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Think Our Voting System is Color Blind? Think Again.

Friday, February 27, 2015

A new study from researchers at Harvard suggests that racial bias still plays a big role in the voting system.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"By Any Means Necessary:" Malcolm X, 50 Years Later

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Malcolm X's assassination in Harlem. Fairfield University's Dr. Yohuru Williams and Tufts' Dr. Peniel Joseph reflect on that day and his legacy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hear Our Voices, Count Our Votes

Monday, January 19, 2015

Rep. Charles Rangel and co-host Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry were among those who joined Brian for his annual MLK Day celebration at the Apollo Theater. Hear excerpts from the event.

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The Takeaway

Is Ferguson as Much About White Rage as Black?

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The rioting in Ferguson, Missouri and across the country needs to be viewed in the context of American history, says Emory Professor Carol Anderson.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mid-Term Elections and Voting Rights

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Nation contributing writer Ari Berman sorts through the results of the midterm elections. He also looks at the Supreme Court decision undermining the Voting Rights Act affected voting.

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WNYC News

Pretty Vacant: Two Million Voters Have No Voice In Albany

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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Some state legislators ran for other offices, some got other jobs — and some wound up in handcuffs, leaving 13 seats empty and millions of New Yorkers without representation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Freedom Summer In The First Person

Monday, June 23, 2014

In June of 1964, volunteers set out to register voters in Mississippi. Their work would help change the nation. A conversation about the legacy of Freedom Summer, and what it means half a century later to the people who were there.

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The Takeaway

Voting Rights 50 Years After Mississippi's Freedom Summer

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton helped organize and lead the Mississippi Freedom Summer movement, which began 50 years ago this month. She reflects on the volunteer's accomplishments, the movement's confrontation with President Lyndon Johnson, and the state of voting rights today. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

North Carolina and Voting Rights

Thursday, August 01, 2013

Last week the North Carolina legislature passed what Ari Berman calls “the country’s worst voter suppression law.” The bill mandates voter ID to cast a ballot and strictly limits the forms of ID accepted. It also cuts the number of early voting days and eliminates same-day voter registration. Berman, contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, talks about these new regulations and looks at what other states have been doing to make it more difficult for citizens to vote.

 

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The Takeaway

A New Voting Rights Act

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Today Congress takes its first step toward devising a new coverage formula for the Voting Rights Act, as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears testimony from Civil Rights veteran and Congressman John Lewis and Congressman James Sensenbrenner, among others. Yale Law Professor Heather Gerken, an expert in voting rights and election law, weighs in with her recommendations for a new Voting Rights Act.

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WNYC News

In a Busy News Week, Some Say the Real Issues are Ignored

Friday, June 28, 2013

Immigration reform, affirmative action, voting rights, gay marriage -- it's been a busy week for lawmakers and jurists, one that will likely reshape the country. But in some pockets of the city, the issues that matter aren't what's necessarily in the headlines.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Voting Rights Act and New York City

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the way the Voting Rights Act determines which parts of the country need extra scrutiny in their election law. Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, explains why three New York City counties (New York, Kings, and the Bronx) were covered by the Voting Rights Act, and what yesterday's decision means for those counties.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Supreme Court Decisions: Voting Rights, Baby Girl

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Supreme Court has ruled in several key cases, including most notably an opinion striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act as unconstitutional. Slate's Emily Bazelon provides analysis on The Brian Lehrer Show at 11:30. Plus: Radiolab's Tim Howard on the "Adoptive Couple vs. Baby Girl" ruling.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 27, 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Voting Rights Act | The History Behind the Voting Rights Act | Sequester Cuts Felt in American Classrooms | Church Seeks to Win Back Long-Lapsed Catholics | The Pros and Cons of Telecommuting | Lessons from the Civil Rights Movement About "Failing Up"

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Obama Campaign Recruiting Voting Law Watchdogs

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Just before former President Bill Clinton left the stage in Charlotte, he made sure to add voting rights protection to his list of reasons to reelect President Obama.

“If you want every American to vote and you think it's wrong to change voting procedures just to reduce the turnout of younger, poorer, minority and disabled voters, you should support Barack Obama,” Clinton said as he wrapped up his speech.

It's not just Clinton. In the final hours of the Democratic convention, the Obama campaign is making voting rights enforcement a key part of the closing pitch to activists before they scatter from Charlotte.

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The Takeaway

Voting Controversies in Ohio

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Ohio has limited its early voting hours since 2008, which primarily benefited left-leaning minorities and low-income citizens. Democrats see this as a direct attack on their party. Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted says otherwise. 

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The Takeaway

Forget the Economy — What Could Really Swing the Election

Thursday, August 16, 2012

After 236 years of democracy, the 15th Amendment, the 19th Amendment, and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, you'd think Americans would have voting down to a science. But small battles are raging on in parts of the country over voters' rights and the cost of letting everybody cast a ballot.

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The Takeaway

Florida Attempts to Strike 182,000 Names from Voter Lists

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A government says it's worried about the legitimacy of the names on its voter lists. Rick Scott, the governor of Florida, is now in the middle of a blistering legal battle over Florida's attempt to purge as many as 182,000 from its voter roles. Marc Caputo is a political reporter for the Miami Herald.

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The Takeaway

Justice Department to Florida: End Voter Purge Effort

Friday, June 01, 2012

The Justice Department has demanded that Florida stop trying to identify noncitizens to purge from its voter registration rolls. Last night the department sent a detailed letter to Florida's Secretary of State, Ken Detzner, instructing the state to end the practice, which it said violated the Voting Rights Act and the National Voter Registration Act.

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The Takeaway

Electoral Demographics and a History of Presidential Primaries

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

In a recent op-ed for The New York Times, writer Timothy Egan makes this observation about the voters turning out for GOP primary contests around the country: "There is no other way to put this without resorting to demographic bluntness: the small fraction of Americans who are trying to pick the Republican nominee are old, white, uniformly Christian and unrepresentative of the nation at large." He goes on to make this observation about the demographic of the Republican primary electorate: "They are much closer to the population of 1890 than of 2012."

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