The Real Mayoral Issues; The American Dream; Smells Like Summer

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Mayoral candidates at a forum on sustainability and green policy. (New York League of Conservation Voters)

While the mayoral race has turned into a tabloid circus, there are still real issues at hand. New York Times City Hall Bureau Chief David Chen joins us to discuss the non-Weiner issues in the campaign. Plus: the decline of the American Dream; a mother’s memoir on living with her mom and her teenage daughter; and Beau Friedlander on his Harper’s article "A Brief History of Scents," as well as the worst smells of the summer.

The Real (Non-Weiner) Mayoral Race Issues

Usually at this point in a mayoral election, the focus is on local issues, grassroots advocacy, and coalition building. This is not your usual mayoral election. David Chen, City Hall bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses the issues central to the mayoral race that have been overshadowed by Anthony Weiner's texting saga. Listeners: What non-sexting issue is getting crowded out? Interest groups, this is your moment. Call 212-433-9692 and tell us what we'd usually be talking about in a "normal" election year.

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The End of the American Dream?

Benjamin Wallace-WellsNew York Magazine staff writer, talks about the economist who thinks there might not be a full recovery from the 2008 financial crisis and that the American Dream's time has passed.

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Mothers and Daughters

Katie Hafner, author of Mother, Daughter, Me: A Memoir (Random House, 2013), talks about what happened when her mother moved in with her and her teenage daughter, and takes calls from listeners who also have experience.

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Fruitvale Station: Context and a Movie

Bob Butler, reporter at KCBS Radio in the Bay Area, gives context to the new movie "Fruitvale Station" as he's covered the real life Oscar Grant story the movie is based on. He's joined by Wesley Morris, writer for Grantland and 2012 Pulitzer Prize winner, who examines the movie with a critical eye and in the context not only of Oscar Grant, but also of Trayvon Martin and President Obama's speech.

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What Smells Like Summer to You?

What smell has made an impression on you this summer? The Brian Lehrer Show is looking for your #WorstNYCStink

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Open Phones: Midsummer Checklist Check-in

As we near the end of July, we'd like to hear from you about your summer checklist. Tell us one local thing you've always wanted to do that you finally got around to, and one thing you're still hoping check off the list before summer's end. Call us at 212-433-9692 or comment below!


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Weekend Bonus: Mobility in America, 2013

This week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed several stories related to economic mobility in the United States, from a new study that shows the links between geography and class; to advice segments on how to survive and escape poverty. This special podcast compiles all of those segments into one file.

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