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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Takes on Affirmative Action, Political Lying, More

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

It's a busy week at the Supreme Court. Yesterday they issued a decision upholding Michigan's right to ban affirmative action in college admission practices. The court also heard a case about the Internet TV provider Aereo, that could have a big impact on broadcast and online media and arguments about whether states can make it a crime to lie about candidates during a political campaign. Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, rounds up the decisions and arguments, and takes your calls about what comes next.

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The Takeaway

States Anxiously Hope for Federal Budget Deal

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The shutdown continues, the debt ceiling deadline looms and states are scrambling to fill in the gaps. In the wake of the Great Recession, state budgets are already stretched thin—and a federal default could spell catastrophe. Michigan state budget director John Nixon and California budget office deputy director H.D. Palmer discuss how states are coping.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Flash Forward

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Guest host Cynthia Nixon presents two stories in which people find happiness in unexpected places. 

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The Takeaway

Mapping the Basics in Detroit

Friday, February 22, 2013

Two stories highlight the bigger problems of food deserts in Detroit, a problem that's being documented through a new data mapping project in collaboration with WDET and our partner station WNYC.

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The Takeaway

Michigan House Passes Right-to-Work Law

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Despite the shouts of angry union member protesters at rallies in Lansing yesterday, the Michigan Legislature approved the right-to-work legislation with a 58-to-52 vote by the House. Michigan House Republican Rick Olson discusses how this legislation passed and Joseph Slater, professor of law and values at the University of Toledo, explains how the decision fits into the context of union history in the United States.

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WNYC News

Could Michigan's Shift to 'Right-to-Work' Happen in NY?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Michigan is known as the birthplace of the modern labor movement. But on Tuesday, the Republican-led state legislature approved new limits on unions that drastically cut the power of organized labor in the state.

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The Takeaway

'Right-to-Work' Passes in Michigan

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Labor activists in Michigan could face a historic defeat this week against a "right-to-work" bill that lawmakers have reconvened over today, and which Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has pledged to sign. United Auto Workers president Bob King discusses what this means for the nation's future with labor.

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The Takeaway

Detroit: The Next Design Mecca?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reed Kroloff is no stranger to cities that are in need of a rebirth. As dean of architecture at Tulane University, he was responsible for bringing back 97 percent of the school's student body after Hurricane Katrina. This week, Kroloff is a part of the second annual Detroit Design Festival. He explains why he thinks that the Motor City could be the next design mecca.

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The Takeaway

Allegations of Harassment, Profiling Along America's Northern Border

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

According to a report released earlier this year, Latino and Arab communities who live along the border between Canada and the United States are experiencing an increase in instances of racial profiling by border patrol and other federal agents. In response, the Council on American-Islamic Relations is suing the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for what it claims has been religious profiling and mistreatment of Muslims at the border.

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Studio 360

Michigan Voters Raise Property Taxes for Art Museum

Friday, August 17, 2012

Talking about raising taxes during an election year is considered political suicide. But that’s exactly what voters in Michigan did on August 7. Residents of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties voted to raise their property taxes a fraction of a percent to help fund the Detroit Institute of Arts ...

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The Takeaway

State Rep Banned from Speaking after Use of the "V Word"

Monday, June 18, 2012

"I'm flattered that you're all so interested in my vagina, but no means no." That's what Michigan State Representative Lisa Brown told her fellow lawmakers on the floor of the State House during a debate on abortion rights and the "V word" apparently made a few nervous enough to ban Ms. Brown from speaking on on the floor of the house.

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Schoolbook

Study Finds Higher Charter School Spending on Administration

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Education Week reports on a new study of school spending in Michigan, which concludes that "charter schools spend more per-pupil on administration and less on instruction than traditional public schools, even when controlling for enrollment, student populations served, and other factors."

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The Takeaway

Michigan's Blue Economy

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

When people think of Michigan's economy, they generally think of places like Detroit and Flint, and of the state's once great automobile manufacturing sites. But Martina Guzmán of WDET takes a closer look at the economic benefits of one of the Great Lakes State's most tried and true resources: water.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Avoids State Takeover

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Detroit has had today’s date circled on its calendar for months. Under a state statute, today marks the deadline for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to decide how to appropriately handle Detroit’s $200 million budget deficit. Laura Weber, a reporter for WDET, updates us on the latest out of Detroit. We also speak with City Council President Charles Pugh.

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The Takeaway

Detroit Mayor Hospitalized as City Nears Bankruptcy

Monday, March 26, 2012

The auto industry may be on its way back, but Detroit is close to bankruptcy. But as the city's fate hangs in the balance, Detroit Mayor Dave Bing is recovering from major surgery, and is out of commission for at least several days. Joining us for more on Detroit is Craig Fahle, host of The Craig Fahle Show on WDET.

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It's A Free Country ®

For Obama, Auto Bailout Goes from Unpopular to Populist

Monday, March 19, 2012

WNYC

In the fall of 2010, the auto bailouts stirred up a populist sentiment. But as a Pew poll last month found, Americans are saying the bailouts were mostly good for the economy, and the industry's now in the black.

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The Takeaway

Todd's Take: Three Bellwethers to Watch in the 2012 Election

Friday, March 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls aren't the only ones who have been flocking to states like Ohio and Michigan. President Obama has also been campaigning hard in the rust belt. Manufacturing jobs and the state of the economy are on everyone's mind.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Why Romney's Michigan Scare is Great for Obama

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Ultimately the Republicans have probably lost Michigan with their anti-government and anti-auto industry bailout rants, which is particularly meaningful as Michigan has been tracking Republican.

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Transportation Nation

Mitt and Ann Romney Drive Four Cars

Friday, February 24, 2012

Speaking at the Detroit Economic Club Friday, Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney waxed about how happy he was to see Detroit-made cars. "I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pickup truck. Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually. I used to have a dodge truck, so I used to have all three covered."

The only car President Barack Obama has driven recently was a Chevy Volt. As a Senator, he owned a Chrysler -- which a second-owner placed on eBay for $1 million --  then a Ford Escape Hybrid.

Hat tip to Buzzfeed.com for catching the clip.

 

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The Takeaway

Santorum Beating Romney Despite Homecourt Advantage

Monday, February 20, 2012

Despite growing up in Detroit — and Rick Santorum's anti-bailout speech to the Detroit Economic club — the most recent polls from Michigan have Mitt Romney trailing Santorum by an average of six points. Romney has tried to curb Santorum's upswell by outspending him three to one in advertising. Given the indecisiveness of the race thus far, whether or not Romney takes Michigan could be a turning point in the nomination.

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