Human Rights, Activism and George Takei

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

George Takei Actor George Takei attends DirecTV "To Be Takei" media reception at The General NYC on July 2, 2014, in New York City. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for DirecTV/Getty)

On today’s show: Legal professor Samuel Moyn looks at the history and politics of human rights and talks about what justifies humanitarian intervention. Actor, activist and social media superstar George Takei discusses his life and career—along with Jennifer Kroot, who’s made a documentary called “To Be Takei.” Five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart talks about his photographs of legendary musicians, eccentric characters and portraits of members of the Lakota tribe. And we’ll look at the growing militarization of American policing and why some small town sheriffs’ departments have been given heavily armored tanks.


Who Decides What Human Rights Are?

What are the origins of human rights? In recent years, this question has become a major focus of historical and ideological debate. Law professor Samuel Moyn explores the past, present, and future of the politics of human rights and talks about when humanitarian intervention is justified. He’s the ...

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Marty Stuart on Photographing Music Legends and Eccentric Americans

He began photographing what he called "the history in the making" going on around him when he was a teenager, on tour with Lester Flatt.

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How George Takei Conquered Facebook

The actor talks about his breakout role as Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," his activism, becoming a social media phenomenon, the new documentary about his life - "To Be Takei," directed by Jennifer Kroot.

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What We Can Learn from the Rats of Manhattan

A biology professor explains how trapping rats in Manhattan to analyze their DNA will help us understand how the rodents move around the city.

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When did the Police Turn into the Military?

Footage from the protests in Ferguson, Mo. have portrayed the St. Louis suburb as a modern-day war zone, with police officers in armored vehicles and military grade weapons. Kara Dansky, a senior counsel at the ACLU, explains how and why federal programs have created incentives for police departments to use paramilitary tactics and artillery.

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Marty Stuart at WNYC

Guest Picks: Marty Stuart

Marty Stuart was on the Lopate show August 14, 2014 to talk about his new book of photography, American Ballads. He's a fan of Tony Bennett. Find out what else he's a fan of!


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