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Arizona Inmate Takes 2 Hours to Die

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yesterday, another execution raised the question of whether lethal injection is a barbaric form of criminal punishment. It took nearly two hours to kill Arizona inmate Joseph Wood, who was sentenced to death for the 1989 murders of his estranged girlfriend and her father.

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The Elusive Dream of Peace in Gaza

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's already been a deadly week in Gaza and Israel, and pressure is mounting in Jerusalem for the negotiation of a cease-fire. But on Wednesday night, Hamas rejected any immediate hope of resolution, leaving civilians on both sides to wonder how long the violence will persist.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fighting Corruption in India's Unruly Democracy

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Exploring the battle between the deep-rooted system of graft and patronage and the forces demanding change.

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Tax Dodgers: U.S. Fears Firms Who Flee America

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A trend is catching hold among large corporations in the United Sates and it's consequences could be devastating for the corporate tax base. U.S. companies are increasingly deciding to relocate overseas to cut their tax bills. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Investigating Corruption in Cuomo's Corruption Investigation

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A New York Times investigation argues that Governor Cuomo's Moreland Commission came under political pressure to restrict its investigations into statewide corruption. New York Times Albany reporter Thomas Kaplan discusses the revelations and what Moreland set out to do to begin with. Then we talk to David Grandeau, New York's former top lobbying official and an early critic of the Moreland Commision.

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The Takeaway

Feminist Icons: From Rosie the Riveter to Beyoncé

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just how feminist is Rosie the Riveter as a symbol? Is she a feminist icon demonstrating the power of the working woman, or a leftover propaganda tool from an era that placed unrealistic demands on women? The Takeaway looks back at the history of Rosie, and what it means when someone like Beyoncé re-creates that image.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Past and Present: In India, Italy and Iraq

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simon Denyer, former Indian bureau chief for the Washington Post, looks at corruption, the expanding middle class, and the people who are shaping democracy and politics in India. Joseph Luzzi talks about Italy’s passion for art, food, and family, and the country’s north-south divide, and why Italian Americans have a complicated relationship with the “old country.” The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman and Leonard debate whether a hot dog is a sandwich. Roy Scranton, a veteran who served in Iraq in 2003, on returning to Baghdad and the state of that country 10 years later.  

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: An Elusive Path to Peace, A Church Scandal, and Modern Feminist Icons

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show

Cheap Internet, Better Bathrooms, and Unsupervised Outdoor Play

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Chatanooga, Tennessee's public electric utility is working to publicly provide cheap and fast internet to its city. There's just one thing standing in its way: Comcast. Will this battle be coming to New York City any time soon? Plus: The New York Times's finds that Governor's Cuomo's investigation into corruption is "deeply compromised"; looking into the so-called "poor doors" in mixed-income housing; an argument for unsupervised outdoor play for children; and re-thinking American bathrooms.

Democrats Make New Bid To Require Donor Transparency

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The latest version of the DISCLOSE Act, which would force donor disclosure on outside organizations that engage in election politics, is facing now-familiar opposition from Republican lawmakers.

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Campaign Finance Transparency Bill Gets Chilly Reception In Senate

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The legislation would require any politically active group that spends more than $10,000 to list its donors.

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Insurance For Fake Identities The Latest Skirmish Over Obamacare

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Republicans say a sting in which false identities were used to sign up for health care has revealed a major problem. Democrats question the premise that people would try to steal insurance.

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All Things Considered

Glenn Beck Takes His Campaign Against Common Core To The Big Screen

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Conservative commentator Glenn Beck hosted a live, interactive "night of action" against the Common Core State Standards. He has long fought against the learning benchmarks in reading and math now being used in 43 states. Events such as these, and the Common Core itself, could continue to play a role in the 2014 midterm campaigns.

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All Things Considered

To Cope With Child Immigrants, Competing Plans Emerge From Congress

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The House and Senate have unveiled competing bills to deal with the influx of unaccompanied children crossing the border. Neither would give Obama all the funds he's asked for to deal with the crisis.

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All Things Considered

Faced With Undocumented Minors, Iowa Is Wrenched By Stark Divide

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The governor of Iowa says that unaccompanied minors from Central America should not find shelter in his state. But the mayor of Des Moines and many religious leaders are at odds with the governor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

White Flags, No Surrender

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, is offering a $5,000 reward for information about who hung white flags in place of the usual U.S. flags over the Brooklyn Bridge. He's called the placement of the flags a "terrorist act."

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The Takeaway

Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Judging from recent machinations in Congress, it's easier to protect for-profit colleges who are generous with their campaign donations than it is to protect this nation's veterans from being preyed upon by schools anxious to get their hands on G.I. Bill education benefits.

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The Takeaway

When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Less than a week after a Malaysia Airlines flight was shot out of the sky over a conflict zone in Ukraine, the FAA announced that no U.S. flights would be allowed to fly to Israel for a period of 24 hours after a rocket attack near Tel Aviv. What happens when the airspace becomes a war zone? 

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Courts Collide on ACA Interpretation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Tuesday, two separate federal appeals courts issued contradictory rulings that complicate the nation's already-murky understanding of the Affordable Care Act. Millions of Americans are now potentially affected, and there will likely be months of legal limbo.

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The Takeaway

Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Amid growing tensions between Russia and the west, the U.K. government has decided to revisit the controversial death of former KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko who was poisoned with radioactive polonium-210 in London in 2006.

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