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The Takeaway

The Military's Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures

Monday, February 03, 2014

"The Encyclopedia of Ethical Failures" sounds like a whimsical title for a high-brow novel, but it is actually a very real bureaucratic laundry list of the wrong-doings of government employees. The infractions are sometimes pathetic, sometimes serious, and sometimes laughable—but they are true through and through, and they are extensive Gordon Lubold, a national security reporter for Foreign Policy has studied the encyclopedia at length. He walks us through the highlights of this report—from the funniest violations to the most egregious.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Does The NFL Deserve Nonprofit Status?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

In addition to local franchises getting tax breaks, the NFL as a league retains nonprofit status that lets it avoid millions of dollars in taxes. As we prepare for Sunday's Super Bowl, Gregg Easterbrook, author of The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America, discusses the arrangement and the big money in pro football.

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WNYC News

No More Outside Employment for Legislators, if Bill Passes

Monday, December 30, 2013

A New York state senator representing Midtown Manhattan wants to make it illegal for legislators to earn outside income.

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The Takeaway

The Science of Charitable Giving

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Last year, Giving Tuesday brought $10 million in dollars of donations to charities, though it's a small sum compared to the billions of dollars spent on all other shopping days like Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. Peter Singer, a bioethics professor at Princeton University, teaches a course on charitable giving and is the author of "The Life You Can Save: Acting Now to End World Poverty." He joins The takeaway to discuss why Americans don't give more.

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On Being

Ira Byock — Contemplating Mortality [remix]

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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On Being

[Unedited] Ira Byock with Krista Tippett

Thursday, November 07, 2013

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Is it Possible to Be An Ethical Parent?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Parents often engage in behavior that is various degrees of corrupt on behalf of their kids, and Lisa Miller, contributing editor for New York magazine, explains why.

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WNYC News

State's Ethics Commission Under Review

Monday, August 19, 2013

Government reform groups and the bar association have teamed up to conduct a survey on how to improve the troubled state ethics commission. 

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New Tech City

Genspace Brings DIY Biolab to Brooklyn

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

At the Genspace community biolab in Downtown Brooklyn, citizen scientists are coming together to explore the basics of biology — and maybe discover something that will transform our lives.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Dear Prudence: Marriage and Infidelity

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate, takes your questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions, and offers her advice.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Dear Prudence: Exposed Strangers

Thursday, June 27, 2013

This summer Emily Yoffe, also known as the Dear Prudence advice columnist for Slate, takes listener questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

This week: how do you let a stranger know he or she is accidentally exposing a body part...that is not usually exposed? Think an unzipped fly or a see-through shirt. 

  • Have advice about this situation? Post it below. 
  • Need advicePost your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week! Or give us a call during the show at 212-433-9692.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask Dear Prudence: Splitting A Check

Thursday, June 20, 2013

All this month, Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate takes listeners questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

This week: Does "hosting" imply picking up the tab for restaurant meals and is there a good way to handle check-splitting when people of different means ... and different tastes are involved?  

  • Have advice about this situation? Post it below!
  • Need advice?  Post your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week!

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WNYC News

Cops Tempting Would-Be Thieves With Wallets Is Unfair, Ethicist Says

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

The NYPD’s practice of leaving wallets, cash and bags in plain sight and arresting those who pick them up promotes immoral behavior, according to an ethicist.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Humanism and Primates

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Drawing on his primate research, Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, professor of primate behavior at Emory University and author of The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, argues morality comes from within, not from religious belief.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ask a Bioethicist: Privacy and Genetics

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Each week in March, we'll talk about medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany, who sits on the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She'll discuss some of the thorniest bioethical conundrums of our day.

Today's topic: Privacy and genetics. We want your suggestions of bioethical questions we should discuss. Ask your question below and we'll tackle as many as we can.

This complete interview originally aired live on March 13, 2013 as part of a month-long series. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special hour of Ask a Bioethicist in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show.

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On Being

Fr. Greg Boyle — The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fr. Greg Boyle on his work with gangs in L.A., connections between kinship and delight, and of finding delight in one another.

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On Being

[Unedited] Fr. Greg Boyle with Krista Tippett

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Fr. Greg Boyle on his work with gangs in L.A., connections between kinship and delight, and of finding delight in one another.

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On Being

Thupten Jinpa — Translating the Dalai Lama [remix]

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar and former monk, is the Dalai Lama's chief English translator. He shares the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism that can't be conveyed in public teachings, and what happens when this ancient tradition meets modern science

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On Being

[Unedited] Thupten Jinpa with Krista Tippett

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thupten Jinpa, a Buddhist scholar and former monk, is the Dalai Lama's chief English translator. He shares the intricacies of Tibetan Buddhism that can't be conveyed in public teachings, and what happens when this ancient tradition meets modern science

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WNYC News

Menendez Pushes Forward Despite Ethics Probe

Friday, February 15, 2013

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It has been a tough week for U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey. The senator faces an ethics probe into flights he took to the Dominican Republic on a jet belonging to Doctor Salomon Melgen, a big campaign donor Menendez has gone to bat for with the federal government.

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