Zimmerman Trial; Biological Clocks; The Internet and Islam

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

George Zimmerman, center, at a bond hearing. (Photo by Gary Green/The Orlando Sentinel-Pool/Getty Images)

The trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin, started this week. Jami Floyd is here to discuss the specifics of the case. Plus: women’s fertility may not decline as quickly as previously thought; author and blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his eyes to the world outside the religious one in which he was raised; and more reactions and analysis to the latest Supreme Court decisions. 

George Zimmerman on Trial

The trial of George Zimmerman, who killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in February 2012, begins this week. The prosecution is arguing that Zimmerman's actions were out of malice; Zimmerman's lawyers argue self-defense. Jami Floyd, legal analyst and sometime guest host for The Brian Lehrer Show, discusses the juror selection process and Monday's opening arguments.

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LICH Saga Continues

Stephen Levin, New York City Councilmember from the 33rd District, talks about what is going on at Long Island College Hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

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The Real Biological Clock

Jean Twenge, professor of psychology at San Diego State University and author of The Impatient Woman's Guide to Getting Pregnant, discusses her Atlantic story in which she posits that the decline in fertility over the course of a woman's 30's has been oversold.

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The Power of the Internet

This conversation first aired live on June 25, 2013. An edited version played as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show on November 29, 2013, on WNYC. 

Amir Ahmad Nasr, blogger and author of My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind - and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin's Press, 2013), explains how the wide world of the internet helped him see outside the religious fundamentalist bubble in which he was raised.

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Supreme Court Decisions: Voting Rights, Baby Girl

The Supreme Court has ruled in several key cases, including most notably an opinion striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. Slate's Emily Bazelon provides analysis on The Brian Lehrer Show at 11:30. Plus: Radiolab's Tim Howard on the "Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl" ruling.

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I grew up a moderate Methodist and became 'saved' as a teenager (non denominational Christian). I appreciate how your guest talks about the respect for the spiritual experiences that all religions go through. I am now an atheist but can look back at my spiritual experiences in my teens and appreciate them for what they were. They got me through my teenage years.

Jun. 25 2013 11:29 AM
Mike in Manhattan from Manhattan

Amir's story is interesting because it's universal and timeless, not because it's unique. He has articulated a journey that millions have traveled - a drift from organized religion to a more individual spiritual understanding of one's self and a respect for the spiritual experiences of others.

Jun. 25 2013 11:21 AM

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