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Friday, June 27, 2014

Pakistan polio vaccine A Pakistani health worker administers a polio vaccination to a child during a polio immunisation campaign in Peshawar on February 2, 2014. (HASHAM AHMED/AFP/Getty Images/Getty)

The musician Salman Ahmad is known as the "Bono of Pakistan.” He discusses his current music and his activism in Pakistan, where he’s helping to bring the polio vaccine to people in rural areas. Plus: a round-up of local news, including the officially defunct soda ban, labor deals and the reunification of a group of independent Democrats with their fellow party members; homeless people in Los Angeles can now legally live in their cars; and an anonymous Kenyan LGBT-rights activist discusses his work.

NYS Senate Dems Reunited

Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about the soda ban ruling, the latest labor deals and the breakaway IDC returns to the fold to give the Senate Democrats a majority in Albany... next term.

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LA's Homeless Can Now Live Out Of Cars

A Los Angeles city ordinance that said people can't live in their cars was struck down by a federal court. Gale Holland, poverty and homelessness reporter for the Los Angeles Times, explains the reasoning behind the ruling, which held that the ordinance leads to discrimination against the poor.

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NLRB Rulings Redo

Yesterday's Supreme Court decision on presidential recess appointments means hundreds of NLRB rulings have to be redone.  Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker (Anchor, 2009), talks about those cases.

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How Young Is Too Young To Read To Your Kids?

One of the latest parenting recommendations urges children to get involved with books as soon as possible. But there's little agreement on whether early literary stimulation has a positive effect on development - and on what "early" really means. 

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Being LGBT in Kenya

Meet "Ken" an activist working to advance the rights of LGBT people in rural villages and refugee camps in Kenya, forced to use a pseudonym for his protection. Hear what he's fighting for, and why he continues the battle despite hardship and violence.

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Salman Ahmad on Music, Activism and the Future of Pakistan

Salman Ahmad - musician, founder of the band Junoon, author and professor at Queens College - has been called "the Bono of Pakistan." He discusses his current work in music and activism in Pakistan, where he's helping to get Polio vaccines to rural areas. Ahmad performs this weekend as part of the Louis Armstrong International Music Festival.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Elizabeth Gilbert, Freedom Summer, Google Abstinence

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: an interview with writer (and World Cup superfan) Elizabeth Gilbert, a look back at Freedom Summer, and a plea for Google abstinence. 

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