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With his strong debate performances, Marco Rubio appears to be taking over as the Republican Party’s establishment candidate. He often talks about his family’s background: leaving Cuba to come to the States. But Rubio has become hard-line on immigration in an effort to appeal to the Republican base. And it appears that any pathway for undocumented immigrants to become citizens is dead for now. Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced over the weekend that he will not work with President Obama on immigration reform. Next, for nearly thirty years now, a case called Foster v. Chatman has been an example of how racial discrimination in jury selection has managed to survive. Today, the case has reached the Supreme Court. Then, when Johnny Appleseed went around planting apple trees, those apples were meant for hard cider. That’s because America loved to drink. It was founded on alcohol and most of its major historical moments took place under the haze of booze. Finally, on Friday, the Republican National Committee canceled a February debate that was supposed to be hosted by NBC and sister station Telemundo. They pulled the plug because of so-called gotcha questions in last week’s CNBC debate. So is this a big setback for NBC? How much do these debates matter to the networks?

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Rubio Ascendant 12 MIN, 22 SEC

With his strong debate performances, Marco Rubio appears to be taking over as the Republican Party’s establishment candidate. He often talks about his family’s background: leaving Cuba to come to the States. Journalist Ann Louise Bardach has taken a closer look at his backstory.

Guests:
Ann Louise Bardach, journalist and author (@albardach)

Immigration Reform 6 MIN, 17 SEC

Marco Rubio has become a lot more hard-line on immigration in an effort to appeal to the Republican base. And it appears that any pathway for undocumented immigrants to become citizens is dead for now. Newly elected Speaker of the House Paul Ryan announced over the  weekend that he will not work with President Obama on immigration reform.

Guests:
Mike DeBonis, Washington Post

Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection 9 MIN, 31 SEC

In 1987, an 18-year-old black man named Timothy Foster stood trial for murder in Georgia. During jury selection, the prosecution eliminated ALL the black jurors from the pool, citing reasons like “appeared confused” and “did not make eye contact.” The all-white jury then sentenced Foster to death...and for nearly thirty years now, the case has been an example of how racial discrimination in jury selection has managed to survive. Today, Foster’s case has reached the Supreme Court.

Guests:
David Cannon, Trial Innovations

Drinking in America: Our Secret History 13 MIN, 43 SEC

The saying goes “it’s as American as apple pie.” But maybe it should have been, it’s as American as apple cider. Hard cider. When Johnny Appleseed went around planting apple trees, those apples were meant for hard cider. That’s because America loved to drink. It was founded on alcohol, and most of its major historical moments took place under the haze of booze.

Guests:
Susan Cheever, Author: Drinking in America: Our Secret History

Drinking in America

Susan Cheever

TV Roundup 7 MIN, 18 SEC

On Friday, the Republican National Committee canceled a February debate that was supposed to be hosted by NBC and sister station Telemundo. They pulled the plug because of so-called gotcha questions in last week’s CNBC debate. So is this a big setback for NBC? How much do these debates matter to the networks?

Guests:
Michael Schneider, Indiewire / Variety (@Franklinavenue)
Brian Lowry, Variety (@blowryontv)

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