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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 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: An argument for unsupervised outdoor play for children; and re-thinking American bathrooms.

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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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

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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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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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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The Takeaway

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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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mixed Rulings on the Affordable Care Act

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Within hours yesterday, two circuit courts ruled in opposite directions on the legality of health insurance subsidies under the Affordable Care Act. We discuss which ruling will have the most lasting impact, and how Obamacare is doing in general with Sarah Kliff, senior editor at Vox.

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Morning Edition

Rubio Interview Sparks Heated Comments On Immigration, Economy

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Steve Inskeep talks to Amy Walter of Cook Political Report about the social media response to his two-part interview with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.

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Morning Edition

Congress And Biden Aim For Job Training That Actually Leads To Jobs

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The vice president has been traveling the country to learn about the best ways to train workers. He announced the results Tuesday as the president signed a workforce training bill into law.

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Morning Edition

California Nurses Union Braces For Contract Battle

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The largest union of nurses in California starts contract negotiations Thursday with Kaiser Permanente's hospitals. Talks went smoothly four years ago, but this round will likely be more contentious.

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Morning Edition

Long GOP Primary Season Gives Democrats Time To Fill Campaign Coffers

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

If Democrats lose control of the Senate this fall, it likely won't be for lack of campaign money. The prominent female candidates in particular have healthy campaign accounts.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Dangers in The Sky, A Mysterious Death, and The Future of Play

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

1. When the Skies Are Too Dangerous to Fly | 2. Who Killed KGB Agent Alexander Litvinenko? | 3. Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets | 4. Designing Outdoor Play With Creativity in Mind