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Chris Christie's Public Records Foul

Friday, January 31, 2014

Documents show that the New Jersey governor's office has been keeping some expenditures quiet despite laws that require official business to be made public. Matt Katz and Andrea Bernstein have been covering the unfolding scandal, and join us to talk about Christie's transparency problems.

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The Super Bowl: Looking Forward To The 'Spectacle'

Friday, January 31, 2014

The Super Bowl is upon us! From the commercials, to counting how many times Peyton Manning yells "Omaha," the Barbershop guys share what they're looking forward to the most.

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Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

Friday, January 31, 2014

Just days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the annual State of Indian Nations address. Host Michel Martin speaks to Cladoosby about the issues facing Indian country this year.

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WNYC News

Christie Advisers Suggested David Samson Be Forced Out

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

As controversy swirls around Port Authority Chairman David Samson, WNYC has learned that some of Gov. Chris Christie’s closest advisers urged him to oust Samson when the Bridgegate scandal broke.

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at Death Penalty Decisions

Friday, January 31, 2014

Yesterday the Justice Department announced that it will pursue capital punishment for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the man accused of plotting and executing the Boston Marathon bombings. Should Tsarvaev be ultimately sentenced to death? It would mark the most significant death penalty case since Timothy McVeigh, the man behind the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Vicki Behenna, a former assistant U.S. attorney for Oklahoma, helped prosecute Timothy McVeigh. She joins The Takeaway to explain how the federal government pursues the death penalty.

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The Takeaway

Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Follow-Up: What's a MyRA?

Friday, January 31, 2014

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama proposed a new retirement savings plan called MyRA. Richard Rubin, Bloomberg News reporter, explains how myRAs work (. . .and how they're pronounced).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Follow-Up: Women's Wages

Friday, January 31, 2014

In his State of the Union speech, President Obama referred to "workplace policies that belong in a 'Mad Men' episode." Betsy Reed, executive editor of The Nation, discusses his appeal for women's wage equity and what policy proposals come next.

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Congressman's Exit Closes Book On 'Watergate Babies'

Friday, January 31, 2014

It wasn't just the gargantuan size of the Democratic class of 1974 that made it historic. The members of the class were young, relatively new to public office and remarkably certain they could remake Washington in their own image.

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WNYC News

Port Authority Board to Examine Conflicts of Interest

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners will be examining "all the facts and circumstances" surrounding the burgeoning bridgegate scandal, including whether the Board's Chair, David Samson, had conflicts of interest when he voted to approve a new PATH station near Harrison, two sources familiar with the board's thinking have told WNYC. The sources didn't want to speak publicly because of ongoing criminal investigations.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The State of the Union Cannot Be Saved Edition

Friday, January 31, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring David Plotz, John Dickerson, and Emily Bazelon. This week: The "State of the Union" is lame, immigration reform is unlikely, and new news is the news.

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On The Media

The Future of Oral History Projects

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brooke speaks with Jack Dunn, the Director of the Boston College News and Public Affairs office about what Boston College has done to protect the tapes from the Belfast Project and the future of academic oral history projects.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Meet Public Advocate Tish James

Friday, January 31, 2014

Letitia James, new New York City Public Advocate , discusses her goals for the office and the news of the day, including the de Blasio administrations's decision to drop a stop-and-frisk ruling appeal.

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On The Media

Stephen Glass Can't Be a Lawyer

Friday, January 31, 2014

Earlier this week the California Supreme Court ruled that Stephen Glass could not become a lawyer in the state. Bob considers whether that was the right decision.  

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On The Media

The Belfast Project

Friday, January 31, 2014

Begun in 2000, the Belfast Project was an oral history project that aimed to document combatants’ stories in the clashes between the Irish Republican Army and the Irish Loyalist Army in the 1970s through the 1990s. But the charged nature of what interviewees told the project has brought immense pressure on the project's organizers to release records of the interviews, which they'd promised to keep secret. Brooke talks with Anthony McIntyre who recorded many of the interviews for the project.

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Gabfest Radio

Philomena, Broad City and Anxiety

Friday, January 31, 2014

Slate's culture team dissects Broad City, a new show on Comedy Central about two young women in New York City and asks the tough question: Can we stomach another Brooklyn-based series about female life post-graduation?

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On The Media

Egypt's Widening Crackdown on Dissent

Friday, January 31, 2014

Three years after the euphoric toppling of Hosni Mubarak’s authoritarian regime, there’s a tragic sense of déjà vu in Egypt. The military-led government is smothering dissent, whether it comes from the Muslim brotherhood, liberal activists, bloggers, or journalists. In a landscape in which both state and private media toe the military line, the online newspaper Mada Masr is a rare independent voice. Bob speaks with the paper’s editor-in-chief, Lina Attalah, about how she’s experiencing the crackdown.  

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The Takeaway

Inside Death Penalty Decisions | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City

Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Death Penalty Decisions: From Timothy McVeigh to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City | Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer | The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

WNYC News

A Stop and Frisk Agreement Inspires Guarded Optimism

Thursday, January 30, 2014

WNYC

Elected officials, civil libertarians and other New Yorkers look forward as Mayor de Blasio begins making good on his promise to end stop and frisk as we know it.

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Policymaking By Pen: Obama's New Twist On Old Strategy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Obama's aggressive use of executive orders is nothing new, either for him or for the presidency in general. But his decision to craft policies on his own is already getting congressional pushback.

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