Barney Frank, who served in the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013, talks about his political career, his time in Washington, and being the first openly gay congressman. He’s the subject of a new documentary, “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” a peek into his life as he was on the verge of his retirement. “Compared to What: The Improbable Journey of Barney Frank,” is showing in New York Sunday, April 27, 2:30 pm, as part of the Tribeca Film Festival.
Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: we’ll take a look at inequality in South Africa as the country marks the 20th anniversary of the fall of Apartheid and South Africa’s first free elections. Then, former U.S. Representative Barney Frank talks about his political career as the first openly gay congressman. The director of “Ida,” talks about the film. And this week’s Please Explain is all about drag!
This spring, South Africa will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the fall of apartheid and the first free elections. Although the country has come far, the inequalities that once divided the races now grow within them. In After Freedom: The Rise of the Post-Apartheid Generation in Democratic South Africa, award-winning sociologist Katherine S. Newman and Ariane De Lannoy profile seven people—black, white, “coloured,” and immigrant—to reveal what life is like in South Africa today.
Many agree that technology can and should simplify the electoral process in this country. But in practice, what will the future of voting in America look like?
President Obama is walking a tightrope—he must balance U.S. relationships with China, Japan, and South Korea as a huge trade deal hangs in the pendulum. Can the president keep his footing steady?
Philip K. Howard, founder and chair of Common Good and the author of The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government (W. W. Norton & Company, 2014), argues that government is broken, not because of politics, but a reliance on anachronistic rules and regulations at the expense of common sense.
The FCC proposed new rules that would leave the concept of net neutrality all but dead. David Carr, media columnist and culture reporter for the New York Times and Nancy Scola, a reporter who covers the intersections of technology, politics, and policy for publications like Reuters, the Washingtonian, and theAtlantic.com, discuss this and the case Aereo is making before the Supreme Court.
There's no doubt that rolling out thousands of new pre-kindergarten seats by September will be a big lift for New York City. Two members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration said so themselves, and acknowledged some of the obstacles at an event Wednesday night.
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Home ownership is still a major part of the American dream. But after you crunch the numbers, is it even worth it? Plus: an argument that government is ineffective because of outdated rules and regulations; and what happens in a year with AmeriCorps’ City Year program.
Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia said the proposed East 91 St. Marine Transfer Station was moving forward, but she's ready to meet with opponents of the plan.
The FBI has been coercing Muslims living in the United States to spy on other Muslims by threatening to put or keep them on the federal no-fly list.
After meeting in Gaza, the two main rival Palestinian factions—Fatah and Hamas—have come to a new agreement. The groups say they have formed a "unity" government together.
One lawmaker believes Congress should spend less time in D.C. He's come up with a proposal that would grant Congress the power to vote on legislation and attend committee meetings remotely.