Zimmerman Verdict; History of Spam; Five Pillars of Islam

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Monday, July 15, 2013

A man with hoodie watches the speakers on the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee, Florida at a Rally March for Trayvon Martin. (SteveNakatani/flickr)

Late Saturday night, a Florida jury found George Zimmerman not guilty in the shooting of Trayvon Martin. We discuss the decision, and the reaction, including the Justice Department's decision to launch a hate crime inquiry. Plus: Five Pillars of Islam week on the show; the future of publishing and e-books; and the history of Internet spam.

Monday Morning Politics: DC Reacts to the Zimmerman Trial

Bob Cusack, Managing Editor for The Hill, talks about how Washington, DC is reacting to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, from President Obama's comments to the Justice Department's decision to re-open the option of a civil hate crimes case.

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Ripple Effects from the Verdict in Trayvon Martin Case

Nation columnist Patricia Williams, Columbia University Law School professor and columnist for The Nation, analyzes the decision and discuss the reaction -- from protests in New York and LA, to a move by the Justice Department to relaunch their hate crime inquiry into the matter.

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Five Pillars Week: What Does Prayer Mean to You?

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on the Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're convening an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (Faith), Salat (Prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (Charity), and Hajj (Pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss prayer. How do you pray and what does prayer mean to your religion? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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Apple vs. Amazon On E-Books

Apple lost an anti-trust case on e-book pricing, Nook failed, and Amazon still reignsMichael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, looks at the future of the book publishing world. 

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How do Spammers Target Your Inbox? Hint: it's Scary

Finn Brunton, assistant professor of Media, Culture and Communication at NYU Steinhardt and the author of Spam: A Shadow History of the Internet (MIT Press, 2013) talks about the history of much-despised spam and how it mirrors that of the internet.

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Open Phones: Talking About Trayvon

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty, but the conversation about race, violence, masculinity and fear continues. Parents: How have you been talking to your kids about the death of Trayvon Martin? How did you react to verdict on Saturday night? Call 212-433-9692, or post here.

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