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Raining on the Parade

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Four years ago author Kevin Baker spent inauguration day out on the streets of Washington DC in protest. This year he chose to come to the much warmer confines of our studio to talk about the second inauguration of George W. Bush.

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Down South

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

Here are some listener comments from our mail bag in reference to the Condoleezza Rice confrimation hearings.

chavez was elected. a referendum to remove him was defeated last year. the only thing the US government doesn't like about him is that he hasn't privatized the oil industry. D.B.

The problem ...

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The Global Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 17, 2005

Martin Luther King, Jr.s 1967 speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence" inspired today's MLK Day commemorative call-in. Listeners were asked to call in with brief readings about other countries and responded with selections from Nelson Mandela to the I Ching, including Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish (read in Arabic). Here is the text of Dr. King's speech in its entirety, from the BRC-News website.

Speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on April 4, 1967, at a meeting of Clergy and Laity Concerned at Riverside Church in New York City

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I come to this magnificent house of worship tonight because my conscience leaves me no other choice. I join with you in this meeting because I am in deepest agreement with the aims and work of the organization which has brought us together: Clergy and Laymen Concerned about Vietnam. The recent statement of your executive committee are the sentiments of my own heart and I found myself in full accord when I read its opening lines: "A time comes when silence is betrayal." That time has come for us in relation to Vietnam.

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Infant mortality- A rebuttal

Friday, January 14, 2005

James Taranto takes issue with Nicholas Kristof's conclusions about America's, Cuba's and China's comparative infant mortality rates--though not with Kristof's facts.

Taranto notes that the 2002 jump in American infant mortality followed nearly fifty years of declining rates, and that the jump may be attributable (in part) to the ...

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Fact (B)- Poverty in the Developed World

Friday, January 14, 2005

As noted in the last entry, the "fact" that the United States is the only industrialized nation with "appreciable" poverty is harder to confirm, but appears to have some truth to it.

A correspondent notes that the 2004 CIA World factbook puts the USA at 12% living in poverty, ...

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checking the facts

Thursday, January 13, 2005

True or false?

a) Beijing has lower infant mortality than New York

b) The USA is the only industrialized country with "appreciable" poverty

These two "facts" came up in our open-source open phones today.

Fact (a) is pretty easily confirmed. Our dear caller most likely got the information from a ...

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feedback: secrets

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

I have a friend in Albany who is a minister who is paying for his kids
education by writing porno novels. I found out while helping him with a
computer problem.

-BD

I think many of us share the same secret as the caller who uses marijuana. ...

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Rather Important

Monday, January 10, 2005

While we knew the Independent Review Panel would issue their CBS report sometime soon, we were surprised to have it occur during our show. Lucky for us we in the midst of putting together a media segment for the show anyway. However the 60 Minutes story blew most of ...

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Recount Update...validated?

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Throughout our recently-concluded Recount Update series, we've been asking ourselves exactly what the purpose of re-examining the 2004 vote is.

On the one hand, there is widespread evidence of voting irrgularities in localities in Ohio and elsewhere, which are scarcely being covered by most media.

On the other hand, few ...

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Recount Update

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Today's installment of our Recount Update Series will hear from Green Party Presidential candidate, David Cobb.

In the meantime, read the relevant letters from Congressman John Conyers:

Dec 20 letter on Conyers’ request for support to object the Ohio electoral college (addressed to Senator Barbara Boxer)

Dec 2 letter

Dec 14 letter

All Congressional letters from the Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee

Email us your response

Read the letter Michael Moore entitled "Just One Senator" on his site today.

Hear past segments in the series.

By the way, today's temporary call-in number is 212-227-7606

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The Sherlockians Are Coming!

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

January 6, 1855 is considered the "birthday" of one of the world's most famous literary detectives, Sherlock Holmes. Later this week, members of the invitation-only Baker Street Irregulars will converge on New York (a city Holmes never visited) to celebrate his birthday.

In a recent New Yorker article,

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How much Aid is the right amount?

Monday, January 03, 2005

It's a question Colin Powell had to address on Meet the Press yesterday. Why had the American contribution to tsunami relief started at just $15 million and then leapt up to $350 million? Was the US really "stingy", a word the UN's Jan Egeland had used to ...

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End of year predictions

Thursday, December 30, 2004

From one of our listners- Josh:

Colin Powell will start shilling for AT&T, allowing James Earl Jones to
pursue his true passion, foreign affairs;

Current SUV drivers will upgrade to 18-wheelers;

Arguing homesteader rights for recently abandoned property, Donald Trump
will assemble a team of ...

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Brian Lehrer T-Shirt!

Thursday, December 30, 2004

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2005: The preview

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Everybody is coming out with end of year lists, including Brian Lehrer (click here and scroll to the bottom of the page). Here's ours:

The Brian Lehrer Producers' Predictions for 2005

>Thighs will be the "in" body part and thigh-accentuating hotpants will come back

>Water in wine glasses, wine ...

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Waves of Grief

Tuesday, December 28, 2004

As the death toll of the devastating Asian Tsunami reaches unfathomable heights, the main thing on the minds of New Yorkers and those far from the danger zone is how can we help. As UNICEF director Carol Bellamy said on today’s show, monetary funds are much more useful than ...

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sweet charity

Thursday, December 23, 2004

It's the season to be giving, and thanks to our hyperactive, hypercaring listeners, we're pleased to provide YOU, dear reader, with a wide-ranging list of worthy causes, charities, nonprofits, and desperate cases.

Heifer International: farm animals for poor families around the world


The ASPCA
: house pets ...

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Recount Update Update

Wednesday, December 22, 2004

In the next installation of our recount update series MIT Technologist Ted Selker talks about improvements in electronic voting machines this morning and his proposed solutions for the remaining problems.

Selker is co-director of the CALTECH-MIT Voting project. They released this report on exit poll discrepancies

Also, broadcaster Bill Cohen will give us an update on questions in Ohio

You can also hear past segments in the series

Please email us your comments

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Santa's List

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

It's back to the slammer for Guy Velella. A five judge panel ruled unanimously that the former state senator should return to Rikers Island on December 27th.

In other correctional news Governor Pataki will not grant any clemencies to prisoners this year. He has only done this once ...

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SWF seeks home

Monday, December 20, 2004

Washington D.C. beware Jenna Bush is in the market for a house. The Bush twins spent their first six months out of college on the campaign trail, and initially rumor had it that the twins wanted to move to New York for their swinging twenties. Jenna was to teach ...

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