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Tuesday, August 07, 2012

As details emerge about the alleged shooter at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, hear a discussion about the status of hate groups in America. Plus: NPR’s Mike Pesca is live from the Olympics; the history of activism in New York and why Oakland is the center of radicalism in America now; big data and the presidential race; paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer on his new controversial theory on the origins of humanity; and following up on the city’s “Latch on NYC” program.

The Sikh Temple Shooting and Hate Groups

Brian Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate & Extremism at California State University, discusses Wade Michael Page, the gunman who allegedly killed six people at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, and had ties to hate groups. We take a look at white supremacy in the US.

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Mid-Olympics Check-In

NPR sports reporter Mike Pesca checks-in from London to talk about this year's Olympic trends, upsets, and the controversial New York Times article on American runner Lolo Jones.

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Activist New York

Sarah Henry, chief curator at the Museum of the City of New York, wraps up the Activism NY Facebook project from the MCNY and the BLS, and hears from listeners about New York City's activist past. New York Times Magazine contributor Jonathan Mahler, author of the article "Oakland: the Last Refuge of Radical America," discusses Oakland as a center of activism.

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The Big Data Election

Micah Sifry, co-founder of Tech President, discusses how the last election was all about social media, and this year's election is all about gathering data.

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Following Up: "Latch On NYC"

Deborah Kaplan, assistant commissioner for maternal, infant, and reproductive health at the New York City Department of Health, follows up on yesterday's conversation about access to baby formula in city hospitals.

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Only Humans On Earth

Chris Stringer, author of Lone Survivors: How We Came to be the Only Humans on Earth, discusses his new book laying out his controversial theory on the evolutionary origins of modern humanity.

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Open Prep: Campaigns and Big Data

On the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday, Micah Sifry of Tech President talked about how the Obama and Romney campaigns are using data to target and tailor their messaging to raise cash and rustle up votes. Below is some of the background reading we did to get ready for the conversation.

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