The Brian Lehrer Show : October 2012

Cleaning Up

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Reporters, elected officials and listeners talk about the latest in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Plus, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at the 10th Amendment, and Will Shortz solves his special storm-edition challenge puzzle. 

After the Storm

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Special coverage of the storm's impact of the area continues with your calls.

Special Coverage: Hurricane Sandy

Monday, October 29, 2012

Continuing coverage of Sandy with experts, live reports from WNYC reporters, as well as news host Richard Hake and NJPR's David Furst.  Plus, your calls on the storm's impact.  


On the Horizon

Friday, October 26, 2012

Hurricane Sandy is threatening to hit the Northeast next week. Adam Sobel, professor of Climate and Atmospheric Science at Columbia University, explains what we can expect. Plus: Heidi Moore, now of The Guardian, on a $1B federal lawsuit against Bank of America for mortgage fraud; 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at the history of the culture wars; Western law and indigenous culture; and the real story behind the Hollywood film “Argo.”

Everything In Its Right Place

Thursday, October 25, 2012

MTA chairman and chief executive officer Joe Lhota explains what bus and subway riders can expect from the MTA, and from a proposed new fare hike. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at gun rights; On the Media’s Bob Garfield and Stephen Shepard, founding dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, discuss the end of Newsweek’s print edition; philanthropy for Central Park; and DJ Spooky on being artist-in-residence at the Met.

Running the Race

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

We check in on the state of the presidential, House and Senate races. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days takes on the role of race in the election with Tricia Rose; and Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad fields listener questions about the show.

Rights and Wrongs

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

After last night’s final debate, we consider the candidates’ performances with NPR's Michele Kelemen. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days examines marriage and other gay rights; political satirist Lizz Winstead weighs in on the election; and the fall’s best new restaurants.

At Home and Abroad

Monday, October 22, 2012

David Sanger of the New York Times looks ahead to tonight’s final presidential debate, which centers on foreign policy. Plus: New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses the “War on Women” for 30 Issues in 30 Days; Planet Money imagines a candidate whose economic policies please both parties; and a fall movie preview with Slate’s Dana Stevens.

Big Plans

Friday, October 19, 2012

Political activist Ralph Nader discusses presidential politics and his new book The Seventeen Solutions: Bold Ideas for Our American Future. Plus: WNYC's contributing editor for politics and investigations, Bob Hennelly, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's new Super PAC, as well as the foiled plot to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank; and WNYC host John Schaefer talks about the fall season's new music.

It's Not Easy

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Green Party candidate Jill Stein discusses her bid for the White House, and the race thus far. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at relations with Latin America from NPR correspondent Juan Forero; Maria Hinojosa of NPR’s Latino USA on national politics; author Julie Klam on making friends later in life; and a preview of the fall arts scene.

Second Time Around

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

After last night’s town hall debate, Anna Sale from It’s A Free Country reviews the candidates’ performances. Plus: New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains the lawsuit against J.P. Morgan; 30 Issues in 30 Days on U.S.-Middle East relations; and a preview of the season’s new books.

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The Other Way

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson talks about why he’s running for president on the Libertarian ticket. Plus: NPR’s Mara Liasson previews tonight’s presidential debate; 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at what the candidates say about China; a project to create a web-based, open source edition of Sir Thomas More’s Utopia; and a preview of the fall theater season.

Horse Play

Monday, October 15, 2012

On the eve of the second presidential debate, John Heilemann, national affairs editor for New York Magazine, talks about the presidential race and the Clintons' role in politics today. Plus: 30 issues in 30 days looks at the country’s divide on immigration policy; the growing epidemic of concussions in kids sports; and a call-in to participate in a mock presidential debate.

Power Players

Friday, October 12, 2012

Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan have squared off. Now, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation and Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal give their take on the debate – and listeners call in to react. Plus: director, writer and actor Kevin Smith on New York Comic-Con; and David Sanger on the EU's Nobel Peace Prize.

Head to Head

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Nia-Malika Henderson of The Washington Post previews tonight’s vice presidential debate. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days explores big health; City Councilmember Jumaane Williams on proposals that could change stop-and-frisk procedure; and Daniel Goleman explains how to teach kids eco-literacy.

Sticks and Stones

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with a look at Big Military. Nora Bensahel of the Center for New American Security looks at how both candidates approach military spending, and Noah Shachtman of Brookings explains where they stand on drone warfare. Plus: a new poll looks at how what New Jersey residents think about federal and state spending on healthcare; David Denby of The New Yorker on the future of film; and the crime mystery behind the Broadway musical “Rebecca.”

A Finer Point

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Slate's Fred Kaplan offers his analysis of Governor Romney's criticism yesterday of the Obama Administration's handling of foreign policy. Plus: a preview of the affirmative action case going before the U.S. Supreme Court this week; Naomi Wolf on her new book Vagina: A New Biography; and 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a conversation about the government's role in regulating energy and the environment.

Looking Back

Monday, October 08, 2012

Jim Lehrer of PBS reflects on his history as debate host and shares his thoughts on this year’s first presidential debate. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days kicks off big government week by exploring big housing with former Fannie Mae vice president Edward Pinto and Janneke Ratcliffe from the Center for American Progress; and coming to terms with a personal legacy of slavery.

By the Numbers

Friday, October 05, 2012

Filmmakers Sarah Burns and David McMahon discuss the NYPD subpoena of outtakes from their new documentary (with Ken Burns) on the Central Park Five. Plus: what today’s jobs report means for the election; the consequences of Iran’s currency inflation; former astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison on interstellar travel; and following up on hydrofracking in the southern tier of New York State.

An Ongoing Battle

Thursday, October 04, 2012

PolitiFact editor Bill Adair fact-checks last night’s presidential debate. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days explores the all-volunteer military's ties to economic inequality with journalist and military spouse Kristin Henderson and then Richard H. Kohn, professor emeritus of Peace, War and Defense; Khan Academy’s Salman Khan on open-source education; and an analysis of the debaters' body language last night.

That’s Debatable

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Ahead of tonight's debate, New York Times Magazine and GQ contributor Robert Draper discusses the art of debate prep and the candidates’ strengths and weaknesses. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a conversation about the social safety net and how the next president could help the very poor; a look at the political character of Staten Island; and rethinking whether marriage should mean forever.

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Pros and Cons

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair provides an inside look at the 2008 financial crisis for the latest in 30 Issues in 30 Days; the Daily News’ Ken Lovett explains Governor Cuomo’s move to delay New York hydrofracking; Jessica Valenti explores the decision to have kids. Plus: the architects behind the Barclays Center.

Close to Home

Monday, October 01, 2012

This week, 30 Issues in 30 Days looks at inequality starting with the victims of 2008’s foreclosure crisis. Robert Shiller and then Roben Farzad give two takes on how we got here -- and how we’ll get out. Former CIA operative Bob Baer and Slate's June Thomas take on the accuracy and significance of the Showtime drama "Homeland." Plus: complaints of bias in admissions at the city’s specialized high schools.