What Matters: Fathers; Speech; Gangs

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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After a huge raid at two Harlem housing projects, some residents are frustrated at how law enforcement is reacting to the problem of gangs. We’ll hear why. Plus: NJPR’s Matt Katz on the testimony Governor Christie’s chief of staff gave about Bridgegate; and how much do fathers matter biologically, economically, and socially? Plus: two takes on free speech and hate speech in the US and Europe.

Christie's Chief of Staff Testifies

NJPR reporter Matt Katz and WNYC's Andrea Bernstein talk about Monday's testimony on the George Washington Bridge lane closings by Kevin O'Dowd, Gov. Christie's chief of staff and nominee to be the next New Jersey attorney general. 

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Free Speech vs. Hate Speech

Brendan O'Neill, editor of the British online magazine spiked,  says the U.S. should be wary of the kind of free speech limits Europe has imposed and why the magazine launched a "Free Speech Now!" campaign.

Then U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY8) from Brooklyn and co-sponsor of the "Hate Crime Reporting Act of 2014," explains why it's time to update the 20-year-old congressional report on the role of telecommunications in hate crimes and what kind of speech could lead to hate crimes.

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Do Fathers Matter?

Paul Raeburn, blogger, media critic, writer, and the author of Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked (Scientific American / Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), looks at what research tells us about a father's impact on his children, from their DNA to their weight.

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"We Asked the City for Help and We Got a Raid"

More than 40 suspects in rival groups were arrested in a huge raid at two Harlem housing projects last week, but some residents say this may actually make things worse.

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