John Waters Wanders; The E.P.A. Regulates

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Cult film director John Waters tells stories from the time he spent hitchhiking all the way across the country in 2012, from his house in Baltimore to his other house in San Francisco. Plus: Why neither environmentalists nor pro-business groups are satisfied with the Obama administration’s plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. 

What Cuomo's WFP Endorsement Means for Abortion Rights and the Minimum Wage

Following Gov. Cuomo's endorsement by the Working Families Party, we take a closer look at two issues where they've disagreed in the past. Catherine Lederer-Plaskett, president of Westchester Coalition for Legal Abortion, discusses Cuomo's Working Families Party endorsement and what it means for abortion rights in New York State. Paul Sonn, general counsel with the National Employment Law Project, discusses the minimum wage.

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Measuring the Obama Coal Ruling's Impact

President Obama's executive action on carbon emissions is dividing environmentalists and pro-business groups alike. Janet Redman, co-director of the Sustainable Energy and Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies, discusses the moves, and why she thinks they don't go far enough.

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Explosive Allegations Against Former DA Hynes

A New York City Department of Investigation inquiry implicates former Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes in a number of ethical breaches -- including using seized drug money to fund his reelection campaign. New York Times reporter Stephanie Clifford, who broke the story yesterday, discusses the report and the Hynes legacy.

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Medicare Ends Coverage Ban for Sex Changes

Medicare can no longer ban coverage for sex reassignment surgery, according to a Health and Human Services board decision last week. Amy Whelan, senior staff attorney for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, one of the groups which worked on this case, talks about what the decision means for trans rights, private insurance, and views of gender dysphoria.

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John Waters, Thumb Out

The filmmaker reports back on what he learned about the country and himself while hitchhiking across the U.S.

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Bribes, Violence and Match Fixing Taint International Soccer

A Singapore-based organized-crime syndicate operated brazen and widespread match fixing in international soccer games, including in the lead-up to the 2010 World Cup. Declan Hill, investigative journalist, and author of The Fix: Soccer and Organized Crime, and The Insider's Guide to Match-Fixing in Footballdiscusses his investigative reporting in the New York Times.

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2 Minutes from Ta-Nehisi Coates on Poverty and Neighborhood

"When you begin to understand and begin to look at black people as part of broader communities... many of the things that appear mysterious to us are not mysterious at all" says Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic.


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