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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Indictment Expected in the Akai Gurley Shooting

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

While the District Attorney has yet to make a formal announcement, many are reporting that Officer Peter Liang has been indicted on several charges, including second-degree manslaughter.

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Schoolbook

Shooting Near School Sparks Call for More Police

Friday, October 10, 2014

More than a week after a school's parent coordinator was wounded in gunfire, the head of her union is calling for more of a police presence outside city schools.
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WNYC News

Eric Garner's Family Presses for Officer's Arrest in Chokehold Case

Saturday, August 02, 2014

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The Rev. Al Sharpton joined the family of a Staten Island man killed while being detained by the NYPD in calling for legal action. Garner's widow said prosecutors should "do the right thing and give me justice for my husband."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Fatal Arrest Prompts Anger, Grief and Lots of Questions

Monday, July 21, 2014

WNYC criminal justice reporter Kathleen Horan talks with listeners about the death of Eric Garner during an arrest on Staten Island, during which the NYPD apparently used the banned "chokehold."

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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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The Takeaway

Policing the New Wild West: North Dakota's Oil Boom Towns

Friday, November 01, 2013

Towns in North Dakota's oil-rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom-- and law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North Dakota.

Towns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns.Towns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North DakotaTowns in North Dakota's oil rich Bakken region are exploding with people looking to make money off of the energy boom. And law enforcement can't keep up. We look at the surging crime rate in these modern “boom towns” with Sheriff Scott Busching of Williams County, North Dakota.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crime Online

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Nate Anderson, deputy editor of Ars Technica and the author of The Internet Police: How Crime Went Online, and the Cops Followed (W.W. Norton & Co., 2013), looks at specific cases of online crime and what they demonstrate about the contradictions of easier access to anonymity and surveillance.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Guns in America: Gun Trafficking

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun, talks about gun trafficking and how concerns about gun violence in urban areas like NYC are different from elsewhere. Plus: the role of the Glock in urban areas.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

DA Vance On Gun Control

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New York State is set to pass comprehensive gun control legislation. Cyrus Vance Jr., Manhattan District Attorney, reacts to the legislation and discusses recent weapons prosecutions. He's joined by Executive Assistant District Attorney Chauncey Parker, who oversees the Crime Strategies Unit.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bronx DA Declines to Prosecute

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang discusses her months-long investigation that reveals that the Bronx DA declines to prosecute far more cases than other borough's DA's.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

LA's Gangster Squad

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Journalist Paul Lieberman chronicles the true story of the secretive police unit that waged war to drive Mickey Cohen and other gangsters from Los Angeles after WWII. Gangster Squad: Covert Cops, the Mob, and the Battle for Los Angeles tells the story of the LAPD’s real-life Gangster Squad—eight men who met covertly to combat what city fathers saw as an “invasion of undesirables.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Theodore Roosevelt and Sin-Loving New York

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Richard Zacks describes the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York and the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, then police commissioner, to clean it up. In Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York, tells how young Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeded, even too well.

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The Takeaway

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's a... Real-Life Superhero?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

There are over 300 registered superheroes in the United States. Coming from all walks of life, they patrol the streets, stop crimes, and do community outreach in homemade costumes. While each real life superhero has a different reason for taking up the cause, the one thing that's certain about this eccentric bunch of concerned citizens is that their ranks are growing: The New York Initiative, a New York City-based collective of superheroes, has gone from four members to 12 in 2011.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Massacre in Jamaica

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

New Yorker contributor Mattathias Schwartz discusses a police and military assault on the Tivoli Gardens neighborhood of Kingston, Jamaica, in May 2010, that resulted in the deaths of more than seventy people. The article “A Massacre in Jamaica” appears in the December 12 issue of The New Yorker.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration

Monday, December 05, 2011

Public health scholar and Soros Justice Fellow Ernest Drucker argues that imprisonment has become an epidemic in this country, a destabilizing force that undermines families and communities, damaging the very social structures that prevent crime. Drucker spent 20 years treating drug addiction and another 20 studying AIDS in some of the poorest neighborhoods of the South Bronx and the world, and he uses the public health and epidemiological concepts in his book A Plague of Prisons: The Epidemiology of Mass Incarceration in America.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency

Monday, November 28, 2011

Journalist Ioan Grillo, who has spent a decade in Mexico reporting on the drug wars from the front lines, draws a portrait of Mexico's drug cartels and how they have radically transformed in the last decade. His book El Narco: Inside Mexico’s Criminal Insurgency includes testimonies from inside the cartels, firsthand dispatches, and analysis.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dangerous Instincts

Friday, October 28, 2011

Former FBI profiler and expert on psychopathy and criminal behavior Mary Ellen O’Toole explains that our gut instincts and a sense of fear alone can’t protect us from danger. In Dangerous Instincts, she outlines how to protect yourself and your family from harm, and what to look for when you hire someone to work inside your home or with your children, and what signals to evaluate when hiring a new employee in your office.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The FBI and Counterterrorism

Monday, August 29, 2011

Since 9/11 the FBI has made counterterrorism its number one priority, and its efforts have spawned a wide network of informants who are mostly tasked with spying on Muslim Americans. Mother Jones reporter Trevor Aaronson writes about how the Agency is infiltrating communities and in some cases, provoking people to plan terrorist attacks. He's the author of "Terrorists for the FBI," in the latest issue of Mother Jones.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Takedown

Monday, August 08, 2011

Jeffrey Robinson and Special Agent Rooney Viola and discuss Viola and Assistant U.S. Attorney Bonnie Klapper's efforts to dismantle a Colombian cartel responsible for 60 percent of all the cocaine coming into the United States. In The Takedown: A Suburban Mom, A Coal Miner's Son, and the Unlikely Demise of Columbia's Brutal Norte Valle Cartel, Jeffrey Robinson tells the story of trying to take down a gang of traffickers and murderers 2500 miles away from Klapper's tiny office in Hauppauge, Long Island.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

In 2000, Michael Calce, known as Mafiaboy, brought down the websites of Amazon, CNN, Dell, E-TRADE, eBay, and Yahoo!, inciting panic from Silicon Valley to the White House. He served eight months in open custody for the 56 charges on which he was convicted. In Mafiaboy: A Portrait of the Hacker as a Young Man, written with Craig Silverman, he gives a tour of the fast-evolving 21st-century world of hacking—from disruptions caused by teens like Calce, to organized crime and other efforts with potentially catastrophic results—and explains how to protect yourself online.

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