Lever Machines; SCOTUS Preview; Legal Weed; Little League

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Thursday, May 30, 2013

There's a proposal to bring back the old lever voting machines temporarily in New York. Hear a debate between Common Cause's Susan Lerner and Republican State Senator Martin Golden. Plus: New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, previews the cases the court has yet to rule on this term; the final installment of the Legal Weed series; WNYC's Beth Fertig on Mayor Bloomberg's small schools legacy; and a new book on a Newark little league team. 

Lever Voting Machine Revival

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, and Martin Golden, New York State Senator (R-22), discuss the proposal in the state legislature to allow the use of old-fashioned lever machines in the case of a runoff vote in this fall's mayoral election and the opposition to this measure.

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Previewing Big Decisions at the Supreme Court

Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for The New York Times, previews the big cases the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on before the end of the term in June.

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Legal Weed: Federal laws

A May series on marijuana concludes with final thoughts on the federal ban now that the drug is legal in two states. Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the UCLA School of Public Affairs, marijuana legalization consultant for Washington State, and co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press2012) explains how he thinks state and federal law could be reconciled, and takes your calls.

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Bloomberg's Small Schools Legacy

A key component of Mayor Bloomberg's education policy has been to break up big high schools into smaller more focused schools, housed together in the large buildings. Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education, WNYC Radio and, talks about one specific example and the overall policy, plus other education news.

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Boyhood, Baseball, and Violence in Newark

Jonathan Schuppe, New Jersey reporter and author of "A Chance to Win" (Henry Holt and Co., 2013), discusses this new book about an inner-city baseball team in Newark.

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Open Phones: Female Breadwinners

Brian Lehrer talks to female breadwinners about how being the primary earner shapes the dynamic in their families.

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