The Brian Lehrer Show : August 2013

Anthony Weiner; Syria; Possible Polling Problems; NYPD

Friday, August 30, 2013

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Anthony Weiner, former US Congressman and now Democratic candidate in the mayoral primary, answers listener questions about his proposals for the future of the city. Plus, Greg David of Crain’s New York Business warns listeners not to read too much into mayoral polling; Murray Weiss of DNAinfo reviews recent developments with the NYPD; the latest on the ongoing crisis in Syria and how the US might get involved; and what we know about public opinion on the conflict.

Fast Food Strike; Lyme Disease; Plum Island; Candidate John Liu

Thursday, August 29, 2013

The fast food worker movement is growing. Marc Doussard, professor at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and author of the new book Degraded Work: The Struggle at the Bottom of the Labor Market, and Michael A. Fletcher, national economics reporter, The Washington Post, discuss the demands and implications of this labor movement. Plus: U.S. Senator from Connecticut, Richard Blumenthal, discusses furthering research on tick-borne diseases as well as the future of Plum Island; and mayoral candidate John Liu takes your calls.

50 Years After the March; Candidates for Manhattan Boro President

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

It was 50 years ago today that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave his speech at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Professor Peniel Joseph of Tufts University’s Center for Race and Democracy talks about the anniversary and the continued discussion about civil rights. Then, the four candidates in the primary race for Manhattan Borough President (Robert Jackson, Jessica Lapin, Julie Menin, and Gale Brewer) make their case to voters.

Syria Options; Rating College; Story of "The Butler"; Queens BP

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

As the situation in Syria heats up and the international community weighs intervention, Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center discusses options for the U.S. Plus: a look at President Obama's proposal about how to rate and value colleges; the candidates running to be the Queens Borough President; Wil Haygood, the Washington Post columnist who wrote the story that inspired the new movie "The Butler," and the history of the obsession with immortality.

Chancellor Walcott on Test Scores; Public Advocate Candidates; Back-to-School Football

Monday, August 26, 2013

Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott discusses this year's lower standardized test scores and takes your calls. Plus: Public advocate candidates Cathy Guerriero, Letitia James, Reshma Saujani and Daniel Squadron each make their case; and The New York Times sports columnist William Rhoden discusses whether or not football is too dangerous for high school.

Joe Lhota; Syrian Chemical Warfare; Pre-K Education; Dual Citizenship

Friday, August 23, 2013

Former MTA chairman and Republican mayoral hopeful Joe Lhota discusses his campaign and takes your calls about the race. Plus: Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post explains what the latest claims of chemical attacks on Syrian activists means for U.S. policy; how dual citizenship works in the U.S., and why someone (like Texas Sen. Ted Cruz) might renounce their ties to a country; and the future of universal pre-K education in NYC.

Democratic Debate Recap; Illegal Dog Breeds; MLK 50 Years Later; Constitutional Dress

Thursday, August 22, 2013

David Chen of the New York Times provides analysis of last night's Democratic mayoral debate, and takes your calls on whether or not the candidates said anything that changed how you plan to vote. Plus: Historian Taylor Branch traces history of the civil rights movement over the 50 years since the March on Washington; how laws restrict the way we dress; the White House takes a stance on legislation targeting dog breeds such as the pit bull; and calls on your favorite public art.

Debate Day; Catsimatidis; CBS-TWC Dispute; Online Crime

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Our final round of mayoral candidate interviews leading up to the primary begins with Gristedes Foods CEO John Catsimatidis, who will take your calls about his campaign to become the Republican nominee. Plus: NY1's Errol Louis previews tonight's Democratic mayoral candidate debate, which he will moderate; Brian Stelter of the New York Times explains what's next for the CBS blackout on Time Warner Cable; and how police have adapted to fighting crime online.

→ Debate Night: Watch and Listen at 7pm, play debate bingo, join our live-chat. Everything you need is here.

Mayoral Campaign Ads; Egypt Latest; Left-Brain/Right-Brain

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

With the primary three weeks away, voters are seeing more and more campaign ads and flyers from the mayoral contenders. We take your calls on how the candidates' messages are impacting your decision. Plus: Time's Bobby Ghosh on Egypt; City Council Member Brad Lander on unequal treatment of affordable housing tenants in luxury buildings; a new study debunks the idea of left-brain and right-brain behavior; and the words and phrases that the Chinese government blocks on the social media site Weibo.

→ Reminder: Reddit AMA with Errol Louis at 2pm Today! Will be live at this link a little before 2.

Network Politics; Albany Surprises; Short Science

Monday, August 19, 2013

The RNC has voted to ban two networks from the 2016 primary debates. Ben Smith of Buzzfeed explains the dustup over two planned projects about Hillary Clinton. Plus: Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG talks about the surprises that were in bills Albany lawmakers passed this session. Then, a quick round-up of recent scientific developments including a new study showing there’s no such thing as right-brain and left-brain behavior, and a debate among physicists about what happens to you if you’re in a black hole.

→ Programming Note: Join Brian and NY1s Errol Louis for a Reddit "AMA" Tuesday at 2pm. Check this page for link Tuesday.

What's Next for Newark?; NY State Senator Adams on Stop-and-Frisk; Open Phones

Friday, August 16, 2013

This November, Cory Booker is likely to be elected New Jersey's next US Senator -- so what's next for the town of Newark? David Cruz explains the succession plans, and the Booker legacy. Plus: NY State Senator and former NYPD official Eric Adams (also running for Brooklyn Borough President) on the potential fall-out from this week's stop-and-frisk verdict. And an hour of your calls -- the only guest is you.

→ Deadline Today! If you want to vote in the primary, you must register today. Here's how.

Middle East News; Blackstone CEO; Young Jean Lee

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jonathan Tepperman, the managing editor of Foreign Affairs, discusses violence in Egypt and U.S. diplomacy in the region. Plus: Merryl Tisch, the chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, discusses the new Common Core standards in New York and the drop in test scores; playwright, performer and director Young Jean Lee on her show “We’re Gonna Die;” The Blackstone Group CEO Stephen Schwarzman on his new scholarship program in China and the state of the U.S. economy; and a psychiatrist’s take on dealing with the trauma of everyday life.

→ Tonight at 7pm: Live Public Advocate Debate | Watch and Chat

Democratic Mayoral Debate; Booker vs. Lonegan; Outsmart Your Mind

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Democrats running for mayor of New York City debated last night and Bill Ritter, the moderator and Eyewitness News co-anchor recaps and analyzes the debate, including each candidate’s take on this week’s major stop-and-frisk decision. Plus: the results are in for New Jersey’s primary race for the late Senator Lautenberg’s seat; the Ft. Hood trial; Washington Post Chief Correspondent Dan Balz on the 2012 presidential election and its implications for the future; and David McRaney, a journalist and self-described “psychology nerd” on how to outsmart yourself.

→ Facebook Thread: Where Were You During the Blackout, 10 Years Ago Today?

Spitzer-Stringer Debate; NYPD Monitor; Txtng While Driving

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

We start the show with highlights from the Spitzer-Stringer comptroller debate Brian co-moderated last night. Then Samuel Walker, a criminal justice expert who testified in the stop-and-frisk federal trial, talks about what a monitor for the NYPD would do and what authority they have in other police forces. Plus: your calls on this primary day for the empty Senate seat in New Jersey; the message from AG Eric Holder on minimum sentencing and criminal justice reform; advice on starting a fulfilling business; and your calls on how you resist the urge to text while driving.

NYC Debates; Stop-Frisk Ruling; NJ Candidates: Booker, Holt, Oliver, Pallone

Monday, August 12, 2013

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A judge has ruled this morning that NYC's stop-and-frisk policy is unconstitutional. We discuss the ruling and the recommended changes. Plus: New York City political debate season has arrived. NY1’s Errol Louis previews the upcoming Comptroller and Public Advocate debates. And the primary for New Jersey’s Senate seat is Tuesday, so today all the Democratic candidates will make their case to voters, starting with Cory Booker, then Rush Holt, Sheila Oliver and Frank Pallone.

City Life; Jared Diamond on Traditional Societies; Mary Roach

Friday, August 09, 2013

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Today’s show starts with four views of urban life. Vishaan Chakrabarti of Columbia University talks about the importance of density; we hear about 400 years of history of Greenwich Village; get different views of a regular walk around a block with Barnard’s Alexandra Horowitz; and hear from architect Michael Sorkin on what design says about the city. Plus: Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs and Steel, talks about how new book on what we can learn from traditional societies. Then, the twists and turns of our digestive system with writer Mary Roach.

Test Scores; Title IX on Campus; Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York State raised standards on 3rd-8th grade exams and predictably, test scores sank. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explains why federal officials are happy with them and what this means for Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy.  Plus: voter turnout and how to register to vote; The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates treatment of sexual assault on college campuses; Noam Scheiber of The New Republic on the end of big law; changes in suburbia; and changes with teenagers – a new survey shows fewer teens are getting drivers’ licenses. 

US-Russia Relations; Aging Parents; The Sports Gene

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

David Kramer, the president of Freedom House, talks about the state of U.S. – Russia relations since the Edward Snowden affair. Plus: a federal women’s prison in Danbury, CT is changing to an all-male facility; managing relationships between adult children and their older parents; and Sports Illustrated writer David Epstein on his new book The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance

Veteran Issues; NYPD On Tape; Jane Austen Super Fans

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin talks about the Campaign Finance Board’s decision to prohibit mayoral candidate John Liu from receiving public matching funds, and what that means for his campaign. Plus: Kelly McEvers, NPR’s Beirut bureau chief, discusses her reporting in Syria; Tom Tarantino of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America talks about its 2013 veterans survey and the issues veterans face; Village Voice writer and author Graham Rayman on his new book The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-Ups, and Courage; and a story about super passionate fans of Jane Austen and what it says about fanatics in general. 

Monday Morning Politics; Dating in Brooklyn; Writer and Actor Jim Rash

Monday, August 05, 2013

Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham, discusses the security concerns at US embassies abroad and what it tells us about threats to the United States. Plus: adopting young adults who are transitioning out of the foster care system to life on their own; the potential Midtown east rezoning plan; the dating scene in Brooklyn as seen through the lens of a fictional character; and actor, director, writer and producer Jim Rash on his new show on the Sundance Channel, “The Writer’s Room.”    

Senator Snowe; Centrists Unite; Ask a Bioethicist

Friday, August 02, 2013

Former US Senator Olympia Snowe, Republican from Maine, talks about the nature of compromise and progress in Washington politics and what changes she thinks would encourage bipartisanship. Then, author Charlie Wheelan continues the conversation about political common ground with his Centrist Manifesto. Plus: a full hour of Ask a Bioethicist on thorny biomedical questions of our day; and the unlikely influences on our behavior, including certain shades of color.

Snowden In Russia; Movie Flops; New Iranian President; Choire Sicha

Thursday, August 01, 2013

NSA leaker Edward Snowden has been granted asylum by Russia and has left the Moscow airport. We update the latest, and discuss the shift in public opinion about national security surveillance. A.A. Dowd of The A.V. Club chronicles the string of recent summer movie flops, and explains how Hollywood might avoid expensive mistakes like this moving forward. Plus: a new president will be inaugurated in Iran this weekend. Robin Wright, a senior fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace, talks about the challenges and the potential upside to the new regime; Choire Sicha on his new book Very Recent History; and an examination of modern-day parenting techniques.