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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bouncing Back

Friday, February 19, 2010

Science theorist Howard Bloom discusses his rewrite of the history of the West and what capitalism is really all about. Then, the musical "Fela!" is a Broadway smash—we’ll speak with its director and choreographer Bill T. Jones and with the show’s star Sahr Ngaujah. Also, choreographer Mark Morris discusses his ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How the End of the Cold War Led to the Economic Crisis

Friday, February 19, 2010

John Lanchester, author of the novel The Debt to Pleasure, offers his particular take on the global economic crisis in his new book, I.O.U.: Why Everyone Owes Everyone and No One Can Pay.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Obama to Establish Debt Commission, Authorities Target Shady Business Practice, Glitches at Winter Olympics

Thursday, February 18, 2010

  • DEBT TAKEOUT: President Obama is expected to sign an executive order today, setting up a bipartisan commission to examine ways to reduce our soaring deficit. Walter Alarcon, a staff writer for The Hill, joins us with a look at a bitterly divided Congress.
  • FINANCE TAKEOUT: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us why federal and state authorities are going after companies that try to pass off regular employees as private contractors.
  • OLYMPICS TAKEOUT: Freelance sports writer Dan Friedell joins us with some thoughts on how the Vancouver Olympics differ from the games in Beijing. He says the 2008 Games was a well-oiled machine, while the 2010 Games has seen glitch after glitch. You may be surprised which one Dan thinks is more fun. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stimulus Check In: Transportation

Thursday, February 18, 2010

WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein and Will Schroeer from Smart Growth America discuss how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) has advanced the cause of New York state and local transportation issues.

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WNYC News

St. Vincent's Hospital Workers Agree to Pay Cuts

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Doctors, nurses, and all administrators and staff at St. Vincent’s Medical Center will see their paychecks reduced for the next 120 days, in an effort to cut expenses and stave off bankruptcy. Two unions, SEIU 1199, and the New York State Nurses Association, say their ...

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WQXR News

Obama Touts Success of Stimulus Spending

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Barack Obama says things would be much worse without the stimulus program that he signed one year ago today.

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WNYC News

The Stimulus Bill, One Year Later

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The White House says the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has created or saved some 160,000 jobs in New York state, and another 65,000 in New Jersey.

The jobs numbers come on the first anniversary of the stimulus bill. They're based not on actual jobs -- which has been hard ...

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: Greece Gets Economic Deadlines, NBA Trade Deadline, Our Dog Show Winner

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

  • BUSINESS TAKEOUT:  The Greek finance minister, George Papaconstantinou, is attempting to reassure the European Union that his country's deficit problems are largely under control, but New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us that not everybody is buying his story.
  • SPORTS TAKEOUT: Ibrahim Abdul-Matin takes a look at some possible moves that could happen before Wednesday afternoon's NBA trade deadline.
  • DOGS TAKEOUT: After more than a hundred submissions and several days of voting, the listeners' favorite was clear: a chihuahua named Benny, photographed looking anxious between a pair of Siamese cats.  We spoke with the owner and her mother about Benny and the advantages of looking scared in a competition.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stimulus Check-In: Education Overdrawn

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Michael A. Rebell, executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity at Teachers College at Columbia University examines the problems with how states have been spending stimulus money on education.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stimulus Fact Check

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the stimulus plan. David Leonhardt, "Economic Scene" columnist for the New York Times, does some stimulus fact checking.

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WNYC News

How NY Is Faring One Year Into the Recovery Act

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

President Obama is marking the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In a White House report released last night Vice President Joe Biden says the federal stimulus project has so far created or saved 2 million jobs, while some $453 billion have ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Working in the Shadows

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Gabriel Thompson talks about what it's like to do physical labor for minimum wage. In Working in the Shadows: A Year Doing the Jobs (Most) Americans Won't Do, he gives an account of the year he spent working alongside immigrants-- picking lettuce in Arizona, working the graveyard shift at ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Our Lot

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alyssa Katz explains how economic anxieties and realities of ordinary Americans, combined with greed and delusion on Wall Street and in Washington, inflated the real estate bubble. In Our Lot: How Real Estate Came to Own Us, she looks into how our entire nation got swept up in real ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Heart of the Matter

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We’ll look at how the entire nation—including many unqualified homebuyers—got swept up in real-estate mania in the 1990s. Also, Russian pianists Denis Matsuev talks about his return to Carnegie Hall. Then, Gabriel Thompson tells us about his experience working alongside Latino immigrants in low-wage jobs all across the country. And ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted: Meet Ginger

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We're meeting the five participants in the newly-launched "Help Wanted series. Today, meet Ginger, who formerly worked in administrative support in the finance industry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted: Interview Strategies

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

What's the best way to make sure every interview counts? Scott Peek, principal photographer at scottpeekphotography, is a former corporate salesman who now volunteers his time at a career networking organization, coaching job seekers in interview techniques.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stimulus Check-In: Minority Business

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of the stimulus bill. Bettina Damiani, Project Director for Good Jobs New York, and Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and CEO of PolicyLink, discuss the impact of the stimulus on low-income communities, and grade New York on how effective the state has been at ...

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WNYC News

Pros & Cons of NYC's Shadow Economy

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Today is the second day of meetings among European finance ministers as they discuss how to address Greece's massive debt crisis. Many economists say Greece's government is losing revenues to a huge shadow economy. As WNYC's Lisa Chow tells us, New York City also has ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted: Skills Recession

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Center for an Urban Future recently released a report about New Yorkers lacking the skills to compete in today's industry. The center's director, Jonathan Bowles and executive director of the Workplace Strategy Center Julian Alssid talk about the "skills recession" and a need to invest ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted: Meet Alyson

Monday, February 15, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show continues its new project Help Wanted, in which five job hunters report on the ups and downs of looking for work. Today, meet Alyson, a fashion designer looking for a new job.

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