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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Isabel Leonard as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

On today’s show: Robert Kane helps us understand the causes of police misconduct and bad cops. Then, we’ll examine a $430 million boondoggle at the Department of Homeland Security, where employees were given radios they don’t know how to use. Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard discusses singing in the new English-language production of "The Barber of Seville" at the Metropolitan Opera. And we’ll look at how Staten Island’s political system may have contributed to the disaster there following hurricane Sandy.

Police Misconduct and the NYC Police Department

Drugs, bribes, falsifying evidence, unjustified force and kickbacks present opportunities for cops to act like criminals. Robert Kane talks about his study of the nature and causes of police misconduct. To write the book Jammed Up: Bad Cops, Police Misconduct, and the New York City Police Department he and Michael White had unprecedented, complete access to the confidential files of NYPD officers who committed serious offenses, examining the cases of more than 1,500 NYPD officers over a 20-year period.

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Homeland Security Spending

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FTC to Investigate Data Brokers

The Federal Trade Commission is launching an investigation into how data companies track, sell and use information about consumers. Emily Steel, from the Financial Times, talks about the probe.

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Mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard

Met mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard talks about starring in an all-new abridged, English-language production of "The Barber of Seville" designed for families. In the fall she starred as Miranda in the Met premiere of Thomas Adès’s “The Tempest,” and in the spring for a third production, a rare revival of Poulenc’s gripping French Revolution tragedy “Dialogues of the Carmelites.” “The Barber of Seville” runs through January 5 at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Politics, Staten Island, and Sandy

Huffington Post reporters Saki Knafo and Lila Shapiro talk about the factors on Staten Island that made it especially vulnerable to the disaster that came with Sandy. They’ve reported investigative pieces looking at the political landscape on Staten Island and the power of real-estate development.

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Guest Picks: Chris Ware

Cartoonist Chris Ware was on the show to talk about his graphic novel box set Building Stories. He shared his guest picks with us.

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Guest Picks: Ric Ocasek

Ric Ocasek, songwriter, poet, producer, and founding member of The Cars, shared his guest picks with us when he came by to talk about his new book, Lyrics & Prose.

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