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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Budget: Whither Ethics Reform?

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, discusses the ethics reform changes that were included in the New York State budget deal, and the ones that fell away during negotiations.

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WNYC News

Crooked NY Lawmakers Have Little To Fear From New Laws

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Good government groups say new measures intended to combat public corruption will do little.

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The Takeaway

Climate Change Means Profits for Some, Action for Few | #ThisIsWhere: Poems About Places That Matter | GM Faces Another Test for Survival: Congress

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After Recalling 6.1M Vehicles, GM Faces Another Test for Survival: Congress | Why is it So Hard to Legislate Climate Change? | Could an American Spy be the Key to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict? | The Takeaway TV Smackdown: Lucy Ricardo Vs. Dowager Countess | #ThisIsWhere: Poems About Places That Matter | ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

NYS Ethics Reform; Bette Midler; NJ Overdose Crisis

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The new New York State budget deal contains some ethics reforms that will likely mean the end of the governor’s anti-corruption commission. Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York explains which ethics reforms made it into the deal, and what was left out. Plus: Bette Midler looks back on her 1980 world tour, and talks about her work on behalf of neglected city parks; and a new report details a growing drug addiction and overdose crisis among young people in New Jersey. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Civil Rights Act; Sleight of Hand; Humor Around the World; Federal Debt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Politico senior writer and Vanity Fair contributing editor Todd Purdum looks back at the dramatic behind-the-scenes battle to get the Civil Rights Act of 1964 through Congress. Then, master of sleight-of-hand, Ricky Jay, talks about the many different sides of magic. Dr. Peter McGraw and journalist Joel Warner discuss their global quest to learn what makes people laugh. Former Houston mayor Bill White talks about the government and public debt.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Fiscal Policy and the Federal Debt

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Bill White, who served as mayor of Houston from 2003 to 2009 and was deputy secretary of energy in the Clinton administration, tells the story of federal leaders who imposed clear limits on the use of federal debt for nearly two centuries until 2001, when elected officials broke the traditional link between federal tax and spending policies. For the first time in history, the federal government cut taxes during war, funded permanent new programs entirely with debt, and became dependent on foreign creditors. In America’s Fiscal Constitution: Its Triumph and Collapse, White outlines practical lessons learned from the nation's five previous spikes in debt.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Journalist Todd Purdum, recounts the dramatic political battle to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964, in his new book An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which details the legislative maneuvering and the larger-than-life characters who made The Civil Rights Act a reality.

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When Politics Is Really Hardball — Baseball's Opening Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

There aren't many other political photo ops that scream out patriotism, tradition and fun than throwing the ceremonial first pitch.

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No Break From Politics On Obamacare Deadline Day

Monday, March 31, 2014

Bickering over the Affordable Care Act is now focused on White House estimates that it will beat enrollment projections, and on how many uninsured have gotten coverage.

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All Things Considered

A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate

Monday, March 31, 2014

T.W. Shannon, a 36-year-old conservative who is running to succeed retiring Republican Sen. Tom Coburn, would be the third African-American in the Senate.

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WNYC News

'Exhaustive' Christie Report Omitted Port Authority

Monday, March 31, 2014

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Christie's investigation into Bridgegate ignores the bi-state agency at the center of the scandal.

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All Things Considered

The Saga Of The Civil Rights Act, An Idea Whose Time Came 50 Years Ago

Monday, March 31, 2014

Author Todd Purdum talks about his book documenting the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislative maneuvering behind it and the people who steered the bill to passage.

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All Things Considered

Cause For Hope And Frustration In the Shadow Of ACA Deadline

Monday, March 31, 2014

As the Affordable Care Act's midnight deadline draws near, there has been a surge in last-minute signups. The heavy traffic has caused both glitches in the website and optimism from some forecasters.

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All Things Considered

In The Midst Of A Boom, Dallas Outgrows Some Old Notions

Monday, March 31, 2014

Outdated stereotypes may have some thinking that Dallas is just a town of cowboys, highways and football. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings corrects the record, describing the city's lively arts and culture.

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The Takeaway

Turkey's Elections & A Prime Minister's Future

Monday, March 31, 2014

Voters in Turkey went to the polls to decide on more than their next mayors—the election could very likely be a direct referendum on Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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The Takeaway

How I Got Roped Into the #CancelColbert Twitter Drama

Monday, March 31, 2014

Stephen Colbert tried to make fun of racists by making a racist joke. It didn't go over well on Twitter. Here's the story behind the latest "weaponized hashtag."

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The Takeaway

U.N. Top Court Rules Japan Must Stop Whale Hunts

Monday, March 31, 2014

The United Nations' top court—the International Court of Justice—has ruled that Japan must stop its whale hunts in the waters of the Antarctic. This is a battle that has been brewing between the Japanese and anti-whaling activists for decades.

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The Takeaway

As Clock Ticks, ACA Seeks Minority Enrollment

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31 is the deadline for most Americans to sign up for health insurance. The White House reports that 6 million people have signed up for coverage so far, but some of the most important groups for the ACA—minorities—have yet to get on board.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Former Iranian Political Prisoner on Human Rights in Iran

Monday, March 31, 2014

Mehdi Arabshahi, was president of the largest student organization in Iran, the Daftar Tahkim Vahdat, and a former political prisoner who fled Iran after being held in solitary confinement for 100 days. He and Gissou Nia, Executive Director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, discuss the status of human rights in Iran. Over the last few years, there have been a significant rise in human rights abuses in Iran with 624 executions in 2013, and over 75 executions since January 1, 2014, and more than 800 human rights defenders imprisoned; figures that are on the rise each and every day. Recently, UN Secretary General’s offered a sharp rebuke of Iran’s President Rouhani for failing to improve human rights in Iran since taking office in August.

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WNYC News

Longest Serving Sanitation Commish Departs Saying 'Thank Youse'

Monday, March 31, 2014

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City officials paid tribute to outgoing Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty who left the department after more than five decades on Friday.

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