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1:11 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

One Man's Mission To Keep Drivers From Idling Their Cars

Credit Verdant Vigilante

A few years ago, New Yorker George Pakenham approached an idling limousine and asked the driver to turn off his engine. To George's surprise, the driver obliged. Emboldened, Pakenham started approaching drivers of other idling cars and trucks in an effort to curtail pollution. He's approached more than 2,900 drivers.

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4:58 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Affirmative Action: Fall Down, Get Back Up Again

Credit Jarius Sowells

Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Jarius Sowells about his time at the University of Texas. He failed his first year and took time off until he felt ready to try again.

Sowells says the African American enrollment at the university is low and needs to be higher, and that affirmative action is necessary.

Phoebe speaks to Sowells as the U.S. Supreme Court prepares to rule on a case over racial preferences in admissions by the University of Texas.

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7:46 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

The Voting Rights Act Of 1965

Credit Bruce Davidson

The U.S. Supreme Court is considering whether to allow extending the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which was intended to stop southern states from denying black Americans the right to vote. Many people, especially those who were at the center of civil rights fight, say the law is still needed.

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11:04 am
Mon June 17, 2013

South Boston And Whitey Bulger

Guest host Phoebe Judge speaks with Michael Patrick McDonald, who is covering the Whitey Bulger trial. He grew up in South Boston, where Bulger is a legend.

Also in this show: Haley Morris-Cafiero, an overweight photographer, has been taking photos of people who mock her body; and Kristen Ulmer, who became one of the best skiers in the world because she could not feel fear.

Listen at 1PM and 8PM on WUNC, or online here.

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9:28 am
Fri June 14, 2013

The Opera Couple

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello

Ailyn Perez and Stephen Costello are husband-and-wife opera singers. They talk with Dick about the peculiarity of their relationship, which includes competing to see who can hold the longest notes, and trying to get cast in the same productions so that they can spend time together.

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10:39 am
Wed June 12, 2013

After Innocence: Exoneration In America, Day 3

Jason Puracal was working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime.  He was sentenced to 22 years in one of the worst prisons in the country.  His sister Janis led the charge for his release.

Also in this show, a forensic DNA expert who has devoted himself to using new DNA technology to free the innocent. 

Listen at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., or online here.

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10:49 am
Tue June 11, 2013

After Innocence, Exoneration In America, Day 2

Scott Hornoff, 2013
Credit Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Guests include Scott Hornoff, a Rhode Island police officer convicted of murder in 1996. Since his exoneration he has been unable to find work in this country so he has become a private security consultant in Afghanistan. Also: Julie Baumer, convicted of child abuse for what later was determined to be “shaken baby syndrome”. She was exonerated.  And the man at the Innocence Project who receives thousands of letters from prisoners hoping to be freed. Listen at 1 p.m. and 8 p.m., or online here.

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10:06 am
Mon June 10, 2013

After Innocence: Exoneration in America

Gloria Killian, 2013
Credit Sameer Abdel-Khalek

Gloria Killian was a a 35 year old law school student in the 1980’s when she was convicted of murder and sentenced to 32 years to life in prison.  Gloria claimed her innocence from the outset.  After 17 and a half years her conviction was overturned.

Also in this show, Ray Towler, exonerated by DNA evidence. Brian Banks, exonerated and signed with football’s Atlanta Falcons. John Thompson, freed after prosecutor’s deathbed admission of suppression of evidence.

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1:09 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Americans Spying On Americans

William Binney has been working in intelligence since the Cold War. As a cryptomathemetician, he helped create a new surveillance system called Thin Thread. When he discovered Thin Thread was being used to spy on American citizens, he spoke up and eventually left the agency.

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12:00 pm
Thu June 6, 2013

Fighting For Workers' Rights in Bangladesh

In late April, more than 1,100 garment workers were killed when the eight-story Rana Plaza building collapsed. Labor activist Kalpona Akter has come from Bangladesh to attend tomorrow's Walmart shareholders meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas, where she'll try to convince shareholders that Walmart must protect the safety of factory workers.

Plus, as part of his series “People Who Work,” producer Richard Paul brings us an audio portrait of Carmen Costello, who drives a city bus through Washington, D.C. early each morning. 

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