SOTU Recap; Non-Profit NFL; Black Theology and the Church; Digital Detox

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama, flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), delivers his State of the Union speech. Feb. 12, 2013 (Charles Dharapak-Pool/Getty)

President Obama delivered his State of the Union address last night. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, recaps the speech and analyzes Republicans’ reactions. Then: the non-profit status of the NFL. Plus: Raphael G. Warnock talks about his new book on the contrast between socially progressive black theology and more conservative black churches and Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC’s “New Tech City,” gives tips on how to detox from digital gadgets. 

The State of the Union and the "Year of Action"

In his State of the Union speech last night, President Obama chided Congress for their inactivity, and vowed to make 2014 a "year of action" on the minimum wage, climate policy, and immigration. James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, reviews the speech and what comes next.

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Does The NFL Deserve Nonprofit Status?

In addition to local franchises getting tax breaks, the NFL as a league retains nonprofit status that lets it avoid millions of dollars in taxes. As we prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl, Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, discusses the arrangement and the big money in pro football.

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Vendors, Bike Messengers, and Dog Walkers on Working Outside in Cold Like This

"The thing is... no matter what the weather, they have to go outside and pee," says a dog walker from New Jersey.

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Black Theology vs. the Black Church

Raphael G. Warnock, senior pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta and the author of The Divided Mind of the Black Church: Theology, Piety, and Public Witness, traces the roots of and seeks to bridge the gap between the socially progressive black theology and the more personally conservative black church.

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How to Pull Off a Digital Detox

Host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City, Manoush Zomorodi gives tips on how to effectively detox from your digital gadgets. Plus, if you must stay plugged in, tactical advice on how to use technology more purposefully.

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