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Constitution vs. Politics; Humans of New York; Bill de Blasio

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Constitution of the United States. (Mike Flippo/Shutterstock)

A new book looks at how the principles of our Constitution interact with our divided government. Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute and Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institution explain how our government and governance seem at odds. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues with a look at housing for the middle class. Plus: Brandon Stanton talks about his Humans of New York project; mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio; and a look at Creative Time and the role of art in our cities.

The New Politics of Extremism

The audio posted here is from October 24, when this segment originally aired. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show from December 27. 

What are the structural reasons for - and solutions to - the recent budget gridlock in Washington? Norman Ornstein, resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and Thomas Mann, senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, discuss their recent book It's Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided With the New Politics of Extremism.

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30 Issues: Housing for the Middle Class

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.

Ben Dulchin, executive director of ANHD, discusses the ways the mayoral candidates promise to support housing for the middle class.

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Photographing the Humans of New York

This segment originally aired live on October 24, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of episode on December 27, but the original audio is posted here.

Photographer Brandon Stanton talks about his project to photograph New Yorkers of all walks of life for his blog, now collected in a book called Humans of New York.

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Candidate de Blasio on Housing and Transportation

New York City Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for mayor, Bill de Blasio, talks about housing and transportation issues.

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Art and the Re-Making of Cities

Artist Vito Acconci and chief curator at Creative Time Nato Thompson talk about this week's Creative Time Summit "Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century" and the role of art in place-making in our cities.

 

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