The Brian Lehrer Show : January 2013

Midland Beach, SI; Gun Trafficking; Walking NY

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Staten Island saw the highest death toll from Sandy. Residents and business owners from Midland Beach, Staten Island, discuss the recovery. Parish Manager Bob Dennis talks about the role of St. Margaret Mary Church and Christine Mignone-Morena talks about reopening her dance studio in the community. Then, our January series on guns concludes with a look at trafficking and the Glock in cities; walking the city through different eyes. Plus: President Obama has said that he’d have to think “long and hard” before allowing his kids to play football. Would you?

Guantanamo Trial; Bus Strike; Koch; Career Change

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

WNYC reporter Brigid Bergin will report live on the hearings at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Plus: the International President of the Amalgamated Transit Union, discusses the NYC school bus strike and the state of the negotiations; the state of the art of window washing in New York; a new documentary about Mayor Ed Koch; and advice on how creative types should approach mid-career changes.

Who Made Money Off Sandy?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A group of leading Senators have announced a deal on immigration reform. Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition talks about the bipartisan proposal. Plus: Benjamin Barber on how cities are responding to global issues; WNYC’s Robert Lewis on the economics of the Sandy recovery, including lucrative contracts; Jad Abumrad and Sean Cole talk about a recent Radiolab piece about what doctors want for their own end of life care; Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) talks about representing the Hudson Valley; and can we ever stop drivers from honking?

Rebuilding After Sandy

Monday, January 28, 2013

This week, it will be three months since Sandy hit. WNYC’s Janet Babin will check in as she travels from Cape May to Montauk to assess the situation along the coast. Plus: a conversation about whether to rebuild after Sandy; Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes on post-Newtown recovery and FEMA aid from Sandy; the president of J Street discusses his endorsement of Chuck Hagel for Defense Secretary; and your calls on how to improve Times Square for New Yorkers.

Moving Past "Pro-Choice"

Friday, January 25, 2013

As Roe v. Wade turns 40 this week, hear about why Planned Parenthood has decided to abandon the term "pro-choice." Plus: New York State budget director Robert Megna on Governor Cuomo's proposed budget; CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward talks about reporting from Syria; and the impact of love on your overall health.

Up To Speed

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Our series of interviews with the area's newest representatives continues with Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Plus: NPR's Andy Carvin on live-tweeting breaking news; Paul Barrett continues our month-long series on Guns in America; and why more area Catholic schools are closing.

The Big Plan

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unveiled his 2013-2014 budget. We discuss the $136.5 billion spending plan. Then, Reihan Salam of the National Review reflects on the President’s inaugural address. Plus: the parallel motivations of suicide bombers and rampage shooters; why recent rulings might protect what you post on social media – even if you’re dissing your boss; and your calls on the person who opened your eyes to a new way of thinking.

On Day One

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor discusses her life on the high court and the story of how she got there. Plus: President Obama's second inaugural address; the terrifying prospect of waking up during anesthesia; and the NPR quiz show Ask Me Another.

New Beginnings

Monday, January 21, 2013

Follow live coverage of the inauguration ceremony in Washington DC and hear the President’s address. Columnist Clarence Page offers his view from the national mall; Jodi Kantor of The New York Times talks about the President’s agenda; and historian Kenneth C. Davis talks about second term inaugurations throughout history. Plus: hear excerpts from Sunday’s Martin Luther King Jr. event at the Brooklyn Museum of Art.

Lasting Impact

Friday, January 18, 2013

Local elected officials from Coney Island, Hoboken, and Long Beach discuss how federal Sandy aid will affect their communities. Plus: Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng discusses his human rights work in China and what it’s been like living in New York City; and NPR's Mike Pesca on what the Lance Armstrong admission of doping means for sports.

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Means and Measures

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer examines the political context of the President’s proposals to curb gun violence, and what kind of obstacles there might be in Washington. Plus: Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, reports on his visit to a gun trade show and the economics of the gun industry. Then, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey discusses what the supermarket chain means to food and business; and Ina May Gaskin on her role in the midwifery movement.

Pushing Back

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New York State has agreed on legislation that would require mental health professionals to report patients who are likely to be dangerous and allow law enforcement to confiscate any guns they might have. Hear what it could mean for privacy and the patient-doctor relationship. Plus, questioning whether disaster aid should be on-demand; statistics explained; the new Congresswoman from Queens Grace Meng; and what to do when the doctor says your child is obese.

Connect the Dots

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

→ Facebook Only Conversation: Do You Care About Lance Armstrong Cheating?

Finding Balance

Monday, January 14, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal reflects on his tenure as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and looks ahead to the military's next steps there. Plus: Jon Huntsman on bipartisanship; Robert Lustig explains the role of sugar in the obesity crisis; and the state of Haiti three years after it was hit by a devastating earthquake.

It's Going Around

Friday, January 11, 2013

Infectious disease specialist Kent Sepkowitz explains the science behind the current flu outbreak and how to avoid catching what's going around. Plus: Daily News columnist Juan Gonzales on his 25-year career; and the little-known history of South Asian immigrants in late 19th-Century America.

Big Ideas

Thursday, January 10, 2013

New Jersey Senate President Stephen Sweeney discusses recovery along the state's coast, and whether or not he's planning a gubernatorial run this year. Plus: Eliot Spitzer on AIG's decision not to join a lawsuit over the federal bailout; analysis of Governor Cuomo's State of the State address; and the decline in international adoptions.

The State of Things

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Fred Kaplan of Slate talks about his new book on David Petraeus and continues the discussion on President Obama's picks for his next national security team, including Chuck Hagel. Plus: Analysis of Governor Christie's State of the State address; reaction to yesterday's federal ruling that limits NYPD stop-and-frisk procedures; and background on Tibet's recent increase in self-immolation protests.

It's Personal

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino comments on the controversy surrounding the Journal-News' decision to publish a map of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester Counties. Plus: Michael Hirsh of National Journal discusses Chuck Hagel's nomination for Defense Secretary; Eurasia Group's Ian Bremmer on 2013's global political risks; and a Radio Rookie explains the phenomenon of sexual cyberbullying.

The New World

Monday, January 07, 2013

What can citizens of our modern world learn from traditional societies? Author Jared Diamond discusses that question, which he explores in his latest book. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu on his State of the City address; a preview of the 113th Congress and Washington's Sandy aid package; sexual assault protests in New Delhi; and a new book explains how to think like Sherlock Holmes.

All About Context

Friday, January 04, 2013

Dr. Irwin Redlener, co-chair of the New York State Ready commission, talks about a post-Sandy report on the state’s emergency preparedness. Plus: Dana Stevens of Slate and Tricia Rose at Brown University talk about the film “Django Unchained” and its message about race and violence; why some patients are becoming aware while under anesthesia; what’s behind the popularity of online college classes; and the secret to changing habits.

Controlling the Future

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Hear the latest from Washington on the federal funds for Sandy relief. Plus: your questions answered about how the new tax deal will affect your finances; a new month-long series on guns and gun-control with Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun; gentrification and the future of downtown Brooklyn; and a theory about brain drain at the Pentagon.

Starting Over

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

New York Times columnist David Brooks talks about the latest news from the Beltway, and his picks for best essays of 2012. Plus: what the longshoremen’s strike threat means in the context of recent labor disputes; environmental activist William Hewitt on optimism on the climate change front; and Joe Nocera of The New York Times reflects on business and economic news as we kick off 2013.

Lose It

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

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

With New Year's resolutions starting today, we look at a popular personal promise: to get fit and lose weight. Writer A.J. Jacobs on his efforts to follow all health advice out there; nutritionist Marion Nestle on everything you need to know about calories; and what's behind the 20-minute workout. Plus: author Jim Holt examines existence; listeners give each other advice; lessons learned from television; and comedian Penn Jillette on atheism.