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How to (Not) Make it In the Sharing America

Monday, August 18, 2014

There's a new freelance economy emerging, built around on-demand jobs brokered through apps like Lyft, Task Rabbit, and more. But is it a viable path to a real income -- and can it drive a new American economy? Natasha Singer, New York Times Sunday business reporter, helps find the bottom line.

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"This is Bigger Than Michael Brown"

Monday, August 18, 2014

Despite a change in police leadership, and a state imposed curfew, the situation in Ferguson, Missouri is still volatile. Bishop L.O. Jonesfounder of the Greater Grace Church in Ferguson, MO, Pastor Conley Gibbs, Jr. of Ferguson Heights Church of Christ, and Pastor Traci Blackmon, from the Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO, talk about what's going on in their communities.

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Jerry Nadler on Ferguson, Helicopters, and More

Monday, August 18, 2014

Are choppers a New York nusiance? US Representative Jerrold Nadler authored a letter to Mayor de Blasio with signatures by many area elected officials calling for the end of tourist helicopter flights from the city-owned Downtown Heliport. He discusses. Plus: What Congress can do, if anything, about the situation in Ferguson, MO.

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Quality of Life

Monday, August 18, 2014

Protests and violence continue in Ferguson, MO after the death of Michael Brown, and now the National Guard is being sent in. Bishop Larry Jones of Greater Grace Church, whose church has been hosting vigils and community forums, discusses the community response, and whether the National Guard will help. Plus: Congressman Jerrold Nadler on whether Congress can do anything about the militarization of police in places like St. Louis, plus why he wrote a letter to Mayor de Blasio asking him to ban tourist helicopter flights from the heliport the city owns.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, August 15, 2014

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

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton (First) | Piper Kerman (Orange Is the New Black) and Glenn Martin on Prison Reform (Starts at 23:00) | Memories of Robin Williams (Starts at 49:30)

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Elizabeth Gilbert, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and R.A. Dickey

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. As always, you can join the conversation online through our comments section (links below), on Facebook, or on Twitter through @BrianLehrer.

Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame builds the ultimate summer reading list, and talks about some of her experiences with travel and meditation. Plus: Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on his epic cover story from earlier this year, The Case For Reparations;  a conversation on whether buying a home is still a sound investment; and former all-star Mets pitcher and now children’s book author, R.A. Dickey.

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Arguing Against Suicide

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Are people who take their own lives selfish? Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Doubt: A History and Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It (Yale University Press, 2013), discusses the news of Robin Williams' suicide, what it says about those who choose suicide, and what we can all learn to reach out to those in need.

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Jumping to a Job

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Richard Bolles, author of What Color is Your Parachute? 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career Changers (Ten Speed Press; Rev Upd edition, 2014), offers advice and talks about what's changed and what's stayed the same since publishing the first edition of his book in 1970.

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Member Items Scrutinized

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Earlier this week, we asked listeners to dig into the data on where City Council members spent their discretionary funds. Jeff Mays, DNAinfo political reporter, checks in on what you found and answers some of the questions that came up.

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#TBT Brian and Gail Collins, 1995

Thursday, August 14, 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 go back to 1995. Before New York Times columnist Gail Collins turned to writing hilarious and insightful columns about national politics she used to cover local politics for Newsday -- and she did it in the same funny way. 

In this clip, Collins described a 1995 budget gap as a monster (hopefully not one on the roof of a car). Here, we've edited the interview to highlight some of her exchanges with Brian.

Gail Collins' latest interview on the Brian Lehrer Show is here.

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What's Wrong with Atlantic City?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Revel Casino Hotel in Atlantic City has announced that it will close in September, becoming the fourth casino there to close this year. Michael L. Diamond, business reporter for the Asbury Park Press, talks about why Atlantic City is struggling and whether the closings offer a lesson to other casino projects in the area. Plus, New Jersey Public Radio's Matt Katz talks about the politics of Governor Christie's attempts to revitalize Atlantic City. 

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Trying to Control Ebola, By Any Means Necessary

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Health officials have taken up a "cordoning" tactic not used in almost a century to try and isolate the Ebola outbreak. We discuss the latest news and the history of fighting plagues such as this with New York Times science reporter Donald G. McNeil, Jr.

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Gentrifiers, When Do You Call 311?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

A call in for gentrifiers on when you call 311 vs. when you adapt to the conditions of your new neighborhood. On this show earlier this week, NYPD Commissioner Bratton argued that the vast majority of the work his police department does is in response to community concerns, including so-called “quality of life” calls to 311 and 911. In response, a caller from Harlem brought up gentrification as a key element, saying that many complaints are about new residents not understanding or accommodating existing cultural norms, such as loud block parties or music. 

So, how much do "gentrifiers" have a responsibility to accommodate when they move to a new neighborhood? Or, is a noise complaint a noise complaint, regardless of who is being noisy, and who is making the call?

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Searching for Red Flags

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The author and New School professor Jennifer Michael Hecht contextualizes the news of Robin Williams’ suicide. Plus: what you found when we asked you to investigate City Council members’ discretionary spending; a look at the future of casinos in our area after news broke that another casino is closing soon in Atlantic City; and the author of a best-selling job hunting manual explains what’s changed in the more than forty years since he first published the book and offers advice for job hunters and career changers.

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What is Prison For? Piper Kerman and Glenn Martin

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What's the goal of prison, and what kinds of punishments work and don't work within the prison system? Two people who've been incarcerated discuss: Glenn Martinhead of JustLeadershipUSA, and Piper Kerman, author of Orange Is the New Black and prison reform advocate and board member of the Women's Prison Association, discuss, and we take calls from listeners who've moved through the justice system.

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Family Meeting: Punishment

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A two-hour "family meeting" on punishment. What is punishment for? How do you, or won't you, punish your kids? And how does punishment work in our courts and jails? With: your calls on a particular punishment you remember; New York State Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman on how punishment gets meted out in the courts; ex-cons and criminal justice reformers Glenn Martin and Piper Kerman; and a social history of how ideas of punishment have evolved over time, and around the world.

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Chief Judge on Punishing Juvenile Offenders

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Jonathan Lippman, Chief Judge of the State of New York , talks about the policy of punishment and why he thinks the age of criminal responsibility needs to be raised.

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A Social History of Punishment

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is punishment for? Is it a moral act or an emotional one? Is it retribution? Which countries or societies punish well, and is the U.S. one of them? David W. Garland, professor of law and sociology at New York University and author of Peculiar Institution: America's Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition and The Culture of Control: Crime and Social Order in Contemporary Society discusses the social history of punishment and how our own criminal justice system fits in.

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Tell Us About a Time You Got Punished as a Child

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

We kick off today's two-hour "family meeting" on punishment with calls from anyone to talk about a time you got punished as a child -- and whether it worked. From a parent, a teacher, the law… Did you learn your lesson? Is it something you would do?

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Punishing Misbehavior in Kids

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Dr. Elisabeth Guthrie, Psychiatrist and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at Columbia University, talks about punishment in the family: what's appropriate and what's not, what works for children at different ages and how to make sure when you punish for one incident, it's not because you're actually mad about something else. And Dr. Guthrie gives advice and takes questions on proper, constructive family punishment. 

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