American Jews; Mayors in a Disaster; Mob Boss; Shutdown Day 4

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Friday, October 04, 2013

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A new study from Pew found that American Jews have less identification to the religion than to the culture. Jane Eisner, editor of The Jewish Daily Forward, explains. Plus: Dave Weigel of Slate talks about the latest on the government shutdown as we take your calls on how it’s affecting your work or personal life. Then, Irwin Redlener of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness, talks about how the next mayor could handle disasters; investigative reporters Tom Robbins and Jerry Capeci talk about their new book on the mob; and a discussion of what it’s like to communicate illness.

Shutdown: Day 4

The government shutdown continues, with lawmakers showing no signs of agreeing on a bill to fund the budget. Dave Weigel, Slate political reporter and MSNBC contributor, discusses the latest news, the deepening impact of the shutdown, and yesterday's shooting at the Capitol, in which a woman was killed by police after she tried to ram her car past security barriers.

We're continuing to gather your shutdown stories. How is the shutdown affecting your life or your work? Big or small, post your story below, or call 212-433-9692 to join us on air.

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30 Issues: Disaster Preparedness and Response

It’s Public Safety Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

30 Issues Public Safety Week wraps up with a look at disaster response and the next mayor with Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia School of Public Health.

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Jewish America Generational Divide

An edited version of this segment aired as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show on Friday, November 29, 2013. The original conversation aired live on October 4. 

A recent Pew survey of American Jews found that there’s less identification with the Jewish religion, even as cultural ties remain. Jane Eisner, the editor of The Jewish Daily Forward who suggested the survey, shares her thoughts on this finding.

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Mob Boss

Former boss "Little Al" D'Arco was the highest-ranking mobster to become a government informant. His life story is told by Tom Robbins in his new book Mob Boss: The Life of Little Al D’Arco, The Man Who Brought Down the Mafia. Robbins is an investigative journalist in residence at the CUNY School of Journalism and former longtime columnist at the Village Voice. Jerry Capeci, who writes a weekly column on organized crime at and has covered the mafia as a journalist for decades, co-authored the new book.

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Medical Wonder Cabinet

The New York Academy of Medicine is holding a "Festival of Medical History and the Arts" on Saturday. Journalist Lawrence Weschler will present one of his “Wonder Cabinets” – a series of panels and lectures on the body and illness.

Weschler previews the event with two participants: Jane Gauntlett, performer, writer, producer and co-founder of the Sublime & Ridiculous theater company inspired by her experience with epilepsy, and Riva Lehrer, born with spina bifida and a current artist and lecturer in anatomy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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