99% Invisible

162- Mystery House

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

According to legend, Sarah Winchester's friends advised the grieving widow to seek the services of a Boston spiritual medium named Adam Koombs. The story goes, Koombs put Mrs. Winchester in touch with her deceased husband—but William had bad news. -


To the Best of Our Knowledge

T.C. Boyle Talks "The Harder They Come"

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Celebrated novelist T.C. Boyle talks about his latest book, "The Harder They Come," which explores the roots of violence in America.


The Takeaway

Police Departments Lose Military Equipment

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Over 150 police departments have been suspended from a controversial Pentagon program that transfers military equipment to state and local police. Among the reasons—they lost weapons.

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Cop Shot for First Time on de Blasio's Watch

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It happened in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on Wednesday evening, when 26-year old rookie officer James Li and his partner were pursuing a fare evader on a bus, and the man withdrew a gun and fired on Li.


The Brian Lehrer Show

In Harm's Way: A Year Later

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kathleen Horan, WNYC criminal justice reporter, talks about her series profiling every child killed by gunfire in NYC, and what the victims who have died in the past year had in common.

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Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The That Dime Bag Will Be $14.50 with Tax Gabfest

Friday, April 26, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Debating Miranda, assessing Obama and taxing Mary Jane.


Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: A Guy Named Plotz Makes Jokes About a Guy Named Weiner Gabfest

Friday, April 12, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: A gun bill gains momentum, the Obama budget courts controversy and Anthony Weiner wants redemption.


New Jersey News

NJ Panel Call For Tougher Gun Regulations, Penalties

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A blue ribbon panel appointed by Governor Chris Christie after the Newtown school shooting massacre wants the state to tighten its gun regulations  and the access minors have to violent video games. The task force also wants to see increased access to mental health counseling.

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The Takeaway

'Gun Guys' Challenges the Stereotypes about Firearms and Those Who Love Them

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The classic American "gun guy" is shotgun-toting John Wayne, riding his way through cowboy movies like "She Wore a Yellow Ribbon," "El Dorado," and "True Grit."  Author Dan Baum describes himself as more of a Woody Allen than a John Wayne, and yet he has loved guns since his first successful shoot at the age of five. Baum describes his unlikely passion for firearms in his new book, "Gun Guys: A Road Trip."

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As NY Institutes New Gun Laws, Focus Shifts to Gun Industry Subsidies

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Every year, the state gives out millions in tax incentives, loans and economic development grants to the private sector. Every state does it, and New York has little choice if it wants to prevent companies from leaving.

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Life of the Law

Block Boss

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

On every city block, there are rules. Some are unspoken, some require friendly reminders, some are enforced by the law. Is it ever OK to break the rules in order to prevent others from breaking the rules themselves?



Mother of Boy Who Had Gun at School Arrested, Police Say

Friday, January 18, 2013

Police say they have arrested the mother of a 7-year-old Queens boy who brought a gun and ammunition to school in his backpack.


On The Media

Newspaper Publishes a Map Showing Where Gun Owners Live

Friday, January 11, 2013

Following the school massacre in nearby Connecticut, a New York state paper published a map showing the names and addresses of handgun permit owners in its readership area — all except for one county, where local officials have refused to provide the paper with the information. This decision violates explicit New York State law, but has a supporter in New York state Senator Greg Ball, who tells Bob why he's supporting Putnam County officials.

Yo La Tengo - Stupid Things

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Guns in America: Glossary of Terms

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Every week, we'll add terms and definitions used in the gun control debate to this glossary. We'll add more terms each Thursday this month with Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun.

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The New Yorker: Political Scene

Jill Lepore and Patrick Radden Keefe on the politics of gun control after the Newtown shooting.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Jill Lepore and Patrick Radden Keefe on the politics of gun control after the Newtown shooting.


Slate Political Gabfest

Slate: The Last Shot Gabfest

Friday, December 21, 2012

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: Confronting gun violence, teetering on the edge of the fiscal cliff and remembering Robert Bork.


It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: How Much Does the NRA Influence Elections?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How much does the pro-gun group actually matter in individual races? Maybe less than you think.

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The Takeaway

The Rise of the Glock: America's Gun

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

In the early 1980s, a 50-year-old radiator manufacturer who'd never made a gun before was given the opportunity to make some for the Austrian army. His name was Gaston Glock, and the gun that bears his name has gained a ubiquitous presence both on-screen and in real-life crimes over the past 25 years. Made mostly of plastic and consisting fewer parts, the glock is lighter and easier to handle than other handguns — making it "amateur-friendly."

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Officers Cleared in Harlem Block Party Shootings

Friday, March 04, 2011

A grand jury has decided against charging four police officers with any crimes in a deadly shooting after a New York City block party last summer, two sources familiar with the investigation told the Associated Press today.


The Takeaway

How the AK-47 Changed the World

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The AK-47 has long been synonymous with armed combat at both large and small scale, and for good reason. The gun has remained the most widely-deployed assault rifle in the world for decades. Compact, efficient and reliable in the field, the gun releases fifteen rounds from its barrel in a single second – allowing users to annihilate their enemies with the single touch of a trigger. 

Of course, this also means that millions have died at the hands of those who operate AK-47s. The United Nations estimates that four million people died by small arms in the 1990s alone, ninety percent of them civilians.

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