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How to Fix Broken Windows

Monday, July 28, 2014

A string of police abuse stemming from low-level crime arrests has opened up questions about whether Commissioner Bratton's "broken windows" is back, and whether it's working. With The New York Times editorializing against both Broken Windows and marijuana criminalization, we assess the policy with Josmar Trujillo, an organizer with New Yorkers Against Bratton, who has written that many New Yorkers were "fooled by the campaign rhetoric of...Mayor Bill de Blasio."

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Moreland Commission and More

Monday, July 28, 2014

Karen DeWitt, capital bureau chief for New York State Public Radio, talks about the continuing fallout from the governor's interactions with the Moreland Commission and how it might play out with state elections this fall.

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The New Boom in Subprime Auto Loans

Monday, July 28, 2014

There's been a 130% increase in the number of loans to people with poor credit scores to buy used cars since the financial crisis. Michael Corkery discusses his investigation for the New York Times, the risks for banks and investors, and how these loans have amounted to disaster for many low-income borrowers.

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What is New York City Doing to Improve EdTech?

Monday, July 28, 2014

The future economy could be based on jobs that require advanced computer skills. So are we teaching them from a young age? Phil Weinberg, deputy chancellor for teaching and learning at New York City Department of Education, and Michael Preston, Senior Director of Digital Learning in the Office of Postsecondary Readiness at the Department of Education, discusses what New York City is doing to improve EdTech.

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Here Comes The Boom

Monday, July 28, 2014

There's a new subprime boom, based on auto loans given to people with poor credit, by the millions. One of the authors of a New York Times report on this issue explains. Plus:  The latest on the Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission; and how New York City is integrating computer classes into public schools.

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House Rules for Returning College Students

Monday, July 28, 2014

With college students home for the summer, have "house rules" changed in recognition of the new status? Have the rules set up in May held through July? Parents and college students, call in on the new rules at 212-433-WNYC (212-433-9692).

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, July 25, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

David Sirota on Comcast and Internet for All (First) | NYC's Immigration Commish (Starts at 23:00) | The Modern Bathroom Stinks (Starts at 46:00)

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Relationship Advice Roulette

Friday, July 25, 2014

Another installment of our ongoing series of "Radio Roulette" segments, where callers get to ask a question — but only if they answer another listener's question first. This time: Call to get advice about your relationship — whether it's with a romantic partner, family member, or friend — and to give advice to a perfect stranger, that they just might take you up on. 

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What Are You Ambivalent About?

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, what are you ambivalent about? What's in the news that is scrambling your political or moral priorities? Call in and tell us. And then, other listeners, call in and make your case if you are not ambivalent about those issues…

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

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Chat With Us During Today's Show

Friday, July 25, 2014

Today's Brian Lehrer Show has no guests, just phone calls from listeners on a variety of topics. It's a good day to try a new version of our comments page - an open chat room where you can just wander in and react in real time. So, join us below, talk to other listeners, and have fun!

Just like our comments page, registration is not required, you can just enter your name and add your comment. Listen live online here.

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How Would You Spend the MTA's Budget?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The MTA planning committee is meeting now to decide their spending priorities -- so how would you spend the MTA's capital improvement budget? Also -- how was today's lousy commute, with the L train down and other troubles?

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

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What Did Your Parents Let You Do That Would Be Totally Crazy Today?

Friday, July 25, 2014

 The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here. Today's parents are at an age where child rearing standards (and laws relating to child safety) have changed dramatically. We ask: What did your parents do in the 1970s and before that seems crazy now? No seatbelts? Smoking in the car?  Profane movies at age six? Call in and tell us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

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What Question Would You Add to The Human Test?

Friday, July 25, 2014

One of our favorite recent videos is a TED Talk given by Ze Frank based on his video series "The Human Test." In it, Frank (or is it Ze?) asks a series of escalating questions about the quirks of life, silly and serious, to help you determine if you are, in fact, human. We'll play a bit of the video on the air, and ask you -- What Question Would You Add to The Human Test?

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

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What's Happening Out Your Window?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Look out your window. Right now. Go ahead. What do you see? We want you to call us and share your eyewitness account of what's happening, at this very moment, from your perspective. What's happening outside your apartment, store, office, or car window? (Drivers, if you're behind the wheel, please pull over before you call us.) Tell us the story that's unfolding right before your eyes — especially if it's Batman or Spiderman washing your window. 

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

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Join Our Live Chat: Today's Show Belongs to You

Friday, July 25, 2014

We take your calls, and only your calls. You’re the experts, newsmakers, and guests. Featuring: Relationship roulette, where you can solicit relationship advice from fellow listeners  — as long as you’re willing to share some of your own wisdom with another caller. Plus: Reporting on what’s happening in front of your own eyes, right now; brainstorming the questions that make us pass the “human test”; and what your parents allowed you to do that you’d never let your kids do.

→ Live-Chat During The Show! Rather than a traditional comments page, join our live-chat and react to today's show in real time.

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The Argument for Leaving Your Kid at a Park

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Recently, a mother was jailed for leaving her kid unsupervised in a park, sparking a fierce debate about the responsibility of parents (who may not have a child care option available). Lenore Skenazy, author of the book and blog Free-Range Kids, has long argued for greater independence and unsupervised outdoor play for children. She makes her case.

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Investigating Corruption in Cuomo's Corruption Investigation

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A New York Times investigation argues that Governor Cuomo's Moreland Commission came under political pressure to restrict its investigations into statewide corruption. New York Times Albany reporter Thomas Kaplan discusses the revelations and what Moreland set out to do to begin with. Then we talk to David Grandeau, New York's former top lobbying official and an early critic of the Moreland Commision.

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How Many "Poor Doors" Will NYC Build?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The de Blasio administration says it cannot stop a building on the West Side from constructing separate entrances and amenities for residents of different incomes. It vows to change zoning regulations, but is that actually possible? WNYC economic development reporter Janet Babin discusses the controversy.  

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Will Fast, Cheap Internet Ever Come to New York?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

In his latest column, David Sirota, author and columnist with The International Business Times, profiles a fight in Tennessee over plans to make super-fast Internet cheaper and more accessible. He talks about the battle with Comcast, the proposed merger with Time Warner, and what it may mean for New York.

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#tbt Brian Lehrer and George Carlin

Thursday, July 24, 2014

It's 'Throwback Thursday' and we're marking the 25th anniversary of the show this fall with a dip into the Brian Lehrer Show archives every week. This week, we highlight part of Brian's conversation with legendary comedian George Carlin in 2007 in which they talk about Carlin's July 1972 arrest over the "Seven Words You Can Never Say On Television." You can find Brian's whole interview (and it's really worth a listen) here. And here's the photo Carlin is really talking about.

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