57th St. Reopens, Hours After Crane Malfunctioned Near Carnegie Hall

Monday, October 07, 2013

A malfunctioning crane that dangled a 13,000-pound load of construction material near Carnegie Hall has been lowered without incident and the street has reopened.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYC Leads the Way

Friday, June 14, 2013

With the federal government stymied by partisan gridlockBruce Katz, founder of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and co-author with Jennifer Bradley of The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy (Brookings Institution Press, 2013), talks about the way cities, and especially New York, are on the forefront of civic innovation.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Centrists, Unite!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

This interview originally aired live on April 25, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 2, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

Charlie Wheelan, author of Naked Economics and The Centrist Manifesto, says it's time for a third party to move the country beyond gridlock.


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Common Ground for the Common Good

Monday, April 01, 2013

Recent debates over gun control, the budget and gay rights have shown us that our nation cannot seem to agree on anything these days. Jim Wallis, progressive Christian activist, president and CEO of Sojourners, and author of  On God's Side: What Religion Forgets and Politics Hasn't Learned about Serving the Common Good, says it's time to focus on the old concept, "the common good" as the only way out of our politically polarized gridlock.


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Transportation Nation

Gridlock Sam: Lack of Congestion Pricing Is NYC's Biggest Transpo Problem

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sam Schwartz -- an engineer and former NYC traffic commissioner -- has been shopping a plan he says would make toll pricing more in New York City more rational and equitable. He talks about it on the latest episode of the public television show MetroFocus, starting with a tried and true thought experiment: the alien considering a human custom--in this case, the city's tolling policy--and finding it strange.

"If you were an urban planner from Mars," he said, "and you wanted to go to the center of New York City, you would assume it was Staten Island, because we charge everybody to go into Staten Island. That's crazy."

Instead, Schwartz would raise tolls on approaches to the central business district of Manhattan and lower tolls to geographically peripheral areas like Staten Island and The Rockaways. The plan is generating buzz among urban planners but Schwarz is still seeking a wider audience, knowing such plans in the past have proved a heavy political lift.

The rest of this week's show is devoted to New York City transportation, including the MTA's East Side Access project, bringing real-time bus information to passengers, and a profile of senior citizens in Brooklyn whom are agitating for pedestrian safety.

Bonus: you'll learn the backstory of how Schwartz coined the term 'gridlock,' which he says he can't take sole credit for.

If you're in the New York City area, the episode will air on WNET Thursday night at 8:30. Or watch below!

Watch "Transforming Transportation" Full Episode on PBS. See more from MetroFocus.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Washington Gridlock v 2011

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post Congressional reporter, discusses the showdown over the payroll tax and who stands to win - and lose.

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The Takeaway

Rep. Jan Schakowsky On Why She Voted Against the Debt Deal

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

After a day of Congressional leaders of both parties courting skeptics in their rank-and-file, the House of Representatives passed a deal to raise the debt ceiling and slash federal spending by a vote of 269-161. The legislation is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate today at noon. Among the 161 "no" votes were both Democrats and many Tea Party Republicans, united in opposition for ideologically different reasons. One of those Democrats who voted against the bill was Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, who is a member of the president's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform.

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Transportation Nation

Gridlock Alert: President Obama Comes To Ground Zero

Thursday, May 05, 2011

President Obama Comforts Family Members of 9/11 Victims on the The Attacks' Ninth Anniversary, in September 2010 (White House Photo)

As President Obama visits the still not-quite finished World Trade Center memorial to lay a wreath today to honor those killed in the 9/11 attacks days after the attacks' mastermind was shot and killed, most of Lower Manhattan will become a frozen zone.  Most roads in Lower Manhattan  will be closed and PATH trains to the World Trade Center Station will be halted today around midday -- but otherwise, mass transit will be the only way to get around.

The  Daily New's Gridlock Sam advises:

President Obama heads to New York City on Thursday for a four-to-five hour visit.

The President is scheduled to land at Kennedy Airport about 10:30 a.m. Thursday before taking a chopper to Wall St. About 11 a.m., the President will most likely motorcade up the FDR Drive, take the 42nd St. exit and visit with firefighters between Seventh and Eighth Aves. in the 50s. Gridlock Sam will keep you abreast of any route changes at

After the firehouse, Obama will head downtown and lay a wreath at Ground Zero about 1:30 p.m. This means he will backtrack down the FDR, probably through the Battery Park Underpass and up West St. to the World Trade Center site. He'll also visit with 9/11 families before heading back to Kennedy Airport about 3 p.m.

Here are the freezes drivers face as the presidential motorcade zips around town:

- The FDR Drive below 63rd St. between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

- All avenues from Eighth to the FDR between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

- Northbound West St. below Chambers St. and the Battery Park Underpass between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

- Church St. between 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

- The northbound FDR below Pearl St. between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

- Heavy delays at the Battery Tunnel and Brooklyn Bridge.

The World Trade Center PATH station will also be closed between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, and the M5 along with some express buses will be delayed and/or diverted

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The Takeaway

Government Shutdown Would Cost Billions

Monday, February 21, 2011

Early Saturday morning, House Republicans, prodded by fervent Tea Party freshmen passed a bill slashing government spending by $61 billion immediately. That vote forces Republicans and Democrats into a political showdown that could boil over into a government shutdown. How could this affect you? We speak with Nate Persily, Charles Beekman Professor of Law and Political Science at Columbia University, and the author of the book "Public Opinion and Constitutional Controversy."


The Takeaway

A High School Teacher Explains Government Gridlock

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Under ordinary circumstances, it can be hard to get young people engaged in politics. But when the political system seems broken, does the job become even harder? For the fourth installment in our series, "Frustration Nation," we turn to a high school civics teacher and two students to hear how the turmoil in Washington plays out in the classroom.

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The Takeaway

Listeners React to Media's Role in Political Gridlock

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yesterday, we spoke with media experts about the role of news in politics and its impact on the gridlock in Washington, D.C.  We received many comments from listeners who believe strongly that the media are responsible for much of the political divisiveness in the country today.

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The Takeaway

The Media's Role in America's Political Divide

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

From television, to talk radio, to the newsstands, Americans are inundated with news about the sorry state of politics. But are the media merely covering the story of D.C.'s gridlock, or are they creating it? For the second installment of our series, "Frustration Nation," we examine the role of the media and its impact on the political divisiveness in America and Washington, D.C., today.

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The Takeaway

Why Americans are Angry and D.C. is Broken

Monday, February 22, 2010

A new CNN poll finds that 86 percent of Americans think that government is broken. This week, we kick off a series called "Frustration Nation," where we examine the gridlock in the capital and how politics has come to be so divisive in America. For the first installment, we put today's situation in a historical context.

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