History of Immigration; New Yorker Festival, Spending Money in Pursuit of Happiness; Bridgegate

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The Registry Hall at Ellis Island.

Coming up on today's show:

  • Tom Gjelten, NPR religion correspondent and the author of A Nation of Nations: A Great American Immigration Story (Simon & Schuster, 2015), assesses the impact of post-1965 immigration on U.S. demographics and politics.
  • David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and host of the New Yorker Radio Hour, previews the upcoming New Yorker Festival.
  • Ruth Whippman, author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St. Martin's Press, 2016), explores the contradiction that although Americans spend more money in pursuit of happiness, studies show we have not found it.
  • Matt Katz, WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio reporter who covers Donald Trump and Chris Christie and the creator of  The Christie Tracker and the author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption (Threshold Editions, 2016), and Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, discuss the latest developments in the Bridgegate trial, including a claim for the prosecution’s star witness that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo halted an investigation into the lane closures on the George Washington Bridge.