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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Competitive cheerleading has become an official high school sport in New York. Columbia professor James Noble explains why this might make the sport safer for young athletes. Then: Our series on sleep cycles throughout the life cycle continues with a discussion on sleep issues for senior citizens. Plus: Mpho Tutu – daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu – offers a step-by-step guide to forgiveness; And Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Vijay Seshadri wraps up National Poetry Month. 

Donald Sterling Is Out. Now What?

"It can't just be black people talking about how upset they are. It has to be white people talking about racism," says Wesley Morris of Grantland. He discusses Sterling's ban from the NBA, why it took this long to call him out, and what comes next.

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Why Teen Girls Might Be More At Risk for Concussions

Yikes. Cheerleading and other sports girls compete in - such as soccer and lacrosse - see high incidences of concussions and brain injuries.

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"Something's Wrong"

Last night, an execution in Oklahoma went horribly wrong, with Clayton Lockett writhing on a gurney for 43 minutes before eventually dying of a heart attack, rather than the untested cocktail of drugs administered to him. Katie Fretland witnessed the execution, and Mother Jones reporter Stephanie Mencimer has been tracking the legal twists and turns of the case. They discuss the huge public response to this incident.

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Clock Your Sleep: Seniors

Dr. Shelby Harris, director of the Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program at Montefiore Medical Center talks to you about aging and sleep--whether seniors need less sleep and how sleep plays a role in other health issues as we age.

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Forgiveness: How-To

Mpho Tutu, minister and co-author, with her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, of The Book of Forgiving: The Fourfold Path for Healing Ourselves and Our World offers a step-by-step guide to truth and reconciliation in our lives: tell the story, name the hurt, forgive, and renew or release the relationship.

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Pulitzer for Poetry

This segment originally aired live on April 30, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on May 26th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

We conclude National Poetry Month with the author of this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection 3 SectionsBrooklyn poet and professor at Sarah Lawrence College, Vijay Seshadri, reads and talks about his poetry (and his life in cities starting in "B" - Bangalore, Brooklyn and Bronxville).

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