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Drugs for Ebola?

Friday, August 08, 2014

Anthony Fauci, immunologist and the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at The National Institutes of Health, talks about the experimental drug treatment for two Americans with Ebola and the current best practices for stopping the current outbreak.

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Resignation, Compensation and Experimentation

Friday, August 08, 2014

The U.S. has begun bombing in Northern Iraq to strike key ISIS strongholds and aid a humanitarian mission on a remote mountaintop. We update the latest. Plus: Richard Nixon resigned 40 years ago today. Elizabeth Holtzman, who was a member of the House Judiciary Committee at the time, looks back on the Watergate scandal. And Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health explains best practices for containing Ebola; what an NCAA rule change means; and your favorite NYC sanctuaries. 

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Is this Developer Dilemma Real?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Is Brooklyn so gentrified that there aren't even people to fill affordable housing? Barika Williams, policy director at Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development (ANHD), talks about the state of affordable housing and the report that there aren't enough local residents who qualify for some Brooklyn units.

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Asylum on the Immigration Court Docket

Thursday, August 07, 2014

As cases for unaccompanied minors make their way through immigration courts, the question of who qualifies for asylum is a big one. Judge Dana Leigh Marks has been an immigration judge in San Francisco for 27 years and is the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. She talks about the decisions that immigration judges have to make and what the law says about who qualifies.

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Why Work Out Till You Puke?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Between Crossfit, P90X and the Tough Mudder races, extreme work outs (that sometimes cause participants to vomit or otherwise injure themselves) are growing in popularity. Julie Beck, senior associate health editor at The Atlantic, and Gretchen Reynolds, author of the "Phys Ed" column for the New York Times Well blog, explore the motivations behind this form of exercise and wonder if it's even healthy.

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Who Gets to See the CIA Torture Report

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The release of the Senate's massive assessment of the U.S. torture practices has once again been delayed amid argument about who gets to see it, who gets to redact it, and whether the public will ever get to know. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law University, discusses what comes next.

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#TBT Brian and Ira Glass, 1997

Thursday, August 07, 2014

It's 'Throwback Thursday' and we're marking the 25th anniversary of the show this fall with a dip into the Brian Lehrer Show archives every week. This week, we go back to 1997, when Brian welcomed This American Life host Ira Glass on the show to talk about "the station's newest hit show." WNYC had just started carrying the program and he and Brian talk about the program's format, what's hard about making it, and even distribution (TAL was in negotiations with both PRI and NPR at the time). The whole interview is below. 

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How Brooklyn Is Your Product?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

A new certification program looks to promote -- and correctly label -- products that are "Brooklyn Made." Carlo Scissura, President of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, discusses the growing economy of Brooklyn-ness and the Brooklyn brand worldwide.

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Here's How to Qualify

Thursday, August 07, 2014

“Brooklyn Made” is good for business. Carlo Scissura, the president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, explains how businesses can get the official certification. Plus: arguments over the frequently-delayed Senate report on U.S. torture practices; the motivation behind super-intense work outs like P90X and CrossFit that even sometimes make people physically ill; a potential problem with the affordable housing formula; and a look at the decisions that’ll have to be made in immigration courts on which unaccompanied minors qualify for asylum. 

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What's In Store For Those Old Payphone Kiosks?

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The current contract to service NYC's payphones expires this October. Jay Cassano, senior writer at Fast Company Labs, talks about the various
proposals being floated to re-purpose the old kiosks (free wi-fi anyone?), and takes your calls with your ideas for how these phone booths should be re-purposed.

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What Happened Over the Last 25 Years? Help Us Brainstorm

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!

In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:

  • We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
  • Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
  • This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
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Remembering Steve Post

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Share your memories of longtime WNYC radio host Steve Post (Morning Music, The No Show), along with his friend Larry Josephson, veteran public radio producer and host and founder of the Radio Foundation.

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Milton Glaser Takes on Global Dying

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Milton Glaser, the legendary designer who came up with the "I [Heart] NY" logo, has a new campaign focused on climate change, featuring a green and black planet Earth and the tagline "It's Not Warming. It's Dying." He discusses the design and climate change awareness. You can get your buttons here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Africa Summit

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

As nearly 50 African leaders meet in Washington DC for a summit, we hold our own assembly -- and you are the experts. If you have ties to an African country, tell us what has changed (for better or worse) in the last five years. 212-433-9692.

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Global/Local Sunset Park

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Mayor de Blasio plans to invest $100 million into the industrial area of Sunset Park. Queens College professor Tarry Hum, author of Making a Global Immigrant Neighborhood: Brooklyn's Sunset Park, talks about the local - and global - forces shaping that Brooklyn neighborhood. 

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Ticketing Bias: Broken Windows and Summons Data

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The Daily News has obtained data about summons (from the NYCLU) and found a racial disparity in how the tickets are given out. Rocco Parascandola, police bureau chief for the New York Daily Newstalks about the findings and how it fits into Broken Windows policing -- plus how it compares to the bias in Stop and Frisk.

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Milton Glaser, Global Forces, and Local Proposals

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Legendary “I Heart NY” designer Milton Glaser has a new campaign focused on climate change awareness. He shares his new logo and slogan. Plus: a new report shows the vast majority of New Yorkers who are ticketed for minor offenses are black or Hispanic; ideas for what to do with the thousands of old phone booths scattered around the city; and a look at the global forces behind a local neighborhood, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.  

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The Approval Matrix Comes Off the Page

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

New York Mag's beloved "Approval Matrix" is now a T.V.show. Adam Moss, editor-in-chief of New York Magazine, and Neal Brennan, host of the new show, discuss the enduring appeal of that Highbrow/Lowbrow/Brilliant/Despicable grid, and the challenge of bringing it to life for the small screen.

→ Tune In: The Approval Matrix premieres Monday 8/11 at 11am on Sundance T.V.

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Rikers for Teens: 'A Deep-Seated Culture of Violence'

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

A federal report from U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has found a pattern of abuses against teen prisoners at Rikers that violates their civil rights. Michael Schwirtz, New York Times reportertalks about the report and what it adds to the conversation about conditions in the facility.

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A Call from Rikers

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On today's Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed a report issued by the U.S. Attorney that chronicles a pattern of abuse against young inmates at Rikers Island jail complex. Towards the end of the segment, we got a call (anonymously) from a man claiming he was currently incarcerated at Rikers, in the midst of a trial. We thought it was a remarkable phone call, so we've excerpted the three minutes -- you can listen by clicking the play button above. You can listen to the full conversation here.

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