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Public Shaming on Social Media

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jon Ronson talks about the renaissance of public shaming that's happening online.

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The Upside of Shame: Promoting Positive Change

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Jennifer Jacquet explains how public shaming can be used to promote political change and social reform.

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Covering "Ghettosides" in South L.A.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

In 2006, journalist Jill Leovy started a blog called "The Homicide Report." Her goal was to document every murder committed in L.A. County -- all 1,000 of them.  She spent two years embedded with homicide detectives, talking with victim's families, witnesses and suspects.  Now Leovy talks about her book, "Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America."

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Race and Justice in Madison

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Reverend Alex Gee, head of the Fountain of Life Covenant Church, and Erica Nelson, author of a recent report on Madison's racial divide, talk about race relations in the wake of the death of Tony Robinson.

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Working for Equal Justice - Bryan Stevenson

Friday, March 13, 2015

Lawyer Bryan Stevenson talks about his work winning relief for dozens of condemned prisoners and challenging bias against the poor and people of color.

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One Child's Response to Tony Robinson's Death

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Producer Charles Monroe-Kane lives a few blocks from the house where an Afrian-American teenager was recently killed by a white police officer. The impacts of the shooting have been rippling through the mixed-race neighborhood. Charles and his family are whiet. Here's how they are responding.

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On Our Minds: Jon Stewart

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Jon Stewart recently announced that he's stepping down from his role as host of "The Daily Show."  So we're revisiting our 2004 conversation with him and our conversation with Bill Clinton's joke writer Mark Katz.

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The Takeaway

NSA Revelations Present Business, Ethical Challenges in Silicon Valley

Friday, July 12, 2013

Yesterday, The Guardian released a report showing the extent to which Microsoft worked with the NSA to make data from Outlook, Hotmail and Skype accessible. They highlight the complicated business and ethical problems in Silicon Valley. Steve Blank, author of "The Secret History of Silicon Valley," joins us to explain Microsoft's role in circumventing the encryption process.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Ambivalence

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Perhaps you usually have a clear opinion and a point of view. Yet, are there big topics out there today that you are just not sure about?

Listeners: What big issue of the day are you ambivalent about?  

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Paula Poundstone: Wait, Wait, Please Tell Me

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Paula Poundstone, comedienne and frequent guest on "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me," on the intersection of comedy and current events.

Event: Paula is performing tomorrow, July 21, at the Bergen Performing Arts Center in Englewood, NJ.  

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Teachable Moments of 2010

Friday, December 31, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was. Today we're having a conversation about the teachable moments of 2010. What lessons can we take away from the major world events of the past year?

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The Moral of the Story with Randy Cohen

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

When reading the news it is easy to have an opinion about whether the person involved was acting ethically. But no one is more entitled to that opinion than Randy Cohen. He writes The Ethicist column in the New York Times Magazine and is the author of the new Moral of the Story column in the New York Times. He joins The Takeaway with his ethical take on the news of the day.

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