Marina Abramović; Kimani Gray Fallout; Valle Verdict

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Performance artist Marina Abramović discusses her new project blending art and neuroscience called "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." During the interview, both her and Brian's brain waves will be recorded and explored in real-time. Plus: Council Member Jumaane Williams on the vigil in response to the shooting of Kimani Gray; what the Gilberto Valle trial tells us about "thought crime;" and bioethicist Nita Farahany continues a series on medical ethics.

The Valle Verdict and "Thought Crime"

Daniel Engber, Slate columnist, explains the ins and outs of the so-called "cannibal cop" trial, and to what extent you can be prosecuted for your thoughts. 

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Ask a Bioethicist: Privacy and Genetics

Each week in March, we'll talk about medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany, who sits on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She'll discuss some of the thorniest bioethical conundrums of our day.

Today's topic: Privacy and genetics. We want your suggestions of bioethical questions we should discuss. Ask your question below and we'll tackle as many as we can.

This complete interview originally aired live on March 13, 2013 as part of a month-long series. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special hour of Ask a Bioethicist in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Response to the Kimani Gray Shooting

Jumaane Williams, New York City councilmember (D-45) representing Flatbush, East Flatbush, Flatlands, and Canarsie in Brooklyn, discusses the NYPD shooting of 16-year-old Kimani Gray in Brooklyn and Monday night's protest in response to the incident.

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Marina Abramovic Shares Brainwaves with Brian

Performance artist Marina Abramović talks to Brian Lehrer about her new performance art project, "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." Suzanne Dikker, neuroscience researcher at NYU, records Marina and Brian's brain waves during the interview, and explains what we can learn from the recording.

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Clans and Individuals

Mark Weiner teaches constitutional law and legal history at Rutgers School of Law in Newark and is the author of The Rule of the Clan: What an Ancient Form of Social Organization Reveals About the Future of Individual Freedom. He joins us look at the concept of individual liberty under central governments and clan-based countries.

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Open Phones: The Next Pope

As the cardinals work to select the next pope, we ask: Does the next pope matter to your Catholic life?

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