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George Zimmerman Video Released by ABC News

Thursday, June 21, 2012

George Zimmerman's defense team has posted a video where he re-enacts the fatal shooting. Zimmerman has been charged with second-degree murder in the February 26 shooting of Trayvon Martin, although his lawyers claim he is protected under Florida's "stand your ground" law.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Why Don't Non-Profits Lose Their Tax-Exempt Status for Lobbying?

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Non-profits can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in lobbying, but the rules are vague enough that most political activities go unpunished.

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Schoolbook

At East Side Community, a Stand Against Racial Profiling

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

SchoolBook holds its first teach-in Tuesday about "How to Bring Tough Conversations Into the Classroom." Meanwhile, East Side Community School on the Lower East Side figured out a way to handle an event that walked from the front page into many classrooms: the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Students organized a Hoodie Day, and as one wrote for the school newspaper, The East Sider, "It was especially important for us to bring this to the students’ attention because most of us at East Side look like Trayvon.''

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Schoolbook

Bringing the World Into the Classroom

Monday, May 07, 2012

SchoolBook is examining the issue of how to incorporate news headlines into the classroom by hosting an event with teachers on Tuesday. Ahead of the discussion, WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" spoke with Peter Nelson, director of the New York City branch of the organization Facing History and Ourselves, to ask how to blend current events with curriculum demands.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: George Zimmerman Arraignment and Facebook IPO Buzz

Monday, May 07, 2012

Charlie Herman, business and economics editor for The Takeaway and WNYC and Callie Crossley, host of The Callie Crossley Show on WGBH, explore the stories for the week ahead, including George Zimmerman's arraignment in court, the John Edwards trial, and Facebook's campaign to justify the company's projected IPO.

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WNYC News

Rodney King on Trayvon: It's Easy to Get Away With Killing a Black Man

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Rodney King weighed in on the shooting death of an unarmed Florida teen whose death at the hands of a neighborhood watch volunteer earlier this year sparked national debate on race.

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The Takeaway

Mark O'Mara, Defense Lawyer for George Zimmerman, In the Spotlight

Monday, April 23, 2012

The media put a new face to the Trayvon Martin case last week: Mark O'Mara, the red-haired lawyer representing George Zimmerman, the man charged with murdering Martin in February. O'Mara has worked as both a defense attorney and prosecutor for nearly 30 years and is incredibly media savvy. But what is he really like and how will he handle the emotionally-charged atmosphere that this trial is sure to bring with it? Kendall Coffey explains how O'Mara will have to strategize both his defense and his media playbook if he wants to win the case. 

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WNYC News

Zimmerman Apologizes for Shooting; Gets $150K Bail

Friday, April 20, 2012

Telling Trayvon Martin's parents and a national TV audience "I am sorry for the loss of your son," neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman took the witness stand in an extraordinary move Friday during his bail hearing, making his first public comments since fatally shooting the unarmed teenager.

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The Takeaway

Live Coverage: George Zimmerman Bail Hearing

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Takeaway covers the live proceedings of the bond hearing for George Zimmerman, the neighborhood-watch volunteer charged in the shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida. Mr. Zimmerman's attorney, Mark O'Mara, says he plans to seek Zimmerman's release from a correctional facility in Sanford while his legal proceedings are under way. Joining us from Florida is Dale Carson, a lawyer, retired legal instructor for the FBI, and a former police officer.

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The Takeaway

Can Zimmerman Get a Fair Trial?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Could all the public attention affect George Zimmerman’s right to a fair trial? It’s a question that Wendy Kaminer has been mulling over. Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic, and correspondent at The Atlantic. She’s also the author of eight books, including “Worst Instincts: Cowardice, Conformity, and the ACLU.”

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The Takeaway

Trayvon Martin Story Echoed in New Play

Friday, April 13, 2012

The new play Slip/Shot opens tonight in Philadelphia. The play is set in 1962, at Florida State University in Tallahassee, and centers on the case of a 17-year-old African-American boy. The boy is unarmed, walking home from his girlfriend's late at night, when he is shot and killed by a white security guard. The local sheriff declines to press charges, and the security guard walks free. The story of Slip/Shot directly parallels the Trayvon Martin case, but playwright Jacqueline Goldfinger started working on the play months before the world had ever heard of Trayvon or George Zimmerman. And while Slip/Shot is set in the midst of the civil rights movement, its themes easily resonate today.

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The Takeaway

Should 911 Calls Be Released to the Public?

Friday, April 13, 2012

The Trayvon Martin case caught national attention after the release of the 911 calls George Zimmerman made to police just before the shooting. Those recordings have played a major role in shaping public opinion, throwing into doubt whether Zimmerman will get a fair trial. Sonny Brasfield is executive director of the Association of County Commissions of Alabama. He helped draft the 2010 legislation that made Alabama the first state to bar the release of 911 recordings. Wendy Kaminer is a lawyer, social critic and contributing editor at The Atlantic.

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WNYC News

Zimmerman Makes Court Appearance in Fla. Shooting

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman has made his first court appearance on a second-degree murder charge in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

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The Takeaway

George Zimmerman Charged with Second Degree Murder: What Now?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

It has been 46 days since 17-year-old Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Sanford, Florida, yet it will be months before there is any resolution in the case. Although second degree murder charges have been filed against the man who admits to shooting Trayvon, but it could be eight months or more before a jury is convened and the trial begins. What happens in the meantime? Valerie Houston is a Pastor at Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford, Florida, and Farai Chideya is a journalist and blogger at Farai.com.

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The Takeaway

Zimmerman in Police Custody, Charged with Second Degree Murder

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Last night in a press conference, Florida state special prosecutor Angela Corey announced the charges filed against George Zimmerman for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin on February 26. Zimmerman was arrested yesterday on charges of second degree murder. Adam Kaeloha Causey, a reporter with the Florida Times Union, attended last night's press conference. Dale Carson is a lawyer and retired legal instructor for the FBI, and joins us to discuss the legal explanation behind Zimmerman's arrest.

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WNYC News

Mayor Wants to Overturn Stand Your Ground Laws

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg backed a national effort to overturn so-called "stand your ground" laws Wednesday, saying the law at the heart of the Trayvon Martin case promotes vigilantism. 

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WNYC News

Trayvon Martin Shooter Charged with 2nd Degree Murder

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The special prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin shooting, Angela Corey, announced Wednesday that a second-degree murder charge has been brought against George Zimmerman. An attorney for the neighborhood watch volunteer said his client would plead not guilty.

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WNYC News

Zimmerman's Lawyers Withdraw from Shooting Case

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Attorneys for a Florida neighborhood watch volunteer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen have withdrawn as his counsel, saying they have lost contact with him.

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The Takeaway

Is the Sanford Police Department Inept?

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Did the Trayvon Martin shooting reveal a systemic failure on the part of the Sanford Police? We speak with John Rudolf, criminal Justice reporter for the Huffington Post and Calvin Donaldson, whose son was shot and killed in Sanford on October 2011.

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Opinion: The 'Disgraceful' Blackness of Barack Obama

Monday, April 09, 2012

It’s clear from both context and content that Obama’s statement about Trayvon Martin's death wasn’t some kind of call to arms on race: It was a heartfelt and impulsive reaction of empathy.

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