Wednesday, June 08, 2005
"Illegal" or "undocumented"? A reader responds to Brian's use of the term "illegals" to describe foreigners who live and work in the United States without having cleared immigration. We got this email questioning the host's use of language. What do you think?
I know you've heard the term "undocumented" used ...
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Bob Hennelly, our City Hall/ New Jersey correspondent was sounding positively like a political science professor when giving his take on Doug Forrester's Republican primary victory on the show this morning, introducing all kinds of vocab that had us reaching for our history books. A sample:
Pay attention!--we'll be talking about this tomorrow.
In the age of the new feudalism, Brian, of the 21st century where only the lords can acquire the mansion they may not want to live there, and let homeless people live there instead.
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Friday, June 03, 2005
We're pretty sure Anurag Kashyap can spell this one (quick, close your eyes: can you spell the young bee champion's name?): skepticism.
Beth Fertig: I think a lot of people out there testing is a mystery to them- how are tests developed, can you really compare on years tests ...
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Today's conversation on discrimination in employment of domestic workers provoked a spate of entertaining and bizarre email explaining/perpetrating stereotypes.
I do not consider it discrimination to avoid people who do not understand my values. We are happy to pay nannies professional rates in exchange for professionalism. Interestingly, we do not ...
Thursday, June 02, 2005
Doth the Nassau County Executive protest too much? Months (years?) of speculation about the political aspirations of Tom "the fifth Baldwin brother" Suozzi came to a head on the front page of the Times metro section today ("Nassau Leader Considers Run Against Spitzer, Pleasing G.O.P.").
The Long Island pol's ...
Wednesday, June 01, 2005
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Monday, May 30, 2005
This morning's segment on photos of the war dead with Harold Evans and the L.A. Times' James Rainey struck a chord with many listeners. Here are some of the emails we received:
Let's put a more subjective face on this problem of photographing and printing pictures of war dead. ...
Friday, May 27, 2005
Thursday, May 26, 2005
So...is art worth it for art's own sake? On first blush, Beethoven's fifth, the megaliths of Easter Island and the Bhagavad-Gita are masterpieces that need no justification based on their educational or sociocultural value. But when you then try to separate the art from its effect on the consumer...
Tuesday, May 24, 2005
Your feedback on the compromise reached yesterday by moderate Senate Democrats and Republicans:
When I first learned about filibusters in US History in high school (a long time ago), my impression was that a filibuster was a complete waste of time and money by these 100 Senators.
My opinion hasn't ...
Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Our Brian Lehrer news quiz was quite a success this morning. Thanks to Bob Hennelly who served as a fine Quiz-Master. We have five winners and they will be receiving their Brian Lehrer Show t-shirts shortly!
Below are our questions with the answers.
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Spurred by the recent good fortune experienced by dozens of lucky Powerball winners, who picked their numbers from fortune cookies made at the same Queens factory, we asked listeners to share their personal superstitions with us. Here are a few of the emails we received:
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Today's call-in on the 13-year-old Florida girl who had to go to court to get an abortion -- despite the fact that Florida does not require parental consent -- generated much response. Here is a selection of the e-mails we received:
Even in the paternalistic shelter system and the paternalistic legal system, this young woman has asserted her sovereignty over her own body. At 13, I am certain I would have been able to make such a decision. All 13 year old young women should be allowed to make sexual and reproductive choices freely- and be able to say "yes" or "no," depending on their own choice.
All this talk of a 13 year old not being able to consent sounds a bit gratuitous to me. Unfortunately, there are young boys and girls consenting to sex all the time. The best way to curb abortion and the rest of the world's ills is through education, not through ham-handedly outlawing abortion.
When you're under 16, either your parents or the state (in legal decisions) is responsible for your life. One can easily think of examples, including inheritance, which is just fine with liberals to give the state money, or with the death penalty, where liberals argue the state shouldn't kill people who are guilty even of the most heinous crimes. But with abortions? No way. Get the state out. Liberals can have a very selective sense of principle.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Last night, we held part 1 of our 2-part Asia in New York series. At the Queens Museum, two panels of South Asian community leaders discussed the issues faced by the latest generation of immigrants. Part 2 focuses on geopolitical and economic issues in India, China, and the US.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Monday, April 18, 2005
One of the guests for today's segment on Social Security and the Family was Ken Dychtwald who co-wrote an article for the March 2004 issue of the Harvard Business Review called "It's Time to Retire Retirement." Here are some of the emails we received about retirement and age discrimination:
Your guests ask, "Would you want to retire?"
Maybe not as a professor with tenure but certainly as an adjunct paid
$3000 per course or as an employee at McDonalds making minimum wage.
Despite the issue of changing demographics and impending boomer retirements, there is actually a form of age discrimination in reverse – young people are having a very hard time finding good jobs and we need to enable more young people in the workforce to mitigate against some of the potential for problems we’ll have in the coming decades (fewer people available for all jobs, and lack of management skill). There needs to be a balance and currently we’re way out of balance in all directions – top heavy with boomers, not hiring younger folks, thus not giving them the skills and training necessary for upcoming generations to succeed.
What about so many people who have spent years working very hard at either physically demanding or very monotonous jobs? Most elderly can't start a second career heading their own organization. A job in retirement for many people would mean minimum wage at a fast food restaurant. These people deserve a work free retirement.