The Brian Lehrer Show : April 2013

Post-Sandy Real Estate; Isabel Allende; Progressive Mayor; Daily Rituals

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Six months after Sandy hit, we take a look at how recovery is impacting current real estate trends and housing prices in the area. Plus: Isabel Allende talks about her new novel and its theme of adolescence in America; a discussion of whether or not the NYC electorate actually wants a progressive mayor; and a new book that chronicles the daily rituals of creative types, from Jane Austen to Woody Allen.

Sandy Six Month Later; Syria; Sequestration Backlash

Monday, April 29, 2013

Sandy hit six months ago today. We'll check in on how rebuilding is going for coastal communities in New York and New Jersey. Plus: Slate's Fred Kaplan on the decision President Obama faces on what to do about the civil war in Syria; the backlash over the consequences of the sequestration cuts; and author Susan Jacoby on the The Last Men on Top.

Chemical Weapons in Syria?; Headaches; Ramapo Tensions

Friday, April 26, 2013

There are varying reports about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Justin Vogt of Foreign Affairs talks about what it could mean for US involvement in the conflict there. Plus: Amy Hall, director of social consciousness for Eileen Fisher, talks about the designer’s mission; tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo; what can be learned from Third World experiences; and one writer’s story of a never-ending headache and what she learned about that kind of pain.

Recycling Plastic; NYC Jobs Blueprint; Centrists; La Ruta

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The month-long series on recycling in New York City with Ron Gonen, the deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, concludes today with a conversation about plastics, glass, and metal. Plus: Freakonomics host Stephen Dubner on why the brothers Tsarnaev remind him of the brothers Kaczynski; a centrist manifesto; a blueprint by big business for economic growth; and a play about immigration.

Terror After Boston; NYC Affordability; Bipolar Disorder

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new study finds that New York City is a bargain for those making around $100,000 a year. Catherine Rampell of The New York Times talks about the findings and new poverty rates in the five boroughs. Plus: Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic on new questions about terror threats to the U.S., both foreign and domestic. Also, the author of a memoir about living with bipolar disorder; a call-in on a proposal to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18; and Matt Gross, formerly Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, on his journeys and how to make the best of yours’.

Green Mayor; Muslims React; Morning TV Wars; Earl the Pearl

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brian hosted a mayoral forum all about the environmental policies of the candidates. Hear extended excerpts. Plus: Reaction from Muslims to the identities of the Boston bombing suspects; New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter on his new book on the morning T.V. wars; the connection between conservative Christians and international adoptions; and Hall of Fame basketball player Earl "the Pearl" Monroe.

Boston Aftermath; International Justice; Nature Conservancy

Monday, April 22, 2013

The legal, political, and national security implications of the Boston bombing arrest. Then, Louise Arbour of the International Crisis Group talks about her work and recent news on international justice. Plus: Mark Tercek, president and CEO of The Nature Conservancy, talks about why the profit motive should drive conservation; the rise and potential of citizen science with stories from you on your contributions; and what video games teach us about winning and losing.

Boston Latest; New State Exams; John Liu; Immigration Reform

Friday, April 19, 2013

One suspect has been killed and another (as of 9am) is on the loose in the Boston marathon bombings. We bring you the latest in rolling coverage. Plus: WNYC's Beth Fertig takes calls from parents on what they're hearing from their children; NYC Comptroller John Liu; and more.

Gun Bill Defeat; Alan Alda on Dyslexia; Recycling

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Senate rejected a measure to expand background checks, a vote President Obama called "shameful." Glenn Thrush of Politico discusses the vote, and what comes next.  Plus: Actor Alan Alda on his experience helping his granddaughter overcome her dyslexia. And April's series on recycling continues. This week: paper and coordinating recycling between cities, businesses and manufacturers.

India’s Lesson; NYC Bike Share; CUNY Chancellor Steps Down

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hear why Washington got closer to a possible immigration deal but stepped back from a gun control compromise. Then, what you need to know about the bike share. Plus: the latest on the Boston marathon bombings; a close look at economic development in India as a model for other countries; CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein on his 14 years at the head of the system; and why visual literacy should be worked into education.

Boston Marathon Bombing; David Graeber; Food Police

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The latest info on the bombing at the Boston marathon yesterday. What we know, how you can help, and what the lessons are for New York City and national security. Plus: anthropologist and activist David Graeber discusses his new book called The Democracy Project: a History, a Crisis, a Movement; and why the industrialization of food production is a good thing according to food economist Jayson Lusk.

Mental Health Guide; DC Developments; College Inequality

Monday, April 15, 2013

There might be compromise in the air in Washington, DC. Bob Cusack, managing editor for The Hill, talks about possible deals on gun legislation, immigration and the budget. Then, Lloyd Sederer, medical director of New York State’s Office of Mental Health, about his new guide for mental healthcare written for families. Plus: a 5-year study of a group of women in college shows inequality in college education; and news headlines from your hometowns.

Special Two City Call-in On Policing in NYC and Chicago; Common Core; Legalizing Pot

Friday, April 12, 2013

The first hour is a special, two-city call-in co-hosted by WBEZ in Chicago all about policing and how to curb violence in NYC and Chicago. Brian and Tony Sarabia, host of WBEZ's The Morning Shift, invite your calls to discuss the policing strategies of the NYPD and the CPD. Plus: New York City's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses new Common Core standards; the logistics of legalizing marijuana; and the story of a couple's travels.

Former NY Gov. Paterson & Albany Reform; Candidates on Housing

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Former New York Governor David Paterson discusses the recent political scandals in Albany and what kinds of reforms could discourage abuse. Plus: highlights from Brian’s forum on housing with mayoral candidates. Then, how external forces – like a specific shade of pink or photographs of a light bulb, for example – can change the way we feel and behave; an April series on recycling looks at organics with Ron Gonen, NYC’s first-ever deputy commissioner of recycling and sustainability; and a 400-year history of Greenwich Village.

Gun Deal; Freakonomics Names; Apes and Humanism; Jay-Z Goes to Cuba

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Deals on guns and the budget are being worked out in Washington. We get the latest. Then  Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics explains how the name you're given at birth can influence your life path and determine factors such as success in school and career opportunities. Plus: Primatologist Frans de Waal talks about what apes teach us about humanism; Julia Sweig of the Council on Foreign Relations puts the Jay-Z/Beyoncé Cuba trip in context; and an update on the city's bike share program.


Rutgers Update; Support for Sick Friends; Hillary Last Week

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Rutgers officials have announced that the school will be reviewing tapes of team practice sessions looking for other incidents of coaching abuse. Hear about the latest developments in the athletics scandal. Plus: reading into Hillary Clinton’s speeches looking for 2016; Reverend Erick Salgado on his bid to be the Democratic candidate for mayor; Letty Cottin Pogrebin talks about her new book about how to be a good friend to a friend who is ill, and what her experience with breast cancer taught her; and a new study on the evolution of the Philadelphia accent.

Budget News; Candidate Thompson; Two Thinking Modes; End of Power

Monday, April 08, 2013

Nobel Prize-winning psychologist Daniel Kahneman explains the different advantages to the human brain's two processing modes, which he explored in his book Thinking, Fast and Slow. Plus: Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson; The Washington Post's Ezra Klein talks about the latest budget news, including President Obama's proposed cuts to social programs; and a new book questions the strength of those in power.

Participatory Budgeting; Recycling NYC; Lawyer Bubble; Monogamy

Friday, April 05, 2013

At the end of a week marked by two big political corruption charges in New York, two city council members, Brad Lander and Melissa Mark-Viverito, discuss trying to increase transparency in government with participatory budgeting. Plus: a new series all about recycling in New York City; the connections between college basketball and the U.S. Constitution according to Rami Khouri; the lawyer bubble; and Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg on her new book.

Pedestrian Danger; NCAA; Stuy-Town; Childhood in NYC

Thursday, April 04, 2013

A new study found that the majority of pedestrians struck in New York City were hit while in a crosswalk. Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times explains the other findings on driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety. Plus: New York Magazine's Will Leitch on Kevin Ware's injury and the firing of Rutgers coach Mike Rice; Charles Bagli discusses his new book on the financial collapse of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village; and your calls on childhood in New York.

NY Corruption; N. Korea Threat; Digestion; Gun Rules

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Following corruption charges against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, two good government advocates discuss just how deep corruption runs in New York State politics. Plus: whether North Korea's threats are just bluster; author Mary Roach on everything you need to know about digestion; changing gun rules; rebuilding resources post-Sandy; and the New Museum's 1993 exhibit.

Mayor's Race Corruption Arrests; Maya Angelou; ADHD; World Peace Game

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Breaking This Morning: State Senator Malcolm Smith and city Councilman Dan Halloran have been arrested on charges of trying to fix this year's mayoral race. We'll be monitoring all morning with Ben Smith of Buzzfeed. A new study reports a 53% increase in the number of children diagnosed with ADHD. New York Times health reporter Alan Schwarz explains the findings and takes your calls. Plus: Maya Angelou discusses her new book on how being raised by her grandmother impacted her relationship with her mother; John Elder Robison talks about life with Asperger's Syndrome and raising a son who shares his condition; and the World Peace Game's lessons on cooperation.

NY Budget 2013; "Common Good;" Cicadas!

Monday, April 01, 2013

For the third year, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature passed a budget under deadline. Casey Seiler of the Albany Times-Union talks about the winners and losers in the 2013 budget, and who spent the most money lobbying in Albany last year. Plus: Jackie Calmes of the New York Times on the latest push for gun control and immigration reform; Christian activist Jim Wallis explains why the concept of "common good" should matter in politics today; and a new WNYC community project aims to predict the arrival of this year's cicadas.