Religious Rights of Corporations; Metro-North Latest; Art as Therapy

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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The October term for the U.S. Supreme Court brings a varied caseload concerning religious freedom in prison and First Amendment rights on the Internet. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty)

The U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights. Slate's Emily Bazelon explains the arguments. Then, according to DNA Info's Murray Weiss, the Metro-North driver wasn't drunk, wasn't texting, wasn't incompetent -- he just fell asleep. Plus: philosopher Alain de Botton discusses his new book Art as Therapy.

The Supreme Court on Religion and Shopping

Emily Bazelon, Slate senior editor, the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School, Political Gabfest panelist, and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2013), discusses the religious rights of corporations as well as the ruling on web sales and local taxes.

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Was the Metro-North Engineer Asleep?

New information is surfacing about the deadly Metro-North derailment in the Bronx Sunday. DNAinfo columnist and criminal justice editor Murray Weiss, is reporting that sources say that veteran engineer, William Rockefeller, dozed off. The train was travelling at 82 m.p.h. in a 30 m.p.h. zone and according to Weiss's reporting, "Rockefeller was jolted from his sleep and hit the brake, but not in time."

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Cuomo: I'm With de Blasio on Universal Pre-K

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says "you'll never have a governor and a mayor with the relationship that Bill de Blasio and I have." Cuomo called in to the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday morning (unprompted) to discuss, among other things, his work with New York City's new mayor.

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Meet the Editor: Jim VandeHei

New York City media is getting a shake-up this week, from New York magazine changing its print publication schedule, and POLITICO making a big play for local eyeballs. Today: Jim VandeHei, Co-Founder of POLITICO, now CEO and President for Capital New York, discusses the re-launch of Capital and the POLITICO approach to media.

(Programming Note: tune in Wednesday for an interview with Adam Moss of New York magazine.)


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Alain de Botton on Art for Mental Health's Sake

He's already shown "How Proust Can Change Your Life" and written about "The Architecture of Happiness" -- now, Alain de Botton, writer, philosopher, founder of London's The School of Life, and co-author, with art historian John Armstrong, of Art as Therapy (Phaidon, 2013), turns to fine art and specific works that can make us better people and how museums can help.

"Art as Therapy" App: Android / IPhone

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The Southern Pine Beetle in New Jersey

The New Jersey Pinelands are under attack from the southern pine beetle, as warmer temperatures (particularly in winter) have allowed the insect to spread northward. Aaron Weed, postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth, is the lead author of a paper on the effects of climate change on North American forests and has looked at the southern pine beetle's presence in New Jersey. He explains the beetle's spread and what it tells us about dangers to forests in the region. 


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