The Brian Lehrer Show : December 2012

Gray and Grayer

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. But you can keep the conversation going in the comments section!

A recent cover story from The New Republic looks at the consequences of having children later. Plus: one of WNYC’s Radio Rookies talks about not being totally honest about the challenges of life in America when she talks to her family in Congo; New Yorker film critic David Denby; director and writer Kevin Smith; and James Fallows on China.

Open Phones: End of 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

The only guest today is you! The phone lines are open for your calls on this last live show of the year. What was the biggest news from your industry in 2012? What did you change your mind about in the last year? And what made you Laugh Out Loud?

2012 News Quiz!

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Were you paying attention in 2012?  Test your memory of the the serious and not-so-serious news of the year with Brian and guest quiz-master Ken Jennings!

In Review

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The New York Times' David Sanger discusses Hillary Clinton's term as Secretary of State, John Kerry's nomination and the latest in international news. PLUS: Political developments from the holiday weekend and the state of the so-called fiscal cliff; your calls on gifts given and received this season; and Times senior staff photographer James Estrin rates your cell phone photo submissions from 2012.

Art as Work

Monday, December 24, 2012

Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad joins to talk about the show’s process, themes in his science, and his endorsements in art and music. Plus: the first gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, on how he reads the Bible and what his faith means to him; should kids play contact sports?; the architects behind the Barclays Center on the design of the new Brooklyn attraction; and DJ Spooky is the Met’s first artist in residence, and explains his work in that context.

The Next Step

Friday, December 21, 2012

On the heels of his announcement that he will explore a Senate run in 2014, Newark Mayor Cory Booker explains his decision. Plus: Robin Hood Foundation President Deborah Winshel describes how the organization will distribute their Sandy benefit proceeds; NJ DEP Commissioner Bob Martin on how the state is handling garbage and debris post-Sandy; and Slate's Dana Stevens reviews this season's holiday movies.

Going Places

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Yesterday's big news from the MTA includes fare and toll hike approval and Joe Lhota's resignation as chairman, which opens up the possibility of him running for mayor. Plus: The disputed expansion of Columbus Avenue's protected bike lane and its potential impact on retailers; the series with Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation continues with a look at infrastructure resilience; and Slate's Farhad Manjoo answers your questions on tablets.

Questions Answered

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The mental health conversation continues with a look at what the obstacles are to finding policies that work, and we crowd source your answers. Plus: who is Time Magazine’s Person of the Year?; a fiscal cliff solution is on the horizon, and Todd Zwillich of the Takeaway explains; comedian and satirist Mo Rocca is being taught how to cook by grandmothers; and the Brian Lehrer Show’s end-of-year photo project kicks off with a look at the new Instagram policy and a call for your photos.

The Big Picture

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last week's tragedy in Connecticut has raised questions about mental health treatment, especially in children. Hear a discussion of the challenges of raising kids with mental illness and what policy changes could make it easier. Plus: Michael Moss of the New York Times on gun control's contentious history in Newtown; the future of state health exchanges; and holiday shopping, offline.

Trying to Make Sense

Monday, December 17, 2012

More on the aftermath of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut with Newtown doctor Alex Afshar, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal, and more. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on how Washington is responding to the violence, and on any prospects for compromise on spending and revenue; Andrew Sullivan on the film “Zero Dark Thirty”; and more.

The Price of Knowledge

Friday, December 14, 2012

Florida lawmakers are considering charging college students more to study the humanities and less for disciplines tied to in-demand jobs like engineering and tech. Michael Ruse, professor of zoology and philosophy at Florida State University, discusses the pros and cons of this approach. Plus: Asbury Park's post-Sandy recovery progress; following up on E-ZPass and internet addiction; and which books make the best holiday gifts.

Transcending Limits

Thursday, December 13, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is proposing tougher campaign finance rules for non-profits. Hear about why he thinks more regulation is important. Plus: Judith Shulevitz of The New Republic talks about her cover story on the effects of “The Grey Generation”; the expansion of charter schools into middle class neighborhoods; the December series with Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation kicks off with a discussion on resilience; and director David Lynch on transcendental meditation.

Up Front

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Tonight's star-studded Sandy benefit has prompted questions about the legality and economics of ticket scalping. Plus: A new report on fish mislabeling; city Health Commissioner Thomas Farley explains the good news for childhood obesity and infant mortality rates in NYC; Foreign Affairs' Jonathan Tepperman on U.S.-China foreign policy; and contemporary Mayan culture.

All the Options

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The MTA is mulling options for a fare hike. Pete Donahue of The Daily News explains what’s on the horizon. Plus: Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute on what it would mean to change the Medicare eligibility age; Radio Rookie Bree Person talks about sickle cell anemia and Dr. Suzette Oyeku of Montefiore talks about developments in treatment; how parents navigate digital tech for their kids; and all the reasons to love New York.

On the Brink

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Middle East is in turmoil. Hear analysis about the situations in Gaza, Egypt, Syria and throughout the region from Leila Hilal of the New America Foundation. Plus: diplomacy in China; your topical college essays; additional food assistance for Sandy victims; and the phones will be open for you to tell us what you’re buying online that you never thought you would.

Getting Up

Friday, December 07, 2012

The Brooklyn neighborhood of Red Hook suffered major flooding after Sandy. Three members of the community from different areas of the Red Hook talk about recovery and what they expect from the next storm. Plus: the latest on the cease-fire in Gaza and what it means economically; a look at what the next emerging markets might be, going beyond the Brazil-Russia-India-China format known as BRIC; and your calls on your fantasy mayoral candidates for New York City.

How It's Done

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Back from his trip to China, Brian looks at Chinese business within the state's authoritarian government with The Atlantic's James Fallows. Plus: NPR's Mara Liasson on national politics; what new U.S. Census numbers reveal about recently arrived New Yorkers and the city's median income; and an investigation into how government subsidies impact local economies.

Putting it Out There

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

President Obama is back in campaign mode, mobilizing supporters in order to gain the upper hand in negotiations. Plus: attempts to legislate gay "conversion" therapy; and what a new study tells us about why we get bored.

It's the System

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Hurricane Sandy left New York and New Jersey waterways with a big raw sewage problem and revealed the flaws in wastewater infrastructure. Plus: Venezuela's El Sistema program of social change through music; the M23 rebellion in Congo; and the shows that ushered in television's golden age.

Cause and Effect

Monday, December 03, 2012

Hear how gas drilling in the Marcellus Shale could change the energy calculus for the nation. Plus: the latest on tax and spending negotiations in Washington; City Councilman Brad Lander a bill banning employers from doing credit checks on job applicants; a new constitution for Egypt and what it means for the region; how telecommunication companies are regulated and why it matters after a natural disaster; and the founder of the Bread and Puppet show on a 50th anniversary performance.