Speaker Quinn; “How to Survive a Plague”; <3 Advice Roulette

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her message for the middle class in her State of the City address and her proposals for making city living more affordable for them. Plus: author and Detroit native Charlie LeDuff on his hometown; the Oscar documentary nominee series continues with “How to Survive a Plague”; the February series on fashion; and a Valentine’s Day edition of advice roulette, where listeners give and get love advice.

Will Obama Really Change The Way We Vote?

President Obama mentioned long voting lines in his three major speeches since being re-elected:

On Election Night:

Whether you voted for the very first time, or waited in line for a long time -- by the way, we have to fix that!

At the Inauguration:

Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.

During the State of the Union:

When any American, no matter where they live or what their party, are denied that right because they can’t afford to wait for five or six or seven hours just to cast their ballot, we are betraying our ideals.

But do three mentions signal real change? Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the Obama commission on voting reform and what changes could be implemented before the next time Americans go to the poll.


Caller Eric Does His "VoterPhone" Impersonation


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Christine Quinn: State of the City 2013

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joins Brian Lehrer to talk about her State of the City address and the "middle class squeeze."

+ In Final State of the City, Bloomberg To Frame His Legacy

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Fashion Month: Social Change

As Fashion Week wraps up, Hazel Clarka professor in the MA Fashion Studies Program and research chair of Fashion at Parsons The New School for Design and the co-author of The Fabric of Cultures: Fashion, Identity, and Globalization  (Routledge, 2008) continues the February series on fashion with a look at social changes play out in what we wear, from "haul videos" to new fashion icons.

Who's your fashion icon?  Do you deliberately model your style on someone else's? Michelle Obama? Snookie? Someone you saw on the subway last week?

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "How to Survive a Plague"

The annual series on the best documentary Oscar nominees continues with David France, director of "How To Survive A Plague".

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The American Dream in Detroit

Charlie LeDuff, son of Detroit, former New York Times reporter, T.V. reporter for Detroit's Fox2 News and author of Detroit: An American Autopsy, talks about what the story of Detroit can tell us about the past and future of American manufacturing, and what lessons can be learned.


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Open Phones: Relationship Advice Roulette

We play one of our favorite games, radio advice roulette. Today, a special Valentine's Day edition for relationship and love advice. If you need advice on your love life, call in and we'll pair you with a stranger. The catch: you can't ask for advice until you give advice to another caller. Call 212-433-9692 to participate!

Help our final caller Kevin out: How do you reconcile dating someone with different political beliefs from you? Post your advice for him or any of our other callers out below!

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Valentine's Day Picks: Our Favorite Recent Segments About Love

Below, some of the Brian Lehrer Show's favorite recent segments about love and relationships, from advice on finding a date to some surprising research on why we fall in love.


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