Network Politics; Albany Surprises; Short Science

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Monday, August 19, 2013

Hillary Clinton delivers remarks with U.S. Secretary of Treasury Tim Geithner. (Paul J. Richards/Getty)

The RNC has voted to ban two networks from the 2016 primary debates. Ben Smith of Buzzfeed explains the dustup over two planned projects about Hillary Clinton. Plus: Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG talks about the surprises that were in bills Albany lawmakers passed this session. Then, a quick round-up of recent scientific developments including a new study showing there’s no such thing as right-brain and left-brain behavior, and a debate among physicists about what happens to you if you’re in a black hole.

→ Programming Note: Join Brian and NY1s Errol Louis for a Reddit "AMA" Tuesday at 2pm. Check this page for link Tuesday.

Monday Morning Politics: Ben Smith

The RNC is shutting out CNN and NBC from the 2016 Republican debates over the network's plans to air programming focused on likely candidate Hillary Clinton. Meanwhile, in New York, the mayor's race rolls along, with a major debate (co-sponsored by WNYC) scheduled for this Wednesday. Ben Smith, Editor-in-Chief of Buzzfeed, discusses the latest news.

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National Security Journalism Under Fire

At the London airport this weekend, David Miranda, Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald's partner (and professional collaborator) was detained under Terrorism Act 2000 for 9 hours and questioned about the information supplied by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. Also over the weekend, Time magazine reporter Michael Grunwald tweeted (and quickly deleted) that he would defend a drone strike that "takes out" Wikileaks' Julian Assange. Amy Davidson, who writes the "Close Read" column for The New Yorker, discusses the role of national security journalism in the digital age, and why so many reporters feel so intimidated.

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Albany Surprises

Bill Mahoney, research coordinator at NYPIRG, talks about some of the surprises in the end-of-session legislative flurry that are just now getting attention and how campaign finance reform might change the process.

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Open Phones: #ADayWhen

Let's write today's front page. What news are you following, locally, nationally, or internationally? Complete the phrase "Today's a day when..." Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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Why So Many Dolphins are Dying in NY and NJ

Dolphins are dying or being stranded in high numbers this summer along the mid-Atlantic coast, and New Jersey is seeing particularly high rates. Mendy Garron, the Northeast regional stranding coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, explains what could be killing the dolphins and what it means for humans.

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Short Science: What Happens Inside A Black Hole

Dennis Overbye of the New York Times talks about a debate among physicists over what would happen if you jumped into a black hole and what it means for Albert Einstein's reputation.         

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Short Science: New Era of HeLa Research

Rebecca Skloot discusses the new agreement between the National Institutes of Health and the Lacks family about the use of HeLa cells - derived from Henrietta Lacks in 1951 without her or her family's consent - which have been integral to bio-medical research. Skloot is a journalist and author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 

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Open Phones: What's the News from Your Lab?

After covering three big stories from the world of science -- dolphin deaths, black holes and HeLa cells -- we're opening the phone lines for scientists and researchers to call in about what's going on in your laboratory, office, greenhouse or wherever you work. Call 212-433-9692 or comment below!

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