12:00am

Tue February 19, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: How are athletes using their political and economic power?



On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Dave Zirin about his new book, “Game Over: How Politics Has Turned the Sports World Upside Down.” Zirin tells stories about how athletes are using their platforms to speak out and reclaim sports from the corporate interests that have taken it hostage. He cheers the victories, while reflecting on how far we have to go. How are athletes affecting debates about class, race, religion, and political power? It’s Your Call with Rose Aguilar, and you.


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11:59pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Politics

Get A Social Security Check? Treasury Says It's Time To Go Electronic

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 9:33 am

U.S. Treasury checks are run through a printer.
William Thomas Cain Getty Images

Every month, the government sends out about 5 million checks to Americans who receive federal benefits. On March 1, the Treasury Department is making those paper checks a thing of the past.

Since May 2011, all new Social Security recipients are required to get direct deposit of their benefits. Some 93 percent of all recipients now do.

But there are still holdouts, so the Treasury Department started a campaign and a website, Go Direct, in an effort to convince the remaining 7 percent.

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5:00pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: February 18, 2013

A Crosscurrents special on the difficulties and dilemmas of donating human eggs.

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4:42pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Weekly digest

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4:41pm

Mon February 18, 2013
Politics

Youth Radio: Young people still plugged into politics on social media

In the State of the Union address on Tuesday evening, President Obama touched on several issues that might have pricked the ears of his young supporters who were instrumental in getting him re-elected.

According to CIRCLE, young black and Hispanic women provided the strongest support for President Obama among young voters in 2012. Young black male voters also heavily supported the president, although more of them voted Republican than in 2008.

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2:20pm

Mon February 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Israel's 'Prisoner X' May Have Passed State Secrets

Originally published on Sun February 24, 2013 5:49 am

The story of "Prisoner X" is dominating the media in both Australia and Israel.
William West AFP/Getty Images

Last week we told you about "Prisoner X," the mysterious Israeli-Australian citizen who worked for Israel's spy agency Mossad. Australian media broke the story of how the man identified as Ben Zygier languished for months in an Israeli prison until he was found dead of an apparent suicide. Now we have new details on the case.

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1:47pm

Mon February 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Chinese Students Wore Uniforms With Cancer-Causing Dyes

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 4:45 pm

Students in 21 schools in the Chinese city of Shanghai have been ordered to stop wearing uniforms that were found to contain a dye that causes cancer.

NPR's Frank Langfitt is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit. Here's his report:

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1:39pm

Mon February 18, 2013
U.S.

What Happens When Someone Else Gets Your Tax Refund

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 3:27 pm

Todd Macy, a banker from Marin County, Calif., was the victim of identity theft. Nearly a year after filing his return, he's still waiting for his federal tax refund.
Courtesy of Todd Macy

If you usually wait until April to file your taxes, you might want to hurry up — before identity thieves beat you to it. Using stolen names and Social Security numbers, these criminals file fake tax returns with false wage and withholding information. This generates big — and fraudulent — refunds, before the real taxpayer gets around to filing.

The Internal Revenue Service says it's busy working to combat what prosecutors call a fraud epidemic.

Most taxpayers don't have any idea something is wrong until they hit the send button on their taxes and get an error message.

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1:39pm

Mon February 18, 2013
It's All Politics

How New Jersey's High-Flying Sen. Menendez Ran Into Turbulence

Originally published on Mon February 18, 2013 2:12 pm

Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, shown in June, has come under scrutiny before, but has never been charged.
Mike Coppola Getty Images

These should be good times for Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez.

New Jersey voters re-elected him last fall in a landslide, and he became chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a few weeks ago. But along the way, Menendez has come under scrutiny by the Senate Ethics Committee and perhaps other government investigators — and certainly the media — for his connections to a longtime friend and generous campaign donor.

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