The Brian Lehrer Show : March 2013

Sick Leave Deal; Summer Camp Intel; Memory

Friday, March 29, 2013

There's a new paid sick leave deal in the NYC City Council. What's in it? What got left out? Plus: Psychologist Charles Fernyhough talks about his new book Pieces of Light: How the New Science of Memory Illuminates the Stories We Tell About Our Pasts; get your questions answered about sending your kids to summer camp; and the phones will be open for those high school seniors who will be the first in their families to go to college.

DOMA in Court; Mayoral Race Update; Value of Cooperation

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Yesterday the Supreme Court shifted its focus from Proposition 8 to the Defense of Marriage Act. Slate's Emily Bazelon provides analysis of the arguments for and against its constitutionality and takes your calls on the week's proceedings and the future of same-sex marriage. Plus: David Chen of the New York Times discusses his piece on Christine Quinn as part of a reporters' roundtable on the latest mayoral race news; the value of cooperation as a skill; and why women in their 20s feel conflicted about sexual freedom.

Prop 8 Arguments; Disability on the Rise; Gov. McGreevey

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on California's Prop 8 same sex marriage ban yesterday. Hear audio of the justices and analysis. Plus: Planet Money's Chana Jaffe-Walt talks about why so many are on federal disability; reforming urban school systems; and Governor Jim McGreevey on the documentary about his reinvention.

NJ Alimony Reform; Nocera on Guns; Food and Family; Ask a Bioethicist

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

As New Jersey legislators weigh an end to permanent spousal support, Laura Morgan of Family Law Consulting explains the role of alimony in modern divorce -- and takes your calls on whether or not it's time for reform. Plus: Joe Nocera on Mayor Bloomberg's new ad campaign pushing for gun control; March's "Ask a Bioethicist" series concludes with a look at neuroscience and bad behavior; and a new book of essays explores the connection between food and family.

SCOTUS Cases; State of Cancer Treatment; SAT Prep; Frugal Flying

Monday, March 25, 2013

This week the Supreme Court docket includes challenges to the same-sex marriage cases of DOMA and Proposition 8. New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman explains what the outcomes might mean for New Yorkers. Plus: John Katzman of the Princeton Review on acing the ACT and SAT; an update on the state of cancer treatment; and what data tells us about how to travel on the cheap.

Iraq's Effects; Heating Oil Scam; J Street on Obama's Middle East Trip

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's been ten years since the start of the Iraq war. The phones will be open for you to call in, especially if this war was the first of your adulthood, and talk about how the Iraq war shaped your ideas of war and the U.S. role in the world. Plus: an investigation into whether New Yorkers have been scammed on home heating oil; J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami on President Obama's trip to the Middle East; and why President Coolidge still matters.

NYPD Oversight Plan; Education in NJ; Veterans for Hire

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A proposal in the New York City Council would create an Inspector General to oversee New York Police Department action. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, architects of the bill, talk about the oversight proposal and what chance it has of becoming law. Plus: Nancy Solomon of NJPR and John Mooney of discuss highlights from Brian’s education panel discussion in New Jersey; an update on gun control measures in Senate; the “Ask a Bioethicist” series continues with a look at neuro-enhancement; and a discussion for veterans on how to nail a civilian interview and use skills to your advantage.

GOP Regroup; NY Budget; Douglas Rushkoff; On Ailes

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican leaders have issued a 100-page assessment of the GOP and how it should regroup for 2016. Reihan Salam of the National Review discusses the report and the Republican Party's outreach to minorities, women, and young people. Plus: media thinker Douglas Rushkoff on his new book Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now; and Zev Chafets on his new book Roger Ailes: Off Camera.

Forget the Constitution?; Stop & Frisk Case; Garbage Heroes

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has announced that he changed his mind and now supports gay marriage because his son is gay. We open the phone lines to hear about how personal empathy shapes public policy opinion. Then, the details of the Stop and Frisk federal trial and what to expect in the weeks ahead; a Constitutional scholar says we should neglect parts of that clunky founding document; anthropologist Robin Nagle digs into garbage collectors and makes the case that they do the city’s most essential job; and how do you share your family story about resilience?

Budget Battles; Leaving Catholicism; Obama's Israel Trip; Franken-Critters

Monday, March 18, 2013

Hear the latest on the budget battles in Washington. Plus: Guardian columnist Emma Gilbey Keller on leaving Catholicism; why the SEIU supports the new New York gun law; Columbia University professor Rashid Khalidi on the U.S. role in the Middle East; and new biotech beasts.

CPAC and GOP's Future; STEM Learning; East Flatbush Unrest

Friday, March 15, 2013

The Conservative Political Action Conference is underway. Rich Lowry, editor of National Review discusses the conference and what it signals about the future of the GOP. Plus: Promoting STEM learning; more reaction to the first Jesuit pope; a forum on the unrest in East Flatbush following the shooting of Kimani Gray; and Twenty Minutes in Manhattan.

State of Mayoral Race; New Pope; Relaxed TSA; Pi Day

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Candidates continue to emerge in the 2013 mayoral race. Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Anna Sale analyze the current field of hopefuls. Plus: Bob Garfield of On The Media explains why some businesses prosper by eschewing social media; the significance of the first Jesuit pope; the future of South Street Seaport; the TSA's new, relaxed stance on small knives; and your calls about Pi(e) Day.

Marina Abramović; Kimani Gray Fallout; Valle Verdict

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Performance artist Marina Abramović discusses her new project blending art and neuroscience called "Measuring the Magic of Mutual Gaze." During the interview, both her and Brian's brain waves will be recorded and explored in real-time. Plus: Council Member Jumaane Williams on the vigil in response to the shooting of Kimani Gray; what the Gilberto Valle trial tells us about "thought crime;" and bioethicist Nita Farahany continues a series on medical ethics.

Papal Election; City H.S. Admissions; Future of Payphones

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Today the papal conclave convenes in the Vatican to begin the process of electing the next pope. David Gibson of Religious News Service explains the politics behind the scenes. Plus: the city's Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot on reinventing NYC's payphones; WNYC's Beth Fertig on the impact of test prep on city high school admissions; the latest sequestration news; and the new novel from Mohsin Hamid.

Monday Morning Politics; Adolfo Carrion, Jr.; All Natural; Made in NYC

Monday, March 11, 2013

USA Today's Susan Page follows updates the national politics news in post-sequester Washington.  Then, former Bronx Borough President and former Democrat Adolfo Carrion, Jr. talks about his mayoral campaign; is "all natural" worth it? and New York's tech sector at SXSW.

Finding Fossil Fuels; Work/Life Tech Balance; Washington

Friday, March 08, 2013

The push toward alternative sources of energy has been complicated by new discoveries of fossil fuels all over the world. Vince Beiser of Pacific Standard talks about oil and gas. Then, Sal Albanese on his bid to be the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City; Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, talks about using his kills for sports betting. Plus: your calls on technology and the work-life balance, what you use and how you use it; and the parents whose incredible story of finding their son on the subway was featured in The New York Times tell their story, and we hear more incredible stories about families from listeners.

Coastal Rebuilding; Sen. Gillibrand; Working for Free

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Small Business Administration is granting loans to businesses in hard-hit coastal communities damaged by Sandy. WNYC’s Robert Lewis talks about a ProPublica and WNYC investigation into money going into vulnerable coastal areas. Plus: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on a new gun trafficking bill; Max Boot’s new book on current and future insurgencies; a road trip has lessons about gun culture; and what kind of calculation do you make about whether to work for free or not?

Record Dow; Jody Williams; Energy Futures; Political Hip Hop

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

The Dow Jones Industrial Average hit a record high. Daniel Gross, the global business editor of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, explain what it signals about the economy. Plus: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. discusses his proposal for a registry for criminals who use guns; Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams; and three hip hop artists from the Middle East and North Africa.

Post-Sandy Mold; Medical Ethics; Organizing for Action; Food Expiration

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Michael Reilly, Columbia health sciences professor, discusses the public health risks of mold in buildings damaged by Sandy. Plus: a new series on medical ethics with Duke University bioethicist Nita Farahany; President Obama's political action group Organizing for Action; a new New Testament; and when it's okay to eat and serve food that is passed its sell-by date.

Low-Income Mayoral Concerns; HIV Cure?; Threat to O.J.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Washington’s budget woes continue. A.B. Stoddard of The Hill talks about the latest in national politics. Then, Westchester Country Executive Rob Astorino on how to stop gun violence. Plus: a new study looks at what low-income New Yorkers are concerned about in the 2013 Mayoral race; the story of the Glide Memorial Methodist Church in San Francisco; the possible end of orange juice; the disease threatening orange juice; and the story of a baby cured of HIV.

Sequester; Poverty in New York; LIPA; Solo Twin

Friday, March 01, 2013

Slate's Fred Kaplan discusses why the sequester is worse for the military than you might think. Plus: Whether LIPA should be public or private; Verizon coverage post-Sandy; poverty and the Mayor's race; sustainable fashion; and the story of an identical twin lost.