Learning From the Past

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Former Senator from Indiana Evan Bayh talks about what he thinks of the partisan politics in Washington and why he wanted to leave Congress. Plus: Part two of WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang’s investigative report on stop-and-frisks by the NYPD; NY Assemblywoman Vanessa Gibson on her proposed domestic violence offender database; new media and old media roles in the uprisings in the Arab world; and cult film director and author John Waters.

Obama Statement Reaction: Birth Certificate Released

We quickly discuss today's statement by President Obama who released his complete birth certificate today, saying that the country has bigger issues to deal with.

Listeners, what do you think? Continue the conversation and watch the statement on the existing thread at It's A Free Country»»

Stop-and-Frisk: Part Two

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang joins us to discuss part two of her report on the way NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy results in high numbers of low-level marijuana arrests.

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Evan Bayh on Congress

Evan Bayh, former Senator of Indiana and Fox News contributor, reacts to the latest in partisan politics in Congress and in Washington, where he served before stepping down over partisan battles last year.

Listen, Read a Recap and Join the Conversation at it's A Free Country.

Open Phones: Chairman Ben Bernanke's Press Conference

Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke is holding a press conference today. Heidi Moore, Marketplace New York bureau chief, joins us to discuss what questions need to be asked.

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Tweeting and Reporting the Revolution

Alex Nunns, editor of the new book Tweets from Tahrir, and Rula Jebreal, author of the book Miral and an Italo-Palestinian journalist working in the Middle East, discuss new and old media in the recent political developments in the Middle East. They will both be on a panel Wednseday night as part of the Pen World Voices festival.

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Domestic Violence Offender Database

Vanessa Gibson, New York Assembly Member (D-77) representing the Claremont, Highbridge, Mount Eden and Morris Heights neighborhoods in the Bronx, talks about her legislation proposing a publicly searchable domestic violence offender database.

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John Waters' Role Models

John Waters, cult film director and the author of Role Models, talks about some of his favorite outsiders and what we should learn from them.

John Waters will be reading tonight at 7 pm at the Paula Cooper Gallery.

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