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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

nyc fire hydrant in the summer (mondayne/flickr)

What you need to know to stay healthy and hydrated during the heat wave. Plus: Steven Dennis of Roll Call talks about what’s going on with food stamps, and the potential for limits on filibusters in Congress; Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside joins us to talk about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth, and the next installment of this week's series on the Five Pillars of Islam; and New York Times columnist Gail Collins spends an hour on the show. 

What You Need To Know About the Heat and Your Health

Frequently asked questions about how to stay safe in elevated temperatures.

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Congress: Food Stamps and Filibusters

Despite a late-night, closed-door meeting with nearly all 100 senators present, Democrats and Republicans failed to reach an agreement on how to proceed with President Obama's nominations. Republicans are threatening to filibuster, and Democrats are vowing to change the Senate rules to avoid the block. Steven Dennis, White House correspondent and Congressional Leadership editor for Roll Call, talks about the gridlock, the ongoing impact on food stamps from last week's Farm Bill, and more news from DC.

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Reza Aslan Talks to Brian Lehrer About Faith

This segment originally aired live on July 16, 2013. That original audio is posted here, although an edited version was included as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show episode on December 27. 

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on The Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're hosting an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). Today: we'll talk to our guest and take calls on Shahadah (faith) in relation to Islam and all the major monotheistic religions. Reza Aslan, associate professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside and author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Random House, 2013), talks about his book on the "historical" Jesus. 

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An Hour With Gail Collins

This live interview with Gail Collins originally aired on July 16th, 2013. An edited version was aired on September 2, 2013 as part of a best-of episode of the Brian Lehrer Show timed for Labor Day.

Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of As Texas Goes...: How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda (Liveright, 2012), talks about Texas Governor Rick Perry and Wendy Davis, the Weiner/Spitzer candidacies, plus your calls.

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