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Friday, March 23, 2012

New Yorkers attend a rally in memory of a Trayvon Martin, a black teen who was shot to death by a neighbor in Florida. (Janet Babin/WNYC)

Perception is playing an important legal role in discussions about Trayvon Martin’s death in Florida and the Dharun Ravi case in New Jersey. Patricia Williams of Columbia University explains. Plus: Dr. Anne Maitland of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology takes your calls and discusses what seems to be the start of this year’s allergy season; Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics on hitchhiking; is Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke a hero or a villain?; the cost of youth sports; and marine mammals are returning to the New York harbor.

Trayvon Martin Case: Perception and the Law

Columbia University Law School professor, and columnist for The Nation magazine, Patricia Williams discusses the difficulties when perceptions of threats are protected under the law--in the context of the Trayvon Martin case and the Stand Your Ground law in Florida as well as in the Dharun Ravi conviction. 

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How Are Your Allergies Today?

All of a sudden, everyone's allergies seem to be acting up--and many are getting reactions for the first time. Dr. Anne Maitland, allergy doctor and Fellow of the American College of Allergy, discusses the allergy season and takes your calls.

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The Cost of Youth Sports

Mark Hyman, journalist and former writer for BusinessWeek and Sports Business Journal, and author of The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising Cost of Youth Sports and the Toll on Today's Families, offers a sobering look at the business of youth sports.

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Freakonomics: Hitchhiking

Stephen J. Dubner, host of Freakonomics Radio and author,  with Steven Levitt, of Freakononomics and SuperFreakonomics, explains how hitchhiking fell out of favor in America and why we should bring it back.

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Ben Bernanke: Hero or Villain?

Roger Lowenstein, financial journalist and author of The End of Wall Street, talks about his cover story for The Atlantic about public perception of Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke.

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Harbor Seals in New York City

Paul Sieswerda, retired curator at the New York Aquarium and the Boston Aquarium, explains why harbor seals and other marine animals are returning to the area. He leads trips to see and count the harbor seals every weekend at this time of year.

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Allergy TV: Watch Famous Sneezes

On today's show, we're talking about the early - and brutal - start to allergy season. We'll also play some examples of famous sneezes. See below for our favorite examples (including a controversial sneeze by Ringo Starr that delayed the start of Dig A Pony) and feel free to suggest your own in the comments!

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