The Brian Lehrer Show : December 2013

New Schools Chancellor; NYE Transit; State of the Drug War

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Carmen Fariña is coming out of retirement to be the next schools chancellor of New York City. WNYC’s Beth Fertig talks about Fariña’s career in public schools, and takes calls from parents and teachers on their experiences with her in schools. Plus: the state of the drug war in Honduras and elsewhere in the hemisphere; Cristian Salazar of Gotham Gazette explains how to apply to service on your community board – and what community boards do; an inside look at training for serving the rich; and your tips for getting around on New Years Eve.

Schools Chancellor Pick; Newest New Yorkers; 2013 Best Cell Phone Photos; National and Local Year-End News

Monday, December 30, 2013

On the day when Mayor Bloomberg signs his last bills into law, Bill de Blasio is expected to name Carmen Fariña as next schools chancellor. WNYC's Brigid Bergin has the latest. Plus: Fatima Shama, commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Joseph Salvo, director of the population division at the New York City Planning Department, discuss the newest New Yorkers and other immigration trends. Plus: Ben Smith of Buzzfeed discusses the year's end national news; WNYC's Brigid Bergin talks about last days of the Bloomberg administration and looks ahead to a de Blasio administration; and Olivier Laurent, associate editor at British Journal of Photography and editor at FLTR, talks about his favorite of your best cell phone photos of 2013.

Reza Aslan; Humans of New York; Astronaut Chris Hadfield

Friday, December 27, 2013

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, talks about his interfaith scholarship and the ties between monotheism and polytheism. Then, a look at how the US Constitution feeds the partisan gridlock in Washington. Plus: Brandon Stanton of Humans of New York explains the hugely popular project to create a photographic census of New York City’s residents; and the astronaut Chris Hadfield talks about his experience in space and what it taught him about life on earth.

AmeriCanada!; Pregnancy Myths; Evolutionary Medicine

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Journalist Diane Francis has a modest proposal: the U.S. and Canada should merge. She talks about what both countries could bring to the partnership. Plus: neuroscientist Sam Harris on lying; economist Emily Oster debunks pregnancy myths about what’s dangerous for a woman who is expecting; and a deep look at “mismatch diseases”; how to be a friend to a friend who is sick; and an urban monk talks about spirituality in the city.

Noam Chomsky’s Life and Times; Growing Up in NY; Foreign Languages

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky talks about his new book on what he calls “Western terrorism” and remembers his first job at a newsstand on the Upper West Side. Plus: author and designer (and Brian’s brother) Warren Lehrer; growing up in New York City and the links between memory and place; calls if Bloomberg was your only New York City mayor; and a round of foreign language hopscotch with the phrase: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

Christmas To You; Changing Wages; Politics Here and There

Monday, December 23, 2013

Over 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas. We’ll hear about the different ways you and your family celebrate the Yuletide holiday. Plus: WNYC’s Charlie Herman on the difference between the living wage, the prevailing wage, and the minimum wage – and what’s changing. And we’ll hear political updates from Washington with Susan Page of USA Today, and Azi Paybarah of Capital NY on the local mayoral transition.

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2013 News Quiz! (Rep Your Region)

Friday, December 20, 2013

On today’s program: the Brian Lehrer Show End-of-Year news quiz for 2013! This year listeners will play for teams representing different parts of the listening area – and yes, we’re trying to find the most knowledgeable zone in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and the world. Get ready for questions on politics, pop culture, economics, science, foreign affairs and other news from the past 12 months!

→ Submit Now: The Best Photos of 2013 (That Are Sitting On Your Phone)

Family Meeting: Navigating Mixed Families

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Today the Brian Lehrer Show devotes the entire program to a new format -- a two hour "family meeting" with different guests, lots of calls and various takes on a single topic. Today: Navigating "mixed" families. From race to income to religion and more, we discuss the challenges and advantages of having a diverse family.

Open Phones: 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today, the only guest on the Brian Lehrer Show is YOU! We'll take your calls in our yearly all-open-phones show, with conversations about what it means to be middle income in New York City; your report on buying or selling a home this year; and more reflections for 2013.

NSA Spying; Obamacare Updates; Making Better Decisions; Soccer in the Bronx

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A federal judge says that NSA's collection of phone data is probably unconstitutional. Siobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal discusses the implications. Plus: the latest on Obamacare; Noreena Hertz on her new book Eyes Wide Open: How to Make Smart Decisions in a Confusing World; Daniel Campo on his book The Accidental Playground: Brooklyn Waterfront Narratives of the Undesigned and Unplanned; and whether city subsidies should go toward a new soccer team and stadium in the Bronx.

Anthony Shorris; Reasons to Love NY; NYS Senate

Monday, December 16, 2013

Anthony Shorris, who has been named as first deputy mayor for Bill de Blasio, discusses the mayor-elect’s transition process and priorities for the new administration. Plus: Molly Ball of The Atlantic talks about the latest news out of Washington; Jeff Klein of the New York State Senate talks about legislative priorities; and Reasons to Love New York, from New York magazine.

Bloomberg's Philanthropy; Newtown Tragedy Anniversary; The Common App; Instagram Memories

Friday, December 13, 2013

Incoming New York City councilman and former state assemblyman Rory Lancman says Mayor Bloomberg has run the city like a philanthropist. He explains. Plus: a conversation about what could curb mass shootings; tips for applying to college and using the Common Application; and how Instagram alters your memories.

The Future of Bloomberg's New York; Homosexuality in India; Philosophies Against Suicide

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Former Bloomberg spokesperson Stu Loeser and a range of experts take calls about Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on health, safety, inequality, and the future of New York. Plus: A look at why India has reversed its legal stance on homosexuality; and author Jennifer Michael Hecht on her new book, Stay, and the secular argument against suicide.

Congressman Maloney; Time Picks the Pope; NJ Politics; X-Mas Tree Economy

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

New York Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney discusses the Affordable Care Act and the ongoing disagreements about it in Congress. Plus: Time picks Pope Francis as the person of the year; WNYC's Sarah Gonzalez explains why access lane closures to the George Washington Bridge has become a political issue in New Jersey; the economy of Christmas trees; and another installment of Context and Movie with "Inside Llewyn Davis."

NYT on Homelessness; Marty Markowitz; Urban Monk

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

It's not just Bloomberg who says goodbye on January 1st -- Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is also leaving office after twelve years. We discuss his time in office and the rise of Brooklyn over the last decade. Plus: New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott on her five-part series about homeless child, which she spent a year reporting. Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch defends Common Core. And a Hare Krishna monk discusses life in NYC.

Transition to de Blasio; Electric Bikes in NYC; Freeing Oscar Lopez Rivera

Monday, December 09, 2013

NY1 host Errol Louis discusses the de Blasio transition and what his staffing choices signal about his approach. Plus: Incoming Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer discusses the ban on electric bikes; and the movement to free from prison Puerto Rican nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.

Bratton’s Record; Moreland Commission; Dinkins on Mandela

Friday, December 06, 2013

We remember Nelson Mandela with former Mayor David Dinkins. has been named as the next NYPD commissioner. Hear about his record, from Boston to Los Angeles and yes, New York city. Plus: Nassau County DA Kathleen Rice is co-chair of the Moreland Commission and talks about the efforts to address government corruption; how to make good decisions; and a spotlight on the success of Children’s Village, a group that helps vulnerable children.

The de Blasio Team; Rev. Billy; Donor Siblings; Pension Problems

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Mayor-elect de Blasio appointed some key members of his administration. Hear analysis about what those choices signal. Plus: Billy Talen, a.k.a Reverend Billy, discusses criminal charges he's facing for an environmental protest he was part of; the new world for employees with pensions after the Detroit bankruptcy decision; and the person behind the Donor Sibling Registry, Wendy Kramer.

Your Brain on Politics; NYMag's Adam Moss; Fighting Corruption in Albany

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Following a columnist's question, we'll take your calls on how much emotional and psychic space politics should take up in a "normal healthy brain." Plus: Adam Moss, editor in chief of New York magazine, talks about changes to the magazine's print and online formats; more on the Moreland Commission on political corruption in Albany with Richard Brodsky, senior fellow at Demos; the latest on the student protests in Ukraine; and Amazon's announcement that they want to start delivering with drones.

Religious Rights of Corporations; Metro-North Latest; Art as Therapy

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court justices are weighing whether corporations have religious rights. Slate's Emily Bazelon explains the arguments. Plus, the latest on the Metro-North derailment, where Murray Weiss reports the accident was due to the conductor falling asleep. And philosopher Alain de Botton discusses his new book Art as Therapy.

Latest on Metro-North Derailment; The Next Stock Bubble; Kenneth Cole; What I Carried

Monday, December 02, 2013

The latest on the Metro-North derailment in the Bronx. Cyber Monday meets Obamacare. De Blasio transition latest. Plus: Bloomberg Businessweek reporter Roben Farzad explains why stock market analysts are concerned about casual investors; designer Kenneth Cole talks about how the AIDS research and advocacy group amfAR got its start; stories about immigration and the things people bring with them to their new home countries.