The Brian Lehrer Show : October 2013

Obamacare Trouble; Westchester County Executive; NJ Road & Rail; Offensive Halloween

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog, discusses Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius's testimony before Congress yesterday on the rough rollout of Obamacare. Plus: the candidates for Westchester County Executive; a look at New Jersey's road and rail and what the governor can and should do about it; Warren Lehrer on his new book A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley; and a chance for listeners to call in to ask a panel of judges whether your Halloween costume is offensive.

Brooke Gladstone on DHS Oversight; MTA; DNA

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of On The Media talks about a new program to shed light on the Department of Homeland Security (with a little help from listeners). Then, the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a look at the state of the MTA with WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein and Jim O’Grady. Plus: Emma Keller, columnist for The Guardian, and Kai Wright of Color Lines, talk about their personal exploration of DNA.

Sandy One Year Later; Jon Meacham; NYC Taxis; Urban Trends

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Sandy hit one year ago today. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman and Janet Babin talk about lessons learned and stories unfolding a year into the recovery. Plus: Jon Meacham discusses his book about Thomas Jefferson and the current state of Washington politics; a focus on the future of New York City taxis; a new exhibit at the Guggenheim about the future of urban innovation; and a close look at neighborhood organizing in the Rockaways.

Nina Totenberg; Sandy Legal Help; StoryCorps

Monday, October 28, 2013

A year after Sandy, legal and insurance tangles persist. Yisroel Schulman of the New York Legal Assistance Group takes your calls on what kind of legal help is still available. Plus: NPR’s Nina Totenberg on this Supreme Court term; Dave Isay on StoryCorps on ten years of personal stories; and the election series 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with transportation week, and we’ll start with cars and how to manage New York’s roads.

Obamacare Tech; Reporting Banksy; Climate Change Solutions

Friday, October 25, 2013

Problems continue to plague the Affordable Care Act's front end, from backlogs at the main portal to reports of corrupted data being sent to insurance companies. NPR's Ailsa Chang reports. Plus: New York's Jerry Saltz being an art critic caught in the middle of Banksy fever; 30 Issues takes on the role of private money in public development projects; and a conversation about climate change solutions as we reach the 1-year Sandy anniversary.

Constitution vs. Politics; Humans of New York; Bill de Blasio

Thursday, October 24, 2013

A new book looks at how the principles of our Constitution interact with our divided government. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution explain how our government and governance seem at odds. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at housing for the middle class. Plus: Brandon Stanton talks about his Humans of New York project; mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; and a look at Creative Time and the role of art in our cities.

Gambling in NY; Robert Gibbs; Legal Realism; Density in NYC; New Words

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's a ballot referendum in New York about whether to allow seven new casinos in the state. Find out the pros and cons. Plus: former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Judge Richard Posner on legal realism; New York Times reporter Charles Bagli on density and development in NYC; and new neologisms.

An Alternate Kennedy History; NJ Property Taxes; Henry Louis Gates

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

This year is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In his new book, Jeff Greenfield considers an alternate history of the Cold War if Kennedy had lived, and news of the day. Plus: Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates stops by to talk about this new PBS series, “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”, and how history can inform our understanding of current events. And reporter Matt Katz discusses New Jersey property taxes as part of our “30 Issues in 30 Days” election series.

Same-Sex Marriage in New Jersey; Low-Income Housing; Barbara Buono

Monday, October 21, 2013

Same-sex couples are being granted marriage licenses today in New Jersey for the first time. Michael Premo of New Jersey United for Marriage discusses the news and the gay marriage strategy going forward. Plus: Democratic nominee for governor of New Jersey Barbara Buono; 30 Issues in 30 Days is all about housing and development this week; and the long history of instant communication.

Tech and the Health Exchange; Rockland County; Found in Translation

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post and Andrew Rasiej of Personal Democracy Media, talk about the technological problems that have plagued the launch of the online healthcare exchanges. Then, our 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a look at the Rockland County executive race. Plus: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mirta Ojito talks about the 2008 murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue; and a panel translates your phrases into Igbo, French, and Cantonese as part of the Walls and Bridges Festival.

Fiscal Crisis Resolution; Sharpe James; Schools Chancellor Walcott; Wendell Berry

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Hear the latest from Washington on a resolution to the fiscal crisis and government shutdown from the National Review's Robert Costa and NY Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. Plus: former Newark Mayor Sharpe James; poet and environmentalist Wendell Berry; NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on teacher evaluations; and the listener suggested "Open Phones" segment.

Senate Exit Poll; Tech in the City; Open Phones: Open Phones

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

John Dickerson, chief political correspondent for Slate, gives updates on the fluid situation in Washington. Then, the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a look at the tech industry from independent mayoral candidate Jack Hidary and New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi. Plus: your calls on today's NJ Senate special election; Ian Buruma on the significance of 1945; your suggestions on open phones segments; and how do you encourage girls to be self-confident?

Cory Booker; Human Evolution; Neologisms; Shutdown Latest

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker discusses his campaign ahead of Wednesday's election. Plus: Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman on his new book The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease; new neologisms with New York Times culture writer Liesl Schillinger; and the latest on the government shutdown and talks over raising the debt ceiling with Buzzfeed's Kate Nocera.

Jobs Week Kicks Off; DC Update; Teachers Call In; Asian Food Politics; Accused Rabbis

Monday, October 14, 2013

"Jobs Week" starts in the 30 Issues in 30 Days series with David Jones of CSS on the candidates' proposals and teachers call in on the school holiday to share their class size ideal and whether too few students is as bad as too many. Plus, New York Times columnist Joe Nocera on the latest from Washington, Bill Ayers revisits the 2008 election, Asian American food politics, and more on the story about the local ultra-Orthodox rabbis accused of kidnapping and torture to gain divorces for the women who hired them.

Debt Ceiling Update; Bloomberg and His Data; U.S. Senate Candidate Lonegan; and Arts Funding

Friday, October 11, 2013

Hear the latest on the fight over whether to at least temporarily raise the debt ceiling--and whether we're any closer to ending the government shutdown with NPR reporter Tamara Keith. Plus: the expansion of data analytics during the Bloomberg years; Republican candidate for U.S. Senate from New Jersey Steve Lonegan; and a conversation about arts funding under the next mayor of New York.

Shutdown Day 10; Health Exchange Check-In; City Budget

Thursday, October 10, 2013

It’s been 10 days since the government shutdown began and since the new healthcare marketplaces opened for business through the Affordable Care Act. Peter Coy of Bloomberg Businessweek talks about the latest on Washington negotiations to avoid default. Then, we check in with listeners who are in the market for health insurance on the process of signing up. Plus: "30 Issues in 30 Days" tackles the city budget. And we open the phone lines for motorcyclists to react to the road rage attack on the West Side Highway.

West Side Road Rage; NYC Safety Net; Jim Lehrer; Buddha at Work; Debt Ceiling

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

What really happened in the West Side Highway road rage incident? Murray Weiss of DNAinfo discusses what we know and what we don't know about the incident and the implications. Plus: what the mayor has to do with the NYC safety net; veteran journalist Jim Lehrer on the JFK assassination; how to be more Buddha-like at work; and whether or not raising the debt ceiling would really be so bad.

AirBnB and the NY AG; SCOTUS; History of Government in Crisis

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

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The New York Attorney General has subpoenaed information about AirBnB hosts, according to the company. WNYC’s Charlie Herman explains what’s known about the request for information, and what it says about the company’s legal battles in New York City. Then, Mark Tushnet of Harvard previews the new Supreme Court term. Plus: we’ll hear about a decision from the Dominican Republic to strip citizenship from those born in the country to Haitian parents; an architecture professor explains humanism and the discipline; and a deep dive into the history of our government in crisis with Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer.

Joe Lhota; Lonegan v. Booker; Women in Leadership; Early Decision

Monday, October 07, 2013

Republican nominee for mayor of New York City Joe Lhota discusses his campaign. Plus: analysis of the weekend's debate between U.S. Senate candidates from New Jersey Steve Lonegan and Cory Booker; former candidate for Public Advocate and founder of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, discusses her new book on leadership; and a conversation about early college admission.

American Jews; Mayors in a Disaster; Mob Boss; Shutdown Day 4

Friday, October 04, 2013

A new study from Pew found that American Jews have less identification to the religion than to the culture. Jane Eisner, editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, explains. Plus: Dave Weigel of Slate talks about the latest on the government shutdown as we take your calls on how it’s affecting your work or personal life. Then, Irwin Redlener of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, talks about how the next mayor could handle disasters; investigative reporters Tom Robbins and Jerry Capeci talk about their new book on the mob; and a discussion of what it’s like to communicate illness.

Rep. Garrett on the Shutdown; Israel and Iran; Save Halloween

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Congressman Scott Garrett, Republican of New Jersey, explains his position on the government shutdown and how the Affordable Care Act should be tied to negotiations in Washington. Then, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy examines the legal landscape of affirmative action; Ken Thompson talks about how he would re-shape the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office if elected; and Israeli deputy defense minister Danny Danon talks about Middle East politics, including relations with Iran. Plus: how to save New York’s Village Halloween Parade.

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown; Malcolm Gladwell; Terrorism; Buying Health Insurance Now

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown discusses his work on a plan to educate children displaced by the violence in Syria. Plus: author Malcolm Gladwell on his new book David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giant; the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a conversation about terrorism; and group of Brian Lehrer Show listeners talk about trying to find health insurance on the new Obamacare exchanges.

DC Shuts Down; Obamacare Opens Up; Public Advocate Runoff

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Dr. Nirav Shah, the New York State Health Commissioner, answers your questions about the health insurance exchanges, which go live today. Plus: Susan Page of USA Today on the DC shutdown; Paul Danahar, former Middle East bureau chief for the BBC, talks about regional politics; and Ellen Futter, president of the American Museum of Natural History, talks about the museum’s new teacher training program. And we take your calls on today’s Public Advocate run-off as part of an Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Exit Poll.