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Dominique Strauss-Kahn: Case Dismissed

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Jami Floyd, legal analyst, sometime guest host for The Brian Lehrer Show, and It's A Free Country blogger, and Will Saletan, Slate's national correspondent, talk about the Manhattan DA's decision to request all charges be dropped against Dominique Strauss-Kahn.

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Mastering NJ's Energy

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tom Johnson is the co-founder of NJ Spotlight, where he covers energy and the environment. As the Christie administration holds hearings on the draft of the Energy Master Plan, he looks at the plan and New Jersey's energy future.

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Making Money (or not) from Digital Music

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Elliot Van Buskirk, editor of Evolver.fm, discusses the popularity of digital music services like Spotify, how they can make money while allowing users to listen for free, and how these services affect the musicians themselves.

Are you a music buyer? A musician? What's your take on the economics of digital music?

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Libya Update

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Mark Quarterman, senior adviser and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict, and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, returns to update the situation in Libya.

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Getting Wasted: Binge Drinking and College Culture

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Thomas Vander Ven, associate professor of Sociology and Anthroplogy at Ohio University, talks about his new book on the college culture, Getting Wasted: Why College Students Drink Too Much and Party So Hard.

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Open Phones: Brian's Back, What'd He Miss?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. On August 4th, within minutes of walking out of the WNYC building to start his two-week summer trip, news came across the wire that NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith had resigned. The next day the S&P announced they were downgrading the US to a "AA+" nation. Then: a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Rick Perry joined the GOP race and James Franco tried to save us from those damn dirty apes.

So, what else? What is the most important news that happened while Brian was away for the past two weeks?

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The "New Grief"

Monday, August 22, 2011

Medical advances prolong life for those with terminal illnesses. Barbara Okun, professor of counseling psychology at Northeastern University, clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School and the co-author of Saying Goodbye: How Families Can Find Renewal Through Lossoffers a guide to what she calls the "new grief."

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No Car, No Public Transportation in the Tri-State Area

Monday, August 22, 2011

A recent report from the Brookings Institution highlights the number of Americans who don't own cars (a lot of them are in the NYC area!) — and those who also don't have access to reliable public transportation. Adie Tomer of Brookings discusses these transportation deserts.

Do you live in the NY area and not own a car, but also don't have reliable access to mass transit? Tell us about how you cope here.

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As Goes Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, looks at the situation in Libya and the implications for Syria.

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Getting In and Getting Out

Monday, August 22, 2011

President Obama and many other world leaders are calling for Syrian President Assad to step down. But what leverage do they really have? Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs magazine, discusses the latest from Libya as well as the likelihood of Assad's resignation and what happens to Syria and the rest of the region if he doesn't. Plus: a roundup of the latest political news with Time's Melinda Henneberger; and new thoughts on how to say your final goodbye.

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Setting The Week in Politics: Huntsman, Perry, Obama and More

Monday, August 22, 2011

Melinda Henneberger, contributing editor to Time.com, discusses the battle lines being drawn within the GOP and other news of the week.

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Specialized High School Angst

Monday, August 22, 2011

New York Times cultural reporter Patricia Cohen discusses the competition to get into New York City's most selective public high schools, and a surprising new study suggesting they may do students more harm than good.

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Tweet Us: Why Do Writers Love Brooklyn?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Our favorite responses.

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The King James Bible Turns 400

Friday, August 19, 2011

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Linguist and author of Begat: The King James Bible and the English Language, David Crystal, discusses its impact on the English language over the last four centuries.

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Her Harlem

Friday, August 19, 2011

Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, winner of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer's Award, contributor to Transition Magazine and author of Harlem is Nowhere: A Journey to the Mecca of Black America, talks about the history and future of Harlem as the center of Black America.

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Famed Chef: Ferran Adrià on Training Young Chefs

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ferran Adrià, head chef at legendary restaurant El Bulli and creator of "culinary foam," and Lisa Abend, journalist and author of the new book The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's El Bulli, discuss the culinary movement Adrià began and the kitchen culture at El Bulli.

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Thinking in an Emergency

Friday, August 19, 2011

Elaine Scarry, author of Thinking in an Emergency, discusses her new book about how only a powerful few in the world are in charge if disaster strikes - and what everybody else can do about it.

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Daniel Ellsberg On Wikileaks

Friday, August 19, 2011

Daniel Ellsberg discusses the Wikileaks case, which he sees as analogous to his 1971 leak of the Pentagon Papers.

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Pentagon Papers Legacy and WikiLeaks

Friday, August 19, 2011

James Goodale, former vice chairman and general counsel of The New York Times and a lead lawyer in the Pentagon Papers case, discusses the WikiLeaks case on the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Pentagon Papers decision.

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All Things To All Men

Friday, August 19, 2011

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

The work of Wikileaks and Private Bradley Manning is being compared to the Pentagon Papers case from 40 years ago. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the classified documents known as the Pentagon Papers, and James Goodale, the attorney who represented The New York Times in the case, explain the significance of the case today. Plus: the role of individuals when crisis and disaster strikes; molecular gastronomy with world-famous chef Ferran Adria; the many spheres of Harlem; and how language in the 400-year-old King James Bible influences our speech today.  

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