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The Takeaway

Movie Date: Linsanity as a Movie

Friday, February 17, 2012

This week our Movie Date podcasters talk about the most unlikely movie story of the year: Jeremy Lin and his rapid rise to stardom in the NBA. As a script, the Jeremy Lin story is perfect. Beyond breaking down the aspects of the Lin story, our team looks at the most lin-spired movies. What movies remind you of the Jeremy Lin story? As always we hear from Rafer Guzman, film critic for Newsday, and Kristen Meinzer, culture producer for the Takeaway.

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The Takeaway

Follow Friday: GOP, Linsanity, Whitney Houston

Friday, February 17, 2012

The Jeremy Lin story only gets more amazing this week, as the most unlikely sports hero of the past decade. Also this week, the tragedy of Whitney Houston. Michigan becomes the next battleground in the GOP primary. We look back at this week's stories with our panel. Ron Christie is a Takeaway contributor and Republican political strategist. Jeff Yang writes the Tao Jones column for The Wall Street Journal and blogs for our co-producer WNYC's It's a Free Country. Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com.

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On The Media

A Strong Case of Linsanity

Friday, February 17, 2012

Linsanity is spreading like wildfire, fueled in part by the media's fascination with New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin's Cinderella story.  Brooke speaks to NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca, who says that despite his over saturation, Lin's story of overlooked bench-warmer turned NBA superstar has all the elements of a great sports story.

Mega Ran - Jeremy Lin Rap

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Transportation Nation

TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo Legislation Stalled, Boston T Eyeing Fare Hike, FedEx Driver Saw Linsanity Coming

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Top stories on TN:
NYPD Defends Role in Investigating Traffic Deaths (Link)
NYPD Issued Almost 50,000 Bicycle Tickets in 2011 (Link)
Transit Tax Deduction Amendment Doesn’t Make Payroll Deal (Link)
Final Irene-Damaged Road in New York is Fixed (Link)
SF Ferries Prepare for Crunch From Bridge Closure (Link)
New York Wants $2 Billion From Feds for Tappan Zee Bridge (Link)
Report: Boehner is Delaying Transpo Vote (Link)

Boston T sign in Cambridge (photo by Kate Hinds)

Why is transportation legislation stalled in both the House and the Senate? TN's Todd Zwillich explains on The Takeaway.

Ray LaHood says President Obama's transportation spending plan is necessary, because "America is one big pothole right now." (Los Angeles Times)

BP's oil slick is spilling into a New Orleans courtroom: testimony in a lawsuit over the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe is scheduled to begin at the end of the month. (NPR)

Boston's transit advisory board is proposing a 25 percent, across-the-board fare hike as an alternative to steep service cuts. (Boston Globe)

Detroit's mayor will propose ending bus service between 1 and 4 a.m. citywide and reducing service times and lengthen waits between buses on dozens of routes. (Detroit Free Press)

DC's Metro and three equipment makers have admitted liability in the deadliest train crash in the transit authority’s history, according to court filings. (Washington Post)

Toyota has revved up its sales to U.S. rental car agencies. (Marketplace)

West Virginia's House is mulling Complete Streets legislation. (AP via West Virginia Gazette)

If the global climate continues its warming trend, Manhattan could see a drastic uptick of so-called 100-year floods, or those with storm surges around 6.5 feet, according to a new MIT study. (Atlantic Cities)

How dreamy is Boeing's new Dreamliner? One passenger: "It's half-and-half. I half like it, and I'm half disappointed." (Wall Street Journal)

A FedEx driver -- and statistics hobbyist -- predicted the rise of Jeremy Lin two years ago. (Wall Street Journal)

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WNYC News

For the Love Of Lin: Inside the Knicks Viewing Party

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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The Linsanity is likely to continue, as the Knicks won their seventh straight game with Jeremy Lin playing. Several gathered in Chinatown to watch the Knicks beat the Kings 100-85.

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WNYC News

Linning! Tell Us Your Favorite Jeremy Lin Catch Phrases

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

LIN-sanity is the term used to describe the hoopla over New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin, whose meteoric rise from the bench to leading the boards has galvanized the team's fan-base and captivated even non-NBA fans. Tell us your favorite Lin catch phrase.

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The Takeaway

Jeremy Lin and Linsanity Continues

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

The unlikely story of Jeremy Lin continues in dramatic fashion. Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin made a tie breaking 3-pointer with less than a second to play to cap his finishing flurry of six straight points as New York rallied to beat Toronto, extending its winning streak to six games. Joining us now is Takeaway director and super fan Jay Cowit.

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The Takeaway

The Rapid Rise of Jeremy Lin

Monday, February 13, 2012

A few weeks ago nobody wanted him. Now NBA scouts are scratching their heads, wondering how they so badly misjudged recent Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin. With every game, Lin continues to outscore his previous career high — and he doesn't show signs of slowing down. "J-Lin" has also garnered a great deal of attention for being the league's first Asian-American player, as well as his devout Christianity.

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WNYC News

Linsanity Reigns as Knicks Winning Streak Continues

Sunday, February 12, 2012

It's hard to believe, but over a week ago, not many people had heard of the Knicks' Jeremy Lin. Since coming off the bench, he has helped reinvigorate the team and created a following of pun-filled Linatics.

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WNYC News

Linsanity: Knicks Fans Clamor for Jeremy Lin Swag

Friday, February 10, 2012

Ever since New York Knicks phenom Jeremy Lin first lit up the boards last week, fans have been clamoring for swag emblazoned with the point guard’s name and number.

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