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With Midterm Elections 6 Months Away, Primaries Begin

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

In North Carolina's GOP Senate primary, Tom Tillis, the State House speaker, won a big enough margin to avoid a runoff. Republicans are trying to avoid the mistakes of the past 2 election cycles.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

In The Thick Of It

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Aneesh Chopra, the first U.S. Chief Technology Officer, talks about innovation in federal government and what we can learn from healthcare.gov. Plus: Mary Beth Kelly of Familes for Safe Streets on how to reduce traffic fatalities. We’ll hear from WNYC’s team leaders on the Clock Your Sleep project. Plus: Armando Iannucci, creator of “Veep” and “The Thick Of It”, on satire of government.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Fixing the Government's Tech Problems

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Aneesh Chopra, the first United States Chief Technology Officer, and the author of Innovative State: How New Technologies Can Transform Government, talks about his role in bringing technological innovation to the federal government, despite the healthcare.gov "teachable moment."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Good and the Bad: The Microbiome and Antibiotics, Politics and Tammany Hall

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Dr. Martin Blaser explains why our microbiome—the good bacteria and cells in our body—is essential for our health and how overusing antibiotics can damage it. An oncologist talks about losing his wife to breast cancer how that experience changed his attitude toward cancer treatment. Lydia Davis discusses her new collection of short stories, Can’t and Won’t. And we’ll take a look at Tammany Hall and how the infamously corrupt political machine also empowered the poor and disadvantaged.

Death, Sex & Money

This Senator Saved My Love Life

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

My boyfriend Arthur and I broke up. Then Alan Simpson intervened. And what this expert on the federal deficit taught me about love changed everything.

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The Takeaway

What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? | Finding Good Advice in Strange Places | U.S. Joins Search for Missing Nigerian Girls

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

What's a Bigger Threat: Terrorism or Climate Change? | U.S. Joins Search for Missing Nigerian Girls | South Africans Vote in First Election Since Mandela's Death | Finding Good Advice in Strange Places | Why Doesn't Silicon Valley Seem to Care About AliBaba? | Balancing Climate Change & the Keystone ...

GOP Establishment Favorite Thom Tillis Wins Senate Nod In N.C.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Three states held primary elections Tuesday — Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio. It was a good night for incumbents, but not for Tea Party candidates.

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All Things Considered

Gaffe Breathes New Life Into Iowa Senate Race

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley was considered the favorite to capture the state's open U.S. Senate seat. But an injudicious remark he made about veteran GOP Sen. Charles Grassley has unsettled the race.

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Transportation Nation

Governors Name a Panel of Insiders to 'Reform' Port Authority

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

WNYC

Not on the committee: anyone from academia, a think tank, a watchdog group or with a transportation background.

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All Things Considered

From Humble Beginnings, A Powerhouse Fundraising Class Emerges

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Women are far less likely than men to run for Congress. But when it comes to the hardest, most miserable part of campaigning — fundraising — women do just as well as men.

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WNYC News

What We Learned at First Bridgegate Testimony

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

In the first Bridgegate testimony from anyone in Gov. Chris Christie's administration, we heard from Christina Renna, a former Christie staffer, for five hours on Tuesday. Renna worked as a supervisor in the Intergovernmental Affairs unit of the governor's office, directly under Bridget Kelly, who wrote the "time for some ...

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Abortion Opponents Find Winning Strategy In Ohio

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Outright bans haven't passed legal muster, but new requirements enacted last year have shut down four of the state's 14 abortion clinics.

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All Things Considered

As States Vote In Primaries, Voter ID Laws Come Under Scrutiny

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Voters in eight states are required to show photo IDs. Some experts say the tide is turning toward striking down ID requirements. Others say not so fast.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | May 06, 2014

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Just two of the 39 accused Congolese soldiers were convicted of rape...Today, Senate primaries in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio are testing the Republican party.

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Controversy Over Title IX Protecting Transgender Students

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Department of Education declared that transgender students are protected under Title IX. But there are questions about how that will work on campuses, and what the legal complications might be.

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The Takeaway

Draft Draws Young Ukrainian Home to Fight

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The question of whether or not he would fight for his country, even die for his country, has real weight for 24-year-old Ukrainian Yuriy Didula, now that Ukraine has reinstated the draft.

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This Could Be The Year Iowa Sends Its First Woman To Congress

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Iowa and Mississippi share a dubious distinction: They're the only two states that have never sent a woman to Congress or elected one as governor.

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5 Things To Watch In Tuesday's Primaries

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Primaries in Indiana, North Carolina and Ohio serve as the kickoff for an intense two-month stretch of elections. Did we mention former American Idol star Clay Aiken is on the ballot?

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Transportation Nation

The Incredible Sinking Port Authority

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

WNYC

The Port Authority used to get things done, like massive bridges and futuristic airports. So how did a bi-state agency with an $8 billion budget become an emblem of political meddling and dysfunction — and how can a guy named Wally Edge help fix it?

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Morning Edition

GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The GOP knows it has a problem with women. But is it tone or issues? And what can Republicans do to woo more women without alienating their he-man base?

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