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Are The Barbershop Guys Sorry They Are Not Idris Elba?

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Barbershop guys weigh in on their best Olympic moments so far. Plus, they tell us why they're a better catch than Hollywood hunk Idris Elba.

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Voting Rights: Time To Think Differently For Those Who've Done Time?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder wants states to restore voting rights to felons after they complete their sentences. Legal analysts Spencer Overton and Hans von Spakovsky look at the debate.

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Being A World Away When Your Country Is In Crisis

Friday, February 21, 2014

The international community is struggling to respond to violence in Ukraine, and alleged crimes against humanity in North Korea. But what's it like for people with loved ones living there?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Court: Don't Lie to Suspects (Too Much)

Friday, February 21, 2014

Steven Drizin, clinical law professor at Northwestern University School of Law and legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions, dicusses The New York State Court of Appeals ruling that police lied too much to a murder suspect. Drizin explains the case and the line between an acceptable lie in an interrogation and a lie that forces a false confession. Plus: a bill for remedies for forced confessions.

 

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WNYC News

Team Christie Mum After Paper Calls on Port Chief to Resign

Friday, February 21, 2014

Saying "beyond Bridgegate, his tenure has been a failure," the Star-Ledger says its time for Christie's top man a the Port Authority to resign.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The You're No Frank Underwood Edition

Friday, February 21, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and Slate political editor Will Dobson. This week: Is Ukraine headed for war? Are unions headed for extinction? And is House of Cards any good?

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On The Media

Protests in Ukraine

Friday, February 21, 2014

Before an agreement was brokered Friday, the standoff in Kiev between Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s government and the loose coalition of anti-government forces was bloody and telegenic. Bob examines what those gripping images tell us, and what they don't. 

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The Takeaway

Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine | A Peek at the Final Weekend of the Olympics | Rosanne Cash on Seeking Inspiration

Friday, February 21, 2014

Violence & Political Unrest Continues to Erupt in Ukraine | A Peek at the Final Weekend of the Olympics | The Movie Date Team's Picks for This Weekend's Flicks | The Songs That Explore Some of the World’s Most Mysterious Animals | Rosanne Cash on Seeking Inspiration | A Global View of the Situation in Ukraine

On The Media

Capturing Egypt’s Neverending Story

Friday, February 21, 2014

The Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square” turns a lens on the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of three very different men whose lives intersected in Tahrir Square in 2011. Brooke talks with director Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer about capturing Egypt’s unfolding narrative on camera. Audio courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.

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On The Media

Drone Law

Friday, February 21, 2014

A rash of state laws considered or passed in 2013 seek to rein in drone surveillance. They offer a patchwork of restrictions that seem to reflect the particular culture, or business interests, of individual states. Bob talks with Margot Kaminski, executive director of the Information Society Project and a lecturer at Yale Law School, who has surveyed the legal landscape and noticed a trend.

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Obama Buoys Democrats By Dropping Social Security Cut Idea

Thursday, February 20, 2014

You could almost hear the sigh of relief from Democrats when the White House announced President Obama's 2015 budget wouldn't include a proposal that would have lowered Social Security benefits.

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WNYC News

NY Changes Could Be 'Tipping Point' for Prison Reform

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New York's unprecedented restrictions on the use of solitary confinement places the state at the forefront on one issue in an emerging national debate about the criminal justice system.

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Edwin Edwards: Governor, Convict, Reality TV Star — Congressman?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The colorful former Louisiana governor is contemplating a run for Congress, three years after finishing up an eight-year federal prison term — and after a star turn in a reality show.

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The Takeaway

Kiev, a City Long Besieged Continues to Seethe

Thursday, February 20, 2014

At the center of the feud between protesters and the government, between Ukraine and the West, is Kiev—a city long steeped in political turmoil and significance.

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North American Summit Like 'A Long But Rushed Lunch'

Thursday, February 20, 2014

President Obama is back home after a meeting with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts at the summit of North American leaders. But one observer says the meeting was short on substance.

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The Takeaway

Young, Rich and Working on Wall Street

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Wall Street is a place that's hard to make your way into and even harder to find your way out of. Kevin Roose recently sneaked his way into a black tie Kappa Beta Phi event and wrote about this experience for New York magazine. He found that young inductees to Wall Street are entering a very different environment today than a decade ago. He explores this new generation of Wall Streeters, and the culture of fear and extravagance that accompanies the job.

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Today's Highlights | February 20, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Since the foreclosure crisis, a growing number of specialty firms known as servicers have emerged...Could student loan debt be having adverse affects on the housing market? Housing experts say that fewer young people are buying homes and even for those who are trying, they are having a hard time getting loans...The men's hockey semifinals begin this weekend in Sochi, and the United States will face off against Canada, Sweden and Finland. As the world’s greatest players take to the ice, what chance does the U.S. stand?

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The Takeaway

Kiev: A Long-Besieged City at the Center of Turmoil | The Most Memorable Olympic Heroes of All Times | Young, Rich and Working on Wall Street

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Kiev: A Long-Besieged City at the Center of Turmoil | Mortgage Services Means New World for Consumers | Is Student Loan Debt Slowing the Housing Market? | Sochi 2014: Does the U.S. Have a Shot at Hockey Gold? | The Most Memorable Olympic Heroes of All Times | A New ...

The Brian Lehrer Show

Sanitation Commissioner; Sandy Aid Transparency; Bully Culture; Olympic Costs for Athletes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New York City Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty has had a busy winter. He talks about the challenges his department faces removing snow and garbage from snowy and icy streets. Plus: New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney explains his plan for a ‘Sandy Bill of Rights;’ Slate’s Emily Bazelon rounds up current Supreme Court issues as well as her latest reporting on bully culture and an explanation of how Olympic athletes manage to cover their very expensive costs. 

How A Remote Alaska Road Became A Political Wedge Issue

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Judging from an opponent's attack, you could easily conclude that Sen. Mark Begich opposes a lifeline to the small Aleutian village of King Cove. But the opposite is true.

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