Prop 8 Arguments; Disability on the Rise; Gov. McGreevey

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Supreme Court building. (Getty)

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California's Prop 8 same sex marriage ban yesterday. Hear audio of the justices and analysis. Plus: Planet Money's Chana Jaffe-Walt talks about why so many are on federal disability; reforming urban school systems; and Governor Jim McGreevey on the documentary about his reinvention. 

Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Arguments: Day 1

Geoffrey Stoneprofessor at the University of Chicago Law School, dissects the arguments before the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Proposition 8 referendum, which affirmed that gay marriage would not be recognized in California.

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Planet Money on Disability

Chana Joffe-Walt, reporter for NPR's Planet Money, discusses her This American Life piece  on the rise in the number of people on disability.

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Feeding Babies Too Early

Researchers at the CDC were surprised to find that 40% of mothers reported feeding solid food to babies under 4 months old; the recommended age is 6 months old. Sally Findleyprofessor of Clinical Population and Family Health and of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences at Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, discusses the reasons health guidelines for children are sometimes unknown or ignored.

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Union City, NJ Gets it Right

Twenty-five years ago, Union City public schools were on the brink of state takeover. Today, they have a graduation rate 10 points higher than the national average. David Kirp, professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of  Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America's Schools, discusses the Union City approach, and why he thinks it's an example for poor-performing urban school systems around the country.

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Gov. McGreevey 's "Fall to Grace"

Since leaving the seat as Governor of New Jersey, Jim McGreevey is studying to become an Episcopal priest and volunteers ministering to women in jail. Filmmaker Alexandra Pelosi followed McGreevey as he reinvented himself in her new HBO film “Fall to Grace.”

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Open Phones: How Detailed Are Your Lottery-Winning Plans?

Pedro Quezada from Passaic just won over $330 million from Powerball and, so far, hasn't announced his plans beyond buying a new car and never getting up at 5AM to open his bodega again.  What about you? How detailed have you gotten in what you'd do with future winnings?  Are you like the school principal on a recent This American Life episode who can go on for minutes with how you'd solve your community's problems with the money?  Do you have a long, long shopping list?  Share your plans, call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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