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  Connection crash

Is our political system going the way of the record industry? Culture correspondent Rick Karr talks to John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former Grateful Dead lyricist, about the political consequences of our increasingly fragmented and data-rich culture.

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  Next Week’s News: Independence Day edition

The Fourth of July is a time to be with family and friends, to celebrate our freedoms as Americans, and to ask this question: “Are my neighbors Russian spies?”

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A colorful ‘Sam’s Army’ marches through South Africa

The American team showed a lot of grit in South Africa, and the American fans, who seem to have more enthusiasm for their team than even the Europeans do, even more so.

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In Kagan hearings, one case takes center stage: Little Guy v. Big Guy

In four days of confirmation hearings, senators seemed to want to talk most about a case that doesn’t actually exist — but which may nonetheless define the Supreme Court for years.

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  Big media, big pharma and ‘female Viagra’

How has the media handled the coverage of the “little pink pill”? Rick Karr and guest Jeffrey Dvorkin discuss.

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Idiot boxing

Win Rosenfeld on the potential pitfalls of covering mainstream television for PBS.

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Last comic stagnant

Apart from the top-shelf talent, the new season of comedy reality shows is an inelegant mess.

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Race, gender, religion and the court

Why would Thurgood Marshall be a liability for Elena Kagan? A conversation with Harvard law professor Charles Ogletree.

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The spark that lit the gay rights movement, four decades later

Need to Know spoke with David Carter, a historian who has documented the 1969 Stonewall riots and their impact on the struggle for gay rights in America.