Closing the door on performer royalties

For most musicians, the sign, and sound, of a breakthrough is when you hear yourself on the radio. Now, if you wrote the song, you get royalties every time it’s played. But the performer doesn’t. The U.S. is one of the few countries in the world where AM and FM radio stations don’t pay royalties to performers. And now, a new resolution introduced in Congress aims to make sure they never have to. But Hanna Klingberg hears the sounds of change.

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New York City Schools to Add More Girls’ Sports

Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced that the New York City Public Schools District has agreed to take steps to create more opportunities for girls to participate in sports. The agreement comes after a complaint filed in 2010 that alleged the school district was in violation of Title Nine, the civil rights legislation that aims to create equal opportunity for girls and boys in education. As Theresa Avila reports, a host of issues make that difficult in the city.

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Dealing with corruption in American politics

The Justice Department will soon press corruption charges against New Jersey senator Robert Menendez. The case centers on the financial relationship between Menendez and a Florida ophthalmologist. That’s happening less than a month months after Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was indicted for corruption. Fordham Law School hosted a conference today to address how corruption affects American politics, and suggested a few answers.

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