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Raising the Federal Interest Rate; Questioning Sandra Bland's Arrest; Required Reading

A political news round-up; questioning the legality of Sandra Bland's arrest; raising federal interest rates; the history of writing; and essential reading for rising college freshmen.
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What the Incoming Freshmen Are Reading This Summer

Monday, July 27, 2015

A recent report found that incoming college freshmen are reading more heavy nonfiction literature about things like feminism and race. What books do you think should be required?
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Deconstructing the Sandra Bland Police Video

Monday, July 27, 2015

Christopher Cooper, a civil rights lawyer, former Washington police officer, and expert in police conflict resolution, assesses the legality of Sandra Bland’s arrest.
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Monday Morning Politics: News from the Campaign Trail

Monday, July 27, 2015

The Washington Post's David Weigel gives a round-up of national political news.
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Federal Interest Rates Get a Raise

Monday, July 27, 2015

Federal Reserve has hinted at raising the federal interest rate. A look at what that would mean for the economy.
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What Writing Wrought

Monday, July 27, 2015

Author Matthew Battles asks how writing was invented, what it has meant for human consciousness and culture, and what comes next.
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BL Weekend: Ta-Nehisi Coates, Exposing Cheaters & Fast Food's New Minimum Wage

Friday, July 24, 2015

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Ta-Nehisi Coates (First) | Exposing Cheaters (Starts at 31:50) | Fast-Food's New Minimum Wage (Starts at 55:17)
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Where Are You Moving?

Friday, July 24, 2015

It's summertime, which means everyone's moving. Where are you going? Where are you coming from? Why are you moving? Why'd you choose the summer? We'll take your calls. 
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What Question About Race Do You Wish Someone Would Ask You?

Friday, July 24, 2015

What question about race do you want to be asked? We'll take your calls.
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Give Us Your Commentary on Anything for 90 Seconds

Friday, July 24, 2015

We give you 90 seconds, you give us your thoughts on any topic.
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What is Your Definition of Freedom?

Friday, July 24, 2015

How do you define freedom? What does freedom mean to you? We'll take your calls.
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Are You Successful Because of Hard Work or Opportunity?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Can you become successful from just hard work, or does opportunity play a role, too? We'll take your calls.
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All Calls: Your Thoughts on Race, Success, and Where You're Going

Friday, July 24, 2015

Today's show is all you. Our phone lines are open to take your calls on questions like, "What matters more: hard work or luck?" and "What question about race do you want to be asked?"
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Young, White and Really Uncomfortable

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Journalist, filmmaker, and immigration activist Jose Antonio Vargas talks about his new MTV documentary "White People."
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What's Behind the MTA Crime Spike

Thursday, July 23, 2015

WNYC transportation reporter Kate Hinds talks about this week's NJ Transit delays, a recent increase in reported subway sex crimes, and other news.
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Fast Food Workers' Wage Hike

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Fast Food Labor Board endorses a higher wage for hourly workers, increasing fast food workers' pay to $15/hour.
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Navigating Open Adoptions

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Journalist Kathryn Joyce and Joy Lieberthal, a Korean adult adoptee and clinical social worker, talk about the complex emotions involved in open adoptions.
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Negotiating With Terrorists

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Former diplomat Jonathan Powell argues that negotiations are the only way to promote peace.
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The Complex Dynamics of Open Adoptions; ‘White People’ on MTV; The Power of Negotiation

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The dynamics of open adoptions; an increase in NYC's hourly wage; a spike in assaults on subways; Jose Antonio Vargas' documentary on race; and the power of negotiating with terrorists.
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Is Ride-Sharing 'Color-blind'?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Benjamin Jealous, former NAACP president and an early Uber investor, points to the history of black riders having difficulty getting taxis as a reason to support ride-sharing Uber.
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Does Long Island Need Its Own Vision Zero?

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

After two separate drunk driving incidents - causing seven deaths - in Suffolk County, Representative Kathleen Rice proposes new legislation to tackle drunk driving.
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