The Brian Lehrer Show : May 2013
Friday, May 31, 2013
Hurricane season kicks off June 1 and forecasters predict a big storm season. James Franklin, chief forecaster at the National Hurricane Center, explains how meteorologists forecast hurricanes and what was learned during Sandy. Plus: a look at past and possible future plans to protect the city from storm surges; how to prolong life in an era of limited resources; and the common ground between sports and politics.
Thursday, May 30, 2013
There's a proposal to bring back the old lever voting machines temporarily in New York. Hear a debate between Common Cause's Susan Lerner and Republican State Senator Martin Golden. Plus: New York Times Supreme Court correspondent, Adam Liptak, previews the cases the court has yet to rule on this term; the final installment of the Legal Weed series; WNYC's Beth Fertig on Mayor Bloomberg's small schools legacy; and a new book on a Newark little league team.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013
CBS has premiered the first episode of a series called ‘Brooklyn DA’, featuring prosecutors in DA Charles Hynes’ office. Legal analyst Jami Floyd talks about the effect the show could have this election season and on cases in the courtroom. Plus: Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s Diane Brady on charges in a new laundering scheme involving a digital currency firm; a conversation about the future of public libraries; and the role of women in environmental preservation.
Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Memorial Day weekend came and went. We'll check in to see how coastal bars and restaurants fared in this first post-Sandy summer weekend. Plus: The bike share program has started and transportation commission Janette Sadik-Khan discusses how it's going; international news with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg; how to run for office as an outsider; and the problem with entitlement spending according to Glenn Hubbard.
Monday, May 27, 2013
We’re airing some of our favorite recent segments on this Memorial Day. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor talks about growing up in the Bronx and her path to the highest court. Then, we hear listeners respond to two questions inspired by Justice Sotomayor’s interview: first, is law school worth it? And who inspired you to see the world differently? Plus, Nobel Peace Prize winner Jody Williams on her activism against landmines; primatologist Frans de Waal on what animals can teach us about innate morality and therefore about religion; and a discussion about the intersection of art and science with performance artist Marina Abramović and two NYU neuroscientists.
Friday, May 24, 2013
WNYC's Janet Babin has been making her way from Cape May to Montauk checking in on the coast before of the Memorial Day weekend. She joins us from the road to report back on the post-Sandy coastline. Plus: Colorlines' Kai Wright discusses the recent hate crimes in New York; a fighter jet pilot discusses modern warfare; analysis of President Obama's speech yesterday about counter-terrorism and national security; and an update from the New York Aquarium.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has announced he's running for mayor. He'll lay out his vision for the city. Plus: New York Times chief Washington correspondent, David Sanger, discusses cyberwarfare; the economics of pot; and WNYC's Ilya Marritz discusses the case of the man who was fined $2,400 for renting his apartment on Airbnb--and what it could mean for your summer rental plans.
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Senator Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) says a partisan atmosphere in Washington inspired her not to run for re-election. She talks about her recommendations for moving beyond the divide in Congress and her approach to politics in her new book, Fighting for Common Ground: How We Can Fix the Stalemate in Congress. Plus: Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, returns to discuss the data on the cost of mammograms collected with WNYC. Then, a report on the “State of Friendship”; and New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald discusses one person’s life featured on today’s obit page.
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza discusses the way the Justice Department is going after leakers and the reporters they work with. Plus: best-selling author Khaled Hosseini discusses his latest novel, which traces one Afghan family's journey through the generations; New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald on the obituary of the day. Plus: Are you "leaning in"?
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Monday, May 20, 2013
Jeffrey Toobin of The New Yorker talks about the federal stop and frisk trial and the legal issues raised by the case here in New York City, as well as other national legal news. Then, WNYC’s Brigid Bergin talks about the latest in the mayoral race, including Anthony Weiner’s status. Plus: the launch of the nomination process for the “NYC Neighborhood Library Awards”; and a life featured on today’s New York Times obit page.
Friday, May 17, 2013
U.S. Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, discusses her push for legislation to address the sexual assault crisis in the military. Plus: New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera on the latest out of Washington; analysis of the impact and the end of the show "The Office"; the New Yorker's China correspondent, Evan Osnos, on reading The Great Gatsby abroad; and another installment of the obituary series with Bill McDonald, the obituaries editor of the New York Times.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
A group of scientists have successfully created embryonic stem cells from skin cells. Bioethicist Arthur Caplan of NYU explains the development and the questions it raises about human cloning. Plus, The Guardian’s Heidi Moore sorts through two “snooping” stories: Bloomberg’s and the AP’s; our May series on marijuana legalization continues with the science behind the drug and what it means for public policy; the details on the new tribute to FDR on Roosevelt Island; and one person’s life featured on the obit page in the Times today.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The White House is on the defensive this week. Hear about the latest on the various controversies in Washington. Plus: Supreme Court watcher Marcia Coyle on her new book The Roberts Court; John Gray, author of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, and his co-author Barbara Annis of the new book on gender-based misunderstandings in the workplace; and New York Times obituaries editor Bill McDonald on the obituary of the day.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Daniel Libeskind is the architect behind the 1,776-foot tower for One World Trade Center. He talks about his process, the symbolism behind the design, and his thoughts on architectural trends today. Plus: the Justice Department and the AP phone records; Steven Greenhouse of The New York Times on what lessons can come from the garment factory collapse in Bangladesh; and the artist JR on his Inside Out project that’s been in Times Square; and we kick off our series on obituaries.
Monday, May 13, 2013
Buzzfeed's Ben Smith discusses the latest news out of Washington. Plus: WNYC's Transportation Nation team discusses New Jersey Transit's performance during Sandy; a new vision for Madison Square Garden and Penn Station; an explanation of the different kinds of mammograms; war crimes and the evil men who perpetrate them; and How to Be a Grown A$$ Woman with Jezebel's Lindy West.
Friday, May 10, 2013
The U.S. Senate has passed a bill to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes if they make $1 million or more. We’ll hear about its status in the House and take calls from business owners. And a May series on marijuana legalization continues with a look at addiction and health. Plus: John Catsimatidis on his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor; a science journalist talks about making the decision to freeze her eggs; and the secret language of Craigslist real estate postings.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
There was another hearing yesterday on the Benghazi attack last year. We'll discuss the implications. Plus: yet another corruption case in Albany begs the question about what kind of reforms are needed and if prosecutors should have more or less leeway; sequestration impacts; and journalist Charles Graeber tells the story of The Good Nurse: A True Story of Medicine, Madness, and Murder.
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post checks in on the progress of the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act, and what the policy will mean for women. Plus: a look at what the sequester cuts means for research labs in the area. Then, details from the Save the Children report about conditions for mothers and newborns around the world; what New York City can learn from Amsterdam’s bike culture; and the growing culture of domesticity.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
The suicide rates for middle-aged people have spiked. Paula Clayton, medical director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention explains. Plus: Tom Moran of the Star-Ledger discusses the new Good Samaritan drug overdose law and the politics behind it; the political history of New York City's water supply; and the college cost bubble.
Monday, May 06, 2013
Defense attorney Irwin Rochman talks about the case against his client, Xing Wu “Oliver” Pan. Pan has been convicted of a straw donor scheme to illegally raise campaign funds for New York City Comptroller John Liu. Plus: USA Today’s Susan Page on the latest political developments from Washington DC; Maryam al-Khawaja of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights; and a look back at the Radio Diaries project with founder and executive producer, Joe Richman.
Friday, May 03, 2013
The price of birth control pills depends on what pill you use and where you buy it. A new collaboration between WNYC and Clear Health Costs reveals some of these price disparities. Plus: what going without a mirror taught sociologist and author Kjerstin Gruys; how to get past culture clash; the problems with the DSM; and Franchesca Ramsey on social media etiquette.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor has said that perhaps the high court should not have taken up Bush v. Gore. Hear what her comments tell us about the 5-4 decision, public opinion, and potential future cases. Then, a May series on marijuana legalization kicks off with Mark Kleiman, who is advising Washington state on their legalization efforts. He’ll discuss the demographics of who smokes marijuana. Plus: Former MTA chairman Joseph Lhota talks about his bid to be the Republican candidate for mayor, and his policies for stop-and-frisk, emergency preparedness and the environment; and a conversation about rationing and consumption.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
This week President Obama will head to Mexico. We discuss what the administration hopes to accomplish in terms of trade, energy and security. Plus: A Hasidic leader in Rockland County responds to allegations that members of the Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their place on the East Ramapo school board; Eve Ensler discusses her new memoir detailing her work with women in the Congo and her own struggle with cancer; and WNYC's Robert Lewis talks about his investigation into two nonprofit special education school networks in the area.