Crossing the Line

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Lia Neal swimming at the Olympic trials. (Mike Comer / ProSwim Visuals)

Court documents show that the lone suspect in the Aurora theater shootings was seeing a psychiatrist. Paul S. Appelbaum, director of the Division of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry at Columbia University, explains how psychiatrists look for red flags. Plus: a political strategist talks about her new novel; Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country on what she learned on her swing state tour; new rules for teacher certification; and swimming in the African-American community.

Mental Health and the Aurora Shooting

In the weeks before the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, suspect James Holmes was seeing a psychiatrist specializing in schizophrenia. Columbia University Director of Law, Ethics, and Psychiatry Paul S. Appelbaum, explains how psychiatrists determine red flags with their patients and when behavior is concerning enough to warrant further action.

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Jonah Lehrer's "Creativity"

Bestselling author (and frequent guest on this show) Jonah Lehrer has resigned from his post at the New Yorker over having fabricated or embellished Bob Dylan quotes in his book Imagine: How Creativity WorksJohn McQuaid, veteran science journalist who wrote about the Lehrer story for, discusses how he sees the story as a warning tale about what can happen when a "personal brand supersedes everything else, including the drab scutwork of journalism."

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Novel Politics

Political strategist Bridget Siegel talks about her new book, Domestic Affairs: A Campaign Novel, in which she translates her experience on past campaigns (including Obama/Biden, Hillary Clinton, Kerry/Edwards, and Andrew Cuomo) into the realm of fiction.

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Teacher Certification Changes

New York is joining other states in reworking the way it certifies teachers, emphasizing classroom evaluation over written exams. Gotham Schools managing editor Philissa Cramer talks about the changes. Teachers, what do you make of the changes? How were you evaluated, and was it effective? What's the best way to decide who gets to teach? Call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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Anna Sale Swingstate Roundup

It's A Free Country politics reporter Anna Sale discusses what she learned on her trip to the swing states that will help decide the 2012 election.

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Open Phones: African-Americans and Swimming

As we watch the U.S. Olympic swimming team, which includes a record three swimmers with African-American roots, we wanted to explore the still low number of African-American youth who learn to swim. According to a 2010 study, about 70% of African-American youth have little or no swimming ability as compared to about 40% of white youth.  

So we want to hear from our African-American listeners: Call us and tell us why you think a high percentage of African-American kids don't learn to swim, whether you're making a point of learning to swim or making sure your children learn to swim, and if you or your children are inspired by the Olympic athletes. Call us at 212-433-9692 or comment here. 

Joining us to discuss are journalist Tetsuhiko Endo and the executive director of the Bedford-Stuyvesant YMCA Dordy Jourdain

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