The Brian Lehrer Show : July 2013

Bradley Manning Verdict; The Age of Adulthood; LEGO

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pfc. Bradley Manning has been acquitted on charges of aiding the enemy in the Wikileaks case, but convicted of other counts. Fred Kaplan of Slate and Arun Rath, who has been in the courtroom, talk about the verdict and the sentencing. Then: a look at a possible suspension for Alex Rodriguez. Plus: the future of Madison Square Garden; the business of LEGO; and a conversation about the age when people become responsible for their actions. Is 30 the new 20 when it comes to adulthood?

Glenn Greenwald; The New Pope’s Style; Tennis in Queens

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Public opinion on personal privacy is shifting as more Americans say they are against the NSA’s surveillance techniques. The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald joins the show to talk about the polls and the latest in the NSA surveillance controversy. Plus: Pope Francis recently returned from his first international trip as pope. Church watcher Rocco Palmo analyzes the trip, what Francis said and his more relaxed style; a check-in on the upcoming New Jersey Senate primary; the expansion of tennis at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens; and Najla Said on her search for an identity as the Arab-American daughter of the late intellectual Edward Said. 

Rent Regulation; Senior Immigrants; Prospect Park

Monday, July 29, 2013

Kathleen Hunter, congressional reporter for Bloomberg News, rounds up the news out of Washington, including options for the next leader of the Fed and Obama’s recent economic speeches. Plus: Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR’s Planet Money and a New York Times contributor, breaks down the arguments for and against rent regulation; a check-in on all the local political races; senior immigrants; and the history and future of Prospect Park. 

The Real Mayoral Issues; The American Dream; Smells Like Summer

Friday, July 26, 2013

While the mayoral race has turned into a tabloid circus, there are still real issues at hand. New York Times City Hall Bureau Chief David Chen joins us to discuss the non-Weiner issues in the campaign. Plus: the decline of the American Dream; a mother’s memoir on living with her mom and her teenage daughter; and Beau Friedlander on his Harper’s article "A Brief History of Scents," as well as the worst smells of the summer.

MTA Updates; Ask Dear Prudence; Did Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

MTA Chairman Tom Prendergast talks about service improvements and interruptions as the MTA prepares its budget. Plus: Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, offers advice on the work life / private life divide; NY1’s Errol Louis continues the conversation he’s been having on our website all week, answering the question: did Bloomberg make us richer?; and a summer tradition continues – Brian is about to leave for vacation, so we open the phones to take your recommendations on what he should read while he is away.  

Weiner Voters; Race and Age; Economic Mobility

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

McDonald’s released a sample living expenses budget for its low-wage workers. We’ll take your calls on how you live or have lived with a minimum wage income, and hear advice from Deyanira Del Rio of the New Economy Project (formerly NEDAP). Then, the details of a study on economic mobility in the United States. Plus: Democratic mayoral hopeful Bill Thompson on the race; and an hour of open phones – this week on race in America.

→ Online Forum: Did Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

Middle East Peace; Christine Quinn; MTA May Add Service

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Secretary of State John Kerry traveled to the Middle East in an attempt to revive peace talks. Aaron David Miller of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars analyzes the current news out of the region. Then: mayoral hopeful and current City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. Plus: the MTA may add back service it cut back in 2010; and Patricia Churchland, professor emerita of philosophy at the University of California, San Diego and author of Touching a Nerve: The Self as Brain, explains her theory that the self is derived entirely from the brain – not from a soul.

→ Online ConversationDid Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

An Hour with George Vecsey; John Liu; DC Politics

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey, New York Times sports columnist and author, spends a full hour on the show. He'll talk about covering baseball in New York and take listener questions. Plus: New York City Comptroller John Liu talks about his campaign to be the Democratic candidate for mayor; listeners react to new images of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev; and Molly Ball of The Atlantic looks at the week ahead in Washington politics.

→ Online Forum: Did Bloomberg Make Us Richer?

NYC Mayoral Race; How To Be Brave; Five Pillars Continued

Friday, July 19, 2013

Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and Kate Taylor from the New York Times update us on the latest in the mayoral race, including who is raising the most money, and where it’s coming from. Plus: active architecture; Five Pillars of Islam week continues with a call-in for anyone who has gone on a religious pilgrimage in honor of the Hajj; Mark Binelli on Detroit's bankruptcy filing; Polly Morland, an author and documentary filmmaker, on her search for bravery; and a call-in to find out just what you’ll wait on – or in – a long line for. 

Health Care Cost; Mayoral Legacies; Dear Prudie Advice

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jack Hidary, an independent candidate running for New York City mayor, talks about his decision to join the race without the backing of a party. Plus: WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains why health insurance prices may drop for individuals purchasing plans in New York State when the new health care exchanges go into effect this fall; the history and legacies of modern New York City mayors; and advice from Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, on conflicts between adult children and their parents.  

Zimmerman Juror B37; Bill de Blasio; Mandela and South Africa Today

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Juror B37 from the Zimmerman trial went public with her experience, and Emily Bazelon from Slate joins us to discuss what the juror revealed about the trial. Then: Public Advocate and one of the democratic nominees for mayor of New York Bill de Blasio. Plus: Nelson Mandela’s life, legacy and South Africa today on the day before his 95th birthday with Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S. and Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica; and an hour of open phones, including interfaith calls on fasting in honor of Ramadan as part of this week’s Five Pillars of Islam series. 

Heat 101; Reza Aslan; An Hour With Gail Collins

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What you need to know to stay healthy and hydrated during the heat wave. Plus: Steven Dennis of Roll Call talks about what’s going on with food stamps, and the potential for limits on filibusters in Congress; Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside joins us to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and the next installment of this week's series on the Five Pillars of Islam; and New York Times columnist Gail Collins spends an hour on the show. 

Zimmerman Verdict; History of Spam; Five Pillars of Islam

Monday, July 15, 2013

The George Zimmerman "not guilty" verdict continues to reverberate, from the court in Sanford, FL to the streets of NYC. We discuss the decision and what comes next. Bob Cusack of The Hill and Patricia Williams of The Nation help guide the conversation. And, Five Pillars of Islam week on the show; the future of publishing and e-books; and the history of Internet spam.

Zimmerman and Race; Birth of the McWrap; Group Singing

Friday, July 12, 2013

As marriage week wraps up, hear what straight married people can learn from gay couples. Liza Mundy, contributor to The Atlantic and a Bernard Schwartz Fellow at the New America Foundation, joins us to discuss the changing norms of marriage. Plus: the alleged connection between convicted madam and comptroller candidate Kristin Davis and Eliot Spitzer; the birth of the McDonald’s McWrap; and the benefits of group singing.

Sen. Byron Dorgan; Marriage Advice; Crowdfunding Civic Projects

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Former Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is here to analyze national politics and to talk about his new novel, Gridlock. Plus: Emily Yoffe, the Dear Prudence advice columnist for Slate, is back for marriage week to offer advice to listeners on monogamy, infidelity and open marriages; the Bradley Manning trial and the latest out of Guantanamo Bay; and crowdfunding civic projects. 

NJ News; Marriage, Money and Class; Affordable Housing

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Matt Katz, a staff writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, gives an update on the latest news out of New Jersey, including the special senate election, the recent decision on dunes and the marriage equality lawsuit. Plus: WNYC reporter Cindy Rodriguez discusses her story on the lack of affordable housing and the increasing rent burden under the Bloomberg administration; and a discussion of how money and class factor into decisions about marriage. 

Affordable Care Act; Scott Stringer; Long Marriages

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Buzzfeed’s Kate Nocera updates us on the latest news on the Affordable Care Act. Then: Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer on his campaign to be the next comptroller of New York City. Plus: calls from listeners in long marriages; adapting to the changing workplace; and women farmers are on the rise.  

Politics Roundup; Cameras in Courtrooms; Black American Issues

Monday, July 08, 2013

Elizabeth Williamson, a Washington-based Wall Street Journal reporter, joins us to round up the news of the long weekend, including immigration and health-care reform. Plus: how cameras in courtrooms affect the judicial process; and Christina Greer, assistant professor of political science at Fordham University, on the political issues that unite and divide black Americans – both those born here and those from abroad. 

Alan Alda; Our American Revolution; They Might Be Giants

Friday, July 05, 2013

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

Actor Alan Alda talks about his career and his interest in science and medicine – particularly dyslexia. Then, the rock band They Might Be Giants perform in studio and talk about how to navigate the music business in the age of the Internet. Plus, author Isabel Allende on her new novel; an anthropologist makes the case that sanitation workers are the city’s heroes; the Black Fives and Brooklyn’s basketball past; and the local history of the American Revolution.

Anthony Weiner; Women in AA; Open Phones on Egyptian Protests

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Anthony Weiner is here to discuss the latest in his campaign to be the Democratic nominee for mayor. Plus: Patricia Williams, Columbia University Law School professor and columnist for The Nation magazine updates us on the George Zimmerman trial that is underway in Florida; violent offenders and vulnerable women mix at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings; and we open the phones to Egyptian-Americans to hear thoughts on the anti-Morsi protests and the ultimatum he was given by the army.

Stop and Frisk Stats; Africa Policy; TWA 800; Bad Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg said that the NYPD "disproportionately stops whites too much and minorities too little." We'll take a look at the statistics and why that comment is drawing criticism. Plus: President Obama's Africa policy and U.S. investment there; revisiting the 1996 TWA 800 flight crash with journalist and filmmaker Kristina Borjesson; and Sally Satel and Scott O. Lilienfeld discuss their new book Brainwashed: The Seductive Appeal of Mindless Neuroscience.

Politics Roundup; Jersey City Mayor; 21st Century Librarians

Monday, July 01, 2013

Susan Page, the Washington bureau chief of USA Today, joins us to round up the current news. Plus: the brand-new mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, stops by on the day of his inauguration; what it’s like to be a librarian in the 21st century; Alysia Abbott on growing up in San Francisco at the height of AIDS and the gay rights movement and after Pride weekend, we’ll take calls from children with gay parents; and ProPublica investigates unpaid internships.