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MICROPOLIS: Hasidic Supermarkets and the Virtues of Insularity

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

New York has more foreign-born residents than any other city in the world: more than L.A. or Hong Kong, and two-and-a-half times as many as London. But in this latest episode of Micropolis, we consider what's lost when people of different cultures and belief systems try to co-exist. In other words, what's the downside of diversity?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Obama in Mexico; East Ramapo School Response; Eve Ensler

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

This week President Obama will head to Mexico. We discuss what the administration hopes to accomplish in terms of trade, energy and security. Plus: A Hasidic leader in Rockland County responds to allegations that members of the Orthodox Jewish community are abusing their place on the East Ramapo school board; Eve Ensler discusses her new memoir detailing her work with women in the Congo and her own struggle with cancer; and WNYC's Robert Lewis talks about his investigation into two nonprofit special education school networks in the area.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Hasidic Leader on Rockland School Controversy

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Last week, Brian spoke to the author of a New York Magazine article about tensions in the Ramapo school district. Rockland County legislator Aron Wieder, (District 13) and former President of the East Ramapo School Board, responds to criticisms that members of the Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County are using their seats on the East Ramapo school board to make decisions that are in their best interest, although they do not send their children to public schools.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hasidim vs. the World in Ramapo

Friday, April 26, 2013

New York Magazine staff writer, Benjamin Wallace-Wells, talks about his article "Them and Them," exploring the tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chemical Weapons in Syria?; Headaches; Ramapo Tensions

Friday, April 26, 2013

There are varying reports about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Justin Vogt of Foreign Affairs talks about what it could mean for US involvement in the conflict there. Plus: Amy Hall, director of social consciousness for Eileen Fisher, talks about the designer’s mission; tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo; what can be learned from Third World experiences; and one writer’s story of a never-ending headache and what she learned about that kind of pain.