Obamacare at the Supreme Court, Speculating about Trayvon Martin, and More

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Friday, March 30, 2012

The mainstreaming of the constitutional argument against Obamacare, speculating about Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, and controversial programming at the National Geographic Channel.

How Questioning "Obamacare's" Constitutionality Went Mainstream

When "Obamacare" first debuted, opponents of the legislation criticized its cost and reachnot the possibility that it might be unconstitutional. But this week the Supreme Court spent three days hearing arguments on the mandated health care law. Brooke speaks to Politico's Josh Gerstein about how challenging Obamacare on constitutional grounds went from a zany fringe idea to a mainstream conversation.

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Supreme Court Justices Read Newspapers Too

Media coverage can influence public opinion, but can public opinion really influence the Supreme Court? With its lifetime appointments the court is designed to exist above the fray. Bob speaks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick who says that despite that, public opinion was a big factor in this week's arguments.

 

Dustin Wong - Tea Tree Leaves Retreat

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Trayvon Martin, Week Two

If last week Trayvon Martin’s death broke as a national story, then this week it reached a full boil. Every day new details have been leaked and analyzed, pundits have opined and the interested parties have sought to characterize each other.  Brooke again talks with Huffington Post senior reporter Trymaine Lee about how this story has continued to develop.

 

Breton - The Commission

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The Multiple Personalities of National Geographic

Last month, the NatGeo channel unveiled "Diggers," a show about treasure hunters with metal detectors that the Society for American Archaeology said glorifies looting. "Diggers" is only one of a slew of pulp non-fiction shows on the NatGeo Channel that would surprise anyone familiar with the more-then-century-old National Geographic Magazine. Bob speaks to SAA president Fred Limp, National Geographic Society CEO John Fahey, and NatGeo Channel CEO David Lyle.

 

Oddisee - All Along The River

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The Convenience of the Co-op Controversy

Controversy broke out last week in Brooklyn New York, when members of the Park Slope Food Co-op argued over a proposed boycott of Israeli-made foods. Remarkably, coverage of the local dispute made its way into some prominent news outlets. Brooke muses about why the little feud became so large. 

 

Anika - Officer Officer

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New Endings

The video game series Mass Effect has earned millions in sales and near-universal critical acclaim, but the series' conclusion, released this month, was met with howls of rage by gamers. Their gripe? They hated the ending. In response, the game's developers have promised to add additional content that would give fans "more closure." Brooke talks to Grantland's Tom Bissell about whether or not dissatisfied gamers are entitled to a new ending.

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Personal Video Games

Anyone who’s played videogames like Call of Duty or Red Dead Redemption knows what kind of narratives they tell. Their protagonists are snipers or outlaws ready to fight missions that step outside all legal bounds. Game designers Anna Anthropy, Sebastian Janisz and Michael Molinari choose to tell very different stories. No ambushes, no clandestine ops or full throttle attacks. Brooke talks to the designers about their very personal games.

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