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The Ohio legislature passed what is essentially a complete ban on abortions. We talk about that bill and other anti-abortion laws being challenged nationwide.

President Obama is expected to issue pardons as he prepares to leave office. We look at the history of presidential pardons and who might be on Obama’s list.
Are Jews white? That question has been revived as U.S. politics have become more radicalized and minority groups have been targeted.

A new book focuses on octopuses and the evolution of thought and consciousness.

How one schlubby journalist transformed himself to become an instagram influencer and whether it was worth it.

Photo Credit:  Ryan O'Shea

What abortion policies may look like in the Trump era 9 MIN, 9 SEC

Lawmakers in Ohio have passed a bill that would ban abortions from the moment a heartbeat is detected. Governor John Kasich hasn’t said whether he’ll sign it. Some Ohio Republicans said they were emboldened to support it after Donald Trump’s victory and the possibility that he might appoint Supreme Court justices more sympathetic to overturning Roe v. Wade.

Guests:
David Cohen, Drexel University

A history of presidential pardons 8 MIN, 3 SEC

President Obama will enter the civilian world again next month. One of the things he might do before leaving the White House is use his power to pardon people.

Guests:
PS Ruckman, Pardon Power blog

Are Jews white?: Questions of identity and power 8 MIN, 9 SEC

With Donald Trump’s election, seemingly settled questions about race and identity have been re-opened. White nationalists and members of the “alt-right” have very particular opinions about whether Jews are white.

Guests:
Eric Goldstein, Author, Professor
Emma Green, Atlantic magazine (@emmaogreen)

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Are Jews White?

Inside the big brains of octopuses 13 MIN, 38 SEC

Philosopher Peter Godfrey-Smith has written a new book about octopuses and the evolution of thought and consciousness. It’s titled ‘Other Minds: The Octopus, the Sea and the Deep Origins of Consciousness.’

Guests:
Peter Godfrey-Smith, philosopher, author

Other Minds

Peter Godfrey-Smith

Journalist transforms into a professional Instagramer 8 MIN, 38 SEC

Max Chafkin’s Instagram account was pretty typical two months ago, with photos of his wife, baby and vacations. Then it focused on professionally styled and staged photos of himself.

Guests:
Max Chafkin, Bloomberg Businessweek (@chafkin)

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'Bloomberg' Reporter Enlists Experts To Become An Instagram Influencer

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