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Friday, August 08, 2014

Richard Nixon Richard Nixon won a 49-state victory in the 1972 election. Inquiries into Watergate began in 1973, and in August 1974 he resigned from the presidency. (Richard Nixon Presidential Library/Courtesy of the White House Photographic Office Collection, Richard Nixon Presidential Library)

The U.S. has begun bombing in Northern Iraq to strike key ISIS strongholds and aid a humanitarian mission on a remote mountaintop. We update the latest. Plus: Richard Nixon resigned 40 years ago today. Elizabeth Holtzman, who was a member of the House Judiciary Committee at the time, looks back on the Watergate scandal. And Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health explains best practices for containing Ebola; what an NCAA rule change means; and your favorite NYC sanctuaries. 

40 Years After Nixon Resigns

40 years ago today, President Nixon announced he was resigning from office. Elizabeth Holtzman was a member of the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 (D-Brooklyn) and had sought to impeach him over the unauthorized bombing of Cambodia. She looks back on Nixon's presidency and the Watergate hearings.

Where were you on August 8, 1974?  

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Drugs for Ebola?

Anthony Fauci, immunologist and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at The National Institutes of Health, talks about the experimental drug treatment for two Americans with Ebola and the current best practices for stopping the current outbreak.

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Back in Iraq

Reports this morning indicate that the U.S. has begun to bomb key ISIS locations, after President Obama last night authorized humanitarian drops to help refugees stranded in Northern Iraq. Mark Landler, White House correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the latest developments, and what it says about the Obama administration's willingness to use American military power.

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What's Your NYC Sanctuary?

WNYC is gathering your ideas -- and making a map -- for where you escape in the NYC area for some peace, quiet, and reflection. We take your calls to talk about your favorite quiet space.

 

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The Wealth Gap in College Sports Just Got Even Bigger

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has just voted to approve new guidelines that will allow schools in the top five athletic conferences to spend even more money on sports. Steve Eder, Investigative Sports Reporter at The New York Times, breaks down how this might create what some are calling a two-tiered league with a now even bigger gap between the schools at the top and all the rest, and how all of this will end up affecting college athletes.

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The Secret Roots of Our Shark Freak-Outs

It's a summer ritual - everyone freaks out about shark attacks. But, according to WNYC reporter Jim O'Grady, it's a fairly recent phenomenon and one that can be traced to an attack in 1916 in Matawan, NJ. 

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