Stop-And-Frisk Around the Country | Will Holder's New Drug Sentencing Policies Transform Criminal Justice? | Greg Louganis on Russia's Anti-Gay Laws

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

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Stop-And-Frisk Around the Country | Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger Found Guilty, Faces Life in Prison | NSA Cyberdefense Plans Stalled Due to Leaks | Greg Louganis on Russia's Anti-Gay Laws & The 2014 Olympics | Will Holder's New Drug Sentencing Policies Transform Criminal Justice? | 

Examining Stop-And-Frisk Around the Country

The policy known as stop-and-frisk allowed police to stop, question, and frisk persons they deemed "reasonably suspect" of committing a crime was found to be unconstitutional. The decision is likely to have sweeping effects all across the country. Cecil Thomas is a former Cincinnati City Councilman and police officer, and Noel Gallo is an Oakland City Councilman. They explain their reactions.

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Mobster James "Whitey" Bulger Found Guilty, Faces Life in Prison

Yesterday James "Whitey" Bulger was convicted by a Boston jury and found guilty of racketeering, extortion and murder. The 83-year-old mobster now faces a life sentence in prison. Joining us to discuss the notorious mobster that terrorized South Boston in the 1970s and '80s is Dick Lehr, author of “Whitey: The Life of America’s Most Notorious Mob Boss.”

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NSA Cyberdefense Plans Stalled Due to Leaks

The NSA has long been lobbying Congress and the White House to launch a major defense operation to protect American computer networks from cyber attacks. But because the technology needed is similar to what's used in the surveillance programs, it now looks like the NSA is not going to get what it wants. David Sanger, chief Washington Correspondent for our partner The New York Times, joins us to discuss the NSA's recent plans to combat cyber attacks.

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City of Austin Appeals to Residents to Fight 5-Year Drought

In Austin, Texas, a drought has plagued residents for five years. Now there is an initiative to replant parts of the city with “native” or “drought-resistant” plants that better suit the city's rocky ecology. These drought-resistant plants would also save water in the future. To stay green, Austin is willing to parch it's many lawns for a greater community good. Joy Diaz, reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas, explains.

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Greg Louganis on Russia's Anti-Gay Laws & The 2014 Olympics

Greg Louganis is a gay athlete who won a total of four gold medals in 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympic Games for diving. He also has personal experience with Olympic boycotts. Back in 1980, he was favored to win two gold medals in the Moscow games, but was unable to compete due to the boycott. Louganis joins The Takeaway to discuss Russia's stance against LGBTQ people and whether or not that could hurt the games in 2014.

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Will Holder's New Policy on Drug Sentences Transform Criminal Justice?

As Attorney General Eric Holder made clear in a speech yesterday, drug sentencing about to change. Mandatory minimums revolutionized the justice system, so how will Holder's new guidelines transform criminal justice today? Joining us to discuss this are two veterans of the system—Robin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.

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