Stop and Frisk Stats; Africa Policy; TWA 800; Bad Neuroscience

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

NYPD, New York Police Department, police (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Mayor Bloomberg said that the NYPD "disproportionately stops whites too much and minorities too little." We'll take a look at the statistics and why that comment is drawing criticism. Plus: President Obama's Africa policy and U.S. investment there; revisiting the 1996 TWA 800 flight crash with journalist and filmmaker Kristina Borjesson; and Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld discuss their new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Proportionate Stops?

Your calls on Mayor Bloomberg's comments about the intersection of race and "stop and frisk." Plus Graham Rayman, staff writer for the Village Voice and author of the forthcoming The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), discusses Mayor Bloomberg's recent comments about the proportion of stops as related to crime.

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U.S. Invests in Africa

John Campbell, Senior Fellow for Africa Policy Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, discusses President Obama's trip to Africa and how U.S. policy toward the continent has changed since the Bush Administration--and the kinds of investments the President is advocating for there.

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TWA Flight 800 Revisited

A new documentary revisits theories that TWA Flight 800 was brought down by a man-made explosive, not mechanical failure. Kristina Borjesson, investigative journalist, director of the new film "TWA Flight 800", former CBS and CNN producer and editor of the book Into the Buzzsaw: Leading Journalists Expose the Myth of a Free Press (Prometheus Books, 2002), discusses her controversial new documentary about the cause of, and investigation into, the July 17, 1996 crash of the flight just after take-off from JFK.

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Open Phones: What Are Your Rules for Speaking a Language Other Than English?

The NYPD has an English-only policy for conversations among cops, and the National Latino Officers Association says it's unfair.

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Mindless Neuroscience

As it turns out, brain scans might not necessarily be the best way to understand psychology.

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Open Phones: What Do You First Notice About the US?

A call in for "the new de Tocquevilles" -- recent immigrants, tourists, other visitors: What do you notice first about life in the US? Customs, physical features, interesting behavior, tell us what you notice that may seem normal to natives. Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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