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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Joe McGinniss

Monday, March 17, 2014

Joe McGinniss had a nose for news, and was tireless in pursuing, and immersing himself in stories, be it then-presidential candidate Richard Nixon (The Selling of the President 1968) or 2008 vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin (The Rogue).  Along with Joan Didion and Tom Wolfe, he was known as one of the writers of New Journalism.  He died recently at the age of 71.  He spoke to Leonard in April 2009 for his story about the deal that Palin struck to build a $40 billion pipeline, which had little chance of being built. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State Budget Wrangling

Monday, March 17, 2014

Capital New York reporter Jimmy Vielkind discusses the New York State budget wrangling as the April 1 deadline to pass a budget approaches - including funding for charter schools and universal pre-k.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Crimea Voted, Now What?

Monday, March 17, 2014

The US is rejecting the overwhelming referendum by Crimeans to re-join Russia. Indira Lakshmanan, senior foreign policy correspondent for Bloomberg News, discusses what comes next inside the Ukraine and how the US and the EU will respond.

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In Illinois, A Governor's Luck Gets Tested Again

Monday, March 17, 2014

With the Illinois economy and state finances in bad shape, Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has a rough re-election ahead of him. But he's been counted out before and his likely GOP foe has flaws of his own.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Irish-American Grievances

Monday, March 17, 2014

On St. Patrick's Day, Niall O'Dowd, publisher of the website IrishCentral.com, founder of Irish America Magazine and Irish Voice newspaper, and former chairman of the Irish Lobby for Immigration Reform, explains why some in the Irish-American community feel that the new mayoral administration is slighting them.

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Morning Edition

Google Glass: Coming Soon To A Campaign Trail Near You

Monday, March 17, 2014

Google Glass is still in the testing phase and still rather expensive, but that hasn't stopped political professionals from looking for ways Google Glass can become a powerful tool for campaigns.

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Morning Edition

Unions Mobilize To Fight Political Novice In Illinois' GOP Primary

Monday, March 17, 2014

Republicans hope to take the governor's mansion in Democratic Illinois. If Bruce Rauner wins the GOP nomination as predicted Tuesday, he'll take on incumbent Pat Quinn, who has lost popularity.

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The Takeaway

Will Crimea's Vote Trigger a Global Showdown? | Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Reveals Blind Spots | Report Links Neglect to Deaths of Hundreds of Children

Monday, March 17, 2014

Airline Security Failures Emerge in Search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 | Will Crimea's Declariton of Independence Trigger an International Showdown? | Navigating Ireland's LGBT Movement | Looking Back at the California Mediterranean Fruit Fly Infestation | Report Links Neglect to Deaths of Hundreds of Florida Children | Living Paycheck ...

The Leonard Lopate Show

A Portrait of a South African Township

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, is an apartheid-era invention, established in the early 1960s to absorb the overflow of migration to the city from other parts of the country. Now it contains almost 100,000 residents, almost all of them black. Justine van der Leun spent more than two years in Gugulethu, and she gives us a vivid portrait of daily life there, as well as a window into the politics and vulnerabilities of South Africa. Van der Leun is a Harper’s magazine contributor, and her article “A Portrait of a Township” is in the March issue.

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WNYC News

Why the Furor Over Manhattan's St. Patrick's Day Parade?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

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Here's an explainer about what makes the parade a political hot potato year after year.

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Schoolbook

Education Fights at the Center of Budget Talks in Albany

Sunday, March 16, 2014

New York's lawmakers this week dive into the messy business of ironing out differences and finalizing a state budget.

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All Things Considered

CIA Pulled Out Of The Shadows With Feinstein's Charge

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Sen. Dianne Feinstein accused CIA staff of improperly accessing Senate computers on Tuesday. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times and ex-Rep. Jane Harman about the conflict.

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Under 30? The President Would Like You To Know Health Care Is Hip

Saturday, March 15, 2014

The White House is desperate to recruit the millennial crowd, prompting some unusual media appearances for the president. Will they work?

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WNYC News

This Week in Politics: The Mayor's Big Week

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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It was a big week for Mayor Bill de Blasio. An explosion leveled two apartment buildings in East Harlem — and then a plan for universal pre-kindergarten emerged in budget talks in Albany. It wasn't exactly his plan, and it wasn't exactly a victory. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein and Beth Fertig sit down with special guest Azi Paybarah of Capital New York to discuss This Week in Politics.

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Breakthrough On Jobless Benefits May Lead To Blind Alley

Friday, March 14, 2014

A bipartisan group of senators has reached a deal to extend insurance for the long-term unemployed. But the road to final passage is full of partisan obstacles.

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Hispanic Activists Vow To Keep Pressing White House Over Deportations

Friday, March 14, 2014

Amid pressure to slow deportations and after meeting with Hispanic congressional leaders, President Obama said he would look at more humane ways to enforce immigration laws.

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All Things Considered

Lawmakers Seek To Lay Roadblock To Powerful Painkiller

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sen. Joe Manchin is introducing a bill to force the Food and Drug Administration to ban potent new painkiller Zohydro, backed by a bipartisan effort to get the FDA to remove its approval of the drug.

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All Things Considered

Week In Politics: Florida 13 And The CIA

Friday, March 14, 2014

Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the Florida special election and Sen. Feinstein's dispute with the CIA.

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All Things Considered

After Record Deportations, Obama May Turn To More 'Humane' Options

Friday, March 14, 2014

The White House announced the president is willing to review his stance on deportations, a policy that's drawn objection from Hispanics and other groups the president depends on politically.

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The Takeaway

Living Longer Means Rethinking Social Structures

Friday, March 14, 2014

As science enables humans in today's world to live longer, how do we assess the value of years we weren't otherwise prepared to live out?

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