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The Brian Lehrer Show : February 2014

Rush Holt; Venezuela Protests; Social Media and Change; FiveThirtyEight on the Oscars

Friday, February 28, 2014

Rep. Rush Holt has announced he won’t run for re-election when his term is up at the end of this year. He’ll talk about what he hopes to accomplish in the next 10 months. Then: Journalist and economist Moisés Naím contextualizes the protests in Venezuela. Plus: the latest on housing and development issues in New York City; how social media is used to effect social change; and ESPN’s FiveThirtyEight crunches the numbers to find out what turns up in Oscar-nominated films year after year.

Working Families Party; Sandy Aid Problems; Marijuana Legalization; NYC Quiz

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Bill Lipton, the New York State director of the Working Families Party, discusses his party’s agenda and how it plans to keep Mayor de Blasio accountable. Plus: how Sandy aid disbursement is hurting Governor Christie’s reputation; a book on the history of marijuana legalization in the United States and its implications; and a quiz on local trivia for Brian Lehrer Show listeners and for Christopher Winn, the British author of a book about New York City secrets.

Obesity Rates Plummet; Gen. Stanley McChrystal; Google Intelligence; LI Shooting

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

A new report shows that childhood obesity rates are plummeting -- Marion Nestle explains what's behind the trend. Then: Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers his assessment of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad explains the story behind the phrase “we can neither confirm nor deny"; why Google hiring managers look for unconventional kinds of intelligence in prospective employees; and the mysterious shooting of a Long Island developer. 

Netflix Pays Comcast; Scary Movies; Atheist Contributions

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Netflix struck a deal to pay Comcast to keep its streaming service fast and smooth. The Wall Street Journal’s Shalini Ramachandran explains why this gives even more power to major broadband providers. Plus: Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen talks about his show’s scary movie contest and explains the Studio 360 Oscar night bingo game; and historian and journalist Mitchell Stephens argues that most major advancements in civilization came from atheists.  

Remnick on Sochi; Obamacare Rollout Problems; MFA or NYC

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Sochi Olympics wrapped up over the weekend. New Yorker editor David Remnick recaps the politically-tense Winter Games. Plus: MSNBC analyst Jonathan Alter explains how President Obama’s management style led to what Alter calls the failure of the launch of the Affordable Care Act and the author of The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach, and literary agent Mel Flashman discuss the two different routes contemporary fiction writers can take to achieve professional success. 

Broadband Access For All; NYC Transportation Commissioner; The World’s Biggest Family Tree

Friday, February 21, 2014

Andrew Rasiej of Personal Democracy Media talks about efforts to increase internet accessibility all over the city and the possibility of Google Fiber coming to New York. Plus: NYC Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Vision Zero plans and potholes; and an Esquire editor is building the world’s biggest family tree and wants you to help him expand it.

Sanitation Commissioner; Sandy Aid Transparency; Bully Culture; Olympic Costs for Athletes

Thursday, February 20, 2014

New York City Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty has had a busy winter. He talks about the challenges his department faces removing snow and garbage from snowy and icy streets. Plus: New Jersey Senate President Steve Sweeney explains his plan for a ‘Sandy Bill of Rights;’ Slate’s Emily Bazelon rounds up current Supreme Court issues as well as her latest reporting on bully culture and an explanation of how Olympic athletes manage to cover their very expensive costs. 

Bridgegate Week Six; Regional Greetings; The All-or-Nothing Marriage

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Today's show is guest-hosted by WNYC's Anna Sale. Find out more about Anna here

The Bridgegate scandal is now in its sixth week. New Jersey Public Radio reporters discuss the latest investigations. Plus: a Northwestern University professor claims that marriages today have the potential to be more successful than ever before but at a higher cost.

Fracking and Air Pollution; New Faces on Wall Street; World Science U

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today's show is guest-hosted by WNYC's Anna Sale. Find out more about Anna here.

Inside Climate News is investigating the effect of fracking on air quality in some parts of Texas. Reporter Lisa Song details the pollution and health problems of residents in the area. Plus: Kevin Roose, New York Magazine columnist and author of “Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits,” reports on the new faces of Wall Street, plus science education is coming to the masses via the Internet.

Albany vs. NYC; West Virginia Water; Dirty Wars; Michael Mulgrew

Monday, February 17, 2014

Today's show guest-hosted by WNYC's Anna Sale. More about Anna here.

Upstate and city lawmakers are at odds over funding for universal pre-K and other budget issues. Liz Benjamin, host of “Capital Tonight” and columnist for Capital New York, discusses the latest conflicts. Then: An environmental reporter from West Virginia explains the continuing saga of contaminated water in the state. Plus: Our Oscar-nominated documentary series wraps up with the Jeremy Scahill and Richard Rowley, the filmmakers behind “Dirty Wars;” how younger Americans use social media and how marketers are trying to reach them and United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew.  

Sochi Update; Puerto Rican Day Parade Probe; The Act of Killing; Valentine’s Day Advice

Friday, February 14, 2014

Today's show is guest-hosted by Jami Floyd. Find out more about Jami here.

The Olympics have been underway for about a week. Slate’s Josh Levin updates us on the latest news out of Sochi. Then: an investigation into the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Plus: Joshua Oppenheimer, the director of “The Act of Killing,” talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary about human rights abuses in Indonesia in the ‘60s and psychologist, relationship expert and author Ty Tashiro gives practical advice for Valentine's Day.

Port Authority’s David Samson; What is America All About?; 20 Feet from Stardom

Thursday, February 13, 2014

In the wake of Governor Christie’s George Washington Bridge scandal, Port Authority Chairman David Samson has been accused of colluding with the Governor and compromising commuter safety. We discuss the latest on Samson. Then: in his New York Times op-ed Bob Garfield from On the Media asks: “What is America all about?” Plus: our Oscar-nominated series continues with a look at the documentary “20 Feet from Stardom.”

ACA delays; ACS Commissioner Gladys Carrión; The Square

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Another part of the Affordable Care Act has been delayed by a year; hear the latest news from the capital on ACA delays, the debt limit bill, and more. Then, newly-appointed Administration for Children’s Services commissioner Gladys Carrión discusses joining the de Blasio administration. Plus: our Oscar-nominated documentary series continues with Egyptian director Jehane Noujaim of “The Square.”

State of the City; Asian Fear in Pop Culture; Cutie and the Boxer

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Mayor de Blasio delivered his first State of the City speech yesterday. Capital New York’s Sally Goldenberg recaps and analyzes the key points. Plus: a look at the portrayal of Asian fear in popular culture; and director Zachary Heinzerling on his new film “Cutie and the Boxer,” the first in our series on Oscar-nominated feature-length documentaries.

Family Meeting: Navigating Mixed Families

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show hosts a two-hour special on the challenges and triumphs of "mixed" families. From race to religion to income and more, find out how families come together around their diversity.

The Real Sochi; Borough Presidents Roundtable; Quitting; the Beatles in NYC

Friday, February 07, 2014

"The Sochi Project" chronicles everyday life in "The Florida of Russia." The presidents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx discuss economic development, housing policy, snow removal, and compare notes about their diverse communities. Plus: when quitters come out ahead, and a look back – 50 years – to the Beatles’ first U.S. visit.

Reconsidering Gentrification; Bernard Kerik; Athletes In Sochi

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Gentrification" might be a dirty word for some New Yorkers, but New York Magazine’s Justin Davidson reconsiders the benefits and drawbacks of higher-income residents moving into a neighborhood. Then: After serving time in federal prison, former New York Police Department commissioner Bernard Kerik talks about his new cause, sentencing reform. Plus: Mike Pesca, NPR sports correspondent and panelist on Slate's Hang Up and Listen, highlights the athletes to watch at the Sochi Winter Olympics.

Comptroller Scott Stringer; Ethnicity and Success; Is Sochi Ready?

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Scott Stringer has been in the Comptroller's office for a month; he talks about pressing Albany to allow New York City to raise the minimum wage, auditing the finances of the Queens Library, and more. Then: Author Amy Chua caught heat for her 2011 book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. She and husband Jed Rubenfeld discuss their controversial new book about ethnicity and success, The Triple Package. Plus: Reuters's Timothy Heritage reports from Sochi about whether Russia is ready for the Winter Olympics.

Family Meeting: Our Noisy Lives

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show hosts a two-hour special on NOISE -- from annoying noises, NYC's ever-changing soundscape, and the hidden social history of noise. From 10am to noon, live on WNYC.

Mayor de Blasio; Christie Timeline; Charlie Crist; American Hustle

Monday, February 03, 2014

A letter released on Friday afternoon claims evidence exists that Governor Christie new about the George Washington Bridge closings as they were happening, and that he mislead the public in a press conference about the scandal. Matt Katz gives us a what-Christie-new-when timeline. Then: New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim talks about why New York City schools should get a day off for the first day of the Lunar New Year. Plus: Charlie Crist is the former governor of Florida and formerly Republican. He’ll talk about why he switched to the Democratic Party; Mayor Bill de Blasio discusses what’s happened in his first month in office; and background and context for the real-life events in “American Hustle.”