The Brian Lehrer Show

What To Know About Black Bears in New Jersey

Friday, September 26, 2014

On Sunday, a black bear killed a Rutgers student who was hiking in Northern New Jersey. Attacks are rare -- and this is the first fatal attack in the state since 1852.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Outcry Over Bear Bile Farming in China

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

There's an article in today's New York Times about anger over bear bile farming in China and the growing animal rights movement in that country. Bear bile is an ingredient in some Chinese medicine, and the methods for collecting it from bears held in captive is seen by many as animal cruelty. Listen to Leonard's 2012 interview with Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, discussing bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts and the documentary "Cages of Shame."


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Diving Into the Wreck Edition

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Listen to Slate's show about the poetry of Adrienne Rich, grizzly bear attacks and The New York Times' article "Where Have All the Neurotics Gone?"



Sam Feirstein: Alaska Bingo

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Sam Feirstein takes a broken heart to Alaska and finds surprising kindness in enemy territory. Also, Strangers producer/host Lea Thau takes a broken heart to India.



Q&A | After the NJ Hunt: Top Bear Expert Weighs in on What the State Has Learned

Thursday, December 15, 2011


New Jersey gets a lot of attention for its annual bear hunt, which wrapped up last week with 464 kills. But that's just one of the ways the state's wildlife officials are managing the bear population year round. Bears have turned up in every county in the state, including a few blocks from the George Washington Bridge — and there are an estimated 3,200 bears in Northwestern Jersey alone.

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The Takeaway

NFL Playoffs: Jets Upset Patriots, Conference Championship Rounds Are Set

Monday, January 17, 2011

It's considered the best weekend of football, the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. New York Jets head coach, Rex Ryan, has been vocal all week in the runup to Sunday's big game. Many criticized him for talking too much, but his team lived up to all the talk, upsetting the Patriots 28-21.