The Brian Lehrer Show : June 2013

Fast, Deep, and Out of Control: A BL Show Experiment

Friday, June 28, 2013

It's a Brian Lehrer Show experiment called "Fast, Deep, and Out of Control." One hour of quick-hit segments; one hour deep dive; and one "out of control" call-in. Wendy Davis’ filibuster shone a spotlight on a legislative battle over abortion access in Texas. We’ll look at the wider landscape of abortion rights in the U.S. Then, the root of extradition agreements and how they work; and why the National Institutes of Health have announced they’re moving away from research on our close relatives, chimpanzees. Plus: a special deep dive on affirmative action – including the history of the policy, goals, and how to know when it’s working.

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More Supreme Court; City Politics; Dear Prudence Advice

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down DOMA and same-sex marriage is legal again in California. Troy Stevenson from the group Garden State Equality is here to sort out what that means for New Jersey, a state that currently allows same-sex civil unions, but not marriage. Plus: Adam Liptak of The New York Times on how the business community will benefit from recent Supreme Court decisions; Chilean playwright Antonio Skarmeta; and the next installment of our advice series with Slate’s Emily Yoffe

Supreme Court Decisions; Sal Albanese; Obama’s Climate Plan

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The Supreme Court struck down the part of the Voting Rights Act that determined which states get extra scrutiny for voting procedures. Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, is here to explain how it applied to New York State historically and what it means for the future. Plus: Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese; New York Magazine's Jonathan Chait on President Obama’s climate change plan; and Slate’s Emily Bazelon has more reactions and analysis of the major Supreme Court decisions. 

Zimmerman Trial; Biological Clocks; The Internet and Islam

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The trial of George Zimmerman, who is accused of fatally shooting Florida teen Trayvon Martin, started this week. Jami Floyd is here to discuss the specifics of the case. Plus: women’s fertility may not decline as quickly as previously thought; author and blogger Amir Ahmad Nasr talks about how the Internet opened his eyes to the world outside the religious one in which he was raised; and more reactions and analysis to the latest Supreme Court decisions. 

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Politics Roundup; Library Resources; Inside Counterterrorism

Monday, June 24, 2013

Molly Ball, political reporter for The Atlantic, rounds up the political news from Washington, including immigration reform and the Farm Bill. Plus: your local library may have more resources than you thought for both job hunters and entrepreneurs; Philip Mudd, formerly of the CIA and FBI and now research fellow at the New America Foundation, talks about how federal agencies worked together on counterterrorism over the last decade; and the Supreme Court is nearing its deadline to decide major cases – we’ll open the phones to get your analysis and reaction.  

The End of the Stimulus; The Emotions of Doctors; Humans and Animals

Friday, June 21, 2013

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced plans to phase out stimulus efforts. Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon analyzes what that means for the economy. Plus: State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins on the end of the legislative session in Albany; how the emotions of doctors affect patient care; a look at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico; and science writer Jon Mooallem discusses his new book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying, Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America.


Whitey Bulger; UFT Endorsement; Ask Dear Prudence

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Slate contributor Seth Stevenson gives an update on the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and describes what it was like growing up in Boston during the Bulger era. Then, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, talks about the mayoral candidate the UFT endorsed. Plus: cities may be the solution to the world’s problems; Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s take on the current immigration debate; and advice columnist Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate, offers advice to listeners.  

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Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 


Recycling Expands; NYU-China Relations; NJ Senate Candidate Alieta Eck

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

NYC Deputy Mayor of Operations Cas Holloway and the Deputy Commissioner of Sanitation, Recycling and Sustainability Ron Gonen talk about the city’s plans for food composting. Plus: NYU law professor Jerome Cohen on the status of Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng’s position at the school; Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online and director of the MIT Center for Civic Media explains why digital inter-connectedness isn’t necessarily translating into human connections; media mogul Conrad Black on the rise of the U.S. as a world superpower; and New Jersey republican senate candidate Dr. Alieta Eck


Syria Intervention; John Liu; Sheila Oliver; Vietnam Veteran Stories

Monday, June 17, 2013

New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger analyzes the next steps in the Syrian war, the Iranian elections and the ongoing strife in Turkey. Plus: City Comptroller John Liu; New Jersey State Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver states her case to be the next New Jersey senator; author and history professor Philip Napoli discusses his new book, Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City’s Vietnam Veterans; and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman weighs in on Supreme Court rulings. 

Syria; Cory Booker; Christine Quinn; New Taxis; Innovative Cities

Friday, June 14, 2013

What comes next now that the chemical weapons "red line" has been crossed in Syria. Also: Newark Mayor Cory Booker makes his case for the open senate seat in New Jersey. Plus: City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign to be the next mayor of New York City; author and architect William McDonough explains what it means to upcycle; Transportation Nation reporter Kate Hinds answers basic questions on the new outer-borough taxis rolling out later this summer; and Bruce Katz, founder of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and author of a new book, discusses how cities are on the forefront of civic innovation. 

Lying About Surveillance; Rep. Rush Holt, Intoxicating Plants

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Slate columnist Fred Kaplan tells us why he thinks Director of National Intelligence James Clapper lied under oath at a congressional hearing and should be fired. Plus: New York State Senator Liz Krueger talks about her push for the senate to act on Cuomo’s proposals for women; Meet New Jersey senate candidate Rush Holt; Floyd Abrams looks back on his legal career defending first amendment rights; and Amy Stewart, author of The Drunken Botanist: The Plants That Create the World's Great Drinks, talks about turning plants into cocktails.  

Storm Prep; Eric Schneiderman; Non-Profit Corruption; Ask Me Another

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg announced a major plan to prepare the city for the next big storm. Seth Pinsky of the New York City Economic Development Corporation is here to discuss. Plus: Attorney General Eric Schneiderman; corruption at non-profits; a neuroscientist’s ideas about drugs; and Ophira Eisenberg from NPR’s quiz show “Ask Me Another.”   

More on the NSA Leak; NJ Senate Race; Education Commissioner John King; Marc Maron

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

We'll continue to discuss the classified information that was leaked by a government contractor. Plus: the New Jersey senate race is now underway; New York State Education Commissioner and the President of the University of the State of New York John King talks about the new teacher evaluation system and the Ramapo school funding dispute; the tables are turned on comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as he is interviewed on his new book and TV show; and Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine breaks down a debate on cats vs. birds.   

NSA Leaks; China Summit; Bill de Blasio; Mandela Tributes; Winning in India

Monday, June 10, 2013

Michael Hirsch of National Journal discusses the continued NSA surveillance fallout, and President Obama's first meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Plus: mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; former Microsoft India chairman Ravi Venkatesan on the country's value as a testing ground for multinational businesses; how NYC public library programs help immigrants; and your tributes to Nelson Mandela.

Phone Records and Online Data Collection; NJ Senate Appointee; NYC Parks

Friday, June 07, 2013

We follow the news from Washington DC on reports that the government has been collecting online data and the National Security Agency has been collecting Verizon call information. Plus: the news from New Jersey on Governor Christie’s pick for the empty US Senate seat; New York City Parks Commissioner Veronica White on the state of the city’s parks; Todd Abramson of Maxwell’s on the closing of the legendary music venue in Hoboken; and new jobs numbers and what it means for our area.

Interim NJ Senator, Prostitution Sting, GMO Labels, Baby Name Advice

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Before the new senator from New Jersey is elected in October, the interim senator may have to cast some votes. Todd Zwillich, the Washington correspondent for The Takeaway, is here to discuss. Plus: A prostitution sting in Nassau County targeted johns; Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian talks about the National Security Agency collecting Verizon phone records; author and former dean of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government Joseph Nye looks to past presidencies for foreign policy advice; Connecticut passes a GMO labeling bill; and a conversation on the limits of acceptable baby names.

Obama's 2012 Win; NJ Senate Election; Internet Hate Speech

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Jonathan Alter’s new book The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies tells the story of the 2012 election. He talks about that and analyzes the current news. Plus: Abraham Foxman of the Anti-Defamation League on how to fight viral hate speech on the Internet; Rutgers professor Ross Baker on the special election to fill Lautenberg’s Senate seat; and Curtis White talks about his book on the defense of arts and culture against “scientism.”

Bradley Manning Trial; Library Advocacy; NJ Primaries

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Espionage Act is at the heart of the Bradley Manning trial, which started this week, and the Justice Department investigations into media leaks. Fred Kaplan of Slate and Steve Coll of The New Yorker talk about the connections. Plus: library advocates on their work; it’s primary day in New Jersey; researchers look into the effects of Sandy; and Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics on tipping.

Lautenberg Death; Bill Thompson; Israel's Deputy Defense Minister; Judge Kaye

Monday, June 03, 2013

In Washington, lawmakers are debating the rates for government subsidized student loans. Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Williamson discusses. Plus: Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson; Israeli Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon; the former chief judge of New York state Judith Kaye; and youth sports where everyone wins.