Cory Booker; Human Evolution; Neologisms; Shutdown Latest

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Newark mayor and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senator from New Jersey Cory Booker discusses his campaign ahead of Wednesday's election. Plus: Harvard evolutionary biologist Daniel Lieberman on his new book The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease; new neologisms with New York Times culture writer Liesl Schillinger; and the latest on the government shutdown and talks over raising the debt ceiling with Buzzfeed's Kate Nocera.

Government Shutdown: Day 15

Kate Nocera, BuzzFeed congressional reporter, discusses the latest on negotiations in Washington, how bond markets are reacting after a 3-day weekend, and House rule 358.

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30 Issues: Job Creation and Congress

It's Jobs Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

David Leonhardt, Washington D.C Bureau Chief for the New York Times and author of the e-book Here's the Deal (Byliner Inc. 2013), talks about how the two candidates in the NJ Senate race, Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan, would approach job creation - and what it says about both parties' approach to jobs on the federal level.

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The Human Body Story

An edited version of this conversation was included in a best-of episode of the Brian Lehrer Show on December 26, 2013. It originally aired live on October 15, and the audio from that segment is posted here.

Professor of human evolutionary biology at Harvard and author of the new book, The Story of the Human Body: Evolution, Health, and Disease (Pantheon, 2013), Daniel Lieberman, discusses why we have flat feet, myopia, type 2 diabetes and other evolutionary mismatches and why he thinks we need to think more about our evolutionary history when we think about our health.

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Open Phones: What Will You Miss about Mayor Bloomberg?

Mayor Bloomberg has been running the city for a long time. What do you like about the mayor and his vision for New York City? Call in and say what will you miss in post-Bloomberg NYC.


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NJ Senate Candidates: Cory Booker

Mayor of Newark and Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate representing New Jersey, Cory Booker, discusses his platform and candidacy ahead of tomorrow's special election to fill the seat.

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New Words for How We Live Now

Culture critic, blogger and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013), Liesl Schillinger, shares her neologisms for things like a person who overdoes the teeth-bleaching ("brightbite") or an old boyfriend who won't go away ("polterguy").  

Have you coined a word to fill a 21st century need or have you come across new situations that need a word to describe them?  

Liesl Schillinger will read tomorrow at 7PM at the Powerhouse Arena in DUMBO.

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