Speaking Freely

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

In his new book, Columbia University president Lee Bollinger explores the bumpy history of our country’s free press – and takes a look ahead to the challenges of expanding that freedom around the globe. Plus: updates on the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission; and Rufus Griscom on what some parents are not willing to give up for their kids.

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Lee Bollinger and Rufus Griscom

FDNY Lawsuit

A federal judge ruled yesterday that the FDNY intentionally discriminated against black applicants by continuing to use a written exam. Sheila Foster, professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at Fordham Law School, explains the court's decision.

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Financial Crisis Commission Day 2

Too-big-to-fail bankers faced questioning from the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission. Greg David, director of the business and economics program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, and Nomi Prins, senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker and author of It Takes a Pillage: Behind the Bailouts, Bonuses and Backroom Deals ...

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Bad Parent: The Limits

The "Bad Parent" column on the parenting website delves into the unspoken realities of being a parent. Rufus Griscom, founder of, returns weekly in January with a taboo-smashing discussion. This week: What's your limit?

Is there a limit to how much you'll sacrifice for ...

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Haiti Update

Aid is trickling into Haiti, but the country continues to struggle with the aftermath of Tuesday's earthquake. Stephanie Bunker, spokesperson for the UN's Office of the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, checks in with the latest on the relief efforts. And Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster ...

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Free Press in the New Century

It's been a long road for freedom of the press in the United States -- and more challenges lay ahead, both here and around the world. Columbia University president Lee Bollinger discusess his new book Uninhibited, Robust, and Wide-Open: A Free Press for a New Century, which takes ...

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Gay Marriage Moves to the Courts

The California case seeking to undo Proposition 8 on constitutional grounds could make it to the U.S. Supreme Court with potential to greatly expand gay rights nationally, but not everyone is convinced the timing is right. New Yorker staff writer Margaret Talbot discusses the legal strategies in support ...

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