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When Totally Free Speech Isn't Actually That Free

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Even as French leaders have spoken out in defense of free speech and in support of the satirical publication Charlie Hebdo, a French comic has been arrested for hate speech. 
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How Vision Zero Changed Your Intersection

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The city has redesigned 50 dangerous streets and intersections in the last year as part of the Vision Zero program. We check in on how they changed and the program's first year.
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The State of the Union, When Obama's Popularity Was at Its Peak

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Our preview of President Obama's first State of the Union speech in 2009 pointed out something familiar—then, like today, the president was more popular than his economic policies. 
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The Limits Of: Free Speech; #SOTU2015; This Planet

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The State of the Union is tonight. Plus: one man looks for his childhood bully; last year was the planet's hottest on record; how the US and France defend free speech differently. 
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Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rep. Charles Rangel and co-host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry were among those who joined Brian for his annual MLK Day celebration at the Apollo Theater. Hear excerpts from the event.
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Everything Is Stratified

Monday, January 19, 2015

America's class divide is so large it needs it's own poster. And even then, this one is abbreviated. We go through a graphic depicting income and education level inequality.
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How Bad Are The Knicks?

Monday, January 19, 2015

So bad. They're 5-36 this season, with 16 straight losses. How are Knicks fans coping?
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MLK's Voting Rights Legacy; America's Strata

Monday, January 19, 2015

We play excerpts from WNYC's MLK celebration at the Apollo, with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and other special guests. Plus: a close look at America's social stratification. 
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BL Weekend: The Popular #NYCID; Real Estate; Is Amazon A Reader's Friend?

Friday, January 16, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.
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Selma's 'Timeliness and Timelessness'

Friday, January 16, 2015

For copyright reasons, 'Selma' doesn't use MLK's exact words or speeches. So we asked a movie critic and a historian about how the film handles present and past context.
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Nigeria's Paradox: Africa's Highest GDP and Deadliest Terrorists

Friday, January 16, 2015

As details emerge about Nigeria's fight against Boko Haram, we spoke with one man who's returning to neighboring Niger to prevent students from being recruited by the terrorist group.
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Poll: NYers Think Pat Lynch Went Too Far

Friday, January 16, 2015

A poll out today shows PBA President Pat Lynch has an 18 percent approval rating among New Yorkers, and most think he went too far in his statements about the mayor. 
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How Would You Describe This Skinny Building?

Friday, January 16, 2015

432 Park will be the tallest residential tower in the Western Hemisphere, at 96 stories high. So how would you describe it? Toothpick? Middle finger? What else?
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Selma's History; NY's Surplus; Admission's Merit; Nigeria's Paradox

Friday, January 16, 2015

NYS has a big budget surplus. We'll hear about ideas for spending it. Plus: "Selma" and history; Nigeria has Africa's highest GDP and a serious terrorism problem; standardized testing.
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Standardized Testing Isn't Right For College Admissions

Friday, January 16, 2015

Our guest says higher education is like a "testocracy" because it relies too much on SATs and other exams. Instead, she argues, institutions should use "democratic merit."
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Five Things to Know About NYC's Ultra-Popular ID Cards

Thursday, January 15, 2015

So many people want a municipal ID that there's now a wait to get one. We hear from two city commissioners on the ID's benefits - including free access to 33 cultural institutions.
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A Day in a Nonemployed Life

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A recent Upshot article from the NY Times compared how "non-employed" men and women spend their days: men watched more TV, women socialize more. How do you spend your non-employed days?
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Is Amazon Good, Or Evil? A Debate

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Amazon accounts for 41 percent of all new book sales. But is the company a reader's friend? We tackle the question in this preview to this Intelligence Squared debate.
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How Gang Affiliates Wound Up Hired as Jail Guards

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In the last year, the Department of Investigation has arrested or referred for discipline 23 Rikers staff members. Commissioner Mark Peters explains what's wrong with the system.
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When Good People Kill

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Those who commit violent acts often justify them as moral. Two authors explain how a sense of right and wrong, however misguided, are at the core of violence.
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