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Most Recent Episodes

The Unexpected Battle Between The Washington Post & The New York Times

It seems like a new bombshell story breaks every other day about the inner workings of the Trump Administration, and chances are those stories are coming from either The Washington Post or The New York Times. In his piece "Is the New York Times vs. The Washington Post vs. Trump the Last Great Newspaper War?", Vanity Fair writer and chief media writer for Poynter.org James Warren argues both papers are flourishing as they cover the new White House. And he explores how it's brought out the competitive edge in both of them.

Investigating The Treatment And Deaths Of Immigrant Detainees In NJ

The Record/NorthJersey.com reporters Hannan Adely and Monsy Alvarado join us to discuss their recent investigation into the deaths of immigrant detainees and the lack of adequate medical treatment provided at detention centers throughout New Jersey. They'll discuss two of their most recent articles: "Immigrant detainees say they are not getting medical treatment they need" and "Medical neglect at Hudson County jail alleged in death of detainee." Hannan investigated the death of Carlos Mejia-Bonilla, a Salvadoran immigrant who died while in ICE custody in Hudson County Jail. They found that while deaths are rare, under the Trump administration immigration arrests have increased nearly 40% and more people wind up in detention centers.

Chris Gethard On His Talk Show's Evolution From The Stage To Public Access To Cable

Comedian Chris Gethard joins us to discuss "The Chris Gethard Show," his weekly, hour-long talk show that recently premiered live on truTV. We chat about the show's origins as a live stage show to NYC public access program to hit cult TV series. "The Chris Gethard Show" currently airs on truTV.

Chris Gethard On His Talk Show's Evolution From The Stage To Public Access To Cable

The First Person To Receive Clemency & A Pardon In NYS

Anthony Papa joins us to discuss his books This Side of Freedom: Life After Clemency and 15 to Life: How I Painted My Way to Freedom. He'll share his experiences returning home after serving 12 years of a 15-to-life sentence for a non-violent drug crime sentenced under the mandatory provisions of the Rockefeller Drug Laws of New York State. Last year, he received a pardon from Gov. Andrew Cuomo and became the first person in the state's history to receive both clemency and a pardon.

A Bakery With No Questions Asked

Based in Yonkers, Greyston Bakery is known for their practice of "open hiring," or providing jobs to people regardless of their background or work history. We're joined by CEO Mike Brady to discuss why they hire people who usually face barriers to employment like language, education, and being formerly incarcerated. Greyston Bakery is hosting a gala on Oct. 12, honoring Ben Cohen & Jerry Greenfield of Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream, at the Rockefeller Estate Playhouse (200 Lake Road, Tarrytown). Cocktails start at 6:30 p.m. Dinner at 7:30 p.m.

Women Who Shaped American Religion

Adrian Shirk explores the overlooked power of spirituality in American women in her book And Your Daughters Shall Prophesy: Stories From the Byways of American Women and Religion. She weaves together her experiences with religion with stories of female astrologers, preachers and mediums who've redefined American religious traditions. Adrian Shirk will appear with Beth Loffreda at Books Are Magic (225 Smith St., Brooklyn) on Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

The Women Of The Alt-Right

Seyward Darby, contributor to Harper's Magazine, joins us to discuss her latest article, "The Rise of the Valkyries." Darby looks at the women of the alt-right, the white nationalist movement that backed Trump's campaign. While it's considered to mostly consist of white men, Darby follows Lana Lokteff, a prominent white nationalist who co-hosts a talk show called "Red Ice."

Why Asylum Seekers Aren't Even Showing Up For Court

Journalist Julia Preston, a contributing writer to the Marshall Project, shares how immigration courts are affecting thousands of families from Central America who came to the U.S. seeking asylum from gangs and criminal violence. Of the nearly 100,000 parents and children who have come before the courts since 2014, judges have issued rulings in at least 32,500 cases. Preston explores why 70% of these cases ended with deportation orders in absentia. She details her findings in a story made in conjunction with The Washington Post called, "Fearful of Court, Asylum Seekers Are Banished in Absentia."

The Cost Of Exxon Mobil Ignoring A Civil Rights Complaint

Journalist Sharon Lerner joins us to discuss her recent investigation for The Intercept called "A Legacy of Environmental Racism." She explores how Exxon Mobil is still pumping toxins into black community in Texas 17 years after a civil rights complaint was filed. Exposure to these chemicals have shown an increased incidence of cancer and an increased risk of heart attack in people living near these facilities.

Should Violent Offenders Get Parole?

Marc Morjé Howard, the director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative at Georgetown, argues that it's time to rethink how America approaches parole in his recent column for The New York Times, "The Practical Case for Parole for Violent Offenders." He writes that the American justice system needs to bring back what's called "discretionary parole" and release those convicted of violent crimes before their sentence is complete if they've demonstrated progress while incarcerated.

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