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Merchants of Despair

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dr. Robert Zubrin, fellow at the Center for Security Policy, contributing editor to The New Atlantis, and author of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, makes the scientific and moral case against antihumanism.

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Teaching Evolution with Biorobots

Monday, April 16, 2012

John Long talks to us about how robotics offers an innovative approach to the study of evolution. Long is a professor of biology and cognitive science at Vassar College, chair of  the Biology Department, director of Vassar's Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Lab and author of Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

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Shoulder Pad Feminism

Monday, April 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses politics, Texts from Hillary and Hilary Rosen.

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Digital Prowess

Monday, April 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses women in politics, the Hillary Clinton internet meme, and more news from DC. Plus: civil rights attorney Chase Madar talks about Bradley Manning, the suspect in the security breach behind WikiLeaks; Dr. Robert Zubrin makes the scientific and moral case against anti-humanism in his new book Merchants of Despair; and Vassar College professor and robotics lab director John Long connects the development of robots and the study of evolution in his new book.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List

Friday, April 13, 2012

Compiled by Wendy Sekimura and Mae Sussman

On Tuesday we asked listeners for conversation starters for the show and you sent us over 100 ideas and we put four of those up for a vote online. When a Brian Lehrer Show listener told us that he’s leaving New York City this summer  “possibly forever” and putting together a NYC bucket list, we thought it was a great idea for an open phones segment -- and so did you! Listeners voted to have this conversation today, although there was some resistance to the idea (“Make sure you get yourself a return ticket!” wrote Ken K.) we got great suggestions.

Here it is (in no particular order): The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List!

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The Tax Prep Smackdown

Friday, April 13, 2012

Joel Stein, humorist and contributing writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, used four methods of tax preparation and reports back.

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Open Phones: Your NYC Bucket List

Friday, April 13, 2012

The winning conversation topic from yesterday's vote is: What is on your New York City bucket list? What would you tell someone they "must" do before leaving the city? 

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The Road to Minimum Wage

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hilary Klein, lead organizer of Make the Road New York, and Luna Ranjit, executive director of Adhikaar, a Queens-based Nepalese support group, talk about their efforts to organize service workers, like manicurists and car wash attendants, for minimum wage and better working conditions. 

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Michelle Rhee's Education Reform

Friday, April 13, 2012

Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of the Washington DC school system and now the head of Students First NY, talks about the new New York State advocacy group she's founded that's being described as a counter to the teachers' union. 

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Presidents and Their Faiths

Friday, April 13, 2012

Steve Shaw, political science professor at Northwest Nazarene University, and Darrin Grinder, chair of the English department at Northwest Nazarene University, are co-authors of The Presidents & Their Faith: From George Washington to Barack Obama. They look at how the relationship between religion and the presidency has played out in history.

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How Gilt Changed Shopping

Friday, April 13, 2012

Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson, co-founders of Gilt Groupe, and authors of By Invitation Only: How We Built Gilt and Changed the Way Millions Shop, discuss how their business changed the way we shop--and what it says about consumer culture today. 

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Lessons to Learn

Friday, April 13, 2012

Former chancellor of the DC school system, Michelle Rhee, talks about her campaign for education reform that she’s now bringing to New York.  Plus: Advocates talk about service worker advocacy efforts.  Gilt Groupe co-founders Alexis Maybank and Alexandra Wilkis Wilson talk about their company and consumer culture.  Northwest Nazarene University professors Steve Shaw and Darrin Grinder explore the relationship between religion and politics from George Washington to Barack Obama.  And, humorist Joel Stein shares his tax accountant tales.

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Joe Nocera on the Chevy Volt

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Joe Nocera, op-ed columnist at The New York Times, discusses the right's reaction to the Chevy Volt-.

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Open Phones: George Zimmerman Charged

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Following up on the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida, does the indictment of George Zimmerman mean the protests should stop?  Could you sit impartially on his jury?

Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here! 

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Apple, E-Books, and the DOJ's Anti-Trust Case

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Tim Carmody, senior writer for WIRED, discusses what the antitrust case against Apple and 5 publishers means for the industries and for consumers of e-books--and why Amazon is very happy about this turn of events.

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Poll: Your Open Source Conversation Starters

Thursday, April 12, 2012

On Tuesday, the Brian Lehrer Show asked for your suggestions for conversation starters. In addition to your phone calls, we've also received over 100 submissions through our comments page and now we're asking for your vote on which open phones conversation we should have tomorrow.

Check out all the listener submissions and listen to the original segment here.

To get back to the main show page, click here

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Gridlock Sam's Master Plan: Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Each Thursday in April, Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam at The Daily News, and former NYC traffic commissioner, explains another facet of his plan for equitably pricing NYC transit and tolls. This week: bicyclists and pedestrians.  

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Debate: Does Income Inequality Matter?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Scott Winship, fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, debate whether income inequality is really a problem.

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On the Road to Inequality

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera discusses the backlash against the Chevy Volt by the right.  Wired senior writer Tim Carmody explains what the antitrust case against Apple and five publishers means for the industry and ebook readers. Jared Bernstein, senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Scott Winship, fellow at the Brookings Institution, talk about economic inequality.  Plus: Sam Schwartz, a.k.a. "Gridlock Sam" at the Daily News, focuses on pedestrians and bikes in this week’s installment of the NYC transportation series.

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Listen: Gideon Rose on Whether War is Inevitable

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Gideon Rose, editor of Foreign Affairs Magazine and author of How Wars End: Why We Always Fight the Last Battle, answered the question at the center of the End of War series: Is war inevitable?

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