Whitey Bulger; UFT Endorsement; Ask Dear Prudence

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

Slate contributor Seth Stevenson gives an update on the trial of mobster James “Whitey” Bulger and describes what it was like growing up in Boston during the Bulger era. Then, Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, talks about the mayoral candidate the UFT endorsed. Plus: cities may be the solution to the world’s problems; Alvaro Vargas Llosa’s take on the current immigration debate; and advice columnist Emily Yoffe, who writes the Dear Prudence column for Slate, offers advice to listeners.  

Whitey Bulger, Tony Soprano, and How We View Gangsters

Slate contributor Seth Stevenson discusses his coverage of the ongoing trial of crime boss Whitey Bulger, and describes growing up in Boston during Bulger's criminal career. Plus: With the death of Soprano's star James Galdolfini, we discuss pop cultural portrayals of gangster life, and how closely they reflect the lives of real gangsters like Bulger.

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UFT Endorses Bill Thompson

Yesterday the New York City teacher's union endorsed Democrat Bill Thompson for mayor. Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers in New York, talks about the endorsement, how education issues will figure into the mayoral race, and the Bloomberg education legacy.

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The Power of Cities

This interview originally aired live on June 20, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Do we need to become a country of "trains, trees, and towers?" Vishaan Chakrabarti, director of Columbia University's Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) and author of the new book A Country of Cities: A Manifest for an Urban America, discusses why he thinks "density is destiny", and how cities can solve the world's major problems. 

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Open Phones: A Mayoral Race Check-In

After weeks of campaigning, dozens of forums, and a slew of endorsements, the 2013 mayor's race is beginning to take shape. With 81 days until the primary, WNYC's politics team, reporters Anna Sale and Brigid Bergin, join Brian to discuss the race and we open the phones and ask: Have you made up your mind? Why? What's been the most interesting story line of the race so far? If you haven't decided, what are you waiting to hear? Call 212-433-9692 or post your mayoral-race take below! 

→ Resources: Brian Lehrer Candidate Interviews | Mayor Tracker 2013 | Decide NYC Endorsement Database

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Immigration in America

Alvaro Vargas Llosa, senior fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the new book Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America (Independent Institute, 2013), discusses the book and how it relates to the current immigration debate. 

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Ask Dear Prudence: Splitting A Check

All this month, Emily Yoffe, Dear Prudence columnist for Slate takes listeners questions on thorny ethical and etiquette questions and offers her advice.

This week: Does "hosting" imply picking up the tab for restaurant meals and is there a good way to handle check-splitting when people of different means ... and different tastes are involved?  

  • Have advice about this situation? Post it below!
  • Need advice?  Post your own dilemma here and maybe you'll join Emily on the air next week!

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Manuel from Bronx

Subway etiquette

I have noticed that now a days people are too shy to comment on people playing songs or music on the bus/train when this music is disturbing the rest of the commuters. Should we uphold the peace of the environment or continue allowing degenerate behaviors such as this to go unchecked?

Jun. 27 2013 11:49 AM

I suggest using the page at

These comment pages are usually just ignored.

Jun. 24 2013 03:33 PM
sharon from Manhattan

No it's not just you, I'm having problems also with the ITunes feed on both Brian Lehrer and Leonard Lopate shows.

Jun. 20 2013 05:26 PM
Gauthier from Queens, NY

Is it just me, or is there something wrong with the iTunes feed of your show?

Jun. 20 2013 04:43 PM

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