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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mom of the Year; Food Truck Permits; Subway Adventures

Friday, May 01, 2015

Baltimore's so-called "#MomOfTheYear;" reforming the food truck permit system; an update on Nepal's earthquake; when America became a Christian nation & subway adventures.

The Takeaway

Searching for Hope Amid Disaster in Nepal

Monday, April 27, 2015

More than 3,500 people are dead and 6,500 injured after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on Saturday.

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In The Midst Of The Polar Vortex, A Drought In California

Monday, January 27, 2014

In light of California Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency, Lauren Sommers, science and environmental reporter at KQED, discusses the political and environmental effects of the drought. 

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The Takeaway

With the Earth Changing, What is an Act of God?

Thursday, November 21, 2013

When a storm hits, our attention often shifts from science to God. But what do we lose when we place the burden of a natural disaster upon a higher power and wipe our hands clean from any responsibility? Joining The Takeaway is Ted Steinberg, professor of history and law at Case Western Reserve University, author of “Acts of God: The Unnatural History of Natural Disaster in America," and of the forthcoming book "Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York."

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A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

Monday, May 27, 2013

One week ago today, a massive tornado tore through the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore, killing 24 people, including seven children who died at Plaza Towers Elementary School. The tornado produced winds of more than 200 M.P.H. that leveled whole blocks of homes and businesses. Lindsie Harms, a fifth grade teacher at Plaza Towers Elementary School, explains how the community is coping.

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Oklahoma High School Seniors Graduate in Tornado's Aftermath

Friday, May 24, 2013

It has been a devastating week for the people of Oklahoma. Monday’s tornado left twenty-four people dead, hundreds injured, and an estimated 2 billion dollars in damage. Despite the destruction, students from Moore, Southmoore and Westmoore high schools will graduate as planned on Saturday. Jeff Wood and Brooke Potter will be among them. 

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Teachers: Unsung Heroes of the Oklahoma City Tornado

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

As the road to recovery begins for the people affected by the Oklahoma City Tornado Monday, unsung heroes have emerged out of this tragedy. People whose jobs helped to save lives, keep others calm, and keep the public informed. Among them are the school teachers who rushed their students to safety.

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Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia, The Mayor of Oklahoma City, A New Kind of Commencement Speech

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

More than a Weather Man | In Praise of the Less-Than-Earnest Commencement Speech | The Mayor of Oklahoma City on How His City is Coping | Geena Davis on Gender, Media, and Perception | The DSM and Mental Health in America | Defining Normal After a Diagnosis of Schizophrenia

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Oklahoma City Tornado: 200 M.P.H. Winds, EF-4 on Fujita Scale

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

While Midwesterners see tornadoes almost every spring, few twisters leave the magnitude of damage that yesterday's tornado dropped on Moore, Oklahoma. Dozens are dead, untold numbers are injured, and damage is likely to be in the billions of dollars. 

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Devastating Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma City

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

A huge tornado tore through parts of Oklahoma City Monday, killing many and injuring hundreds. The tornado is said to have produced winds of 200 M.P.H. that leveled buildings and whole neighborhoods. Among the buildings damaged were two elementary schools, including the Plaza Towers Elementary School in the suburb of Moore, which was full of children at the time the tornado struck. 

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Devastating Tornado in Oklahoma City, What James Rosen Case Says About Freedom of the Press, Syrian Conflict Deepens

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Devastating Tornado Rips Through Oklahoma City | What the James Rosen Case Says About the Freedom of the Press | Congressional Investigation: Apple Avoided Billions of Dollars in Taxes | As Syrian Conflict Deepens, Violence Bleeds into Iraq and Lebanon | Oklahoma City Tornado: 200 M.P.H. Winds, EF-4 on Fujita Scale

The Takeaway

Tornadoes Tear Through the Midwest

Monday, May 20, 2013

A huge storm swept through swaths of the Midwest this weekend creating tornadoes that touched ground in Iowa, Kansas and Oklahoma. Rachel Hubbard is associate director at KOSU in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where the first tornado touched down about a half mile from her house.

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Series of Tornadoes Rip Through Texas

Thursday, May 16, 2013

A series of deadly storms tore through an area of North Texas late Wednesday night. Today will be a day of tragedy and cleanup for hundreds of families facing the loss of loved ones, injuries, or even homelessness.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Haiti: Three Years Later

Monday, January 14, 2013

Amy Wilentz, author of The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalier and Farewell, Fred Voodoo: A Letter from Haiti, and Laurent DuBois, professor of History at Duke University and the author of the 2012 book, now in paperback, Haiti: The Aftershocks of History, look at what’s changed in the three years since the devastating earthquake.

It can be difficult to know where to make a contribution to the ongoing relief and development effort in Haiti. Ms. Wilentz and Prof. DuBois gave us three recommendations.

*CODEP-The Comprehensive Development Project works on reforestation and self-sufficiency projects in rural Haiti.

*Partners in Health-Provides "preferential medical care" to Haiti's poorest citizens.

*Ti Kay Haiti-Dr. Megan Coffee treats and works to prevent Tuberculosis and HIV in Port-au-Prince.

 

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On The Media

Fight or Flight

Friday, August 31, 2012

This summer has seen a host of natural disasters, from wildfires across the U.S. to Hurricane Isaac. Back in 2009, while wildfires burned in Los Angeles, Brooke spoke with LA Times then-media reporter James Rainey about how the wildfires were unfolding for him in his backyard and on his television screen.

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Features

Natural Disasters Reshape Animal Rescue

Monday, October 03, 2011

The terrorist attacks of 9/11 fore-grounded the concept of disaster preparedness, but it was Hurricane Katrina, four years later, that redefined the idea of animal rescue. Sept. 11, 2001 gave us the Department of Homeland Security; Katrina, the Pets Evacuation and Transportation Standards Act, which was signed into law in October of 2006.

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The Takeaway

Senate Passes Deal to Avoid Shut Down

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Senate voted 79 to 12 last night in favor of an agreement on spending for disaster relief, that will avert the government shutdown that many feared might happen this week. Funding for government agencies like FEMA will now be extended for six weeks. Senate leaders are hoping the House will pass the deal later this week.

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Recovering From Irene

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Hurricane Irene swept through the Northeast last weekend with a fury that destroyed homes, roads, towns, and took lives. Now, people in towns and cities across the region are coping with the clean-up process. The storm hit places in Vermont and upstate New York particularly hard.

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The Takeaway

Earthquake Rattles East Coast, As Hurricane Heads for U.S.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A very rare event happened In the northeastern part of the United States yesterday. A 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered in Mineral, Virginia sent tremors outward, all the way north to New York and New England, and south to North Carolina. Limited damage was reported and some even found the event to be exciting. The earthquake follows a number of natural disasters we have witnessed this year, including Japan's massive quake and tsunami, tornadoes ravaging southern states and the Mississippi River rising to historic levels, flooding cities in its path. And now Hurricane Irene, which experts predict could turn into a category 4 storm, and may hit Florida on Friday.

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Deadly Heat Waves Expected in the Midwest

Monday, July 18, 2011

This week, meteorologists are predicting that heat waves will hit hard and heavy in the midwest. Though many consider them to be merely a nuisance, heat waves are among the deadliest natural disasters in the U.S. So why don’t we treat heat waves with more concern?

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