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Monday, May 05, 2014

The White House Correspondents Dinner was this weekend. Bob Garfield of On The Media and Mark Leibovich of The New York Times Magazine talk about the coziness between the government and press. And Pope Francis blurbed Cardinal Walter Kasper's book. We'll talk to the German cardinal about it. Plus: the search for the Nigerian school girls; and humorist Christopher Buckley.

The Icky Truth Behind the White House Correspondents Dinner

During the White House Correspondents Dinner, On The Media host Bob Garfield and New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich held a "Media Ethics Colloquy" in the same hotel. No one showed up. They discuss why the annual dinner makes them worry about the state of the U.S. media.

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Breaking Down de Blasio's Housing Plan

Nancy Biberman, president and founder of the Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation, discusses the de Blasio affordable housing plan, being rolled out today.

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The Pope's Theologian

Walter Kasper, German cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and author of Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press, 2014), talks about his book (that got a good review by Pope Francis) and the shift in emphasis from judgment to mercy in the church today.

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Seriously Funny

Christopher Buckley, humorist and author But Enough About You: Essays (Simon & Schuster, 2014), makes the case for taking humor writing seriously with his new collection of essays.

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Where Are The Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls?

More than 275 Nigerian school girls were abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram on April 15. Adam Nossiter, West and Central Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, talks about what's known about the mass kidnapping and the search for the girls.

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