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The Gold Standard: Science of Booze, Safety For All

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Steve Forbes, the chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media, advocates for a return to the gold standard. Plus: the delicate balance between ensuring the civil rights of the mentally ill in the criminal justice system with community safety; and an exploration of the science behind the production – and enjoyment – of booze.

NYC Development: Going Up, Closing Down

A check-in on some notable developments and the state of affordable housing for many New Yorkers. City Councilman Brad Lander (D-39), discusses the threatened closing of Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility for seniors, as well as other council items.

Then, WNYC development reporter Janet Babin discusses a proposed big new big building that may cast shadows across Prospect Park; the rally to save cheap housing at Stuy Town; and how the de Blasio affordable housing push is starting to shake out.

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Banking on Gold to Save the Economy

Paul Krugman says it's a "cosmically bad idea," but former presidential candidate Steve Forbes thinks otherwise. He makes the case for how the gold standard could stabilize the global economy.

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Criminal Justice and the Mentally Ill

Elizabeth Glazer, director of the mayor's Office of Criminal Justice and co-chair of the mayor's new Task Force on Behavioral Health and the Criminal Justice System, talks about the issues they'll face as they devise recommendations to address cases where the civil rights of the mentally ill come up against demands for community safety.

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The Science of Booze

We're familiar with its effects. But what's the magical chemistry behind fermented beverages? And what in the world goes into a "Corpse Reviver #2?"

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The US Response in Iraq

Islamist militants continue to make gains in Iraq, and President Obama says his national security team is leaving all options on the table when it comes to planning a US response. Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, talks about the possibilities that lie ahead.

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Brian Lehrer Live

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Need to catch up? The Brian Lehrer Show picks three of their favorite segments from the week and compiles them into one podcast.

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