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Alberto Gonzales on Immigration Reform

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Federal immigration control, including a pathway to "nationality" as a precursor to full citizenship, is discussed by co-authors Alberto R. Gonzales and David N. Strange.
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Alberto Gonzales’ Immigration Plan; Words; and Fraud

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Former U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales shares ideas for immigration reform that are both compassionate and conservative. Plus: a Keystone Pipeline debate ahead of the Senate vote; fortune-telling fraud in New York; an update on the Astoria Cove development project; and the Oxford English Dictionary announces its 2014 Word of the Year.

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To Catch a Fortune-Teller

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Whatever goes on in those storefront psychic rooms, it’s illegal, and some psychics have disappeared with thousands of dollars. How do you catch someone who's in the business of "magic?"
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Happy 50th Birthday, Verrazano Bridge

Monday, November 17, 2014

Gay Talese, journalist and author of The Bridge: The Building of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Bloomsbury USA, 2014), revisits the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on its 50th anniversary.

→Events:  Gay Talese will talk about The Bridge on 11/19 7PM at The Strand 828 Broadway ⋅ on 11/20 at 6:30 at the Museum of the City of New York ⋅ and on 11/22 at 4PM at the Barnes & Noble on Staten Island 2245 Richmond Street

Hear archival audio from the opening of the bridge 50 years ago:

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Should Soda Have a Warning Label?

Monday, November 17, 2014

A bill in Albany would warn consumers of sugary drinks: "Safety warning: drinking beverages with added sugar contributes to obesity, diabetes and tooth decay." Good idea?
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Chuck Todd Wants ‘Meet the Press’ to Sound More Like…Us

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chuck Todd, NBC News political director, the moderator of "Meet the Press" and the author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House (Little, Brown and Company, 2014), shares the up-close view of the president he got as a White House correspondent. Plus: his plans for "Meet the Press:" less like cable news, more like public radio.

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What Bill Keller Wants You To Know About Criminal Justice

Monday, November 17, 2014

The former executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, is now editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, a not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization covering the U.S. criminal justice system. He and Ken Armstrong, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter now on the team, discuss its first investigation published in The Washington Post this weekend. The report looks into why as many as 80 people have lost their chance at appeals after a 1996 law imposed new deadlines for inmates' cases. The piece is called "Lethal Mix: Lawyers' Mistakes, Unforgiving Law." Plus: The Marshall Project's exclusive Q & A with Eric Holder.

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Chuck Todd, Bill Keller; Gay Talese; Karim Camara & Young Jean Lee

Monday, November 17, 2014

Chuck Todd, the NBC News political director and “Meet the Press” moderator, shares stories of President Obama gleaned from his White House reporting. Plus: Bill Keller and Ken Armstrong launch The Marshall Project, a new non-profit news organization covering criminal justice; potential warning labels for soda; New Journalism pioneer Gay Talese on the 50th anniversary of the Verrazano Bridge; and playwright Young Jean Lee examines white male privilege in her new play “Straight White Men.” 

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The Problems of "Straight White Men"

Monday, November 17, 2014

Young Jean Lee, playwright, director and artistic director of Young Jean Lee's Theater Company (motto: destroy the audience), discusses her new play in which a father and his adult sons gather to celebrate Christmas and end up facing the question of how to live a moral life in the face of privileges granted to "Straight White Men."

⇒"Straight White Men" opens officially today and plays through December 7 at The Public Theater

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BL Weekend: The 'Rosewater' Story; John McCain; Mind-Changing Books

Friday, November 14, 2014

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

The Man Behind Rosewater, Maziar Bahari (First) | Senator John McCain on Veterans and ISIS (Starts at 25:30) | Stephanie Coontz and Isabel Wilkerson on Books That Changed Your Mind (Starts at 56:00)

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What We Learned From 'The Death of Klinghoffer'

Friday, November 14, 2014

Operas rarely make headlines, but most don't jump into the world's most divisive issues. As Klinghoffer's run at the Met ends, we ask critics and the show's creators if it succeeded. 
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An Immigration Executive Order, Without Congress

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sources say the President is planning on signing an executive order on immigration as early as next week. We'll hear what's in it and what it means for a future immigration bill.
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The End of the Amazon-Hachette Dispute

Friday, November 14, 2014

Amazon and Hachette have finally reached an agreement after a months-long - and highly publicized - dispute over contracts and pricing. The two companies will resume business, with Hachette setting the prices of its e-books starting in 2015. Brian Stelter, CNN's senior media correspondent and host of CNN's Reliable Sources, explains the terms of the agreement as well as what it means for future dealings between Amazon and publishers.

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The Death of Klinghoffer; Hachette & Amazon Settle

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Metropolitan Opera’s production of “The Death of Klinghoffer” has been both praised and boycotted. The creators (including director Tom Morris, librettist Alice Goodman and Met General Manager Peter Gelb) and the critics weigh in. Plus: Hachette and Amazon have finally struck a deal. CNN’s Brian Stelter discusses the bitter, public dispute and its resolution; and President Obama may sign an executive order on immigration next week - saving about five million people from deportation. 

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What You Need to Know About Obamacare 2.0

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Open enrollment for year two of the Affordable Care Act starts Sunday. Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at Community Service Society and the co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, and Kai Wright, a fellow of the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute, answer your questions about the Affordable Care Act healthcare exchanges.

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Christie, Pigs, and Politics

Thursday, November 13, 2014

A NJ animal welfare bill that would improve living conditions for pregnant pigs has received overwhelming in-state support. But why hasn't Governor Chris Christie signed the bill?
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Books That Changed My Mind: History

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Isabel Wilkerson (The Warmth of Other Suns) and Stephanie Coontz (The Way We Never Were) talk about their mind-changing books.
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Academic or Freedom?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Stanley Fish, professor of Law and the Humanities in the College of Law at Florida International University, talks about the issues raised in his new book.
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Books That Changed My Mind: The List

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The books that changed Brian Lehrer Show listeners' minds.
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Share Your "Partyism" Stories

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Discrimination based on your political views? Could a person's "partyism" cause discrimination at work? Has it ever happened to you? Listeners: call in and share your stories.
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