Cory Booker, Russell Simmons, and Visions of Peace

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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Sen. Cory Booker is teaming up with Sen. Rand Paul on the REDEEM Act, a criminal justice reform bill. Booker explains the details of the legislation. Plus: Russell Simmons on Keep the Peace, a grant program he’s leading to help neighborhood organizations that work to reduce violence; cops are cracking down on acrobatic subway dancers (“it’s showtime!”); a request for listeners to call us from the weirdest place possible; a look back at Andrew Carnegie’s vision for peace; and one film critic shares his 54 favorite movies.  

It's (Not) Showtime: Why There's a Crackdown on Subway Performers

Arrests of performers on the subway have more than quadrupled this year - here's how the arrests of dancers is in keeping with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton's "Broken Windows" vision of policing.

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Cory Booker and Rand Paul Join Forces on Prison Reform

New Jersey Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat, talks about legislation he and Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, a Republican, have introduced, called the REDEEM Act, to reform the criminal justice system. REDEEM stands for Record Expungement Designed to Enhance Employment, and also aims to increase the age of criminal responsibility.

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Russell Simmons on How to Keep the Peace

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam Records, founder of Phat Farm, and lots more, discusses the Keep The Peace grant program (through RushCard) he's leading that is designed to support community based organizations that are reducing violence in their neighborhoods. He's joined by Erica Ford, one of the recipients, to talk about her work with LIFE Camp, Inc.

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Call Us From the Weirdest Place Possible

We've had callers to this show from all over the world, from moving trains, while getting ticketed for jaywalking, and even, once, the tub. We challenge you to call in from the weirdest place possible. 

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Carnegie's Vision for Peace

On the eve of the 100th anniversary of World War I, Joel Rosenthal of the Carnegie Council discusses the war and the assassination that ignited it. Plus, we talk about the legacy and ideals of people like Andrew Carnegie, who thought international arbitration and shared knowledge would lead to reconciliation and would eventually end all wars and other violent conflicts.

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A Decade-by-Decade Guide To Your Favorite Movies

Kenneth Turan told Brian Lehrer what makes his favorite films great, from the silent era to recent features. Then, we compiled your nominations for best film ever -- along with links to all of the ones available to watch online. Happy watching!

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A Subway Dancer Tells All

Love them? Hate them? Don't understand how they do back flips on a moving train? Amid a crackdown on subway dancers, we talk to one who says he isn't going anywhere.

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#TBT Brian and Salman Rushdie, 2002

Ten or fifteen years ago, Salman Rushdie made a prediction about the kinds of social debates we'd be having "ten or fifteen years from now." 


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