Hurricane Forecasting; Storm Surges; Sports + Politics

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Friday, May 31, 2013

hurricane sandy satellite

Hurricane season kicks off June 1 and forecasters predict a big storm season. James Franklin, chief forecaster at the National Hurricane Center, explains how meteorologists forecast hurricanes and what was learned during Sandy. Plus: a look at past and possible future plans to protect the city from storm surges; how to prolong life in an era of limited resources; and the common ground between sports and politics.

Forecasting the Hurricane Season

Hurricane season starts tomorrow. James Franklin, branch chief of the Hurricane Specialist Unit at the National Hurricane Center, talks about how meteorologists tracked Sandy last year and what lessons were learned from that storm.  Plus, as the National Hurricane Center prepares their forecast for this year's hurricane season, he explains how predictions are made, how they can get better, and why they'll never be perfect.

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Bloomberg's Plan: Storm Surge Barriers

Our discussion of the impending hurricane season continues when NY1 political reporter Josh Robin breaks down his reporting on the Mayor's expected proposals for protection from future storm surges. These proposals include removable steel panels up to 12 feet in height along flood-prone waterfront areas. Also, WNYC editor and reporter Matthew Schuerman discusses his reporting on plans developed 50 years ago to build hurricane walls in NYC.

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"Citizen Koch" Filmmakers

According to a recent New Yorker piece, the film was halted because of pressure applied on PBS from philanthropist and conservative businessman David Koch

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Love & Let Die

Lawrence Weschler, director of the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU, and Diane Meier, chief executive officer of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and professor of geriatrics, internal medicine and medical ethics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discuss Saturday's symposium exploring the question of prolonging life in an era of limited resources.


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The Politics of Sports

This interview originally aired live on May 31st, 2013. An edited version was re-broadcast as part of a special best-of episode timed for Labor Day on September 2, 2013.

In his new book, Roger I. Abrams, professor of law at Northeastern University and author of Playing Tough: The World of Sports and Politics (Northeastern2013) discusses the intersection of sports and politics throughout history.

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The First Annual Brian Lehrer Show Knaidel Invitational

Last night, 13-year-old Queens native Arvind Mahankali took first place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Today we're conducting our own spelling bee with some of the weirder words from the competition, so call us up at 212-433-9692 to play!

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The Brian Lehrer Show's Crowdsourced Summer Mixtape

→ UPDATE: Thanks for all the amazing suggestions! Below is the mix, and below that the playlist. (Note that songs are played in random order so the playlist doesn't reflect order.)

Brian Lehrer Show Summer Mixtape 2013 from blshow on 8tracks Radio.

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