Gambling in NY; Robert Gibbs; Legal Realism; Density in NYC; New Words

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's a ballot referendum in New York about whether to allow seven new casinos in the state. Find out the pros and cons. Plus: former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Judge Richard Posner on legal realism; New York Times reporter Charles Bagli on density and development in NYC; and new neologisms. 

Gambling on the Ballot

Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement and director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz and the author of The Oxford Handbook of New York State Government and Politics, discusses the gambling referendum on the November ballot to allow seven casinos in New York State.

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How Hard is it To Be the President's Press Secretary?

Brian Lehrer Show listeners take their best shots at Robert Gibbs, President Obama's former spox.

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The Case for Legal Realism

Richard Posner, circuit judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, senior lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School, and the author of Reflections on Judging (Harvard University Press, 2013), draws on his 31 years on the bench to explain why legal "realism" is better than legal "formalism," like that espoused by Justice Scalia.


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30 Issues: Density and Sustainable Development

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

Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter and author of Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made, discusses how the next mayor would approach development and building infrastructure to account for more density.

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New Words for How We Live Now Part 2

Liesl Schillinger, culture critic, blogger and the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century (Simon & Schuster, 2013), shares her neologisms for things like a person who overdoes the teeth-bleaching (brightbite) and introduces a new listener suggested word.


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