The Brian Lehrer Show : August 2012

Choose Your Words

Friday, August 31, 2012

Now that the GOP convention has wrapped up, we look back on the week in Tampa with Cokie Roberts of ABC News and NPR and linguist John McWhorter. WNYC’s Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan take us back to school. Plus: #Eastwooding

Making it Official

Thursday, August 30, 2012

NPR's Mara Liasson, Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm and Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley each visit with us from Tampa. The Susan B. Anthony List's Marjorie Dannenfelser discusses reproductive health and the election, and It's a Free Country's Anna Sale checks in from the GOP convention.

The Whole Truth

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and New Jersey State Assemblyman John Wisniewski respond to Governor Christie's big keynote address. PolitiFact's Bill Adair fact checks a few of the Romney campaign's statements from the convention, and former mayor Rudy Giuliani and Baratunde Thurston of It's a Free Country join us from Tampa.

→ Convention Special Tonight! 7-8pm on WNYC and Swing States Around the Country

Getting the Party Started

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

The Republican National Convention officially launches today. Gwen Ifill, Anna Sale and New Jersey State Senator Tom Kean, Jr. join us with live coverage from Tampa. Plus: law professor Chris Sprigman weighs in on Apple’s victory over Samsung in court.

→ Convention Special Tonight: Swing State Call-In at 7pm EST

Eye of the Storm

Monday, August 27, 2012

Day 1 of the Republican National Convention has been postponed because of the impending landfall of Hurricane Isaac. Coverage of the new plans and emerging themes with: Molly Ball of The Atlantic, ABC's Jake Tapper, NYS Senate leader Dean Skelos, former UN Ambassador John Bolton, and more. Plus: what the MTA payroll tax ruling means, and powerful Brooklyn Democrat Vito Lopez in trouble.

Braving the Issues

Friday, August 24, 2012

Chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times and WNYC contributor David Sanger discusses the latest news out of the Middle East. Plus: the phones will be open for you to tell us how a person in your life helped shaped your politics; WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein on presidential politics then and now; and a new book on how to raise brave, anxiety-free children.

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Campaign March

Thursday, August 23, 2012

There’s mounting pressure for sick paid legislation in New York City. Dan Cantor of the Working Families Party explains their campaign and paths to passing a bill. Plus: unemployment numbers in New York City; CBS Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles on how she became “The Accidental Pundette”; and how interns can leverage their experience into employment.

Call and Response

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang discusses her months-long investigation that reveals why the Bronx district attorney declines to prosecute far more cases than other DA’s—and why it often hinges on how quickly victims come forward. Plus: John Rhea, the head of the New York City Housing Authority reacts to allegations of mismanagement of the city’s public housing; how to succeed in college; and the Westchester County Executive, Rob Astorino, responds to criticism by the federal housing authority over the fair housing settlement.

Abroad and Abound

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is author now of That Used To Be Us. He discusses U.S. leadership and tensions between Iran and Israel. Then, a check-in on Westchester’s fair housing with federal housing secretary Maurice Jones. Plus: a close look at the stimulus package reveals it was more effective than previously thought; a discussion of privacy rights; and the That’s My Issue series continues with a call-in for those who have had politics-shaping experiences abroad.

Living the Dream

Monday, August 20, 2012

The New York City Housing Authority is facing allegations of gross mismanagement. The editor of the editorial page of the New York Daily News, Arthur Browne, describes the trouble at NYCHA. Plus: Brooklyn author Amy Sohn on her new novel about marriage and parenting in the city; a discussion about the level of participation of young immigrants in the new Deferred Action program; and USA Today’s Susan Page has the latest on the presidential race.

Firsts and Lasts

Friday, August 17, 2012

Bill Keller of The New York Times discusses how Governor Romney's circle of advisers and donors would influence a Romney Administration. Plus: longtime mayoral spokesperson Stu Loeser reflects upon his time with the Bloomberg Administration; "That's My Issue" continues with your stories about incidents that complicated your political views; and we ask, "What NYC experience have you recently tried for the first time?"

Join The Crowd

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Share stories about the before-30 life experience that shaped your politics as That's My Issue continues. Plus: Nina Khrushcheva and Masha Lipman discuss free speech in the context of Russia's Pussy Riot trial; Kimberly Winston, reporter for the Religion News Service talks about a new poll that suggests an uptick in atheism in the US; and we continue our Intern Life series with a discussion of the socioeconomics of internships.

Issue Oriented

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The phones will be open for you to tell us a story about an experience in your life that helped shape your politics. It’s part of a new project called That’s My Issue. Plus: The New York’s Secretary of State Cesar Perales discusses the ins and outs of applying for deferred deportation; what Kathy Hochul’s campaign says about the Paul Ryan effect; and a conversation about the spike in homelessness in New York City.

Influence and Meaning

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Jennifer Burns, author of Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand the American Right, explains Objectivism and Ayn Rand. First: how both campaigns are positioning themselves after the VP pick. Plus: the NYPD’s latest surveillance tactic; nuns respond to the rebuke by the Vatican; and linguist John McWhorter.

Back to the Future

Monday, August 13, 2012

Mitt Romney has chosen Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate. We'll discuss with National Review's Reihan Salam and the New Yorker's Ryan LizzaWired senior writer Steven Levy discusses what a new cashless payment system at Starbucks tells us about how commerce is changing and what the consumer experience will be like in the future. Plus: the latest on presidential politics; a pro-Christie shadow campaign in New Jersey; the two Republican candidates for U.S. Senate in Connecticut; and calls from out of town tourists on what their first impressions are about New York.

And That's The Way It is

Friday, August 10, 2012

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system, describes the goal of her advocacy group, StudentsFirstNY. Then, Dr. Diane Ravitch, a former US assistant secretary of education and critic of Rhee’s style of reform, responds. Plus: historian Douglas Brinkley talks about his new book, Cronkite. And the American author John Irving on how his agenda is reflected in his work.

Truth and Consequences

Thursday, August 09, 2012

New York Times chief national correspondent and WNYC contributor David Sanger discusses the regional consequences of the crisis in Syria. Plus: a conversation about the money laundering allegations at HSBC and Standard Chartered; the Democratic U.S. Senate candidates from Connecticut; how internships have changed over time; why New York City is great for seniors; and your calls on how to best navigate Penn Station.

Money, Money, Problems

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Nelson Schwartz of The New York Times has found that the effects of the federal “fiscal cliff” are already being felt on corporate spending. Then, the initial public offering for Fairway. Plus: a conversation about gay fatherhood; the effects of working closely with money; NY1’s Josh Robin on his series about the Internet and Orthodox Jews; and cell phone photography.

Latching On

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

As details emerge about the alleged shooter at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, hear a discussion about the status of hate groups in America. Plus: NPR’s Mike Pesca is live from the Olympics; the history of activism in New York and why Oakland is the center of radicalism in America now; big data and the presidential race; paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer on his new controversial theory on the origins of humanity; and following up on the city’s “Latch on NYC” program.

The Long View

Monday, August 06, 2012

Deb Amos of NPR discusses the ongoing crisis in Syria. Plus: Hoboken City Council President Ravinder Bhalla on the Milwaukee shooting; Ambassador Andrew Young and Michael Waldman of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU discuss the anniversary of the Voting Rights Act and ballot access today; NASA’s Curiosity rover on Mars; and letting go of long-term goals.

Put to the Test

Friday, August 03, 2012

New York City will be a test case for "social impact bond" financing for social service programs. New York City Deputy Mayor Linda Gibbs will discuss the deal announced yesterday where Goldman Sachs will invest ten million dollars in an effort to curb recidivism with the hopes of getting a return on their investment. Plus: Andrew Cuomo's Albany; what today's jobs numbers mean; a hard look at life without parole; and your calls on gymnastic fever.

Day by Day

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Steven Thrasher of the Village Voice discusses the Chick-Fil-A boycott and the national day of appreciation. Plus: HPD Commissioner Matthew Wambua; a celebration for those who have read the Talmud; our August series on internships; and what should Brian listen to or read on his summer break?


Building It Up

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney argues that his business experience prepares him well for the job of president. Vanity Fair national editor Todd Purdum tests that theory. Plus: a look at what a NYC 2012 Olympics would have been like; an investigation into NYC’s big construction firms and their public projects; and a program to help pay bail and avoid excessive jail time.