When Politics Divide, Can Culture Unite?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Facebook data say political leanings influence what culture we like. Tell us what cultural touchstones you can actually agree on with friends and relatives across the political aisle.
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NYPD and NYCHA

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Last week's fatal shooting of Akai Gurley by a police officer has put an extra spotlight on whether or not NYPD training needs to be changed.
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Police Shootings; Political Divisions; Airport Hacks

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

After a man was shot and killed by a police officer in the stairwell of an East New York NYCHA building last week, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams talks about whether police training needs to change. Plus: a look at whether closing frats will lower sexual assault rates on college campuses; the rise of the military-Internet complex; culture that unites the politically divided; and Bloomberg Businessweek recently put LaGuardia, Kennedy and Newark Airports at the top of its airport frustration index – on this very busy travel day we’ll take your hacks on how to make the best of bad (airport) situations. 

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The Hidden Cyberwar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Senior correspondent at The Daily Beast and author, Shane Harris, talks about how the U.S. military, hackers and tech firms are already involved with the battle of the cyberspace.
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Books That Changed My Mind: Novel Takes on America

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Did a novel you read in school change your mind about the world and your place in it?  Writers Azar Nafisi and Jacqueline Woodson talk about finding themselves in fiction.
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New Jersey Pensions Change

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Bob Grady resigned as NJ State Pension Fund overseer. David Sirota and Dan Primack discuss why.
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Why The Ferguson Grand Jury Didn't Indict

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grand juries usually get just a sliver of the evidence in a case, but this one heard conflicting testimonies from so many witnesses that an indictment seemed increasingly out of reach. 
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The Ferguson Grand Jury Doesn't Indict; Alec Baldwin & Ira Glass

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The grand jury in Ferguson has decided not to indict. Legal analyst Jami Floyd looks at the evidence, and reporter Kenya Vaughn is on the scene in Ferguson. Plus: Alec Baldwin interviews “This American Life” host Ira Glass for episode one of the new season of Here's The Thing; the new racial demographics of America; the politics of changes to New Jersey’s pension fund; and authors Azar Nafisi and Jacqueline Woodson discuss books that changed their minds as listeners nominate their local libraries for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. 

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New America

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

William Frey shares the good news about diversity and the globailized, multiracial country the United States is becoming.
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Ira and Alec, In Conversation

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For the return of Here's The Thing, Alec Baldwin thought, who better to have as a guest than Ira Glass, the Taylor Swift of public radio podcasts?
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Books That Changed My Mind: Brian Lehrer and Guests

Monday, November 24, 2014

Find out what books changed the minds of Brian Lehrer and guests.
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What to Make of the Allegations Against Bill Cosby

Monday, November 24, 2014

More than 18 women have come forward with stories of sexual abuse or inappropriate behavior by Bill Cosby.  Roxane Gay, associate professor at Purdue University and author of Bad Feminist: Essays (Harper Perennial), discusses her own reactions, how to understand Cosby's actions in the context of his work and takes your calls.

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Hagel to Resign, and Iran Talks Deadline Day

Monday, November 24, 2014

President Obama is expected to announce Defense Secretary Hagel's resignation this morning. Fred Kaplan and David Sanger discuss the latest on the announcement and who might take Hagel's place. Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon and Schuster, 2013), and David Sangernational security correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), also offer analysis on deadline day for the Iran nuclear talks.  

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High-End Modesty

Monday, November 24, 2014

Trendy, Hasidic and fashion aren't words you typically hear together, but clothing company Mimu Maxi promotes fashionable, modest clothing that women of various religions are embracing.
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Different Deadlines; Different Cultures

Monday, November 24, 2014

The deadline to choose a high school in New York City is rapidly approaching. Author and Seton Hall professor Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj explains how it’s extra difficult for immigrant families to navigate the process. Plus: it’s deadline day for a nuclear deal in Iran; and a modest fashion line owned by two Orthodox Jewish women from Crown Heights is bringing together people from different religious and cultural backgrounds.

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Monday Morning Local Politics

Monday, November 24, 2014

WNYC political reporter Brigid Bergin discusses local political news, including the racial divide in Mayor de Blasio's approval rating from the latest Quinnipiac poll.

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Fending for Yourself and High School Choice

Monday, November 24, 2014

The deadline to choose a high school is December 2. For immigrant students, this process can reinforce the inequities it seeks to solve.
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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Gay Talese; Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee; Anne Lamott

Friday, November 21, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Gay Talese Wishes the Verrazano a Happy 50th (First) | The Liberian Nobel Prize Winner Leymah Gbowee (Starts at 19:50) | Author Anne Lamott (Starts at 34:25)

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