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WNYC News

Bailing Out Those Who Can't Make Bail

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thousands of New Yorkers get stuck behind bars for weeks, even months, because they can’t make bail of a few hundred dollars. A public defender’s office in the city came up with a novel solution.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Where Are The Missing Nigerian Schoolgirls?

Monday, May 05, 2014

More than 275 Nigerian school girls were abducted by the Islamist group Boko Haram on April 15. Adam Nossiter, West and Central Africa Bureau Chief for The New York Times, talks about what's known about the mass kidnapping and the search for the girls.

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The Takeaway

Should Sexual Assault Stats be Part of College Rankings?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

One Congresswoman thinks so—she’s pushing for U.S. News & World Report to incorporate assault data into its ranking methodology.

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Freakonomics Radio

The Perfect Crime

Thursday, May 01, 2014

If you are driving and kill a pedestrian, there's a good chance you'll barely be punished. Why?

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 371: Not in Vain

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Ayodeji Ogunniyi remembers how the murder of his father led him to a new career.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Patrick Radden Keefe on writing about drug crime.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Patrick Radden Keefe on writing about drug crime.

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Freakonomics Radio

Which Came First, the Chicken or the Avocado?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When it comes to exercising outrage, people tend to be very selective. Could it be that humans are our least favorite animal?

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New Jersey News

The Risks Parents Take to Get Their Kids Medical Marijuana

Friday, April 18, 2014

WNYC

Delays in New Jersey's medical marijuana program have desperate parents importing it from other states, and making their own concoctions for young and disabled children.

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The Takeaway

Inside America's 'Superpredator' Panic

Monday, April 07, 2014

In 1994, the murder of Robert Sandifer, an 11-year-old gang member who went by the name "Yummy," set off a wave of panic about the next generation of juvenile criminals.

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WQXR Blog

Violinist Gil Shaham Takes On a New Role: Crime Fighter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Reports of train stations and shopping malls blaring classical music to chase off vagrants, vandals and ne'er-do-wells have been making headlines for over a decade. Gil Shaham decided to act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Preventing Sex Trafficking in America

Monday, March 24, 2014

Drawing on her own experience surviving having been sex-trafficked at age 14, Holly Austin Smith, advocate for human trafficking victims, talks about the cultural forces that make young men and women susceptible to exploitation in her book, Walking Prey: How America's Youth Are Vulnerable to Sex Slavery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).

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Freakonomics Radio

Women Are Not Men (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

In many ways, the gender gap is closing. In others, not so much. And that's not always a bad thing.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Racial Profiling, Stand Your Ground, Injustice in the Trayvon Martin Case

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It’s been two years since an unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed by George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman was acquitted of second-degree murder in July.

Legal analyst Lisa Bloom covered the trial for NBC. In her book Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It she discusses covering the trial and outlines what she sees as the major mistakes made by the state of Florida that guaranteed it would lose the case. Bloom tells Leonard in this interview that the prosecution blundered by downplaying the issue of race in the courtroom when it should have been central. “I believe racial profiling is at the heart of the case, not only for Zimmerman, but for the police who did a lax job of investigating the case, for the jury, and I have new info from the jury room that substantiates this, from the judge who didn’t want anyone to talk about racial profiling even though it was so obviously a part of the case,” said Bloom. “Not just in that courtroom, but for all of us.”

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The Takeaway

In Search of a Stolen Stradivarius

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Earlier this week, Milwaukee concertmaster Frank Almond was walking to a car after a performance when his 1715 Stradivarius violin was stolen by a thief. A former FBI special agent discussed the world of high art theft and the history of stolen violins.

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WNYC News

Police Release Sketch in Journalist Attack; Hate Crime Suspected

Monday, January 27, 2014

Randy Gener, 46, remains in intensive care at St Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital.

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Soundcheck

NYPD Decoding Hip-Hop Videos On YouTube To Track Gang Crime

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The New York Times crime reporter talks about how YouTube videos are helping investigators track and prosecute gang-related crime. 

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On The Media

Policing Gangs Through Rap Videos

Friday, January 17, 2014

In New York City, 30 percent of all shootings are tied to youth gang rivalries. There are over 300 street crews in the city, loosely affiliated gangs that battle mainly over turf. The rivalries often play out in rap videos made by the gangs and posted on YouTube. Those videos - and threats of violence in their lyrics - are being used as evidence by New York City police to make arrests. Brooke talks with WNYC reporter Kathleen Horan about this policing technique. 

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On The Media

Rap Lyrics as Evidence

Friday, January 17, 2014

This coming week, the Supreme Court of New Jersey will consider an appeal of a 2008 that found Vonte Skinner guilty of attempted murder. On what evidence? Inconsistent eyewitness testimony, and rap lyrics written by Skinner. The lyrics didn’t reference the victim or any details of the crime. Bob speaks with Professor Charis Kubrin who studies the surprisingly common use of rap lyrics as evidence, and co-wrote an Op Ed in the New York Times last week called “Rap Lyrics on Trial.” 

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New Jersey News

Newark Mayor Says Gov. Christie Hasn't Responded to Requests for Help

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

WNYC

Newark officials say the city will add 100 more police officers by the end of 2014. But Gov. Chris Christie has had nothing to do with that, says Newark Mayor Luis Quintana.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Menachem Stark's Murder Shakes the Orthodox Community

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Josh Nathan-Kazis, staff writer for The Jewish Daily Forward , talks about what is known about the kidnapping and death of Menachem Stark, a prominent Satmar Jewish developer and landlord in Brooklyn.

 

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