Obamacare Trouble; Westchester County Executive; NJ Road & Rail; Offensive Halloween

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Sarah Kliff, health policy reporter for the Washington Post and Wonkblog, discusses Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius's testimony before Congress yesterday on the rough rollout of Obamacare. Plus: the candidates for Westchester County Executive; a look at New Jersey's road and rail and what the governor can and should do about it; Warren Lehrer on his new book A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley; and a chance for listeners to call in to ask a panel of judges whether your Halloween costume is offensive. 

Kathleen Sebelius Takes the Stand

In contentious 3-hour hearing on Capitol Hill yesterday, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius defended the Affordable Care Act while acknowledging that there are serious technical failures in the health exchange website launch. 

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Meet the Candidates: Westchester County Executive

In back-to-back interviews, New Rochelle mayor Noam Bramson (Democrat) and Republican incumbent Rob Astorino talk about the issues facing Westchester County and why the voters should pick them in Tuesday's election.

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30 Issues in 30 Days: NJ Roads and Rails

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

Mike Frassinelli, Star-Ledger transportation writer, talks about transportation issues affecting New Jersey, from toll roads to gas taxes to rail transit -- and what the next governor can do about it.

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Warren Lehrer's Books Within Books

This conversation originally aired live on October 31, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of the Brian Lehrer Show on December 24. The original audio is posted here.

Warren Lehrer, co-founder of EarSay and author of A Life In Books: The Rise and Fall of Bleu Mobley (Goff Books, 2013) talks to Brian (his brother!) about his new work, an "illuminated novel" which contains 101 books-within-books about the life of Bleu Mobley.

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Is My Halloween Costume Offensive?

Every Halloween, there are conversations about what's an appropriate costume, and what's insensitive. Historical (but despicable) figures like Genghis Khan? Racial stereotypes like a Geisha? Sexy [anything]? Blackface? (Okay, that one's easy: Don't do it!)

Live on the Brian Lehrer Show at 11:40am today.

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