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Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws

Monday, August 11, 2014

Maryland's highest court has ruled that judges have been giving juries flawed instructions before deliberations, which has led to the release of over 70 inmates. The new Court of Appeals ruling has brought about an intense debate, raising questions about retrying decades-old cases.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Evolving Crisis in Iraq, A Tiny Town Seeks Nuclear Waste, and Putin's Path

Monday, August 11, 2014

1. Tensions Run High Over St. Louis Teen's Death | 2. Iraq: Stopping a Crisis From Becoming a Catastrophe | 3. Maryland Frees 70 Inmates Over Judicial Flaws | 4. No Turning Back for Russia and Putin

The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Bad Feminism, The 7 Deadly Sins, and K-Pop

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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On The Media

The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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WNYC News

Healing the Rift Between Police and Public

Friday, August 08, 2014

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton say they want to reset the relationship and expand community policing, but how will they overcome the distrust that has been hard to bridge in the past?

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The Takeaway

Hawaii Braces for First Hurricane in 22 Years

Friday, August 08, 2014

Mother Nature is throwing a one two punch Hawaii's way this week with two major storms. Hurricane Iselle was downgraded to a tropical storm just before making landfall last night, but it still hit the islands with high winds and major rainfall. And now the island is preparing for a second storm, Hurricane Julio. This would be the first hurricane to hit the islands in 22 years.

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The Takeaway

Google and Barnes & Noble Threaten Amazon's Book Market Dominance

Friday, August 08, 2014

Amazon dominates the book market: according to research by the Codex Group, in March 2014, 41 percent of all new book unit purchases came from Amazon, along with 65 percent of all new online book units, both print and digital. But a new partnership announced earlier this week may threaten Amazon's control of the book market. Local Barnes & Noble retailers in San Francisco, New York and Los Angeles will now offer same-day book deliveries through Google Shopping Express. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Wealth Gap in College Sports Just Got Even Bigger

Friday, August 08, 2014

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has just voted to approve new guidelines that will allow schools in the top five athletic conferences to spend even more money on sports. Steve Eder, Investigative Sports Reporter at The New York Times, breaks down how this might create what some are calling a two-tiered league with a now even bigger gap between the schools at the top and all the rest, and how all of this will end up affecting college athletes.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Korean Pop Culture, Back to Back Storms Slam Hawaii, and Threats of Genocide in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

1. The Threat of Genocide Takes the U.S. Back to Iraq | 2. Hawaii Braces for First Hurricane in 22 Years | 3. Movie Date: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' 'Into the Storm,' and 'The Hundred-Foot Journey"  | 4. How the Korean Government Made the Country Cool

The Leonard Lopate Show

Did Chicago Police Coerce Witnesses?

Friday, August 08, 2014

New Yorker staff writer Nicholas Schmidle looks into whether the Chicago police coerced witnesses into implicating a man for a murder he didn’t commit.

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Money Talking

Summer Smackdown: Murdoch, Wall Street Banks and Tax Inversions

Friday, August 08, 2014

Fox's Rupert Murdoch gives up on his bid for Time Warner. Wall Street banks get dissed by regulators. And Walgreens decides, its not a Swiss company after all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Resignation, Compensation and Experimentation

Friday, August 08, 2014

The U.S. has begun bombing in Northern Iraq to strike key ISIS strongholds and aid a humanitarian mission on a remote mountaintop. We update the latest. Plus: Richard Nixon resigned 40 years ago today. Elizabeth Holtzman, who was a member of the House Judiciary Committee at the time, looks back on the Watergate scandal. And Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health explains best practices for containing Ebola; what an NCAA rule change means; and your favorite NYC sanctuaries. 

The Takeaway

Should we Do Deals with Dictators?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Tutu Alicante is the executive director for EG Justice and and an Equatoguinean living in exile. His home country has one of the worst human rights records on the continent and is ruled by Africa's Longest serving dictator, Teodoro Obiang Nguema. Tutu says that the United States should use the U.S.-Africa Summit to address the human rights abuses occurring in Africa with the same zeal it’s approaching trade and investment opportunities.

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The Takeaway

Justice for Sale

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Judicial elections were once considered simply a formality, but increasingly they are playing a major role in the changing political landscape. Today Tennessee voters will decide whether to keep Chief Justice Gary Wade and Justices Connie Clark and Sharon Lee on the state supreme court. The justices have faced an expensive re-election campaign, with conservative groups spending hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to see them replaced.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Asylum on the Immigration Court Docket

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As cases for unaccompanied minors make their way through immigration courts, the question of who qualifies for asylum is a big one. Judge Dana Leigh Marks has been an immigration judge in San Francisco for 27 years and is the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She talks about the decisions that immigration judges have to make and what the law says about who qualifies.

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The Takeaway

Good Vibrations: A Bag of Potato Chips and the Science of Sound

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Every day, sounds waves are hitting us and moving us, and if a camera is running we now know that sound can be reconstructed from the motions of the room. That's thanks to Abe Davis, a graduate student in electrical engineering and computer science at MIT who recently reconstructed the audio of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” using only video images of the small distinct vibrations of the sound hitting items in the same room, such as a bag of potato chips or a house plant.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Justice for Sale, A Visual Microphone, and Morgan Spurlock

Thursday, August 07, 2014

1. Justice for Sale | 2. Ethiopia Through the Eyes of Author Dinaw Mengestu | 3. Good Vibrations: A Bag of Potato Chips and the Science of Sound | 4. Morgan Spurlock's Latest Horror Show: '7 Deadly Sins'

The Brian Lehrer Show

Here's How to Qualify

Thursday, August 07, 2014

“Brooklyn Made” is good for business. Carlo Scissura, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, explains how businesses can get the official certification. Plus: arguments over the frequently-delayed Senate report on U.S. torture practices; the motivation behind super-intense work outs like P90X and CrossFit that even sometimes make people physically ill; a potential problem with the affordable housing formula; and a look at the decisions that’ll have to be made in immigration courts on which unaccompanied minors qualify for asylum. 

WNYC News

The Rent is Too Damned High...In San Francisco

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

New York City ranks sixth in highest median rent.

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WNYC News

The Russian Hackers Behind the Largest Cyber Breach Ever

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

A group of Russian hackers has reportedly stolen 1.2 billion usernames and passwords and 500,000 emails addresses from people around the globe. According to a report published Tuesday in The New York Times, the cyber criminals collected the confidential information from 420,000 websites for everything from small businesses to Fortune ...

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