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The Takeaway

How the NRA Twisted Gun Science and Silenced Researchers

Friday, April 10, 2015

In the early '90s, CDC research showed that households with a gun had higher rates of violent deaths. The NRA questioned the science and worked to cover it up.

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WNYC News

In Newark, Almost Half of Last Year's Murders Remain Unsolved

Monday, February 16, 2015

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About 75 percent of those killed in Newark are deliberate targets over drug territory, according to the police director. Of last year's 93 murders, 42 have not yet led to an arrest. 

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The Takeaway

Chapel Hill Murders Rattle Community

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Why did a Chapel Hill, North Carolina man brutally murder his Muslim neighbors? Was it because of a parking dispute, as his lawyer says, or was it an act of religiously-targeted hate?

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Death, Sex & Money

I Killed Someone. Now I Have 3 Kids.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lawrence Bartley has been in prison for 23 years on a murder charge. Now, he's wondering what he'll say to the parole board—and to his sons, who are still too young to know of his past.

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WNYC News

Mayor Calls Gun Violence a Health Crisis, Vows $13M to Fight It

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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City officials put millions toward fighting gun violence.

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The Takeaway

Is There Such a Thing as a 'Good Guy With a Gun'?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Law-abiding gun owners say the current debate over the second amendment doesn't include their point of view. But as a recent example shows, legality and good intentions don't always prevent tragedy. 

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WNYC News

Bloomberg Backs New National Anti-Gun Violence Group

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Bloomberg pledges big bucks to a group aimed at curbing gun violence.

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New Jersey News

The 4 Plans to Reduce Newark's 111 Murders

Thursday, January 02, 2014

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Newark, N.J. closed out the year 2013 with 111 murders – the highest in 23 years.

After three children were shot on Christmas night, those vying to become the city's next mayor are detailing their plans to lower crime.

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering New York City's Kids Killed by Gunfire

Monday, November 25, 2013

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The teens were called JayJay, Rozay, Sadonte, Kiki, BeeJay, Asia, K.T., MaoMao, Shallie and Rasmoove by the people who loved them best. They were the unlucky ones in a year of record low homicides. We spent a year profiling their lives.

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Studio 360

Gun Violence on the Rise in PG-13 Movies

Friday, November 22, 2013

A new study published in Pediatrics argues that over the last 30 years, gun violence has tripled in the most popular PG-13 movies. The rating, which was created by the Motion Picture Association of America in the 1980s to establish a middle ground between “Parental Guidance Suggested” (PG) ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Policing at the Community Level

Monday, September 30, 2013

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Bill de Blasio says he will "end the 'Stop and Frisk' era," while Joe Lhota vows to continue many of the policing tactics developed under Bloomberg and Ray Kelly. Eric Adams, NY State Senator, former NYPD captain and candidate for Brooklyn Borough President, and Pastor Gilford Monrose of Mt. Zion Church of God (7th Day), discuss the challenges of community policing, and what the next mayor can do to curb gun violence while also improving relations with the NYPD.

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Shaaliver Douse

Monday, August 12, 2013

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Shanise Farrar has barely stopped moving since she learned her son, 14-year-old Shaaliver Douse, was killed in the Bronx by police. Early last Sunday, rookie officers said they encountered him chasing and shooting at another youth on 151st Street and he refused to drop his gun.

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New Jersey News

In Newark, Gunshot Detection System Falls Short of Booker's Claims

Friday, August 09, 2013

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Mayor Cory Booker touts the gunshot detection technology he brought in to combat gun violence. But, the impact of the technology has been, at best, modest.

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WNYC News

Fear of Snitch Label, Witnesses Remain Silent in Teen's Unsolved Murder

Thursday, June 27, 2013

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It’s been a year today since 14-year-old Akeal Christopher was shot dead after leaving a friend’s party in Bushwick, Brooklyn — but still no arrests have been made in the case.

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WNYC News

26 Shot in Weekend Violence, 7 Killed

Monday, June 03, 2013

The NYPD is confirming that 26 people were shot, 7 fatally, in a rash of violence over the weekend.

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WNYC News

BK Group Sends Clergy to Unfolding Crime Scenes

Monday, June 03, 2013

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In an effort to combat the cyclical summer crime spike, a group of Flatbush Pastors are planning to deploy clergy members to shootings to help quell violence.

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WNYC News

In Harm's Way: Remembering the Life of Alphonza Bryant III

Friday, May 03, 2013

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Alphonza Bryant III, 17, had a lot to look forward to. There was his upcoming prom (he already had a white tuxedo picked out) and next month, he was graduating high school. In a class photo, he appears to be anticipating the occasion, wearing a cerulean blue cap and gown.

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New Jersey News

Ghosts of Sneakers Past

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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The cover of Boston magazine's May issue is a photo of running shoes worn by people who ran the marathon. In New Jersey, shoes are drawing an emotional reaction from young people who are walking a trail of shoes that represent lives lost to gun violence.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Flashpoint: A Tale of Two Police Forces

Friday, April 12, 2013

How are New York and Chicago fighting gun violence? The Brian Lehrer Show and WBEZ Chicago co-host a special call-in, live in both cities to discuss how the NYPD and CPD are trying to curb guns -- and how communities are reacting to different policing strategies. Listen to full audio and read a transcript of highlights now.

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On The Media

Gun Anecdotes, What To Know about the Avian Flu, and Grindr.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Since the Sandy Hook shootings, gun violence anecdotes have been the centerpiece of much of the reporting about guns. OTM asks if there's a better way. Also, who to listen to about the new avian flu and everything you need to know about Grindr.