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Thursday, May 08, 2014

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (L) speaks during a press conference after going before the Supreme Court in 'Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action.' Oct. 15, 2013 (Andrew Burton/Getty)

A law professor argues affirmative action should be based not on race, but place. Plus: some customers with new insurance plans on the New York State ACA exchange are dismayed to find the selection of in-network doctors is small; how the U.S. might be able to help find the missing Nigerian schoolgirls and what might ease the ongoing violence in the region; the policy and politics of the UFT (and other municipal worker) contracts; and birth stories, dissected.   

"A Terrible Situation": US to Send Help to Nigeria

The U.S. has offered the Nigerian government help with locating the roughly 276 kidnapped school girls. In the meantime, a car bomb exploded this week in the capital, Abuja, near the site of another deadly bombing last month. And, on Monday, 100-150 people were killed in a northeastern border town by Boko Haram. Comfort Ero, Africa program director for the International Crisis Group, talks about what the US team of specialists can do to help and what might end the violence in Nigeria.

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It's Contract Time

Late last week Mayor de Blasio announced several new municipal workers contracts, including a big new deal with the United Federation of Teachers. Richard Steier, editor and columnist for the Chief-Leader and author of Enough Blame to Go Around: The Labor Pains of New York City's Public Employee Unions, discusses the politics and policy of the contract -- and what it means for other unions.

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It's Where You're From, Not What You Look Like

Should we end race-based affirmative action in favor of helping people from certain geographic areas instead? Georgetown Law professor Sherryl Cashin makes the case that where you're from matters much more than what you look like. Plus: read an excerpt of her new book.

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Why Obamacare May Not Let You Go Out of Network

For people with health insurance plans they bought on the New York State Affordable Care Act exchange, doctor choice can be limited and none of the plans offer out-of-network coverage. WNYC reporter Fred Mogul explains that while these narrow networks might keep costs down, some customers aren't happy with the doctors they can choose from. And, New York State just announced it still won't require out of network coverage next year. Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at Community Service Society and co-founder of Healthcare for All New York, also weighs in.

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Rethinking Your Birth Story

Hillary Frank, young adult author and This American Life contributor, is the host of "The Longest Shortest Time", a podcast about early childhood (months 0-36), and she's been thinking about how she might have given birth differently if she could. She talks about why some women wish they had a different birth story, what she heard from Ina May Gaskin (mother of the modern natural birth movement), and takes calls about how to make decisions about labor. 


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