Challenging the Status Quo

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Monday, June 23, 2014

President Lyndon Johnson meets with Martin Luther King, Jr. after signing the Voting Rights Act. (Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum)

Zephyr Teachout has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. She makes her progressive case in her challenge to Governor Cuomo. Plus: a compromise may be in the works for the new LG headquarters near the Palisades that opponents say will ruin the view; remembering the Freedom Summer campaign, which aimed to register as many African-American voters as possible back in 1964; and a look at how GM silenced an inspector who blew the whistle on safety issues in the company's cars.

Meet the Progressive Challenge to Gov. Cuomo

Zephyr Teachout sees a broken system full of broken promises. But she thinks she can fix it, which is why she's running in the September primary.

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Could LG and Its Opponents Compromise in the Palisades?

Electronics giant LG plans to build its new US headquarters near the Palisades in New Jersey, which opponents say will destroy the beautiful view. Local officials are now calling for a compromise between LG and its environmental opponents. Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson and a member of the steering committee Protect the Palisades, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving the Hudson River Palisades, discusses what this compromise might look like.

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Freedom Summer In The First Person

In June of 1964, volunteers set out to register voters in Mississippi. Their work would help change the nation. A conversation about the legacy of Freedom Summer, and what it means half a century later to the people who were there.

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How GM Silenced a Safety Inspector

A lifelong employee blew the whistle on dangerous safety lapses in company vehicles - and became a former employee. Did his sacrifice make lasting change?

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How Design Hides Homelessness

Last week a photo went viral of "anti-homeless" spikes in London. We discuss how design can hide homelessness and change our ideas of civic space with Robert Rosenberger, assistant professor of philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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A Letter from Mississippi 1964

On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.

In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:

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