Bush v. Gore 13 Years Later; Who Smokes Pot; Joe Lhota

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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has said that perhaps the high court should not have taken up Bush v. Gore. Hear what her comments tell us about the 5-4 decision, public opinion, and potential future cases. Then, a May series on marijuana legalization kicks off with Mark Kleiman, who is advising Washington state on their legalization efforts. He’ll discuss the demographics of who smokes marijuana. Plus: Former MTA chairman Joseph Lhota talks about his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; and a conversation about rationing and consumption.

Sandra Day O'Connor's Doubts on Bush v. Gore

Retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has said that she has doubts about whether the court should have taken up Bush v. Gore. Adam Liptak, who covers the Supreme Court for the New York Times, explains what her comments tell us about public opinion and the Supreme Court, the decision in Bush v. Gore, and what it means for potential future cases.

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Explainer: The Emergency Contraception Appeal

Late last night, the Obama administration appealed a judge's ruling that lifted the age restriction on over-the-counter emergency contraception. This after the FDA had suggested earlier in the day that the age limit be lowered from 17 to 15. Confused? Sarah Kliff of The Washington Post explains the policy and politics of the rulings.

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Legal Weed: Who Smokes?

Mark Kleiman, co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know, kicks off a May series on marijuana with a look at who smokes and why. Plus: your calls on whether you're seeing a public opinion shift.

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Lhota Praises Bloomberg Policing, Thinks Sandy Response Fell Short

"It was maybe the best speech I've ever heard a mayor of New York give," says former MTA chairman and mayoral candidate Joe Lhota, on Mike Bloomberg's claim that an NYPD Inspector General would hamper policing and counter-terrorism efforts. 

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Rationing Rationale

Stan Cox, a senior scientist at The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas and the author of Any Way You Slice It: The Past, Present, and Future of Rationing, looks at how goods and services have been, and are now, rationed and asks if we can limit consumption fairly.

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Open Phones: Your Gap Year Advice

Yesterday was the deadline for high school seniors to reject or accept offers from colleges. For many, those offers were not for fall semester but for winter semester. So, if you took more than just a summer between high school and college, what's your advice for these students? Did you take a gap year? What did you do and what did you learn? Comment here or call 212-433-WNYC (9692).

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