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The Brian Lehrer Show



Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.



Last Build Date: Mon, 22 May 2017 12:03:07 -0400

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A Little 'Now and Then' Trivia

Mon, 22 May 2017 12:03:07 -0400

John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners — and Brian — with his mind-bending puzzles.

A Little 'Now and Then' Trivia


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Stay Married (by Not Getting a Divorce)

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:42:08 -0400

What do they not tell you before the wedding about staying married? Ada Calhoun, author of Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give  (W.W. Norton & Company, 2017), explores what it takes to have a long marriage, after the cake and presents and listeners share the best marriage advice they have ever received. 

→ EVENT: Tuesday, May 23 at 7:00 PM, SPOONBILL & SUGARTOWN 218 Bedford Ave. Brooklyn, NY  11211

Stay Married (by Not Getting a Divorce)


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The Ties That Bind Trump to Russia

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:35:04 -0400

President Trump told Russian officials last week that firing “nut job” Comey would ease pressure from the FBI’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia. Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for The New York Times, discusses the latest from the investigation.

The Ties That Bind Trump to Russia


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President Trump Travels Abroad

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:49:25 -0400

President Trump is heading abroad on his first foreign trip, with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City, among others. Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist at POLITICO and host of The Global Politico podcast, reports on how President Trump’s first foreign trip as president is going.

"I think the image of Donald Trump dancing with the Saudi sheikhs in an all-male dance party," said Glasser. "It just summed up where we are… it sends a stark message about human rights and values."

President Trump Travels Abroad


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The Safe Space of 'Making Liberals’ Heads Explode'

Mon, 22 May 2017 10:19:48 -0400

Charlie Sykes, longtime conservative talk host and one of the four hosts of WNYC's call-in show Indivisible, gives his conservative take on the latest national political news, including how conservative and right-wing media is 'defending the indefensible' President Donald Trump's actions.

The Safe Space of 'Making Liberals’ Heads Explode'


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Monday Morning Politics; President Trump Travels Abroad; How to Stay Married; All Puzzles Continued

Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Charlie Sykes, longtime conservative talk host and one of the four hosts of WNYC's call-in show Indivisible, gives his conservative take on the latest national political news.
  • President Trump is heading abroad on his first foreign trip, with stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel and Vatican City, among others. Susan Glasser, chief international affairs columnist at POLITICO and host of The Global Politico podcast, reports on how President Trump’s first foreign trip as president is going.
  • What do they not tell you before the wedding about staying married? Ada Calhoun, author of St. Marks is Dead (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017) and the newly-released book, Wedding Toasts I'll Never Give (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017), explores what it takes to have a long marriage, after the cake and presents.
  • John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners-and Brian-with his mind-bending puzzles.



All Teen Trivia Considered

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:04:24 -0400

John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners — and Brian — with his mind-bending teen trivia.

All Teen Trivia Considered


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Summer Life in the City

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:52:36 -0400

Carolyn Murnick, New York Magazine senior editor, previews some of the summer cultural festival in the area.

Hear about these upcoming events (and so many more):

Vulture Festival May 20-21

The Governors Ball Music Festival June 2-4, Randalls Island

Northside Festival  June 7- 11, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Bushwick

Jeff Koons’ “Seated Ballerina”, on view through June 2 in front of Rockefeller Center

 

Summer Life in the City


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Senator Murphy Wants You to Remember 'This is Not Normal'

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:41:19 -0400

Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (D), talks about the latest national political news from his vantage point in the Senate.

Senator Murphy Wants You to Remember 'This is Not Normal'


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As the Subway Melts Down...

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:43:36 -0400

Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times transit reporter, reports on the (seemingly) never-ending subway meltdowns of late, and what our elected officials have said they plan to do about it.

As the Subway Melts Down...


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#AskTheMayor: Times Square Attack, Vision Zero and Subway Delays

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:43:27 -0400

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the attack in Times Square on Thursday in which a car ran over dozens of pedestrians, the future of Vision Zero and why subway delays continue.

#AskTheMayor: Times Square Attack, Vision Zero and Subway Delays


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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Maternal Mortality, HIV Through Generations, NYC Wildlife

Fri, 19 May 2017 02:00:00 -0400

In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

The United States' High Maternal Mortality Rates (First) | HIV Stigma Through the Generations (Starts at 17:17) | New York City's Wildlife (Starts at 45:01)

 

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

 

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Maternal Mortality, HIV Through Generations, NYC Wildlife


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#AskTheMayor; Fixing Subway Meltdowns; National Political News With Senator Murphy; NYC Summer Life; All Puzzles Considered

Fri, 19 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
  • Emma G. Fitzsimmons, New York Times transit reporter, reports on the (seemingly)never-ending subway meltdowns of late, and what our elected officials have said they plan to do about it.
  • Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (D), talks about the latest national political news from his vantage point in the Senate.
  • Carolyn Murnick, New York Magazine senior editor, previews some of the summer cultural festival in the area.
  • John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners-and Brian-with his mind-bending puzzles.



Christiane Amanpour on Trump's First Trip Abroad

Thu, 18 May 2017 13:23:08 -0400

Christiane Amanpourchief international correspondent for CNN, looks ahead to Trump first foreign trip on Friday. He is scheduled to visit Saudi Arabia, Israel and Rome. All allied countries she expects a warm reception, especially in Saudi Arabia where they “will roll out a red carpet the likes of which you’ve never seen.”

“I'm sure there are different moods between politicians in Israel and those in National Intelligence,” Christiane says regarding the reaction to President Trump reportedly sharing Israeli intelligence to Russian officials in an Oval Office meeting last week.  She predicts it is going to be more difficult for President Trump's Israeli allies “to be as forth coming and as supportive as they would have otherwise been.” 

As for Trump’s visit to Rome, per the Pope’s request it will “be a short meeting.”

Christiane Amanpour on Trump's First Trip Abroad


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All Puzzles Considered

Thu, 18 May 2017 12:36:11 -0400

John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners-and Brian-with his mind-bending trivia and puzzles. Today John plays a bit of a song and you have to guess what city inspired the lyrics. 

All Puzzles Considered


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Rules to Resist the Trump Agenda

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:42:08 -0400

Ezra Levin, the Executive Director of the Indivisible Project, discusses the grassroots advocacy group’s rules to counter the Trump administration’s agenda. 

"The basic idea of how American democracy works," says Ezra, "is that any individual member of congress cares more about his or her re-election than anything the Trump administration is trying to get done, and for that reason local constituents have an enormous amount of power" if they show up to town hall meetings and make their voices heard. 

And they are: so far 6,000 groups, all over the country, have registered with Indivisible to resist the Trump Administration on their home turf. 

 

Rules to Resist the Trump Agenda


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A Guide to Urban Wildlife

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:40:22 -0400

With warmer weather finally upon us, Marielle Anzelone, urban ecologist, botanist and founder and executive director of NYC Wildflower Week, and Sarah Aucoin, NYC Parks Department chief of education and wildlife, preview some of the early signs of summer and tell us what plants and animals to look, and look out, for.

A Guide to Urban Wildlife


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Robert Mueller As Special Counsel: What You Need To Know

Thu, 18 May 2017 10:50:32 -0400

On Wednesday The Justice Department appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation between President Trump's campaign and Russian interference into the 2016 Presidential election.

 Matt Zapotosky who covers the Justice Department for the Washington Post's National Security teamexplains how officials in Washington are reacting to Mueller's appointment and how the appointment will affect the scope and timeline of the Russia investigations.

Robert Mueller As Special Counsel: What You Need To Know


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Christiane Amanpour; Powering the Resistance; Signs of Summer; More Trivia

Thu, 18 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

  • Christiane Amanpour, chief international correspondent and host of CNN's “Amanpour,” talks about the latest global political news.
  • The latest political news from the Hill.
  • Ezra Levin, the executive director of the Indivisible Project, discusses the grassroots advocacy group’s latest attempts to counter the Trump administration’s agenda.
  • With warmer weather finally upon us, Marielle Anzelone, urban ecologist, botanist and founder and executive director of NYC Wildflower Week, and Sarah Aucoin, NYC Parks Department chief of education and wildlife, preview some of the early signs of summer and tell us what plants and animals to look, and look out, for.
  • John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's Ask Me Another, stumps listeners -- and Brian -- with his mind-bending trivia and puzzles.



Trump's Empire Strikes Back

Wed, 17 May 2017 17:53:55 -0400

Karen Tumulty, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses the latest in national political news, including how much of the White House is turning in on itself.

"I do think what we are seeing is almost 'The Empire Strikes Back,'" said Tumulty. "There is a lot of leaking going on out of the Trump White House itself where everyone seems to be completely stressed out and also feeling very insecure about their own positions these days."

Trump's Empire Strikes Back


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On This Day in Puzzles

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:09:51 -0400

John Chaneski, co-host of TriviaNYC's QNA podcast, as well as a puzzle guru on NPR's "Ask Me Another,” stumps listeners – and Brian – with some ‘on this day in history’ trivia.

On This Day in Puzzles


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Life and Death in the Delivery Room

Wed, 17 May 2017 12:00:56 -0400

Nina Martin, a ProPublica reporter covering gender and sexuality, and Renee Montagne, a special correspondent for NPR's Morning Edition, discuss their story about the surprisingly high rate of maternal mortality in the United States.

"We have a very fragmented healthcare system," said Martin. "We don’t pay attention to patients from beginning to end."

Do you know someone who died or nearly died after childbirth? Share their story or your story to help keep reporting this story by emailing maternal@propublica.org or maternalhealth@npr.org.

Life and Death in the Delivery Room


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Senator Sasse Says, 'Grow Up!'

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:46:25 -0400

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (R), the former president of Midland University in Fremont, NE and the author of The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis — and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance (St. Martin's Press, 2017), argues that what he calls "extended adolescence" is bad for America's civic society, and offers advice for becoming an adult.

Senator Sasse Says, 'Grow Up!'


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Trump Scandal Threatens to Trash the GOP Agenda

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:20:58 -0400

New York Times White House correspondent Glenn Thrush talks about the latest news from the Trump administration, including how a number of Republicans are approaching a call for an independent investigation into the administration's ties to Russia.

"Trump is trashing their whole agenda, there's genuine anger," said Thrush. "There’s nothing that Senators or members of the House hate more than being brought down by a scandal." 

Trump Scandal Threatens to Trash the GOP Agenda


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NYTimes WH Correspondent Glenn Thrush; Sen. Ben Sasse; 'On This Day in History' Trivia

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

  • The New York Times' Glenn Thrush reports on the latest national political news from his perch as a White House correspondent covering the Trump administration. 
  • Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse argues that what he calls "extended adolescence" is bad for America's civic society and offers advice for becoming an adult.
  • The Washington Post's national political correspondent Karen Tumulty discusses the latest news from D.C.
  • Puzzle guru John Chaneski stumps listeners with some "on this day in history" trivia.



Gail Collins on Writing with Humor and Rage

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:38:07 -0400

Gail Collins says Trump did not do anything illegal when he described highly classified material about a ISIS plot to Russian officials at an Oval Office meeting last week. Instead, she says, he violated “espionage etiquette,” revealing information without the permission of the ally who provided it.

“This is not surprising at all,” Gail reflects, “when you think about the great ongoing narrative: this man cannot shut up.”

But when Gail Collins sits down to write her opinion column for The New York Times she tries not to concern herself with the President's latest scandal. "I worry more about the people he put into power [...]  the most anti-choice, anti-woman anti-birth control people he could find." 

"You've got to divide this stuff up between the things we have to live with," Gail says referring to the President's erratic demeanor, "and things we've got to fight," like keeping healthcare accessible to women.  

 

Gail Collins on Writing with Humor and Rage


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Brooke Gladstone: "Trump Shattered Reality"

Tue, 16 May 2017 12:17:32 -0400

Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC's On the Media and the author of The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time  (Workman Publishing Company, 2017), talks about fake news, post-truth, and why reality itself has become a hotly contested issue of our time. 

“It isn’t like there are two bubbles in this country,” says Brooke. “I think there are as many bubbles as there are individuals. They are bespoke, hand crafted.”

The remedy for reality is not so simple. "Fact checking alone won’t stop Trump," Brooke says, "We are wired to lie to ourselves to keep our worlds consistent." 

Brooke Gladstone: "Trump Shattered Reality"


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Gail Collins on National Politics; The Alternate Realities of America

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, 2013), talks about current political news from Washington.
  • Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC's On the Media and the author of The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time (Workman Publishing Company, 2017), talks about fake news, political bubbles and what lies behind the blatant falsehoods of the Trump administration.



HIV Related Stigma Is Still a Problem

Mon, 15 May 2017 14:25:11 -0400

Tobin Low, co-host of the WNYC podcast Nancy, and David Gebel, who does admin work for Radiolab at The Takeaway at WNYC, talk about WNYC's new(ish) podcast Nancy, and the latest episode, which looks at living with HIV/AIDS then and now. 

HIV Related Stigma Is Still a Problem


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NJ Governor's Race: Meet the Candidates

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:44:35 -0400

As New Jerseyans prepare to vote in the June 6, 2017 gubernatorial primary to replace Chris Christie, The Brian Lehrer Show is inviting every candidate to come on the show and discuss their proposed policies. First up, the Democrats: New Jersey State Assemblyman (D-19) Middlesex County, John Wisniewski, discussed his proposal for a single-payer healthcare system for New Jersey, large-scale investment in infrastructure and standing up to the special interests and “party bosses” in New Jersey. Check out the rest of his policies here. 🔊 Hear Assemblyman John Wisniewski on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/755040/&share=1" width="100%"> Former Clinton Treasury department under-secretary and former chair of the Brennan Center for Justice, Jim Johnson, talks about his bid to succeed Chris Christie in Trenton. On the top of his priorities? Lowering New Jersey's high property tax rate, restoring funding to Planned Parenthood and four ways to reform criminal justice system. Take a look at all of his proposed policies here. 🔊 Hear Jim Johnson on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/755258/&share=1" width="100%"> President of the Tenafly borough council, Mark Zinna, discusses his plan for single-payer healthcare system by abolishing all private health insurance companies, making higher education affordable by providing no interest student loans and campaign finance reform. View his policies here. 🔊 Hear Mark Zinna on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/755496/&share=1" width="100%"> Bill Brennan, a community activist and former Teaneck firefighter, makes his case for legalizing marijuana, ending the war on drugs and getting New Jersey to 100% renewable energy. See the full plan here. 🔊 Hear Bill Brennan on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/755703/&share=1" width="100%"> Former Goldman Sachs executive and former U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Phil Murphy, talks about his plans to fix NJ Transit and infrastructure, fight income inequality in New Jersey and fully fund the state's schools according to the school funding formula. You can find the full details here. 🔊 Hear Phil Murphy on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/755800/&share=1" width="100%"> State Senator Raymond Lesniak, veteran attorney who has served in the state legislature since 1978, talks about his plans to lower New Jersey's notoriously high property taxes, for health insurance and to overturn the state's pollution settlement with Exxon-Mobil. Check out a list of other proposed policies here. 🔊 Hear Senator Raymond Lesniak on the Brian Lehrer Show: frameborder="0" height="54" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/756381/&share=1" width="100%"> Stay tuned for the Republican candidates.    [...]



WannaCry Ransomware and What To Do

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:02:44 -0400

Paul Wagenseil, cyber editor at Tom's Guide, discusses the latest WannaCry Ransomware attack and offers advice.

"This is a cyber criminal effort, entirely for financial gain," said Wagenseil. "You pay [the ransom to release your data] to a BitCoin address, no one knows where that address is."

Wagenseil says that hospitals and small businesses will be the most vulnerable to the attack, since they don't always have the capacity to update their security systems. So, what can you do?

Keep your system updated with the latest patch level and have a certain awareness of fishing attacks. 

WannaCry Ransomware and What To Do


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How the Healthcare System Compensates Physicians Is All Wrong

Mon, 15 May 2017 12:02:39 -0400

Robert Pearl, physician, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and the author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care — And Why We're Usually Wrong  (PublicAffairs, 2017), talks about American healthcare and says the hunt for newer, better cures ignores the biggest problems.

How the Healthcare System Compensates Physicians Is All Wrong


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Publicly Criticizing While Quietly Voting With Trump 

Mon, 15 May 2017 11:30:43 -0400

Philip Bump, writer for The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix, discusses the latest political news, including whether or not there are actual tapes from the Oval Office that could be subpoenaed, and how Republican Senators are publicly criticizing President Trump's policies while quietly voting with him in hopes of scoring points with "non-Republicans."

"Polling suggests, as long as there is political cover for Republicans to stand with Donald Trump, then they’re going to do so," said Bump.

Publicly Criticizing While Quietly Voting With Trump 


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NJ Governor's Race: Raymond Lesniak

Mon, 15 May 2017 10:56:54 -0400

Raymond Lesniak, State Senator from Union County who has served in the state Legislature since 1978 and a veteran attorney, makes his case to be the next governor of New Jersey ahead of the June 6 primary and discusses his political priorities, including lowering property taxes and criminal justice reform.

Check out the rest of the Senator's policy proposals here.

NJ Governor's Race: Raymond Lesniak


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NJ Governor's Race: Raymond Lesniak; 'Did We Go Through a Plague For Nothing?'; Healthcare: We're Doing It Wrong

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Raymond Lesniak, State Senator from Union County who has served in the state Legislature since 1978 and a veteran attorney, makes his case to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.
  • Philip Bump, writer for The Washington Post's politics blog, The Fix, discusses the latest political news.
  • Tobin Low, co-host of the WNYC podcast Nancy, and David Gebel, who does admin work for Radiolab at The Takeaway at WNYC, talk about WNYC's new (ish) podcast Nancy, and the latest episode, which looks at the generational differences between how gay men live with and are affected by the AIDS crisis.
  • Robert Pearl, physician, executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group and the author of Mistreated: Why We Think We're Getting Good Health Care — And Why We're Usually Wrong (PublicAffairs, 2017), talks about American healthcare and says the hunt for newer, better cures ignores the biggest problems.
  • Paul Wagenseil, cyber editor at Tom's Guide, discusses the latest WannaCry Ransomware attack and offers advice.



Bringing Ethics to Economics

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:58:53 -0400

Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Lamont University professor, professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University and the author of Collective Choice and Social Welfare: An Expanded Edition (Harvard University Press, 2017), revisits his influential writing from 1970 in light of today's global economy.

 

Bringing Ethics to Economics


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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Smells Like Watergate, Einstein's 'Genius,' '13 Reasons Why' Triggers Teens

Fri, 12 May 2017 13:00:00 -0400

In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

Smells Like Watergate (First) | Einstein's 'Genius' (Starts at 22:43) | '13 Reasons Why' Triggers Teens (Starts at 45:01)

 

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Smells Like Watergate, Einstein's 'Genius,' '13 Reasons Why' Triggers Teens


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NJ Governor's Race: Phil Murphy

Fri, 12 May 2017 10:52:08 -0400

Phil Murphy, a former Goldman Sachs executive, former US Ambassador to Germany and now a Democratic candidate for governor of New Jersey, talks about his campaign to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.

The News From Washington Keeps On Churning


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Washington News; Investigating Voter Fraud; NJ Governor's Race: Phil Murphy; Bringing Ethics to Economics; Foreign Affairs

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Rosie Gray, Atlantic staff writer, talks about the latest on the James Comey firing and other news from DC.
  • Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law and the author of The Fight to Vote (Simon & Schuster, 2016), explains why his organization is troubled by the establishment of a presidential commission to investigate voter fraud.
  • Fred Kaplan, Slate's "war stories" correspondent, talks about US foreign affairs in Syria, North and South Korea and Afghanistan.
  • Phil Murphy, former Goldman Sachs executive, former US Ambassador to Germany and now candidate for governor of New Jersey, talks about his campaign to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.
  • Amartya Sen, Nobel Prize-winning economist, Lamont university professor and professor of economics and philosophy at Harvard University, and the author of Collective Choice and Social Welfare: An Expanded Edition (Harvard University Press, 2017), revisits his influential writing from 1970 in light of today's global economy.



#AskTheMayor About Home Ownership, Commercial Rent Tax and Ferry Service

Thu, 11 May 2017 13:46:28 -0400

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including questions on the probability of home ownership in the City, lowering the Commercial Rent Tax for small businesses and expanding ferry service.

#AskTheMayor About Home Ownership, Commercial Rent Tax and Ferry Service


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051117apod.mp3




The Jimmy Carter Scenario

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:49:43 -0400

Evan Osnos, staff writer for The New Yorker and author of, now in paperback, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014), and Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, talk about the latest news from D.C. and the future of the Trump-Russia investigations since James Comey's termination. 

How likely is the fallout and pending investigation to lead to impeachment?

"What is more likely is that President Trump will lose his political clout," said Page. "He will be undercut in the way that Jimmy Carter was."

 

The Jimmy Carter Scenario


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051117cpod.mp3




Walter Isaacson on Einstein's 'Genius'

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:02:08 -0400

The new television series "Genius" is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Albert Einstein. Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and is the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe  (Simon & Schuster, 2017), the book that inspired the series. He revisits the themes of creativity and freedom that Einstein's story highlights.

 

Walter Isaacson on Einstein's 'Genius'


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051117dpod.mp3




NJ Governor's Race: Bill Brennan

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:15:53 -0400

Bill Brennan, a community activist and former Teaneck firefighter, makes his case to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.

NJ Governor's Race: Bill Brennan


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051117bpod.mp3




#AskTheMayor; NJ Governor’s Race: Bill Brennan; Trump, Comey, Congress; Walter Isaacson on Einstein

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
  • Bill Brennan, a community activist and former Teaneck firefighter, makes his case to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.
  • Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, and Evan Osnos, staff writer for the New Yorker and author of, now in paperback, Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth, and Faith in the New China (FS&G, 2014), talk about the latest news from Washington.
  • The new TV series "Genius" is based on Walter Isaacson's biography of Albert Einstein. Walter Isaacson, CEO of the Aspen Institute and the author of Einstein: His Life and Universe (Simon & Schuster Media Tie-In edition, 2017), revisits the themes of creativity and freedom that Einstein's story highlights.



A Conservative's Take on the Comey Firing: Impeachment Could Follow

Wed, 10 May 2017 17:07:43 -0400

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post columnist of the paper's "Right Turn" blog, continues the discussion on President Trump's surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey.

A Conservative's Take on the Comey Firing: Impeachment Could Follow


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051017epod.mp3




Negotiating with ISIS

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:43:16 -0400

Puk Damsgård, Middle East correspondent for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and the author of The ISIS Hostage: One Man's True Story of Thirteen Months in Captivity (Pegasus Books, 2017), tells the story of Danish photographer Daniel Rye, kidnapped by ISIS in Syria, whose family negotiated his release.

Negotiating with ISIS


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051017dpod.mp3




Smells Like Watergate

Wed, 10 May 2017 11:26:39 -0400

Elizabeth Holtzman, former US Congresswoman, Brooklyn DA, NYC comptroller, assistant to Mayor Lindsay, currently a lawyer in New York City and author of John V. Lindsay 50th Anniversary Commemoration  (International Publishers, 2015), talks about the firing on FBI director Comey and how it compares to the Nixon-era "Saturday Night Massacre" when she was in the U.S. House and played a key role in the Watergate investigation.

Smells Like Watergate


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051017cpod.mp3




NJ Governor's Race: Mark Zinna

Wed, 10 May 2017 10:59:30 -0400

Mark Zinna, president of the Tenafly borough council, a councilman since 2012, and owner of a small business that manages data for law firms, makes his case to be the next governor of New Jersey, ahead of the June 6 primary.

NJ Governor's Race: Mark Zinna


Media Files:
https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/bl/bl051017bpod.mp3