Trouble in High Places

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Rep. Michael Grimm has been indicted on 20 counts of tax fraud and other violations. The Atavist’s Evan Ratliff discusses the Republican congressman’s winding and sometimes rocky road to politics. Plus: SCOTUS hears arguments on whether the police should need warrants to search cell phones; Richard Ravitch on his role as the (fiscal) savior of cities; and a look at the recent tragic avalanche on Mount Everest that set off a chain reaction and all but canceled the 2014 climbing season. 

Michael Grimm's Long and Rocky Road

The New York Congressman has been indicted on 20 counts surrounding his time as a restaurateur. It's not the first time Grimm's business and political processes have come under investigation.

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What's the News In Your Neighborhood?

On the Brian Lehrer Show we scour the local and national papers for the latest headlines, but from time to time we turn to you and ask: What's the news in your neighborhood? Call in and tell us about any local item that's making news on your block, in your community, and in your life. 212-433-9692...

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Cell Phones and Searches

For the police, is your cell phone like a wallet or a safety deposit box? Emily Bazelon, senior editor and court watcher at Slate, Political Gabfest regular and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy, discusses the cases being argued at the Supreme Court over the issue of whether a search warrant is required for cell phones.

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When Cities Go Broke, They Call Him

From saving NYC from bankruptcy in the 1970's to his latest assignment in Detroit, Richard Ravitch, former New York State Lt. Governor, member of the State Budget Crisis Task Force and author of So Much to Do: A Full Life of Business, Politics, and Confronting Fiscal Crises, shares what he knows about the causes of and cures for state and local fiscal crises.

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Trouble on Everest

Earlier this month, a tragic avalanche on Mount Everest killed 16 Sherpas, who are hired to guide Western climbers. Grayson Schaffer, senior editor at Outside magazine, and Nick Heil, digital editorial director at Outside, explain how the complicated politics and economics at play basically led to the cancellation of the 2014 climbing season.

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