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The Untold Story of Guns

Friday, November 15, 2013

We’ve become accustomed in the past 20 years to seeing the issue of guns in America broken down into two camps: gun control advocates — led by police chiefs and Sarah Brady — and the all-powerful National Rifle Association. In an interview that originally aired in December of last year, Bob talks to Adam Winkler, author of Gunfight: The Battle Over the Right to Bear Arms In America, who says there was a time, relatively recently, in fact, when the NRA Supported gun control legislation, and the staunchest defenders of so-called "gun rights" were on the radical left.

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On The Media

Guns as Free Speech?

Friday, November 15, 2013

Last weekend, a small group of women in the local chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America held a meeting at a restaurant in a Dallas suburb. In the parking lot outside a group of men women and children wielding assault rifles held a pro-gun demonstration, saying they were exercising their First Amendment rights. Bob speaks to Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the rise of Open Carry demonstrations, and whether carrying a gun qualifies as free speech.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gun Rights and Starbucks; Library Awards; Miss Manners

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Starbucks has asked that customers not bring guns into their stores. Dan Baum, author of Gun Guys: A Road Trip, explains the message and how gun rights advocates are reacting. Plus: we hear about the Syrian reaction to the possibility of international or US intervention in that country, and what the conditions are on the ground; librarians from the winners of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards talk about their plan for the prize money; and Judith Martin (aka “Miss Manners”) and her son Nicholas Ivor Martin, talk about business etiquette.

WNYC News

Bloomberg Says More Out-of-State Guns Are Killing New Yorkers

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says 90 percent of traceable guns used in city crimes in 2011 came from elsewhere, putting New Yorkers at the mercy of other states' gun laws.

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WNYC News

Newtown Residents 'Disgusted' By Gun Bill Defeats in Senate

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Emotionally drained family members of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting victims say they're disappointed but undaunted after Wednesday's U.S. Senate vote derailing gun control.

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WNYC News

Sen. Schumer: Blame NRA for Failure of Background Check Measure

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Senate has rejected a bipartisan effort to expand federal background checks to more firearms buyers in a crucial showdown over gun control.

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New Jersey News

Gun Debate Comes to Jersey

Monday, April 15, 2013

WNYC

Both New York and Connecticut have already passed bills in response  to the Newtown shootings. Now Trenton is set to take action even though it already has the strictest gun laws in the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mental Health Guide; DC Developments; College Inequality

Monday, April 15, 2013

There might be compromise in the air in Washington, DC. Bob Cusack, managing editor for The Hill, talks about possible deals on gun legislation, immigration and the budget. Then, Lloyd Sederer, medical director of New York State’s Office of Mental Health, about his new guide for mental healthcare written for families. Plus: a 5-year study of a group of women in college shows inequality in college education; and news headlines from your hometowns.

WNYC News

Connecticut Governor Set to Sign 'Sweeping Gun Control' Legislation Into Law

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Nearly four months after the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn. killed 27 people, Governor Dannel P. Malloy said Tuesday he’s set to sign into law what some are calling the most sweeping gun control legislation in the country.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

NYPD Oversight Plan; Education in NJ; Veterans for Hire

Thursday, March 21, 2013

A proposal in the New York City Council would create an Inspector General to oversee New York Police Department action. Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, architects of the bill, talk about the oversight proposal and what chance it has of becoming law. Plus: Nancy Solomon of NJPR and John Mooney of NJSpotlight.com discuss highlights from Brian’s education panel discussion in New Jersey; an update on gun control measures in Senate; the “Ask a Bioethicist” series continues with a look at neuro-enhancement; and a discussion for veterans on how to nail a civilian interview and use skills to your advantage.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Coastal Rebuilding; Sen. Gillibrand; Working for Free

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The Small Business Administration is granting loans to businesses in hard-hit coastal communities damaged by Sandy. WNYC’s Robert Lewis talks about a ProPublica and WNYC investigation into money going into vulnerable coastal areas. Plus: Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on a new gun trafficking bill; Max Boot’s new book on current and future insurgencies; a road trip has lessons about gun culture; and what kind of calculation do you make about whether to work for free or not?

The Brian Lehrer Show

Chuck Hagel Vote; Candidate Bill Thompson; Gun Control; Chris Anderson

Friday, February 15, 2013

Hear the latest on the Hagel confirmation. Plus: former NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson on his mayoral candidacy; where gun control meets free speech; working as an ER doctor in Newark; and former Wired editor Chris Anderson on his new drone company and why he's sourcing in Mexico.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Teen Pregnancy Down; Against NY’s Gun Laws; Cantor’s Speech

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NYC Health Commissioner Thomas Farley talks about why the city’s teen pregnancy rate has been on the decline over the past decade, and why the Bronx still has the highest rate in the country. Then, Thomas King of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association explains why the group is against new state gun laws. Plus: your stories on navigating the differences between Western and alternative medicine; the obstacles to higher education for first generation college students; and allegations of fraud against S&P.

Radio Rookies

Radio Rookies and Youth Radio Live Chat on Gun Control and School Safety

Monday, January 28, 2013

WNYC

Join Radio Rookies and Youth Radio today from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST for a Live Chat about gun control and school safety with students from classrooms around the country. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Means and Measures

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Time Magazine’s Michael Scherer examines the political context of the President’s proposals to curb gun violence, and what kind of obstacles there might be in Washington. Plus: Paul Barrett, author of Glock: The Rise of America’s Gun, reports on his visit to a gun trade show and the economics of the gun industry. Then, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey discusses what the supermarket chain means to food and business; and Ina May Gaskin on her role in the midwifery movement.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Connect the Dots

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

The influenza epidemic has been keeping many New Yorkers home sick. Council Member Gale Brewer (D-6) explains the state of proposed sick leave legislation. Then, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance joins to talk about what kind of gun policy he supports; WNYC’s Bob Hennelly on the Sandy recovery aid package in Congress; Kevin Drum of Mother Jones on his reporting on the link between lead and violent crime rates; and a new Center for an Urban Future report examines the role of libraries in the digital age.

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On The Media

Newspaper Publishes a Map Showing Where Gun Owners Live

Friday, January 11, 2013

Following the school massacre in nearby Connecticut, a New York state paper published a map showing the names and addresses of handgun permit owners in its readership area — all except for one county, where local officials have refused to provide the paper with the information. This decision violates explicit New York State law, but has a supporter in New York state Senator Greg Ball, who tells Bob why he's supporting Putnam County officials.

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On The Media

Privacy and Gun Control

Friday, January 11, 2013

On Thursday, Vice President Biden sketched out early hints of what gun control reform might look like. One potential reform concerns something that you might mistakenly assume already exists: a central database of gun transactions in the US, maintained by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The NRA has blocked all such efforts in the past. New York Times reporter Sheryl Gay Stolberg tells Bob why the ATF's record-keeping on gun sales is actually incredibly antiquated. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Political Spending and the Gun Control Debate

Monday, January 07, 2013

With the revival of the gun control debate, ProPublica’s Suevon Lee looks at how much both gun control advocates and gun rights groups have been spending on lobbying efforts and contributed to political campaigns. With gun rights groups outspending their counterparts, we’ll look at how that money has affected gun policy in recent years.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Deep

Monday, January 07, 2013

On today’s show, we’ll compare the amount of money both sides of the gun control debate spend on elections and lobbying efforts. Then, guest host Julie Burstein talks with Joyce Carol Oates about her novel, The Gravedigger’s Daughter, for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club. Ayana Mathis discusses her acclaimed debut novel The 12 Tribes of Hattie. Plus, a look at new research which indicates that being more emotionally vulnerable could actually make us stronger.