FROM Anna Sale
Death, Sex, and Money Death, sex and money: They’re the things we all obsess over, but are often too shy or polite to talk about. A new podcast from WNYC -- appropriately titled Death, Sex & Money -- drags them out into the light. It’s a series of interviews with regular people and celebrities alike about the big questions of life and love.
NY State Senator Accused of Trying to Bribe His Way into Mayor's Race Michael Bloomberg's three terms as Mayor of New York have been free of major corruption, but a new federal bribery case suggests that machine politics may be alive and well. Democratic State Senator Malcolm Smith probably had no chance of becoming mayor -- especially as a Republican. But that's the scenario he tried to act out, admitting it would cost him "a pretty penny." Unfortunately for Smith, his admission was recorded by the FBI , as we hear from Anna Sale, politics reporter for public radio station WNYC .
House Passes $9.7 Billion in Hurricane Sandy Relief On Capitol Hill today, the House passed legislation that would provide nearly $10 billion to cover insurance claims filed by individuals whose homes were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Anna Sale is politics reporter at public radio station WNYC in New York.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.