Chat Transcript: State of the Union and GOP Response

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union speech tonight of his 2nd term tonight. Brian Lehrer special guests Emily Bazelon and David Plotz of Slate's "Politics Gabfest" live-chatted during the address.

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Poll: What Should Obama's 2nd Term Priority Be?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Write the Next "Ask Not..."

Monday, January 21, 2013

Some of American rhetoric's most famous lines have been given during inaugural addresses.

What line would you write for Barack Obama's 2nd inaugural speech?


Submit one line (and one line only!) that will echo through the ages in the comments section below.

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Guns in America: Glossary of Terms

Thursday, January 03, 2013

Every week, we'll add terms and definitions used in the gun control debate to this glossary. We'll add more terms each Thursday this month with Paul Barrett, assistant managing editor of Bloomberg Businessweek and author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun.

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Open Prep: News Quiz Script

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Below is the script that Brian and Ken Jennings worked from for the 2012 news quiz. Warning: answers are in there, so if you want to listen first and play along, don't look at the script!

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Behind the Scenes: Sound Effects on the BL Show

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On Wednesday's Brian Lehrer Show, Brian "opened" some holiday presents on the air. Here's video of the sound effects in action -- that's producer Jody Avirgan making the noises.

Here's the audio:

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China and US: War?

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

When last we spoke, I tried to sound an optimistic note and explain why, despite the warning signs -- like China and Japan's recent squabbling over the ownership of the Senkakau/Diaoyu islands -- I think the chances of a real-live shooting war between Beijing and Washington (Tokyo's sworn protector) remain small.

Since then, events in the region have conspired to make me look bad.

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Best of 2012: The Year In (Your Cell Phone) Pictures

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

There are plenty of roundups of the year's best photographs, now the Brian Lehrer Show is compiling the best photographs -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Use the form below to upload your photograph, deadline is noon on Tuesday, December 25th.

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Crowdsourcing a Mental Health Policy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We asked for your thoughts about how we should change the way we deal with mental illness in this country. Here's some of the highlights of what you told us.

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China and US: Mercy Kuo on "The Rules"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week. Here Mercy Kuo, Managing Director at Managing Director at C-100, responds to Brian's first post.

Brian wrote: The U.S. and China are two major powers with tremendous need for energy resources who tend to throw our weight around in pursuit of our economic interests. The U.S. complains that China doesn't just compete, but breaks the rules, like condoning intellectual property theft or manipulating its currency. I wonder how much this conflict over the rules will come to define the two countries' relationship and how serious it might become. I hope we can both defy history and be a rising and a declining power who can work together for mutual benefit.

Mercy Responds 

Brian, this question really gets to the essence of US-China relations – as China’s influence grows, will it be a “rule-maker” or “rule-breaker,” and in either scenario, what are implications for the United States, other regional players, and international relations? As a back-of-the-envelope informal exercise in scenario analysis, I’d offer two rudimentary contrasting sketches depicting how this relationship might evolve over, let’s say, the next decade or two. 

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