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The “How Does a Public Defender Work?” Transcript

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:39:39 GMT2017-05-23T15:39:39Z

This is a transcript of the May 8 edition of Working. These transcripts are lightly edited and may contain errors. For the definitive record, consult the podcast.

The Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center.

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Don’t Freak Out About the FCC’s New Approach to Net Neutrality

Tue, 23 May 2017 15:21:15 GMT2017-05-23T15:21:15Z

On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission took a major, controversial step:  In a  2–1 vote, the FCC—under the leadership of Chairman Ajit Pai, who was appointed chairman by President Donald Trump in January—voted to approve a proposal that may undo the existing net neutrality regulations. The brewing discussion could simply echo the heated debates of 2014 and 2015. But it’s also possible that the new proposal will open the door to more nuanced discussion of how big a role the FCC (and the government in general) should play in regulating the internet.

Federal Communication Commission Chairman Ajit Pai speaks on May 5 in Washington.

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The Subway That Warps Space and Time

Tue, 23 May 2017 14:54:00 GMT2017-05-23T14:54:00Z

Imagine getting to work every day with a map that changed every time you looked at it.

Morning commuters board a train in a crowded subway station in New York on May 11, 2016.

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Marriage Before Sex

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:30:00 GMT2017-05-23T12:30:00Z

Mallory Ortberg, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up below to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at

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I Am an Online Credit Recovery Dropout

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:57:00 GMT2017-05-23T09:57:00Z

This article is part of the Big Shortcut, a series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes.

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The New Diploma Mills

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:55:00 GMT2017-05-23T09:55:00Z

This is the first part of the Big Shortcut, a series exploring the exponential rise in online learning for high school students who have failed traditional classes.

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Jon Glaser Is Conflicted

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:44:15 GMT2017-05-22T22:44:15Z

Listen to Episode 748 of Slate’s The Gist:

Jon Glaser on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Feb. 26, 2013. It was the day he came up with the character of Neon Joe, Werewolf Hunter.

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The Class of Trump

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:39:32 GMT2017-05-22T22:39:32Z

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is getting bolder. On Monday it announced 20 new districts it would target for recruitment and potential investment, raising its total target list to 79 districts. The initial round of 59 targeted districts, announced in January, took care of most of the perennial low-hanging fruit, but this new one cuts into some ambitiously red districts.

Michigan Rep. Fred Upton, seen here at the Capitol on May 3,  is now a DCCC target.

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Clarence Thomas Joins Liberals, Shocks World

Mon, 22 May 2017 22:28:03 GMT2017-05-22T22:28:03Z

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued a landmark decision holding that two congressional districts in North Carolina were racially gerrymandered in violation of the Constitution. The broad ruling will likely have ripple effects on litigation across the country, helping plaintiffs establish that state legislatures unlawfully injected race into redistricting. And, in a welcome change, the decision did not split along familiar ideological lines: Justice Clarence Thomas joined the four liberal justices to create a majority, following his race-blind principles of equal protection to an unusually progressive result.

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaks at the memorial service for his former colleague Antonin Scalia on March 1, 2016, in Washington, D.C.

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