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Al Sharpton Turns 60: From Flamethrower to Power Broker

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Peniel Joseph, professor of History at Tufts University and the author of several books about the civil rights movement, said Sharpton continues to be a catalyst for action. 

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All Things Considered

Obama Sidesteps Midterm Campaigning As Approval Ratings Slump

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The president's job approval rating is somewhere in the low 40s. That means there are a lot of places where his presence would hurt more than it helps.

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WNYC News

Gov. Cuomo Challenger Rob Astorino Vows To Cut Taxes

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

In a wide-ranging speech before the Association for a Better New York, Astorino put himself firmly in the Republican mainstream.

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The White House Could Be Made A Fortress, But Should It?

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

It turns out the Secret Service isn't too good at protecting the White House. Maybe one reason is that we don't want it to be.

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The Takeaway

California Says Goodbye to Plastic Bags

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A victory for the environmental movement means a hassle for plastic-happy customers.

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The Takeaway

Former AIG Exec Challenges Bailout

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A real life courtroom drama is playing out this week—the former head of AIG is challenging the legal justification for the government's bailout of his company.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Raising the Living Wage

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order will expand the living wage law. New York Times reporter, Rachel L. Swarns, discusses the impact this executive order might have on the city.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obamacare's First Birthday

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Enrolees, the uninsured, and health care providers call in to talk about the first year of Obamacare.

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Morning Edition

Secret Talks And Back Channels Pervaded U.S. Relationship With Cuba

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The new book Back Channel to Cuba reveals how U.S. presidents, from Kennedy on, have held secret talks with Havana, even though the public stance was silence toward Cuba.

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Sen. Warren: We Need Regulators Who 'Work For The American People'

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Elizabeth Warren tells NPR that newly released recordings of conversations by Federal Reserve officials show that the same kind of cozy relationships that led to the 2008 meltdown have continued.

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Morning Edition

Transcript: Sen. Warren's Full NPR Interview On Financial Regulation

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Elizabeth Warren tells Morning Edition that audio tapes made by an investigator working for the New York Fed re-enforce the perception of a disturbingly cozy relationship between regulators and banks.

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Morning Edition

In New York's North Country, The Republican Party's New Poster Candidate

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Elise Stefanik is 30 years old and running for Congress. If she wins, she would be the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Democrats hope filmmaker Aaron Woolf can help them hang on to the seat.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Zephyr Teachout Takes on Corruption in Politics

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Zephyr Teachout looks at the history of bribery, lobbying, and corruption and argues that the Citizen’s United ruling is transforming American politics for the worse.

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New Tech City

Robots at War

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

We have the war machines, but the laws of modern warfare aren't written in computer code. How can robots programmed to fight also carry out war in a more humane way?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Corruption in Politics, Surprises in Medical Bills

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Zephyr Teachout on corruption in politics. Mary Gordon on the Lopate Show Book Club. Vanessa Lapa on “The Decent One.” Elisabeth Rosenthal on the high cost of health care.

New Jersey News

On The Campaign Trail, This Is Not 2012's Chris Christie

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Chris Christie now appearing on a gubernatorial campaign trail near you is subtly different from the Christie of 2012. Glimpses of 2016?  

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Fresh Air

'All The Truth Is Out' Examines How Political Journalism Went Tabloid

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Matt Bai says that while voters have always cared about candidates' characters, some news used to be off limits. His new book looks at Gary Hart's 1987 affair that destroyed his political ambitions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Ray Kelly Remembers the Height of NYC Crime

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In 1990 there were 2,605 murders in NYC. As part of Brian Lehrer's "25 Years in 25 Days," the former police commissioner discusses the bad old days and what's changed.

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The Takeaway

Making Sense of 'Yes Means Yes'

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

California has become the first state in the nation to adopt a "yes means yes" standard for campus sexual assault. 

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The Takeaway

Trouble at Home: Hong Kong's Path to Democracy

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Journalist and professor Louisa Lim explains what it's been like to watch the streets where she grew up erupt in chaos almost overnight.

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