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Friday, December 14, 2007

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  • Baseball’s Hall of Shame: MLB Report Finds Widespread Steroid Use, Warns About Influence Pros Have on Young Athletes


    Thursday is being described by some as "one of the darkest days in baseball history," following the publication of an official Major League Baseball report on the widespread use of steroids and performance-enhancing drugs in the sport. Former Senator George Mitchell, who headed the twenty-month investigation, estimated hundreds of thousands of high school students currently use steroids. We speak with sportswriter Dave Zirin about "Absolving the Owners" and a mother whose son died of steroid abuse. [includes rush transcript]

  • Richardson Admits Errors in Wen Ho Lee Case Contradicting Earlier Stance


    The final Democratic Presidential debate of the year was held in Iowa on Thursday. We play highlights of the debate, including Governor Bill Richardson’s admission that he made some mistakes in the handling of the case of Wen Ho Lee while serving as President Clinton’s energy secretary. Lee is the nuclear scientist who was falsely accused by the Clinton administration of spying for the Chinese government. [includes rush transcript]

  • New Jersey Votes to Abolish Death Penalty


    New Jersey lawmakers voted 44 to 36 on Thursday to abolish executions in the state. Democratic Governor Jon Corzine has said he will approve the measure next week. This will make New Jersey the first state in the United States to abolish the death penalty in forty years. We speak with Lorry Post, an organizer with New Jerseyans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. He founded this group to honor his daughter who was murdered in Georgia in 1988. [includes rush transcript]

  • Jazz and Justice: Pacifica Radio Station WPFW Celebrates Its 30th Anniversary


    Pacifica radio station WPFW, 89.3 FM, in Washington, D.C. is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this weekend with an event featuring Harry Belafonte, Sonny Rollins, Howard Zinn, Dorothy Height and Dick Gregory. WPFW is considered the only Jazz and Justice station in the nation’s capital. [includes rush transcript]