Andy Borowitz Guest Hosts; The Price of Inequality; Nancy Kerrigan's Knee; Rita Moreno; Prosecuting the "Cannibal Cop"

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Monday, January 13, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: David Dante Troutt discusses why inequality is a growing crisis in communities across the country. ESPN documentary director Nanette Burstein looks back at the attack on figure skater Nancy Kerrigan 20 years ago. Actor, singer, dancer, and author Rita Moreno talks about her life and career, and receiving the SAG Life Achievement Award later this month. And we’ll look at the case of former cop Gilberto Valle who was convicted last March of plotting to kidnap and eat women–and issues raised when people are convicted for crimes they haven’t even committed yet.

The Cost of Inequality in America

David Dante Troutt looks at the cost of inequality in the country. He writes of the problems facing working- and middle class-communities: fiscal stress, urban decline, environmental sprawl, failing schools, mass incarceration, political isolation, disproportionate foreclosures, and severe public health risks. In The Price of Paradise: The Cost of Inequality and the Vision for a More Equitable America, he argues that adopting policies that take all class levels into consideration.

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Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding 20 Years Later

Nanette Burstein, director of the ESPN documentary “The Price of Gold,” remembers the worldwide spectacle that erupted 20 years ago, when, weeks before the 1994 Winter Games in Lillehammer, figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was clubbed on the right knee by an unknown attacker. It was revealed that figure skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband, Jeff Gillooly, had planned the attack with his friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition and increase Harding’s chance at a gold medal. “The Price of Gold”  premieres January 16, at 9 pm on ESPN.

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Rita Moreno on a Lifetime of Achievement

In her new memoir, legendary actress Rita Moreno talks about her storied career - from "West Side Story" to a the 2013 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award - and her decades-long affair with Marlon Brando.

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The “Cannibal Cop” and Pre-emptive Prosecution

Robert Kolker discusses the “cannibal cop” case and looks at whether it’s possible—or even legal—to convict people for crimes they haven’t even committed yet. His article “A Dangerous Mind,” in the January 13 issue of New York magazine, is about Gilberto Valle, who was arrested in New York on a charge of conspiracy to kidnap. Details from his bail hearings told the story of a husband secretly plotting to kidnap and kill, cook, and eat several women, including his own wife. The trial seemed to be two different cases—the actual charge against Valle (conspiracy to kidnap) and the question of what Valle might do in the future if he were allowed to go free.

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