The Brian Lehrer Show : September 2013

30 Issues: Policing; City Opera in Trouble; Global Poverty; Adam Curtis

Monday, September 30, 2013

The 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a week of conversations about policing. New York State Senator Eric Adams and Pastor Gilford Monrose from East Flatbush discuss crime in the city; George Steel, general manager and artistic director of the New York City Opera discusses their financial troubles; Vanity Fair contributing editor Nina Munk on her new book The Idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the Quest to End Poverty; and filmmaker Adam Curtis talks about this new collaboration with the band Massive Attack.

Bill de Blasio; NJ Higher Ed; Robert Reich; Mo Rocca

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for mayor, talks about his mayoral campaign and takes listener’s calls. Plus: we take calls from listeners coping with a power outage on the Metro-North New Haven line; Robert Reich, labor secretary in the Clinton administration, talks about his new documentary about inequality; and the history and track record of international intervention. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this Education Week with a look at higher education in New Jersey. Plus: Mo Rocca on cooking with grandmothers.

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30 Issues: Pre-K; The Moreland Commission; Local MacArthur Geniuses; U.N. Goals

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Election week in the 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a conversation about funding Pre-Kindergarten with Gotham Schools reporter Geoffrey Decker; the latest in the Moreland Commission's investigations into corruption in Albany; and local MacArthur genius grant winners.

Education in NJ; Iran Diplomacy; Internet Reigns

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The 30 Issues in 30 Days series continues with Education Week. We’ll look at the education issues at play in the gubernatorial and US senate races in New Jersey. Plus: New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman talks about his investigation into fraudulent positive reviews on services like Yelp; and Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman explains a new California law about “erasing” content posted by minors online. Then, an update on the diplomatic situation with Iran from Robin Wright, of the Woodrow Wilson International Center and the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal’s Farnaz Fassihi. And Columbia University’s Sudhir Venkatesh on his new book about New York’s underground economies and illicit markets.

30 Issues: Parents and Schools; U.N. General Assembly; Civility and the Law

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The election series continues with a conversation about parental involvement in New York City schools. WNYC education reporters Beth Fertig and Yasmeen Khan discuss the mayoral candidates' differing opinions about how parents should be involved. Plus: President Obama speaks at the United Nations this morning; Boston University professor of international relations and history Andrew Bacevich discusses the idea of the citizen soldier; and family law attorney Margaret Klaw discusses her new book on civility and the law.

30 Issues with Diane Ravitch; UN General Assembly; Obamacare Funding; Bill McKibben

Monday, September 23, 2013

As world leaders gather at the UN in New York for the General Assembly, New York Times chief Washington correspondent David Sanger previews the week. Plus: New York magazine's Jonathan Chait on the fight over the budget and Obamacare; environmental activist Bill McKibben on his new book; and the election series 30 Issues in 30 Days begins with a conversation with Diane Ravitch about charter school, Common Core curriculum and her new book.

Inequality in NYC; Obamacare Fight; Pregnancy Myths; War Games; August Wilson

Friday, September 20, 2013

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The poverty rate is up and the income gap is widening. Greg David of the CUNY Journalism School discusses new numbers on inequality. Plus: the politics of the budget fight over Obamacare; economist Emily Oster on her new book Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, the links between the video game industry and the military; and the August Wilson Cycle.

Gun Rights and Starbucks; Library Awards; Miss Manners

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Starbucks has asked that customers not bring guns into their stores. Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip, explains the message and how gun rights advocates are reacting. Plus: we hear about the Syrian reaction to the possibility of international or US intervention in that country, and what the conditions are on the ground; librarians from the winners of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards talk about their plan for the prize money; and Judith Martin (aka “Miss Manners”) and her son Nicholas Ivor Martin, talk about business etiquette.

Weapons vs. Weapons; Candidate Carrion; Noam Chomsky; School Words

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Why are some deadly weapons deemed worse than others? John Isaacs, executive director of the Arms Control Center, looks at the history and rationale behind weapons bans. Plus: Independence Party candidate for mayor Adolfo Carrion, Jr.; an hour with Noam Chomsky; and academic words.

NYPD Counterterrorism Efforts; Lhota's Next Move; Asian Identity on TV; School 911 Calls

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The AP's Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo discuss their Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting and new book on the NYPD's counterterrorism unit and its domestic spying practices post-9/11. Plus: How Joe Lhota might capture enough votes to win the general election; Jeff Yang on perceptions of Asian American women on television, including Julie Chen and the first South Asian Miss America; WNYC's Beth Fertig on public schools using 911 calls to manage disruptive students; and how NYC's art and real estate markets interact.

Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race.

Rep. Engel on Syria; Five Years After Lehman Brothers; Gender Divisions at Harvard and Beyond

Friday, September 13, 2013

Congressman Eliot Engel (D-NY) weighs in on the debate as to the best course of U.S. action in Syria. Plus: Five years after the financial collapse, former FDIC chair Sheila Bair reflects on the state of banking; Jodi Kantor of the New York Times discusses her reporting on gender and class divisions at Harvard Business School; Andrew Bacevich on the gulf between the American public and our all-volunteer military; and how much water you actually need to drink.

Nominee Joe Lhota; Affordable Higher Education; What's Underneath NYC

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Republican mayoral primary winner Joe Lhota discusses his campaign going forward and what we can expect in the lead-up to the general election. Plus: A new book collects the brightest ideas for reforming higher education with affordability in mind; and a look at the extensive infrastructure underneath New York City.

The Day After Primary Day; Syria Developments; 9/11 Memorials

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Primary day is behind us. WNYC’s Anna Sale and Brigid Bergin discuss the vote and the results of city-wide and local races, then Columbia University professor Ester Fuchs and Fordham professor Christina Greer talk about what the voting blocs tell us about the next round this election season. Plus: Slate’s Fred Kaplan discusses the President’s address to the nation on Syria last night. And we hear from listeners on which area 9/11 memorials strike the right note for them 12 years later.

It's Primary Election Day In New York

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The phones will be open for the Brian Lehrer Show’s informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific exit poll on this Election Day. Call in with your voting story. Plus: the latest on the U.S. response to a chemical attack in Syria; and sportscaster Howie Rose on his recent book Put It In the Book!: A Half-Century of Mets Mania.

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The Day Before Primary Day; Rep. Israel on Syria; Gramsci in The Bronx

Monday, September 09, 2013

It’s T-1 until the primary. WNYC’s Anna Sale and Azi Paybarah of Capital New York preview the mayoral primary and other city-wide races, and discuss how political groups are trying to influence the outcomes. Then, as the debate over intervention in Syria continues, PBS’ Hari Sreenivasan talks about impending votes in Congress; Rep. Steve Israel, discusses his views. Plus: a discussion about a public art installation in The Bronx.

Christine Quinn; Rep. Hakeem Jeffries on Syria; Syria and Iran; Coast Check-in Post Summer

Friday, September 06, 2013

The New York City primary election is Tuesday. NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor and takes your calls. Plus: Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries discusses his position on intervention in Syria; the relationship between Iran and Syria; a check-in with coastal communities after the first post-Sandy summer season; and American Sign Language interpreter Lydia Callis discusses her work for the Mayor's office during Sandy.

Voting on Syria; Scarcity; City Council Races; TV Preview

Thursday, September 05, 2013

John Dickerson of Slate talks about the latest from Washington on the vote for action in Syria and how the legislative ledger is developing. Plus: a close look at the competitive City Council races in the five boroughs; Eldar Shafir, co-author of Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much; and Matt Zoller Seitz of New York Magazine previews this Fall’s TV season.

Bill de Blasio; Bill Thompson; Debate Over Syria; Libraries; Anti-Semitism

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

It's less than a week until the New York primary. Democratic mayoral hopefuls Bill Thompson and Bill de Blasio will take your questions. Plus: the latest on the debate in Congress over whether the U.S. military should strike Syria; the finalists in the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards; the global rise of anti-Semitism; and your calls on what you'd import to and export from NYC.

Syria Authorization; Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby on Race

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

President Obama is asking Congress to grant authorization for military action in Syria. We discuss the latest developments and take your calls with The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg. Plus: A conversation about conversations about race with Baratunde Thurston and Tanner Colby.

Labor Day Best-Of: Gail Collins; Maya Angelou; Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe

Monday, September 02, 2013

Today’s best-of show on this Labor Day begins with New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses her take on finding humor in Republicanism, her time on the editorial board, and her approach to opinion writing. Then, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe looks back on his career at the New York Knicks and at some more recent starting line-ups; we hear about the rich history of the intersection of sports and politics; and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her family. Plus: two takes on gender in the workplace: first on overcoming differences, then on women farmers.