The Brian Lehrer Show : June 2014

Melissa Mark-Viverito, SCOTUS Decisions and...Spottings

Monday, June 30, 2014

Last week was a big one for the City Council – Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito talks about the creation of a municipal ID program and the budget. Plus: LIRR contract negotiations and the threat of a strike; important opinions from the Supreme Court; a new documentary on the life and journey of jazz journalist Nat Hentoff; and the return of a weasel-like animal called the "fisher" to the streets of The Bronx.

Activists at Work

Friday, June 27, 2014

The musician Salman Ahmad is known as the "Bono of Pakistan.” He discusses his current music and his activism in Pakistan, where he’s helping to bring the polio vaccine to people in rural areas. Plus: a round-up of local news, including the officially defunct soda ban, labor deals and the reunification of a group of independent Democrats with their fellow party members; homeless people in Los Angeles can now legally live in their cars; and an anonymous Kenyan LGBT-rights activist discusses his work.

Tale of Two Hospitals, Tale of Two Teams

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The US-Germany World Cup match isn’t necessarily 'win or else,' but it’s still a pretty big game. Fernando Rodriguez-Vila, co-host of “Soccer Gods” on Fusion, previews the game and discusses the other emerging World Cup story lines. Plus: analysis of why US GDP dropped sharply in the first quarter; what the influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border might mean for immigration reform; and a look at the new season of the ABC show “NY Med,” which follows doctors and patients in two very different hospitals.

This Might Hurt More Than It Helps

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Gov. Christie is balancing the politics of climate change in New Jersey versus the politics of climate change on a national stage as he seeks national GOP support. WNYC’s Andrea Bernstein reports on how he’s handling that dance. Plus: Wall Street Journal editorial board member and Fox News contributor Jason Riley contends that affirmative action and minimum wage laws hurt the people they’re supposed to help and thoughts on the impulse to Google your date ahead of time: smart or counterproductive?

Elizabeth Gilbert, Regulations and Transformations

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The city council is considering new regulations for the car wash industry. City Council member Julissa Ferreras (D-21) explains what the new rules would mean for workers, owners and customers. Plus: Elizabeth Gilbert helps create a summer reading list; and a look at the transformation of historic churches into condos in Brooklyn – which was long known as the “borough of churches.”

Challenging the Status Quo

Monday, June 23, 2014

Zephyr Teachout has announced her candidacy for the Democratic nomination for New York governor. She makes her progressive case in her challenge to Governor Cuomo. Plus: a compromise may be in the works for the new LG headquarters near the Palisades that opponents say will ruin the view; remembering the Freedom Summer campaign, which aimed to register as many African-American voters as possible back in 1964; and a look at how GM silenced an inspector who blew the whistle on safety issues in the company's cars.

Politicians, Locals and Transplants

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ahead of next week’s primary for New York’s 13th Congressional District, hear from all three candidates vying for the job: incumbent Rep. Charles Rangel, State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Harlem pastor Michael Walrond. Plus: Unaccompanied child migrants are making their way to the New York area; notes on the final push of this legislative session in Albany; stories of women around the world overcoming poverty; And transplants, get your questions ready for “Ask a Native New Yorker” with Gothamist’s Jake Dobkin…and Brian. 

Passing Along the Costs, the Benefits and the Resources

Thursday, June 19, 2014

When cops sue other cops in New Jersey, it ends up costing the taxpayer, of course. And this happens. A lot. Sally Herships, the reporter who investigated this story for New Jersey Public Radio, discusses why this happens so often. Plus: the crisis in Iraq and what the international community should do about it; advice and information for transgender people and their families; Supreme Court cases you didn't hear about and a look at the walkability of New York City...and the surrounding suburbs.

Are You Ready for Retirement?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Do you crave or dread hanging up your hat at the end of a long career? Advice from the experts - and you - about making the most of your golden years.

A Different Spin on Things: Leslie Gelb; R.A. Dickey

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

As Iraq dissolves into chaos, Leslie Gelb, the president emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Daily Beast contributor explains his idea for how the country could be split along sectarian lines. Plus: Starbucks announced plans to pay for its employees’ online education at Arizona State University; and The Mets’ former all-star knuckleballer and Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey on his new children's book, which has an anti-bullying message.  

In Pursuit of Justice…and Jobs

Monday, June 16, 2014

USA Today’s Washington bureau chief Susan Page recently interviewed Hillary Clinton. She reports back on what they discussed, including Clinton’s new memoir, her book tour and presidential possibilities. Plus: a look at the difficulties of women on long-term job hunts; and a documentary filmmaker on her new film about the injustices suffered by a group of friends involved in a fight, which they say was self-defense but the authorities interpreted as a gang assault.

The Gold Standard: Science of Booze, Safety For All

Friday, June 13, 2014

Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, advocates for a return to the gold standard. Plus: the delicate balance between ensuring the civil rights of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system with community safety; and an exploration of the science behind the production – and enjoyment – of booze.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance talks about the issues raised in raids on two Harlem housing projects last week. Plus: Islamic militants are taking over parts of Iraq; a post-9/11 spiritual quest; the latest on the city’s budget and the ongoing negotiations with unions, City Council and Albany; and thoughts on whether adult readers of YA novels should be embarrassed they’re reading - and enjoying - books aimed at teenagers. 

When Stars Align: Wynton Marsalis, Political Upsets and “Starchitects”

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery’s historian, celebrate the jazz greats – including Miles Davis and Duke Ellington – who are buried near each other in their own distinguished corner of the cemetery. Plus: a call for local architects, not high-profile “starchitects;” analysis of Eric Cantor's stunning defeat; Diane Ravitch on the ruling on teacher tenure in California; Pope Francis calls for peace and holds a prayer meeting with the heads of Israel and Palestine; and immigrant soccer fans plug the national teams from their home countries.

What Matters: Fathers; Speech; Gangs

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After a huge raid at two Harlem housing projects, some residents are frustrated at how law enforcement is reacting to the problem of gangs. We’ll hear why. Plus: NJPR’s Matt Katz on the testimony Governor Christie’s chief of staff gave about Bridgegate; and how much do fathers matter biologically, economically, and socially? Plus: two takes on free speech and hate speech in the US and Europe.

Looking Back to Move Forward

Monday, June 09, 2014

Karen Greenberg, the head of Fordham’s Center on National Security, looks at how we think about national security a year after Edward Snowden announced the NSA leaks, and a week after a prisoner exchange freed an American soldier and five Guantanamo detainees. Plus: a round-up of the political news out of Albany; a program that runs cooking classes in NYC public schools, teaching kids not just how to cook but how to shop for healthy food on a budget; and a look at the US men’s soccer team’s style and a preview of what’s to come as the team heads to Brazil for the World Cup. 

A Family Meeting About Making It

Friday, June 06, 2014

A two-hour "family meeting" on the idea of success at different stages of life. How does the personal and professional balance when it comes to feeling like you've "made it"? How much does being a parent add or get in the way of your personal goals -- and how is your success reflected in your child's? And, when you're retired and looking back, what lessons do you have about what actually mattered and what didn't?

The Story Behind the Story

Thursday, June 05, 2014

New York Times reporter James Risen’s appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court, so he may have to serve prison time for protecting his source. The Supreme Court reporter at The New York Times, Adam Liptak, discusses what’s next for his colleague and for press freedom. Plus: the city’s new health commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett; Storycorps is about to launch a new series of stories from the LGBT community; Joe Klein of Time discusses Hillary Clinton’s new memoir and her future; one plan for reform in the wake of the VA healthcare scandal; and a rare chance to talk local hockey in June as the Rangers compete to win the Stanley Cup for the first time in 20 years.  

The Stakes are High

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

The Belmont Stakes are this weekend, and a horse named California Chrome has a shot at the Triple Crown – which would be the first in 36 years. CBS news reporter Brad Telias explains why the race is so tough and more about the history of the Belmont racetrack. Plus: an explanation of how houses and cars can be seized…even when no crime has been committed by the property owner; advice for parents of 20-somethings; and a look at whether “supportive housing” should be considered – and paid for – like healthcare. 

John Waters Wanders; The E.P.A. Regulates

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Cult film director John Waters tells stories from the time he spent hitchhiking all the way across the country in 2012, from his house in Baltimore to his other house in San Francisco. Plus: Why neither environmentalists nor pro-business groups are satisfied with the Obama administration’s plans to reduce carbon emissions from power plants. 

Industries and Allegiances In Flux

Monday, June 02, 2014

The publishing company Hachette is publicly duking it out with Amazon over the e-commerce giant’s contract to sell its books. New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera weighs in. Plus: the Working Families Party’s Cuomo misgivings and a look at big changes in the home health aide industry as part of WNYC's series "Prescription for the Bronx."