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Slate: The "Can Anyone Stop This Darn Immigration Bill?" Gabfest

Friday, June 21, 2013

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson and Emily Bazelon. This week: The Senate debates immigration, the NSA doubles down on surveillance, and Obama takes a hit in the polls.

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MLK's Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech, IKEA Designs New Refugee Shelters, Miami Heat Wins NBA Championship

Friday, June 21, 2013

On Today's Show: Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Original 'I Have A Dream' Speech | 'Documented': Jose Antonio Vargas's Immigration Story | IKEA Designs New Refugee Shelters | Farm Bill Fails in The House | Miami Heat Wins NBA Championship | Number of Displaced Surge as Conflict in Syria Continues | The ...

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'Documented': Jose Antonio Vargas's Immigration Story

Friday, June 21, 2013

Jose Antonio Vargas arrived in the United States at the age of 12, but he didn't learn his about his undocumented status until he tried to get his driver's license at the age of 16. Since he revealed his status in a 2011 New York Times Magazine article, Vargas has become an immigration reform activist. He joins us today to discuss his latest project, "Documented," a new film that examines his own immigration story, from his childhood in the Philippines through today. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Immigration in America

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the new book Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America (Independent Institute, 2013), discusses the book and how it relates to the current immigration debate. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Whitey Bulger; UFT Endorsement; Ask Dear Prudence

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Slate contributor Seth Stevenson gives an update on the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and describes what it was like growing up in Boston during the Bulger era. Then, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, talks about the mayoral candidate the UFT endorsed. Plus: cities may be the solution to the world’s problems; Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s take on the current immigration debate; and advice columnist Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate, offers advice to listeners.  

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Searching For an Immigration Compromise, Remembering James Gandolfini, Is Obesity A Disease?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

On Today's Show: A Voice From the Border on Immigration Reform | Is Obesity a Disease? |Actor James Gandolfini Dead at 51  | Protests Heat Up in Brazil | What Makes a Phenomenal Teacher? | Federal Reserve Eyes End of Stimulus

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In Immigration Debate, Focus Turns to Texas Border

Monday, June 17, 2013

Migrant traffic across the Southwest border of Texas is on the rise as illegal crossings from Mexico have shifted away from Arizona. This could complicate things on Capitol Hill as the immigration reform bill makes its way through Congress. How will the Obama administration secure a bill that balances some level of forgiveness for illegal immigrants with increased security for border regions?

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Arming the Syrian Rebels, Voices Against the War on Drugs, The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument

Monday, June 17, 2013

How Should the U.S. Help Syrian Rebels? | Voices Against the War on Drugs | The Eiffel Tower as a Musical Instrument | Freedom: A Prison Librarian's Perspective | Election Results Hint at New World For Iran | New Leak: U.S. and Britain Eavesdropped on World Leaders in 2009 | In Immigration Debate, Focus Turns to Texas Border

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E.U. Angered by N.S.A. Data Collection Program, Mind Reading Robots, Eating Like a Caveman

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Did We Give The Government Permission to Spy on Us? | European Union Angered by NSA PRISM Program | Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to America Children | North Korea: More Media Saavy Than You Thought | The Benefits and Drawbacks of Eating Like a Caveman | The Flying Robot That Can Read Your Mind | Race and College Admissions: Desegregation and Affirmative Action

Soundcheck

La Santa Cecilia's Musical "Exhaust Valve"

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

La Santa Cecilia's song “El Hielo” tells the story of three immigrants living in fear of the law enforcement agency, and for the band La Santa Cecilia, it hits close to home. La Santa Cecilia's lead singer La Marisoul (the stage name of Marisol Hernandez) and accordion/requinto player Jose “Pepe” Carlos talk with Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop about how personal the song is for them.

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The Role Private Contracting Firms Play in Government National Security

Monday, June 10, 2013

Many questions this morning about Edward Snowden, the former C.I.A. computer technician behind the national security leaks that have dominated the headlines over the past few days. For more on the consequences Snowden may face and the role of private contracting firms in government national security, we turned to Mike Rispoli, the communications manager for Privacy International.

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The Senate Begins Debate on Immigration Reform Bill

Monday, June 10, 2013

It's going to come down to a debate over security versus equity for illegal immigrants in the U.S. The senate begins debate this week on a compromise immigration reform bill that is not a done deal despite the optimism from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Momentum has a way of becoming molasses in this congress. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich weighs in.

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N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward, George Zimmerman Trial Begins, Syria and the Growing Need for Humanitarian Aid

Monday, June 10, 2013

N.S.A. Whistle-Blower Comes Forward | Is the U.S. Now Syria's Only Hope? | Day One of the George Zimmerman Murder Trial | Syrian Conflict Spurs Sectarian Violence | The Senate Begins Debate on Immigration Reform Bill | Where are the Cicadas? | The Role Private Contracting Firms Play in Government National Security

The Brian Lehrer Show

NSA Leaks; China Summit; Bill de Blasio; Mandela Tributes; Winning in India

Monday, June 10, 2013

Michael Hirsch of National Journal discusses the continued NSA surveillance fallout, and President Obama's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Plus: mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; former Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan on the country's value as a testing ground for multinational businesses; how NYC public library programs help immigrants; and your tributes to Nelson Mandela.

Micropolis

MICROPOLIS: 'All in the Family' and the Search for a More Perfect Union

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Actress Jean Stapleton, who played the iconic role of Edith Bunker on TV's 'All in the Family,' died on Saturday, at the age of 90. For this latest episode of Micropolis, WNYC's Arun Venugopal examines the impact the show had on his own family -- who immigrated from India just a year before the show premiered, in 1971 -- as well as others trying to make sense of the era.

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Protests in Turkey, Wall Street's Dark Side, Immigrant Families Torn Apart by Deportation

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Protests Continue in Turkey | Protests in Turkey Reflect Deep Resistance to Erdogan's Policies | 'The Buy Side' and Wall Street's Dark Side | Immigrant Families Torn Apart by Deportation

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Immigration, Race and Hair, Through Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie's Eyes

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The immigrant experience has long been part and parcel of the American literary tradition."Americanah," the new novel by celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, explores the immigrant experience through Nigerian eyes. Her story follows a young couple, Ifemelu and Obinze, high school sweethearts in Lagos who find very different paths to adulthood.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: Benghazi Emails; IRS Targeting; Obamacare

Monday, May 13, 2013

Last Friday was not the calmest day at the White House, as reporters and Republican lawmakers continued to press on the details of the Benghazi embassy attack. Plus, revelations that the IRS was targeting conservative groupsBen Smith, Buzzfeed editor in chief, talks about the latest from Washington.

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America Abroad

America Abroad: Immigration and The Global Talent Search

Friday, May 10, 2013

Broadcast Times: Friday, 11pm on AM 820, Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 7am on AM820, 8pm on AM820.

It's the American dream: move to the United States, start your own business, build a successful life. But has the United States lost its edge in attracting the best and brightest entrepreneurs? In this month's America Abroad, we'll learn about the significant role immigrants play in creating small and mid-sized businesses. We'll hear how the American visa process could be deterring potential entrepreneurs, particularly from math and engineering-focused places like India. And we'll learn what other countries are doing to attract foreign talent and help themselves out of the global recession.

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From Technology to Agriculture, Immigration Reform and American Workers

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

As Congress debates immigration reform, industries across the country want a piece of the pie. While tech companies lobby for programs to bring scientists and engineers to the US, farmers are looking to expand guest worker programs for more agricultural hands in the field. But how do these programs affect American workers?

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