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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The legalization of same-sex marriage in New York may complicate domestic partnerships and civil unions. Hear about how all of these designations may shift and change for gay and straight couples alike. Plus: a deep dive into “states’ rights”; the final installment of The New Littles project with Andrew Beveridge; the lead lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, James Goodale, discusses the case on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision; and a look at adults in the playground.

The Future of Domestic Partnerships

Professor of law and Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia, Katherine Franke, will discuss what happens to domestic partnerships - both straight and gay - now that gay marriage is legal in New York.

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Invoking States' Rights

President Obama invoked states' rights in his response to whether same sex marriage should be federally protected. Constitutional scholar and professor at the University of Texas School of Law, Sanford Levinson, will discuss the history of federal vs. states' rights. 

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New Littles: Tibet and Brazil

Each Thursday in June, the Brian Lehrer Show and Andrew Beveridge of Social Explorer will discuss New York’s diverse communities - areas of ethnic concentration that are changing quickly or that you may not know about.

This week, community organizer for The Tibetan Community of New York and New Jersey, Champa Norgom, talks about the community of Tibetan refugees living in Queens.

And General Counsel for Cidadao Global, Stephanie Mulcock, and Selma Baron, the owner of Brazilian grocery store, Ipanema Girl, will talk about life in little Brazil.

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Pentagon Papers Legacy and WikiLeaks

James Goodale, former vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times and a lead lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, discusses the WikiLeaks case on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Pentagon Papers decision.

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Open Phones: Physician Access

The Obama administration cancelled its "mystery shopper" plans in which it would send researches into the market to test access to primary health care for Medicare and Medicaid patients. We'll take calls from patients and doctors for our own unofficial survey. Are you on Medicare and Medicaid? Have you recently looked for a primary physician? Tell us your story!

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Playground Policing

Sumathi Reddy, Wall Street Journal reporter for Greater New York, talks about her recent article "Playground Policing" and the consequences for adults unattended by children in playgrounds.

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