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Pros and Cons of Self-Delusion

Monday, November 28, 2011

Robert Trivers, Rutgers professor of anthropology and biological sciences and author of The Folly of Fools: The Logic of Deceit and Self-Deception in Human Life, shares what he's learned about the competing human propensities for fact-finding and self-delusion.

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New Jersey and the Citizens Campaign

Monday, November 28, 2011

Harry Pozycki, chairman of The Citizens Campaign, and Alysia Welch-Chester, citizen leader and Mercer County Chair, explain how The Citizens Campaign provides non-elected New Jersey residents the tools to participate in government.

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Artists and the 1 Percent

Monday, November 28, 2011

Artist William Powhida talks about his show "Derivatives" which uses data visualization techniques to explore the relationship of artists and their patrons since Occupy Wall Street. 

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Harlem Bike Lanes

Monday, November 28, 2011

Director of the Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, Andrea Bernstein talks about Harlem's bike lanes.

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The Origin of Pepper Spray

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kamran Loghman, who helped develop the use of pepper spray for law enforcement and who helped write guidelines, discusses how pepper spray should be used and how the original intent differs, in his opinion, from how police at UC-Davis used pepper spray. Plus, a few of our listener researchers add what they found.

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Paul Krugman: Super Committee Failure is a Good Thing

Monday, November 28, 2011

Recap from It's A Free Country

Paul Krugman says we need to leave Social Security and Medicare alone, raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, and get over our fear of government spending—which is why he's happy that the deficit reduction super committee didn't make a deal.

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Democracy and the 99 Percent

Friday, November 25, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

On November 1, 2011 The Brian Lehrer Show invited special guests to the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space with to talk about Occupy Wall Street and voter participation.  Today, we rebroadcast that show.  In the first hour, former New York State Governor Eliot Spitzer, Greg David of Crain’s New York BusinessKathryn Wylde of the Partnership for New York City and Jesse LaGreca of Occupy Wall Street discuss the issues behind the movement. Then, panelists from voter participation groups discuss what’s keeping New Yorkers from the ballot box as part of a brainstorm session on what could help.

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Turn Out the Vote

Friday, November 25, 2011

Larry Norden, deputy director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center, Adrienne Kivelson, city affairs chair of the League of Women Voters of the City of New York, Lucia Gomez-Jimenez, executive director of La Fuente, Mark Winston Griffith, adjunct faculty at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, Rachel Bishop, national programs director at the League of Young VotersChung-Wha Hong, executive director of the NY Immigration Coalition, and John Stremlau, vice president for peace programs at the Carter Center, brainstorm ways to turn around the city's low voter turnout.

THEN a conversation about how campaigns approach voter turnout with Michael DuHaime, Republican political strategist and partner at Mercury Public Affairs, and Doug Forand, Democratic political strategist and founding partner at Red Horse Strategies.

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OWS Dialog

Friday, November 25, 2011

Former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer; Greg David, director of the business reporting from at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and a contributor to Crain's New York Business; Kathryn Wylde, New York Federal Reserve deputy chairwoman and head of the Partnership for New York City; and Jesse LaGreca  of #occupywallstreet and the Daily Kos, participate in a dialogue about the issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street protests, including inequality and the contribution of investment banking to the economic life of the city and the country.

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The Batch of Report Cards

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Paul Lukas, best known as the man behind Uni Watch, discusses his recent Slate series about his research into a batch of 1920s and 30s report cards from a Manhattan trade school for girls. 

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Jane Goodall Live

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, talks about her work with chimpanzees and the release of a new documentary about her life called Jane's Journey

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The Great Migration

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson, talks about her book, now in paperback, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, as listeners share their families' stories of moving away from the Jim Crow south.

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Werner Herzog on the Death Penalty

Thursday, November 24, 2011

German film director, producer and screenwriter, Werner Herzog, explores the American death penalty in his new documentary, Into the Abyss, about a triple homicide in Texas.

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Justice Breyer on American Democracy

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, offers his view of interpreting the Constitution. 

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Historical Gratitude

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is now author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View. He discusses civic education and some of the most notable decisions to come out of the courts. Plus: journalist Isabel Wilkerson shares her own Great Migration story and takes listener calls; German film director Werner Herzog on his new documentary on the death penalty; Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist, on chimpanzee lessons; and what a stack of old report cards tells us about pupils of the past.  

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Conflict and Resolution

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Reihan Salam of National Review Online analyzes last night's GOP debate on foreign policy.  Then: Richard Perez-Peña, education reporter for the New York Times, looks at why Cooper Union may charge tuition for the first time and what that says about the price of higher education.  Plus: stories to serve as conversation starters for your Thanksgiving dinner conversation (including your own); and the Brian Lehrer Show November series on therapy concludes with some pre-Thanksgiving counseling with Dr. Nando Pelusi

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Thanksgiving Conversation Starters

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We run through a few stories that might get the conversation going at your Thanksgiving table. We'll hear from three guests...

  • Tom Moran, columnist for The Star-Ledger, on how some NJ execs avoid taxes.
  • Alice Park, reporter for TIME Magazine, on why anxiety is bad for us...but how it may be good.
  • Stephen Dubner, host of Freakonomics, on the nature of momentum in the NFL.

And then...

Open Phones: Your suggestions for topics you plan to bring up at the dinner table.

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Trending Topics in Psychotherapy: Getting Through Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Licensed clinical psychologist with a private practice in New York City, on the board of advisers of the National Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists, and contributing editor to Psychology Today, Dr. Nando Pelusi visits weekly to talk therapy. This week: how to gracefully handle Thanksgiving stress.

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Cooper Union and the Cost of Higher Education

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Richard Perez-Peña, education reporter for The New York Times, talks about why the Cooper Union is considering charging tuition for the first time, and what that says about the cost of higher education.

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GOP Foreign Policy Debate Round-Up

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for the Takeaway, and Reihan Salam, columnist at The Daily and blogger for National Review Online's The Agenda, discuss last night's GOP debate and go through what the candidates did and didn't say about foreign policy.

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