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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: Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

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Could Congestion Pricing Fix Transportation?; Former White Nationalist Derek Black; Identity Politics; the End of a New York Journalism Era

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • One way to fix the broken subway system? Charge congestion pricing. Will Bredderman, contributing politics writer for Crain's New York, and Alex Matthiessen, director of the MoveNY campaign and president of the Blue Marble Project, discuss the proposed plan to tax traffic coming into Manhattan in order to fix the subway system and gridlocked traffic on New York City streets.
  • Derek Black, a graduate student in history who focuses on the early Middle Ages, was following in his father's footsteps as a leader of the white nationalist movement until he began to question its ideology. He joins us to talk about the rise of white supremacy in 2017 and his transition out of the movement. 
  • Michelle Goldberg, senior contributing writer for Slate.com and author of Kingdom Coming: The Rise of Christian Nationalism, discusses whether or not the left's focus on identity politics is hurting the party.
  • The Village Voice has announced that it will end its free print edition after more than 50 years in the business. Tom Robbins, investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at The Village Voice, and Michael Musto, former Village Voice columnist and columnist for Out.com, join us to reflect on the paper's heydey and to remember the good and the bad of the storied alt-weekly.



How Pop Music Influences Americans

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:59:53 -0400

Ann Powers, NPR Music critic and correspondent, talks about the evolution of popular music in America and her book, Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music.

 

How Pop Music Influences Americans


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Using Violence to Defend Against Neo-Nazi Aggression

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:40:47 -0400

Mark Bray, a historian of human rights, terrorism and political radicalism in Modern Europe; an organizer of Occupy Wall Street; a lecturer at Dartmouth College and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, explains Antifa, the anti-fascist protesters willing to use violence in the face of neo-nazi aggression.

According to Bray, "violence is inherent to fascism and Nazism." That's why Antifa sees violent, "anti-fascism as self-defense."

Using Violence to Defend Against Neo-Nazi Aggression


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The Post-Charlottesville Conversation

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 11:09:30 -0400

The white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, the violence there and the president's reaction to it kicked off a national conversation around Confederate statues and, more broadly, race in America. Listeners call in to discuss whether or not the country is better or worse for the traumatic events of Charlottesville and their aftermath.

The Post-Charlottesville Conversation


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A New Strategy in Afghanistan

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 10:39:36 -0400

Paul McLeary, senior reporter for Foreign Policy covering national security, and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, staff writer for The Washington Post and a former Marine infantryman, discuss President Trump’s proposed policy for Afghanistan.

When it comes to President Trump's Afghanistan strategy, Gibbons-Neff says, "there needs to be a specific approach, more like a scalpel. Not a heavy-handed-just-gotta-get-tougher-on-Pakistan approach."

A New Strategy in Afghanistan


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A New Strategy in Afghanistan; The Post-Charlottesville Conversation; What is the "Alt-Left"?; How Pop Music Influences Americans' Ideas

Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Paul McLeary, senior reporter for Foreign Policy covering national security, and Thomas Gibbons-Neff, staff writer for The Washington Post and a former Marine infantryman, discuss President Trump’s proposed policy for Afghanistan.
  • The white supremacist gathering in Charlottesville, Virginia, the violence in the area and the president's reaction to it kicked off a national conversation around Confederate statues and, more broadly, race in America. So listeners, is the country better or worse for the traumatic events of Charlottesville and their aftermath?
  • Mark Bray, one of the organizers of Occupy Wall Street; a historian of human rights, terrorism, and political radicalism in Modern Europe; lecturer at Dartmouth College and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook, talks about Antifa, a group of anti-fascist protesters willing to use violence in the face of neo-nazi aggression, and what President Trump means when he refers to the "alt-left."
  • Ann Powers, NPR Music critic and correspondent and the author of Good Booty: Love and Sex, Black and White, Body and Soul in American Music, discusses pop music's influence on Americans' ideas. 



Teaching Girls Bravery Through Coding

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 12:02:33 -0400

Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, NYC deputy public advocate and the author of Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, talks about her new book and her continued efforts to teach girls to code even in the wake of the contentious Google memo.

"Culture has done a disservice to our young girls...we need to change the culture in [Silicon] Valley so women can thrive," says Saujani.

 

Teaching Girls Bravery Through Coding


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Senator Murphy on "Scratching People Where They Itch"

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:33:43 -0400

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

"As much as our party has to be about social issues, we need to spend most of our time talking about how we're going to put more money in people's pockets...we need to understand how to scratch people where they itch," says Senator Murphy.

Senator Murphy on "Scratching People Where They Itch"


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Rifts in The New York State Senate

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 11:02:10 -0400

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Minority Leader (D-35), discusses being the target of an incendiary, racially offensive post from Success Academy chair Daniel Loeb, as well as schisms within The New York State Senate.

Stewart-Cousins says that "the nation is looking to us" New Yorkers. She argues that this moment is a special opportunity and that New York Democrats must unite in order to move forward. 

Rifts in The New York State Senate


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Taking the Temperature in Charlottesville

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 10:41:08 -0400

Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS news political analyst, reports on the latest national political news, and continues to discuss the aftermath of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.

According to Bouie, "not denouncing white supremacists elevates their stature, brings them closer to the mainstream and it makes life unsafe for their targets."

Taking the Temperature in Charlottesville


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Monday Morning Politics; Rifts in The NY State Senate; Connecticut Senator Murphy; Teaching Girls to Code

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate and CBS news political analyst, reports on the latest national political news, and continues to discuss the aftermath of the white nationalist protest in Charlottesville.
  • Andrea Stewart-Cousins, New York State Senate Minority Leader (D-35), discusses being the target of an incendiary, racially offensive post from Success Academy chair Daniel Loeb, as well as schisms within the New York State Senate.
  • Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (D), talks about the latest national political news from his vantage point in the Senate.
  • Reshma Saujani, founder of Girls Who Code, NYC deputy public advocate and the author of Girls Who Code: Learn to Code and Change the World, talks about her new book and her continued efforts to teach girls to code even in the wake of the contentious Google memo.



Brian Lehrer Weekend: Total Eclipse of the Sun, Alternatives to 911 in Mental Health Crises, Legacy of Lynching in America

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

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

Total Eclipse of the Sun  (First) | Alternatives to 911 in Mental Health Crises (Starts 24:34) | Legacy of Lynching in America (Starts 51:06)

 

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Total Eclipse of the Sun, Alternatives to 911 in Mental Health Crises, Legacy of Lynching in America


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Summer Friday: Chief Brown's Story, Naomi Klein Resisting Trump, Experimenting With Love, Arundhati Roy's New Novel, Justice Department Scaredy-Cats

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

It's summer. It's Friday. Here are a few of our past favorites:

These interviews originally aired earlier this year. Links to the unedited audio are here:




Where Will You 'See' the Eclipse?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:31:18 -0400

Are you traveling to see it?  Do you have your special glasses yet? Josh Winter, physics instructor at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and a NASA-certified solar eclipse expert, answers your questions about Monday's eclipse, the first since 1991 to be visible to most of North America.

Where Will You 'See' the Eclipse?


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Reforming Criminal Justice, One Jail at a Time

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:22:35 -0400

With criminal justice reform at the federal level stalled, advocates focus on state and local efforts. Glenn Martin, president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA and the co-founder of the #closeRikers campaign, talks about where campaigns like #closeRikers go from here.

Reforming Criminal Justice, One Jail at a Time


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How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 11:01:11 -0400

In a 3-part series in partnership with NPR, Sarah Gonzalez, WNYC's youth and families reporter, reports on MS-13 on Long Island — how the gang targets people for violence, why the Trump administration blames the wave of unaccompanied minors who have settled in the area, even though police say they’re more likely to be victims than perpetrators of MS-13 gang violence.

How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities


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As the Statues Fall, Where Do We Stand?

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 10:36:23 -0400

Jamil Smith, journalist and Daily Beast contributor, and Emily Ngo, White House reporter for Newsday, discuss how the political scene is being wrenched by President Trump's reaction to Charlottesville, and John Gerzema, CEO of Harris Poll and social strategist, presents the findings of a new Harris Poll that shows Americans are divided over who is to blame over Charlottesville.

 

 

 

As the Statues Fall, Where Do We Stand?


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As The Statues Fall, Where Do We Stand?; How MS-13 is Affecting Immigrant Communities; Reforming Criminal Justice; Where Will You 'See' the Eclipse

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Dr. Christina Greer fills in for Brian today. You'll hear:

  • Jamil Smith, journalist and Daily Beast contributor, and Emily Ngo, White House reporter for Newsday,  discuss how the political scene is being wrenched by President Trump's reaction to Charlottesville, and the sudden disbandment of his business advisory councils.
  • In a 3-part series in partnership with NPR, Sarah Gonzalez, WNYC's youth and families reporter, reports on MS-13 on Long Island — how the gang targets people for violence, why the Trump administration blames the wave of unaccompanied minors who have settled in the area, even though police say they’re more likely to be victims than perpetrators of MS-13 gang violence.
  • With criminal justice reform at the federal level stalled, advocates focus on state and local efforts. Glenn Martin, president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA and the co-founder of the #closeRikers campaign, talks about where campaigns like #closeRikers go from here.
  • Are you traveling to see it?  Do you have your special glasses yet? Josh Winter, physics instructor at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and a NASA-certified solar eclipse expert, answers your questions about Monday's eclipse, the first since 1991 to be visible to most of North America.



The Rundown With Robin Thede

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:07:47 -0400

Robin Thede, former head writer of Comedy Central’s now-defunct The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, talks about her new show The Rundown with Robin Thede produced by comedian Chris Rock and what it takes to be a late-night host in the age of Trump. 

The Rundown With Robin Thede


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Trump Doubles Down: Blames 'Both Sides'

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 12:05:50 -0400

On Tuesday President Trump said "there's blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, a remarkable reversal from the comments he made one day prior when Trump specifically called out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in a choreographed statement read at the White House. 

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, former speechwriter for President Carter and author of China Airborne (Vintage Reprint edition, 2013) discusses the president's remarks and how they're being interpreted by the press the president's base.   

Trump Doubles Down: Blames 'Both Sides'


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The History of Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:58:56 -0400

Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), explains the history of voter suppression and gerrymandering in America and callers tell stories of wanting to vote and not being able to. 

The History of Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression


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Charlottesville in NYC

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 11:04:23 -0400

Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine, talks about why the conversation about Charlottesville is needed in New York as much as in the South.

Charlottesville in NYC


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Trump Reverses Rhetoric on Charlottesville, Partisan Gerrymandering, Robin Thede

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

  • James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, former speechwriter for President Carter and author of China Airborne (Vintage Reprint edition, 2013) discusses Donald Trump's stunning remarks regarding the violence in Charlottesville.
  • Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine, talks about why the conversation about Charlottesville is needed in New York as much as in the South.
  • Kristen Clarke president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), talks about the way gerrymandering interacts with voter suppression.  
  • Robin Thede, former head writer of Comedy Central’s now-defunct The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, talks about her new show "The Rundown with Robin Thede" produced by comedian Chris Rock and what it takes to be a late-night host in the age of Trump.



A 'New Incarnation of the White Supremacy Movement'

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 15:32:51 -0400

A.C. Thompson, ProPublica staff reporter, talks about what he calls the "new incarnation of the white supremacy movement" that was on display over the weekend in Charlottesville, and reacts to the president's remarks on the violence.  

A 'New Incarnation of the White Supremacy Movement'


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Looking Into Trump's Foreign Business Deals

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:48:30 -0400

Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Trump, is now looking at the president's past real-estate deals and other business dealings.  Adam Davidson, a staff writer at The New Yorker, examines one foreign deal which could come up in the investigation: a stalled 2011 plan to build a Trump Tower in Batumi, a city on the Black Sea in the Republic of Georgia, a deal which is intertwined with a Kazakh oligarch who has direct links to Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin. 

Looking Into Trump's Foreign Business Deals


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How Social Media Backlash is Roiling the YA Scene

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 12:31:52 -0400

Kat Rosenfield, a freelance writer and YA author, discusses her latest article in New York Magazine which looks at how social media-fueled criticisms can ruin a YA book's chances at success -- and how these Twitter "call outs" are making YA authors, publishers and agents afraid of offending the social media mob.

 

How Social Media Backlash is Roiling the YA Scene


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Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 11:00:13 -0400

Families with a member facing a mental health crisis have an alternative to dialing 911: mobile crisis teams. A mobile crisis team is a group of health professionals, such as nurses, social workers and psychiatrists, who can provide mental health services, primarily in people's homes.

Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC reporter, Lance Winslow, Mobile Crisis supervisor, and Steve Coe, CEO of Community Access explain how mobile crisis teams work, and discuss other alternatives to calling law enforcement when emotionally disturbed people experience a mental health crisis.

To reach a mobile crisis team, people must call NYC Well, which is the city's mental health hotline. 

Alternatives to 911 for Mental Health Crises


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A New White Supremacist Movement; Trump's Foreign Business Deals; YA Twitter Wars

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

  • AC Thompson, who covers the rise in hate crimes in America for ProPublica, talks about how the events in Charlottesville represent a new younger incarnation of the white supremacy movement.
  • Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC reporter, Lance Winslow, Mobile Crisis supervisor and Steve Coe CEO of Community Access, discuss alternatives to calling law enforcement when emotionally disturbed people experience a mental health crisis.
  • Adam Davidson, staff writer for The New Yorker, talks about a new investigation into Trump business deals with a Kazakh Oligarch that has ties to Putin.
  • Kat Rosenfield, a freelance writer and YA author looks at how social media-fueled criticisms can ruin a YA book's chances at success -- and how these Twitter "call outs" are making YA authors, publishers and agents afraid of offending the social media mob.



A Nation Responds to Charlottesville

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:12:28 -0400

This weekend a white supremacist rally in Virginia protesting a plan to remove a confederate era statue led to violence and death in Charlottesville Virginia. Domestic Affairs Correspondent for The New York Times Sheryl Gay Stolberg and FiveThirtyEight political writer, Perry Bacon Jr. discuss the violence Charlottesville, its aftermath, and examine the nation's response. 

A Nation Responds to Charlottesville


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The Legacy of Lynching in America

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 13:26:03 -0400

Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative, professor of law at New York University Law School and author of Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption (Spiegel & Grau, 2015), and Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum, talk about the museum's current exhibit, The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, which traces the history of racial injustice in America with a specific focus on how lynching was used as a tool of racial control, to reestablish white supremacy and suppress black civil rights after slavery was formerly abolished. 

The Legacy of Lynching in America


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Trump's Threats Are Good For Kim Jong-un

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 12:47:14 -0400

Last week tension between the United States and North Korea reached a fever pitch, with President Donald Trump saying Tuesday that North Korea will be "met with fire and fury like the world has never seen" if it continues to threaten America.

Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War analyzes the likelihood of a nuclear conflict with Kim Jong-un's regime and Jean Lee, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reports from Seoul on how President Trump's war of words with North Korea is being heard by citizens in North and South Korea. 

Trump's Threats Are Good For Kim Jong-un


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Can National Parks Be Too Popular?

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 11:28:13 -0400

Jonah Ogles, articles editor at Outside Magazine, talks about the run on applications for senior lifetime passes and the debate over capping admissions to certain national parks plus listeners share their national park stories.  

Can National Parks Be Too Popular?


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Terror in Charlottesville; North Korea; The Legacy of Lynching

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show: 

  • Sheryl Gay Stolberg, the Domestic Affairs Correspondent for The New York Times, and FiveThirtyEight political writer, Perry Bacon Jr on the violence in Charlottesville. 
  • Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist on the rising tensions between the US and North Korea plus Jean Lee, Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, reports from Seoul on how President Trump's war of words with North Korea is being heard in South Korea.
  • Jonah Ogles, articles editor at Outside Magazine, talks about the run on applications for senior lifetime passes and the debate over capping admissions to certain national parks. 
  • Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of Equal Justice Initiative and Anne Pasternak, director of the Brooklyn Museum, talk about the museum's current exhibit, The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America, which explores racial injustice in the country through lynching. 



Identifying as Asian-American and the Notion of Belonging

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 14:24:22 -0400

Jay Caspian Kang, a writer at large for The New York Times Magazine, discusses his new article, which chronicles the death of college freshman Michael Deng, from hazing and how it relates to larger questions of Asian-American identity and notions of belonging. Plus: He discusses how the Justice Department's announcement that it will investigate how affirmative action policies at universities may discriminate against certain groups of students is reverberating in Asian-American communities.

Identifying as Asian-American and the Notion of Belonging


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Ask the Mayor: Funding Lawyers for Low Income Tenants

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:42:50 -0400

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week NYC for the last time before the 2017 mayoral election. He talks about e-bike enforcement, the city's freelance economy, legislation about funding lawyers for low income tenants in housing court, affordable housing, turnstile jumping, the closing of Rikers Island, and the city's effort to get homeless people off the streets. 

Ask the Mayor: Funding Lawyers for Low Income Tenants


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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Divisive Politics, NYC Movies, Pop Culture Stereotypes

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 13:00:00 -0400

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

Divisive Politics (First) | NYC's Classic Movies (Starts 27:16) | Pop Culture Stereotypes (Starts 48:05)

 

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Divisive Politics, NYC Movies, Pop Culture Stereotypes


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ACS's Response to How They Handle Cases of Abuse and Neglect

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:39:25 -0400

Over the summer, the New Yorker and the New York Times separately looked into when and why the Administration for Children's Services removes children from homes in NYC. It's an issue, we looked into earlier this week

David Hansell, Commissioner of ACS, discusses the ACS new reform-focused agenda, including training caseworkers to recognize "implicit bias," which might lead them unconsciously to treat some families different than others. He'll also discuss what has happened with reporting issues of neglect and/or abuse and the responses in the aftermath of the death of 6-year-old Zymere Perkins in 2016. 

ACS's Response to How They Handle Cases of Abuse and Neglect


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ACA Enrollment Is Right Around the Corner

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 11:03:31 -0400

As ACA enrollment season approaches, Amy GoldsteinWashington Post healthy policy reporter and author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, 2017) talks about how the Trump administration may hinder the process and the mystery marketplaces are facing since "repeal and replace" died in Congress. Plus, Jim Klein, President of the American Benefits Council, explain what changes individuals who get their health insurance through their employees can expect. 

ACA Enrollment Is Right Around the Corner


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Ask the Mayor; Health Care Status Update; ACS Tackles 'Implicit Bias'; The Notions of Belonging for Asian-Americans

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show: 

  • Mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, takes calls from listeners and discusses the week in NYC.
  • As ACA enrollment season approaches, Amy Goldstein, Washington Post healthy policy reporter and author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, 2017), talks about how the Trump administration may hinder the process and how the marketplaces are doing since "repeal and replace" died in Congress. Plus, Jim Klein, president of the American Benefits Council, explain what changes individuals who get their health insurance through their employees can expect.
  • David Hansell, commissioner of the Administration for Children's Services, discusses the ACS's new reform-focused agenda, including training caseworkers to recognize "implicit bias," which might lead them to subconsciously treat some families differently from others. 
  • Jay Caspian Kang, writer at large for the New York Times Magazine, discusses his recent article about the death of a college freshman from hazing and how it relates to larger questions of Asian-American identity and notions of belonging. 



The Opioid Crisis Is Way More Complicated Than We Think

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 12:01:09 -0400

As the opioid crisis continues to worsen, Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and at NYU Wagner and author of Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2017), and Mary Harris, WNYC's health reporter, discuss the president's decision to not declare a national emergency, his law and order approach to combat it, the under reporting of overdose deaths, and more about opioid addiction treatment and policy. Kleiman and Harris explain that the opioid crisis as we've been talking about it in the past is misleading, since it is a lot more complicated and there are more uncertainties in terms of policies and medical practices would fight it.  

The Opioid Crisis Is Way More Complicated Than We Think


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Diversity in Silicon Valley

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:35:49 -0400

Louise Matsakis, assistant editor at Vice’s Motherboard and Joelle Emerson, founder and CEO of Paradigm, a consulting firm that helps diversify organizations, and former women’s rights lawyer, discuss the "anti-diversity" memo that got James Damore fired from Google. Damore had used a bunch of scientific studies in which to base his generalizations about the two genders. "What I think is important to clarify is that a number of those studies from the researchers I have spoken to and feedback I've gotten, is that they're not necessarily put in the right context. And he used one point of research, evolutionary psychology in order to make those generalizations about the sexes and there's little he says about culture influences that may have had accounted for the disparity," Matsakis says. 

Diversity in Silicon Valley


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The Widened Scope of Mueller's Investigation

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 11:01:34 -0400

Dahlia Lithwick, who covers courts and the law for Slate and hosts the Amicus podcast, talks about the latest legal developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, from the grand juries he's impaneled, to the documents they subpoenaed related to Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, and the raid on Paul Manafort's house. 

The Widened Scope of Mueller's Investigation


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A Deep Dive into Our Climate

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 10:34:24 -0400

The New York Times released a draft of a climate change report by scientists from 13 federal agencies. The draft overwhelmingly states Americans are feeling the effects of climate change now. Andrew Revkin, senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica, takes a deep dive into the 670-page report, the Trump administration's approach to the issue, and if there's something individuals can do on a day-to-day basis about it. "This science cannot be squashed," Revkin says. The report has voluminous sections on the knowns and unknowns of climate change, and now the onus lies with society. 

A Deep Dive into Our Climate


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Inside the Federal Climate Change Report; The Mueller Investigation; Diversity in Silicon Valley; Where the Opioid Crisis Stands

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • The New York Times released a draft of a climate change report by scientists from 13 federal agencies. The draft overwhelmingly states Americans are feeling the effects of climate change now. Andrew Revkin, senior reporter for climate and related issues at ProPublica, takes a deep dive into the 670 page report.  
  • Dahlia Lithwick, covering courts and law for Slate and host of the podcast Amicus, talks about the latest developments in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into connections between the Trump campaign and Russia, from the grand juries he's impaneled, to the documents they subpoenaed related to Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn, to the raid on Paul Manafort's house. 
  • Louise Matsakis, assistant editor at Vice's Motherboard, and Joelle Emerson, founder and CEO of Paradigm and former women's rights lawyer, discuss the "anti-diversity" memo that got James Damore fired from Google. 
  • As the opioid crisis worsens, Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and at NYU Wagner, Mary Harris, WNYC's health reporter, discuss the president's decision not to declare a national emergency, his law and order approach to curtailing the epidemic, the under reporting of overdose deaths, and treatments for opioid addiction. 



50 Years of Public Employees Unionizing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 12:00:23 -0400

William Herbert, distinguished lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions, and Joshua Freeman, distinguished professor of history at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, discusses 50 years of the Taylor Law, which grants public employees the right to unionize. Herbert and Freeman trace the history of how the Taylor Law came to be and what has happened with its implementation. 

50 Years of Public Employees Unionizing


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Changing the Minds of Hurt People Who Have Hurt People

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:35:19 -0400

Risco Mention-Lewis, Deputy Police Commissioner in the Suffolk County Police Department, opens up about her work with formerly incarcerated individuals in the town of Wyandanch, in Suffolk County, on Long Island, in order to "reset the moral standard," as she puts it. She'll be joined by Micah Danney, freelance journalist, who wrote about her story for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. The movement is called COTA, the Council of Thought and Action, and was started by Mention-Lewis. She leads weekly meetings, comprised mostly of men who have been incarcerated, where they just talk about their lives, aiming to change minds, and ultimately lower recidivism rates.

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Changing the Minds of Hurt People Who Have Hurt People


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Why is Colin Kaepernick Really Still Without a Job?

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 11:02:42 -0400

Last NFL season, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick made national headlines when he protested the national anthem. NFL preseason games began this week and Kaepernick remains unsigned. Neil Painesenior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight, and Scott Davis, sports reporter for Business Insider, talk about the possible political and financials reasons for why that is. 

Why is Colin Kaepernick Really Still Without a Job?


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Debating the Merits of Diplomacy with North Korea

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:40:39 -0400

Frank Aum, visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former Senior Advisor for North Korea in the office of the Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, talks about President Trump's latest threats to North Korea, where the country is in terms of building nuclear weapons, and the potential ramifications of Trump's words. Aum also discusses the merits of diplomacy. "I still think there's benefits to diplomacy,' Aum explains. "Right now we have a situation where North Korea may have anywhere from 25 - one estimate was up to 60 - nuclear weapons, or material to create 25-60 nuclear weapons. And right now they have a sort of rudimentary capability in terms of their missiles because they haven't certainly demonstrated their reliability. So if we can cap and freeze it there, then that's a benefit to us." 

 

Debating the Merits of Diplomacy with North Korea


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Trump Threatens North Korea; Why Colin Kaepernick Still Has No Job; How to Change Criminal Minds; 50 Years of Public Employees Unionizing

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Frank Aum, visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at the John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, former Senior Advisor for North Korea in the office of the Secretary of Defense in the Obama administration, talks about President Trump's latest threats to North Korea, where the country is in terms of building nuclear weapons, the ramifications of Trump's words, and the options available. 
  • Last NFL season, the quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick made national headlines when he protested the national anthem. NFL preseason games began this week and Kaepernick remains unsigned. Neil Paine, senior sportswriter for FiveThirtyEight, and Scott Davis, sports reporter for Business Insider, talk about the possible political and financials reasons for why that is. 
  • Risco Mention-Lewis, deputy police commissioner in the Suffolk County Police Department, opens up about her work with formerly incarcerated individuals in the town of Wyandanch, in Suffolk County, on Long Island, in order to "reset the moral standard," as she puts it. She'll be joined by Micah Danney, freelance journalist, who wrote about her story for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
  • William Herbert, distinguished lecturer at Hunter College, City University of New York, and the Executive Director of the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education and the Professions and Joshua Freeman, Distinguished Professor of History at Queens College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, discuss 50 years of the Taylor Law, which grants public employees the right to unionize.



"We're in the Politics of Divisiveness"

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:13:28 -0400

According to recent polls, Donald Trump's approval ratings are on the decline, especially among his core supporters. But he still has connections to his white base, which helped him get elected in the first place. 

Carol Anderson, Charles Howard Candler professor of African-American studies at Emory University and author of White Rage: The Unspoken Truth of Our Racial Divide (Bloomsbury USA, 2017) talks about how white resentment got Trump elected and how now, his guiding principle is "to turn the politics of white resentment into the policies of white rage," as she puts it in her recent New York Times op-ed.

"We're in the Politics of Divisiveness"


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