The Brian Lehrer Show : November 2012

Getting Prepped

Friday, November 30, 2012

Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen discusses his new post-Sandy role as the co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Respond Commission, charged with making sure New York State is prepared for future weather disasters. Plus: Emily Bazelon of Slate discusses the same-sex marriage cases that could go before the Supreme Court; overlooked international news stories; the argument for higher wages for retail workers; and new inductees to the People’s Hall of Fame.

The Right One for the Job?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice could be nominated to fill Hillary Clinton’s position as Secretary of State. We take your calls on who you’d like to see fill any vacant positions in the President’s cabinet in his second term. Plus: job growth and job loss after Sandy; Steve Clemons of the Atlantic on the Palestinian bid for recognition at the U.N.; a new book looks at white collar crime and the financial crisis; what’s in your couch; and your picks for U.S. cultural ambassadors to anywhere and for anything.

Over the Edge

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

As they debate how to avoid going over the 'fiscal cliff" in Washington, New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman talks about what he thinks they should do to resolve it. Plus: charitable giving post-election and post-Sandy; journalist and author Pete Hamill on his new book of stories; why Intrade is shutting its doors to U.S. customers; the Mexican president-elect visits Washington; and the danger of consuming energy drinks.

All's Faire

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The White House has been trying to codify drone strike policy. Scott Shane of The New York Times talks about his reporting on why the Obama administration has recently been keen on creating a rule book. Plus: Neil Barofsky on the change of leadership at the SEC; what’s behind a spike in traffic-related deaths in New York City; WNYC’s Beth Fertig on this year’s report cards for NYC high schools; Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics; and a new book examines American culture at the Renaissance Faire.

Four Weeks After Sandy

Monday, November 26, 2012

It's been four weeks since Sandy hit. Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, gives an update on the recovery effort in New Jersey four weeks in. Plus: the latest in national politics and the "fiscal cliff" negotiations with John Heilemann, politics reporter for New York magazine; and Tim Ferriss, author of the new book The 4-Hour Chef.

Good, Better, Best

Friday, November 23, 2012

This is a best-of Brian Lehrer Show, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open, and we'll be back live on Monday!

Before heading to the stores this Black Friday, Elizabeth Cline gives her take on bargain shopping. Plus: the founder of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery & Grill; Paul Auster remembers; Context and a Critic on Homeland; Randy Cohen's ethics, and the man behind the Khan Academy videos.

Here's The Thing Marathon

Thursday, November 22, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show won't be heard today. Instead, WNYC brings you a selection of Alec Baldwin's Here's The Thing. More information about the Here's The Thing specials here. Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the BL Show, and we'll see you back on the radio tomorrow!

Making Connections

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Historian Douglas Brinkley explains what precedent there is for President Obama’s second term, and reflects on post-Katrina lessons applicable to the post-Sandy recovery here. Plus: how disasters create communities and what it means for climate change activists; Slate’s Sasha Issenberg looks back at how the Obama campaign used data to win the election; an on-the-ground look at the Long Island communities of Long Beach and Oceanside.

On The Edge

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

As the situation in Gaza escalates, The New York Times' David Sanger explains how the conflict fits into President Obama's overall Middle Eastern policy approach. Plus: Kathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City on the fiscal cliff and New York; what a second Obama term holds for policy towards Asia; and the new vocabulary to come out of the election.

Choosing Sides

Monday, November 19, 2012

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, discusses going after corporate crime and public corruption. Plus: writer Jonathan Haidt discusses his new book and why people on the right and left view morality differently; and how to help homeless youth.

Making Sense of It

Friday, November 16, 2012

Area officials are requesting federal aid for rebuilding efforts after Sandy. WNYC reporter Anna Sale explains what the region is likely to get from Washington. Plus: Wired's Spencer Ackerman on Benghazi and Petraeus; Dan Murphy of the Christian Science Monitor on the latest between Gaza and Israel; and the toll of solitary confinement.

Do It Yourself

Thursday, November 15, 2012

President Obama held a news conference yesterday for the first time in eight months. Hear analysis of what he said. Plus: anthropologist, activist and author David Graeber discusses Occupy Wall Street’s Rolling Jubilee campaign to abolish debt; and Sam Sifton of the New York Times on how to cook the Thanksgiving meal.

Sleight of Hand

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ABC News White House correspondent Jake Tapper talks about his reporting on a combat outpost in Afghanistan, as well as what the Petraeus scandal tell us about leadership there. Plus: New York City Councilman Domenic Recchia discussing the ongoing crisis in Coney Island and his district; Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer on the recovery there; and Penn Jilette, half of the magician/comedy duo Penn & Teller, on atheism and politics.

Ongoing Developments

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

A new analysis looks at whether or not the history of waterfront development left coastal areas especially susceptible to Sandy's devastation. Plus: Amy Costello's investigation into medical volunteers in Haiti; Yale professor Akhil Reed Amar explains the unwritten implications of the Constitution; and the economic repercussions of marijuana legalization.

The Path Ahead

Monday, November 12, 2012

New York City Housing Authority chairman John Rhea explains what is being done to help residents of public housing who are still living without heat, power or hot water. Plus: ABC News political analyst and former Bush/Cheney campaign strategist Matthew Dowd on post-electoral politics; Jodi Kantor of The New York Times on the President’s second term; and a close look at how design and engineering could provide solutions for rising tides and storm surges in the future.

Looking Back, Moving Forward

Friday, November 09, 2012

Editor and publisher of The Nation, Katrina vanden Heuvel, talks about what she wants from President Obama's second term. Plus: a reflection on the voting process and the impact of the Citizens United ruling on the outcome of the election; and post-Sandy displaced students and what schools and families are doing to cope.

Not Done Yet

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Displaced New York and New Jersey residents are now contending with a noreaster as well. We’ll hear about housing options and what long-term plans are in the area. Plus: your post-Sandy insurance questions answered; Liz Benjamin of YNN on the New York State election results; how shifting dunes from Sandy could change the way the next storm hits coastal regions; calls from first responders on their storm experience; and more.

Results Are In

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

President Obama is reelected and a new storm approaches. Jeff Greenfield of PBS, NPR’s Cokie Roberts and others provide thorough analysis of election results, from the presidential race to ballot initiatives. Plus: Continued coverage of the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Sandy and the coming nor'easter.

It’s Finally Election Day

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

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The phones will be open for the Brian Lehrer Show’s informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific exit poll on this Election Day. Call in with your voting story—and whether Sandy affected your experience at the polls. Plus: A check-in with reporters in swing states; how the changing suburbs will affect the outcome of the election; an assessment of the emergency infrastructure’s performance in the aftermath of Sandy; and It’s a Free Country reporter Anna Sale discusses Sandy-related voting issues.

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Before and After

Monday, November 05, 2012

The presidential election is tomorrow--and with the region still recovering from Sandy, the Brennan Center's Larry Norden discusses obstacles to voting in the region. Plus: the latest on the recovery effort on Staten Island; an assessment of the emergency response infrastructure; and a check-in on the contested congressional races in the region.

Step by Step

Friday, November 02, 2012

Seth Pinsky of the Economic Development Corporation explains what small business owners should do to get back on their feet. Plus: the latest on voting after the storm; Nate Silver of The New York Times; why this weekend's marathon is proceeding; and more on recovery after the storm. 

Better Every Day

Thursday, November 01, 2012

We hear reports about water advisories in areas of New Jersey and Nassau County. Plus: Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino and Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef on the damage there; Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at Real Clear Politics, on the ramifications in this election; the latest on how the elderly are being helped; WNYC's Bob Hennelly on the President's visit to New Jersey.