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Why Are We Hauling Pennsylvania Coal All The Way To Germany?

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Each year, the U.S. loads thousands of tons of coal onto a barge and sends it across the Atlantic. It doesn't make a lot of sense, but no one is trying to end the practice.

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: de Blasio, Christie, Samson Feel the Heat

Saturday, March 22, 2014

WNYC

The first Bridgegate question — and calls for Port Authority Chair David Samson to resign. This Week in Politics breaks it down.

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WNYC News

De Blasio Taps Experienced Planner for Parks

Friday, March 21, 2014

Mitchell Silver is currently based in Raleigh — but he has a long NYC history.

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All Things Considered

Obama Meets Internet CEOs To Discuss Privacy Issues

Friday, March 21, 2014

President Obama met Friday with executives from several high-profile tech companies worried over government surveillance practices, a topic that scrambles the usual political landscape.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Ukraine, Poverty And The Health Care Deadline

Friday, March 21, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the latest in Ukraine and Russia, the GOP position on poverty issues and the approaching deadline for ACA enrollment.

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All Things Considered

With Clock Ticking Down, Obama Polishes Judicial Legacy

Friday, March 21, 2014

The profile of the judiciary has already changed significantly under the president, especially when it comes to the number of African-Americans, Hispanics and Asian-Americans he's appointed.

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Former White House Official: Putin Wants 'New Russian Empire'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley tell NPR that the U.S. and EU must stick together on sanctions.

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The Takeaway

Turkish Prime Minister Looks to 'Eradicate Twitter'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today it's the social sphere that's boiling over after the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got a court order to have Twitter taken down.

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The Takeaway

The Confused Legacy of Westboro's Fred Phelps

Friday, March 21, 2014

Fred Phelps, the founder and anti-gay preacher at Westboro Baptist Church, died on Thursday at the age of 84. Phelps was a disbarred civil rights lawyer and ran for local offices several times. After several unsuccessful runs, he shifted his focus to mostly protesting. Recently, one of his estranged sons said his father had been excommunicated from the church. Today Mark Potok, senior fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, describes the confused legacy of Phelps and that of the Westboro Baptist Church.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Parks Commissioner, Restaurant Grades, Citi Bike's Financial Difficulties

Friday, March 21, 2014

Capital New York's Sally Goldenberg discusses her reporting on the city's plan to revamp the restaurant grading system, and Andrew Hawkins, a reporter at Crain's New York Business, talks about the new parks commissioner, which the mayor is expected to announce today. Plus, Paul Steely White, executive director of Transportation Alternatives, talks about the financial difficulties facing Citi Bike. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The (NYS) Dream Act Dream

Friday, March 21, 2014

New York's Dream Act, which would have provided college tuition assistance to undocumented students, passed the NYS Assembly but failed to pass the NYS Senate by just two votes. Assemblyman Francisco Moya talks about whether the Dream Act still has a chance to make it into this year's budget.

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The Takeaway

A New Face Off Over Voting Rights & Citizenship

Friday, March 21, 2014

A federal judge in Kansas ruled on Wednesday that federal election authorities must help states enforce their own voter registration laws, even if they differs from federal rules. Now, 10,000 Kansas voters and 2,000 Arizona voters will have their voting rights suspended until they can prove their citizenship to the state. To help us break down the case and it's implications is Kareem Crayton. He's a professor of law at the University of North Carolina, specializing in voter's rights. Also joining the program is Chris Kobach, Kansas Secretary of State.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Behind de Blasio's Racial Optimism Gap?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Quinnipiac University Polling Institute Director Maurice Carroll helps decode the recent Quinnipiac poll, which found that black and Hispanic voters were much more optimistic about the future than white voters in NYC, among other things.

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Morning Edition

Romney's Job In Idaho: Prevent GOP Voters From Veering 'Wild Right'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Idaho is one of a few states where failed presidential candidate Mitt Romney can still be an effective campaigner. Romney has been stumping there for Gov. Butch Otter and Rep. Mike Simpson. Both are facing May primary challenges from Tea Party candidates.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The We Are Invincible Edition

Friday, March 21, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Bloomberg View columnist Megan McArdle. This week: U.S. foreign policy, Obamacare by the numbers, and McArdle's new book, The Up Side of Down.

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On The Media

So Many Keys

Friday, March 21, 2014

Four times a year, members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICAAN, take part in an elaborate ceremony (iris scanners!) designed to assure the world that the organization is doing its best to keep the web connected and safe. Brooke explains the meeting of the keyholders, with insight from Guardian reporter James Ball, who attended one of the ceremonies last month.

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On The Media

Putin the Storyteller

Friday, March 21, 2014

What happened in Kiev was a Nazi coup, says the Russian Foreign Ministry, and it’s high time they liberate the Crimeans from the Ukrainian fascists. Why are the Russian people buying this story?

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Money Talking

The Rich Fight Back!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The 1 percent pushes back against the rise of populism.

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On The Media

The Shifting State of Internet Governance

Friday, March 21, 2014

The seemingly arcane business of running the web recently made headlines when the United States government agreed to cede control of the Internet's global address book, also known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Bob talks with Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley about the move and the future of internet governance.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Optimism in NYC; New York State’s Dream Act; Teens and the Internet

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute released a new poll of New York City voters on the new mayoral administration and other political and economic issues, and it found black and Hispanic voters are much more optimistic about the future than white voters. Quinnipiac’s director Maurice Carroll helps sort out why there is such a big disparity. Plus: New York State Assembly member Francisco Moya talks about the state's Dream Act, which is not likely to make it into the state budget; danah boyd instructs us what to worry about – if anything – with teens online; and a music critic defends the current state of music criticism.