The Brian Lehrer Show : July 2012

Crossing the Line

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Court documents show that the lone suspect in the Aurora theater shootings was seeing a psychiatrist. Hear how mental health professionals look for red flags. Then, Anna Sale of It’s A Free Country on what she learned on her swing state tour; new rules for teacher certification; and swimming in the African-American community.

Dry Run

Monday, July 30, 2012

As Mitt Romney wraps up his overseas trip, David Sanger talks about what we know about his foreign policy as compared to Obama's. Plus: how to include special ed students in NYC classrooms; what the Midwest drought means for the rest of the country; and where all that Olympic money winds up.

A Helping Hand

Friday, July 27, 2012

Seth Pinsky of the New York City Economic Development Corporation explains what government resources go into helping people start businesses. Then, the Facebook revenue report; Mitt Romney's upcoming trip to Israel; a call-in for immigrants on who they're watching in the Olympics; and everything you've ever needed to know about marijuana legalization.

Creative Solutions

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Richard Florida wrote his influential book The Rise of the Creative Class ten years ago. He discusses how American cities have changed in the past decade. Plus: NPR host R. Jay Magill, Jr. talks about the influence of the moral idea of sincerity in our politics and culture; and the July series on air-conditioning continues.

Down the Road

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has initiatives to curb prescription drug and synthetic drug use. Plus: Matthew Goldstein of Reuters explains possible arrests in the LIBOR rate-fixing scandals. Then, the soda ban hearings; and the history of America’s conflict with Iran.

Behind the Scenes

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

UCLA law professor and author Adam Winkler discusses why mass shootings have not led to more restrictive gun laws in the recent past--and what the National Rifle Association has to do with it. Plus: Frederic Block, federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, discusses his new book about life on the bench; and the media strategist and director of marketing for American Apparel.

Looking North

Monday, July 23, 2012

Former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin talks about banking regulation and the deep cuts to social programs he was responsible for as finance minister – and whether U.S. lawmakers should consider doing things the Canadian way. Plus: It’s A Free Country political reporter Anna Sale checks in on her tour of swing states ahead of the 2012 election; and everything you need to know about riding a bike.

Pulling the Strings

Friday, July 20, 2012

We react to the shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. Plus, Mark Halperin of Time explains what’s behind the Obama campaign’s message management. Plus: what experts want to know right after a shooting. Then, New York Times op-ed columnist and WNYC contributor Joe Nocera talks about consequences of the Penn State report. Then, how offshore tax havens actually operate; the trouble with the phrase “having it all”; and the area's rising unemployment numbers.

How to Be

Thursday, July 19, 2012

The State Budget Crisis Task Force sounded alarms this week about the fiscal futures of state governments. Task Force co-chair, former New York Lieutenant Governor Richard Ravitch, discusses the extent of these financial problems. Plus: London Times columnist Caitlin Moran talks about her new book How to Be a Woman; a look at portrayals of Mormons in America; and the Keeping Cool series continues with a conversation about the economics of air-conditioning.

Which Side Are You On

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

American folk icon Pete Seeger reflects on his music and activism. Plus: your calls on who Mitt Romney should put on the ticket as his VP; why some area hospitals lack malpractice insurance; a round-up of transportation news; and it’s time to decide if you’re going to be a Nets fan.

Breaking Barriers

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

The Red Cross has declared the conflict in Syria a civil War. Former Ambassador David Scheffer explains why it matters and why the Red Cross holds so much weight. Plus: Glenn Reynolds, InstaPundit blogger, argues that there’s a higher education bubble; what does it mean that a runner with prosthetic legs has been cleared to run in the Olympics?; and the reconstruction of the Tappan Zee Bridge.

Existential Threats

Monday, July 16, 2012

David Brancaccio discusses his new documentary “Fixing the Future” about a reinvention of the American economy. Plus: Mailman School of Public Health Dean Linda Fried on the intersection of aging and public health; essayist Jim Holt on why the world exists; and the latest of the national presidential race.

Promises, Promises

Friday, July 13, 2012

Reports about Governor Romney’s offshore banking have made it a central campaign issue this week – but when is having a Swiss bank account a good idea? Then, why Seventeen magazine has agreed to not alter images of models. Plus: what an effective alternative to the Affordable Care Act would look like; and another installment of Advice Roulette.

On The Trail

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It’s a Free Country political reporter Anna Sale joins us live from Colorado as she travels through the swing states talking to the most coveted voters in the country. Plus: Governor Romney and Vice President Biden’s speeches at the NAACP convention this week; the July series on air conditioning continues; and the butchers, farmers, fishmongers, beekeepers, and beer makers of New York City.

Highs and Lows

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Adam Liptak of The New York Times explains what we know about the Roberts Court and reports of a conservative rift. Plus: the latest on campaign finance. Then, the U.S. has seen the warmest six months on record, what does it tell us about global warming?; New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-13) is running for U.S. Senate; and the Tour de France.

Gray Areas

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Nicholas Shaxson, the journalist who investigated Mitt Romney’s offshore accounts for Vanity Fair, discusses what he found out and why we should care. Plus: WNYC’s Ailsa Chang looks at how NYPD officers decide whether they have “reasonable suspicion” to stop and frisk; The New York Times columnist, Joe Nocera, explains what the LIBOR is; and a conversation about what makes something or someone resilient.

Hard Times

Monday, July 09, 2012

Kai Wright of ColorLines and The Nation discusses the news from inside and outside the Beltway. Plus: David Sanger of The New York Times on the latest on Iran; the director Marc Levin on his new documentary Long Island unemployment; and your calls on coping with anxiety.

In the Pool

Friday, July 06, 2012

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The jobs report for June comes out today. We’ll discuss how many are in the unemployment pool and what the new numbers mean for the economy and the presidential election. Plus: NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe discusses recent trouble at the newly opened McCarren Pool; Roche’s departure from Nutley; a new documentary on the history of ACT UP; and how not to sabotage your vacation.

It Sticks With You

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Rachel Swarns, New York Times correspondent discusses her new book American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama. Plus: teacher tenure in New Jersey; Marketplace New York bureau chief Heidi Moore talks about corporations and banks behaving badly; and New York Times columnist and economics professor Robert H. Frank discusses the Affordable Care Act.

Endings and Beginnings

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Brian Lamb, founder and CEO of the network, discusses what C-Span has meant for politics. Then, Harvard sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot explores how our society ends things. Plus: we re-air our End of War series finale from The Greene Space with Congressman Dennis Kucinich and other special guests.

Don't Know Much About...

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Fortune’s Katherine Eban describes what the magazine’s long-term investigation into the Fast and Furious program found about the so-called “gun walking” operation. Then, why would some states opt out of the Medicaid expansion? Plus: activism in New York; Kenneth C. Davis on July 4th history; and the Young People’s Chorus of New York City performs.

Rate of Change

Monday, July 02, 2012

Lawmakers reached a last-minute deal to lower student loan rates last week, but (unrelatedly) grace periods on many student loans expired yesterday. Did students win or lose? Jason Delisle of the New America Foundation explains. Plus: New Jersey State Senate President Steve SweeneySalon's Glenn Greenwald; and tips on writing your online dating profile.