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The IRS: Losing Records

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The IRS recently announced it lost a few years' worth of an employee's emails - someone who was involved with the extra scrutiny given to some right-leaning groups seeking tax exempt status. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, explains what happened.

 

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Elizabeth Gilbert on Summer Reading and Writing

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

What are you reading this summer? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love and her latest novel (now in paperback) The Signature of All Things: A Novel (Penguin Books, 2013) shares her view on what makes a great summer read and what she's learned about success and failure as a writer -- and why she's a World Cup soccer superfan.

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Iraq: Where Do We Go From Here?

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Secretary of State Kerry is in Iraq today to try and help resolve the crisis roiling the country. Back home, lawmakers are debating how the US should provide military assistance, including a Rand Paul - John McCain split that may have implications for the 2016 presidential race. Yochi Dreazen, managing editor for news at Foreign Policy, discusses the latest.
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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.”

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Meet the Progressive Challenge to Gov. Cuomo

Monday, June 23, 2014

Zephyr Teachout, a Fordham law school professor who is running as a progressive Democrat, talks about her decision to challenge Gov. Cuomo for the Democratic nomination in the September primary.  She's joined by her running mate, Tim Wu, Columbia Law School professor and former chair of media reform group Free Press.

 

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How GM Silenced a Safety Inspector

Monday, June 23, 2014

Tim Higgins, reporter for Bloomberg News, discusses the case of a lifelong General Motors employee that the company tried to silence when he blew the whistle on dangerous safety lapses in its cars.

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Freedom Summer In The First Person

Monday, June 23, 2014

A campaign in Mississippi in June 1964 aimed to register as many African-American voters as possible in the state. Peniel Joseph, professor of history and founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University and author of Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama (Basic Books, 2010), talks about the goals, violence, and legacy of the Freedom Summer project. We take your calls remembering this season 50 years ago. We're also joined by David Goodman, brother of Andrew Goodman and founder of the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

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A Letter from Mississippi 1964

Monday, June 23, 2014

On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.

In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:

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How Design Hides Homelessness

Monday, June 23, 2014

Last week a photo went viral of "anti-homeless" spikes in London. We discuss how design can hide homelessness and change our ideas of civic space with Robert Rosenberger, assistant professor of philosophy in the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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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.

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Could LG and Its Opponents Compromise in the Palisades?

Monday, June 23, 2014

Electronics giant LG plans to build its new US headquarters near the Palisades in New Jersey, which opponents say will destroy the beautiful view. Local officials are now calling for a compromise between LG and its environmental opponents. Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson and a member of the steering committee Protect the Palisades, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving the Hudson River Palisades, discusses what this compromise might look like.

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Ask A Native New Yorker

Friday, June 20, 2014

Should you let strangers sit on your stoop? How old is too old to have roommates? Can Long Islanders be New Yorkers, too? We'll take questions and get answers from Jake Dobkin, publisher and co-founder of Gothamist, and the site's 'Ask a Native New Yorker' columnist, Brian and other natives on the phones about anything related to city life.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: R.A. Dickey, Retiring Abroad, Starbucks Pays for College

Friday, June 20, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Knuckball Expert R.A. Dickey (First) | Retiring Abroad (Starts at 16:45) | Starbucks Pays for College (Starts at 40:20)

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

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We (Almost?) Have An Albany Agenda

Friday, June 20, 2014

The legislative sessions goes one more day, as the Senate takes up medical marijuana this morning.  Jimmy Vielkind, Albany bureau chief for Capital New York, talks about last night's votes and what's still to come this morning, including what happened with lowering NYC's speed limit, teacher evaluations ... and the legalization of sparklers.

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Meet the Candidates: NY 13

Friday, June 20, 2014

Next Tuesday is the Democratic primary in New York's 13th Congressional district, comprising the neighborhoods of Harlem, Inwood, Washington Heights, Morningside Heights, and a small portion of the western Bronx. It's a district that has changed geographically and demographically over the last few years. We talk to three of the candidates vying for the nomination. In order of appearance:

  • New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (District 31) | Website
  • Michael Walrond, senior pastor at Harlem's First Corinthian Baptist Church; Board of National Action Network and director of the Ministers Division of the National Action Network | Website
  • Long-time Congressman Charlie Rangel | Website
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Child Migrants in New York

Friday, June 20, 2014

Unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexico border are also arriving in the New York area. Lenni Benson, professor of law at New York Law School and director of the Safe Passage Project, a non-profit that provides free legal counsel to immigrant children facing deportation, talks about why they're coming here, what kind of legal help they need and the bigger picture of children migrating to the US.

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Teach a Woman to Fish

Friday, June 20, 2014

Ritu Sharma, co-founder of Women Thrive Worldwide and the author of Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe, talks about the lives of women in the developing world and the structural impediments to their advancement.

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Breaking Down Mayor de Blasio's First Budget

Friday, June 20, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed Thursday on a $75 billion budget proposal, built on increased tax revenue, that doesn't include city worker layoffs or tax hikes. The deal includes $32 million to aid inmates with mental illness and more than $19 million to security in the public housing system. There are also plans to provide free lunches for all public middle school students. The budget does not include money for the 1,000 new police officers proposed by the council. WNYC reporter Jessica Gould and Metro Editor David Lewis discuss what's in and what's out of the budget. Plus: what the announced $40m settlement in the "Central Park Five" case means.

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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. 

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The Fight For Transgender Equality

Thursday, June 19, 2014

With Hedwig on Broadway and Laverne Cox on the cover of Time, Laura Erickson-Schroth, a psychiatry resident at NYU Medical Center, board member of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, and the editor of Trans Bodies, Trans Selves: A Resource for the Transgender Community (Oxford University Press, 2014) and Aiden Key, director of Gender Diversity and a contributor to Trans Bodies, Trans Selves talk about the growing acceptance of the transgender community & the new anthology of medical, legal and personal information and advice for transgendered people and their families.

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