The Brian Lehrer Show : September 2012

Bright Red Lines

Friday, September 28, 2012

Rami Khouri of the American University of Beirut discusses what President Abbas and Prime Minister Netanyahu said yesterday at the U.N. Plus: The Bronx District Attorney has changed policy with respect to dealing with some stop and frisk cases; redefining masculinity for young men; thoughts from young people on taxes and entitlements; why Governor Cuomo is supporting Republicans; and the business of sports memorabilia.

Building Bridges

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Some lesser-known leaders have had important messages at the U.N. General Assembly. Reporters from Mali, Italy, and Guatemala talk about the threat of terrorism, legalizing drugs, and how to weather the Eurozone Crisis. Plus: Carole Simpson, former ABC anchor, talks about being the first woman and minority moderator for a presidential debate. Then, the 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with a look at how our federal policies could help civil infrastructure; and public art in space.

Who Pays What

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a conversation about taxes, tax fairness, and who should pay what. Hear two takes from Andrea Louise Campbell, professor of political science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Bruce Bartlett, an economic advisor to Reagan and George H.W. Bush, Jack Kemp and Ron Paul. Plus: whether the NFL replacement referees will actually turn off football viewers; an update on the contentious U.S. Senate races; and a cultural analysis of how we line up.

How to Succeed

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

“30 Issues in 30 Days” rolls on with former White House Budget Director Alice Rivlin, who will explain the role of debt in the upcoming election. Then U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, dissenting member of the Simpson-Bowles committee, discusses her work on the deficit reduction proposal. Carl Hum, executive director of the NYC Districting Commission, looks at upcoming changes to New York City’s council district map. Plus: former Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Kate White on girls' secrets to success.

The Long View

Monday, September 24, 2012

Our “30 Issues in 30 Days” project continues with a close look at the long-term viability of Medicare and Social Security and what views of entitlements are from left, right and center. Plus: ABC News political director Amy Walter talks about the latest from the beltway and campaign trail; and an examination of what the Barclay’s Center will mean for employment and the community.

Same But Different

Friday, September 21, 2012

Both President Obama and Governor Romney participated in Univision forums this week. We’ll discuss how they did and whether they successfully wooed Latino voters. Plus: New York Times Hong Kong bureau chief Keith Bradsher discusses trade policy in China, how it affects U.S. manufacturing, and how China is educating for the future; misguided security strategies; and a look at the Brooklyn Democratic Party machine now that Vito Lopez is out and Frank Seddio is in.

Getting a Reaction

Thursday, September 20, 2012

A French newspaper has published cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad, further fueling tension and unrest in the Middle East. We discuss with New York Times Paris bureau chief Steve Erlanger. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days tackles free trade and outsourcing; CUNY adopts a controversial new curriculum; and is love just a chemical reaction?

The Right Audience

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

David Corn, Mother Jones’ Washington bureau chief, discusses the full, unedited video of a Mitt Romney fundraiser and what the candidate’s message tells us about his worldview. Plus: 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a close look at labor with Nelson Lichtenstein of UC Santa Barbara and Daniel DiSalvo at the Manhattan Institute; and Gene Robinson, the first openly gay Episcopalian bishop, makes the case for same-sex marriage.

Future Interest

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Are student loans the next bubble? 30 Issues in 30 Days talks higher education with Tamar Lewin of the New York Times, Anya Kamenetz of Fast Company, and Neal McClusky of the Cato institute. Plus: David Sanger on US diplomacy post-embassy-attacks; your calls on the one-year impact of Occupy Wall Street; and Randy Cohen talks ethics.

Lessons Learned

Monday, September 17, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at K-12 education and where the presidential candidates stand on education reform. Michele McNeil, federal policy reporter at Education Week, reviews the platforms and Dana Goldstein at the New America Foundation discusses early childhood education. Plus: Mark Halperin of Time on political news; and what sound means for our brains.

American Values

Friday, September 14, 2012

For day two of our 30 Issues in 30 Days series, Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson explain how the government can help the economy and New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi uses the tech sector to evaluate business overall.  Jeremy Waldron, professor at NYU and Oxford University, looks at the complication of invoking "American values" in response to the attack in Libya. Slate columnist Fred Kaplan explores the future of diplomacy in its wake. Business ethics consultant Roger Steare looks at ethics and voting. Plus: How do you know that it's fall?

At Issue

Thursday, September 13, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is here! We'll be exploring an issue a show for 30 shows between now and the election. Today: how the country can fix lingering unemployment with the New York Times's David Leonhardt, Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich, and the Manhattan Institute's Diana Furchtgott-Roth. Plus: the latest on the US embassy attacks; Congress is back (briefly) in session; and fashion week's impact on the NYC economy.

What Works

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updates on the attacks at the US embassy in Benghazi, and the death of Libyan ambassador Chris Stevens. Plus: The two candidates for the upper Manhattan State Senate district, Guillermo Linares and Adriano Espaillat, explain their platforms. And: Danny Danon, deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset, on Israeli politics; what works when it comes to health screening; the real financial impact of Fashion Week; and calls from those who feel "neighborhood ambiguity."

Revolutionary Thinking

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

On the eleventh anniversary of 9-11, Eboo Patel of the Interfaith Youth Core discusses the state of interfaith dialogue and what progress has been made. Plus: Columbia University’s Ester Fuchs explains what the Chicago teachers strike means for New York City educators; and how the American Revolution unfolded in New York and New Jersey.

Matter of Fact

Monday, September 10, 2012

Now that the political conventions are over, we’re in the final stretch of the presidential race. USA Today’s Susan Page looks ahead. Plus: Brooklyn writer Paul Auster discusses his new memoir and his body of work; On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone talks about the role of fact-checkers; and the story of Golden Crust Caribbean Bakery and Grill.

Fun and Games

Friday, September 07, 2012

Jeff Greenfield wraps up coverage of the DNC and with Heidi Moore of Marketplace looks at the August jobs numbers.  Plus linguist John McWhorter on the speeches; David Sanger on other news happening in the world; organic food; and the Paralympic Games.

Stormy Weather

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Coverage of the Democratic National Convention continues with New Jersey Senator Robert Menendez, Connecticut Governor Dan MalloyJesse Jackson, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, BuzzFeed's Ben SmithJane Eisner of The Forward and WNYC’s special correspondent Baratunde Thurston.

From the Other Side

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Democratic National Convention is now officially under way. Our coverage from Charlotte continues with Jodi KantorNew York Times correspondent and author of The Obamas, along with Camden Mayor and New Jersey Democratic Chair-woman Dana Redd and It's a Free Country reporter Anna Sale. Plus: Young Invincibles president Aaron Smith on the youth vote. 

Shifting Focus

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

It's the Democrats' turn in the spotlight as the DNC gets started in Charlotte. Our coverage begins with DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Judy Woodruff, PBS NewsHour senior correspondent. AFSCME president Lee Saunders talks about the state of unions and the election. Plus: Liz Bartolomeo of The Sunlight Foundation on money and influence behind the convention scenes.

Lives At Work

Monday, September 03, 2012

American folk icon Pete Seeger reflects on his music and activism. Plus: David Maraniss, associate editor at The Washington Post discusses how Obama’s early life has affected his presidency; an exit interview with NYC Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe; Barnard philosophy professor Cheryl Mendelson talks about the difference between morality and “pseudo” morality; author Margaret Atwood previews the documentary "Payback;" and University of California at Berkley sociology professor Arlie Hochschild demonstrates the intersection of home and market.