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Transit Agencies Battle Controversial Ads By Changing the Rules

Friday, May 01, 2015

When the MTA banned political advertisements earlier this week, it wasn’t the first transit agency to try to do so.
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The Takeaway

Court Ruling Shakes Up Fate of Death Penalty

Friday, July 18, 2014

U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney ruled that the death penalty was unconstitutional. Judge Carney argues that the lack of certainty over when, and more importantly if an execution will take place constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Fight For Transgender Equality

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The growing acceptance of the transgender community and the new anthology of medical, legal and personal advice for transgender people and their families is changing the way we conceive of equality. 

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Soundcheck

Led Zeppelin's Songwriting Credits; Anna Sale Talks To Jason Isbell And Amanda Shires; Get A Ride To Sasquatch!

Friday, May 23, 2014

In this episode: The band Led Zeppelin is no stranger to legal problems stemming from unacknowledged songwriting credits. The latest in a string of lawsuits is over the opening strains of their magnum opus, "Stairway To Heaven." Soundcheck talks to Bloomberg News reporter Vernon Silver about allegations that the melody was stolen.

Then: Anna Sale, host of WNYC’s Death, Sex and Money shares highlights from her recent conversation with married musicians Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires. Hear about how the couple faced a big recent life change -- and some of the duo’s recent performance on Soundcheck.

And: This weekend the Sasquatch music festival kicks off in Washington state. And as fans start making the trek to the Gorge, Soundcheck is helping out those who maybe need a ride, or a travel companion to help chip in 20 bucks for gas. Hear some of our favorite Sasquatch ride-share posts from Craigslist.

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Soundcheck

Rick Ross Sues LMFAO Over 'Every Day I'm Shufflin'

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Intellectual property attorney Jonathan Reichman talks about rapper Rick Ross's legal case against pop band LMFAO and their song "Party Rock Anthem" -- and why he waited so long to bring out the legal guns.

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New Jersey News

Christie Finally Gets a Supreme Court Nominee Confirmed

Monday, November 18, 2013

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New Jersey Gov. Christie did something Monday that he has only been able to do once before in his four years in office: He moved a Supreme Court nominee through the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of the Legal Marijuana Economy

Monday, November 18, 2013

While marijuana acceptance and legalization are on the rise, a number of questions are emerging about how to create a viable legal marijuana economy—and how to keep marijuana use safe. Patrick Radden Keefe explores these issues in his New Yorker piece, "Buzzkill: Why Washington State is Struggling to Create a Legal Marijuana Economy." He joins The Takeaway to discuss the big questions surrounding marijuana, like safety, taxes and the age of consumption.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Nina Totenberg; Sandy Legal Help; StoryCorps

Monday, October 28, 2013

A year after Sandy, legal and insurance tangles persist. Yisroel Schulman of the New York Legal Assistance Group takes your calls on what kind of legal help is still available. Plus: NPR’s Nina Totenberg on this Supreme Court term; Dave Isay on StoryCorps on ten years of personal stories; and the election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with transportation week, and we’ll start with cars and how to manage New York’s roads.

The Takeaway

Reuters: D.E.A. Conceals Evidence in Investigations of Americans

Thursday, August 08, 2013

For 20 years, a division of the D.E.A. has been taking data collected from intelligence intercepts and providing it to authorities to launch criminal investigations into Americans. But when it’s time to exchange evidence at pretrial discovery, the D.E.A. routinely conceals this information. John Shiffman, the Reuters reporter and co-author of this exclusive story, joins us to discuss his findings. Nancy Gertner is a Harvard Law School professor who served as a federal judge from 1994 to 2011, joins us to explain the legal perspective.

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WNYC News

NY Legal Group Accepts New Contract, Ends Strike

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A forty-day labor strike is over for one of the nation's largest free legal groups.

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Soundcheck

This Is What A Contractual Disagreement Sounds Like

Monday, April 01, 2013

It's a simple fact: recording contracts sometimes go sour. And when artists are held to those contracts against their will -- sometimes you end up with some... interesting... results. We take a look at how musicians have dealt with their contractual disagreements – from Marvin Gaye to Lou Reed.

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Death Row Inmate Fights For Right To Die In Oregon

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Convicted murderer Gary Haugen has spent more than 30 years in prison; he's been on death row since 2007. And if he had his way, he would schedule his execution tomorrow. But the Oregon Supreme Court must decide whether Haugen can die — or if Gov. John Kitzhaber's reprieve of him should stand.

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Outrage Builds Over Publisher's Arrest In Mali; Media Falls Silent

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Malian authorities continue to hold newspaper publisher Boukary Daou for printing an open letter to Malian authorities. The letter warns that Malian soldiers could lay down their weapons in the fight against Islamist militants unless they're told why a former coup leader is getting a huge salary.

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WNYC News

'Profoundly Sorry' HSBC Reaches $1.9B Settlement In Money-Laundering Case

Monday, December 10, 2012

The deal settles allegations that HSBC ignored red flags of massive money laundering by Mexican drug cartels and allowed transfers of billions of dollars from sanctioned nations like Iran.

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WNYC News

Supreme Court To Look At Who Is A 'Supervisor' In Harassment Cases

Monday, November 26, 2012

The court's answer to that question could significantly restrict employer liability in racial and sexual harassment cases, or, in the view of some business organizations, it could result in frivolous litigation.

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WNYC News

FBI Charges Four Men, Accuses Them Of Trying To Join Al-Qaida

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The four suspects were interested in training in Taliban camps in Afghanistan; three of the suspects were arrested in California, a fourth is being held in Afghanistan.

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WNYC News

What Happens To Supreme Court In Obama's Second Term?

Sunday, November 11, 2012

As we look ahead to the next four years, it's not just Congress that will undergo change. Four of the nine Supreme Court justices are over the age of 70, meaning there's a real possibility for at least one new court appointment during President Obama's second term.

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WNYC News

Navy SEALs Disciplined For Role In Videogame

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The seven SEALs are charged with releasing classified information while working as consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. One of them was involved in the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. All have received letters of reprimand and the loss of pay for two months.

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WNYC News

Brain-Damaged Man Wins New Trial In Two-Decades-Old Killing

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Connecticut's state Appellate Court ordered a new trial for Richard Lapointe, saying prosecutors wrongly withheld potentially important evidence. Lapointe, who has brain damage, confessed in 1989 that he stabbed, raped and killed his wife's 88-year-old grandmother two years earlier. His supporters believe he falsely confessed to murder.

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WNYC News

Judge Orders Man Behind Anti-Muslim Film Jailed

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The federal judge said Thursday that Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, was a flight risk. Prosecutors say he violated the terms of his probation. Nakoula was identified as the "key figure" behind Innocence of Muslims, the film that sparked riots across the Muslim world.

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