The Brian Lehrer Show

How the Germanwings Crash Affects Our Notion of Suicide and Mental Illness

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The revelations that the Germanwings co-pilot who deliberately crashed the plane in the French Alps has sparked a debate on suicide, mental illness and how we deal with those issues.

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Girls Who Fly: 1965 Angel Derby Pilots Are Told Sexism Doesn't Exist

Thursday, July 26, 2012


This Overseas Press Club conference is a reminder of the unfortunately routine institutionalized gender oppression in American industry. Featuring deft pilots in the Angel Derby, an all-female air race from New York to the Bahamas, this panel's male moderator and reporters dole out condescension and hostility, but "the girls" hold steady despite the dismissive questioning. 

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Transportation Nation

LaHood's Fight Against Distractions Expands to the Cockpit

Monday, April 26, 2010

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation, April 26) The Secretary of Transportation mentions his fight against distracted driving once a day, it seems -- his tenure will certainly be marked by this effort against drivers and their cell phones. In a sign of how tough that fight is amidst our tech-loaded lives though, the FAA announced today that it's bulking up crew training requirements to address temptations in the air. “Every aviation professional needs to take distractions in the cockpit seriously,” said FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt. Who can forget to two Northwest pilots who flew past their destination because they were playing with personal laptops. Who writes the tickets at 30,000 feet?

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The Takeaway

Revisting the Buffalo Plane Crash, One Year Later

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

The National Transportation Safety Board released its report on what it believed was the cause for Continental Flight 3407's crash in Buffalo nearly one year ago. After a year long investigation, the NTSB concluded the crash was caused by pilot error, and "complacency and confusion that resulted in catastrophe."

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The Takeaway

Cockpit Confidential: Investigating the Northwest Airlines Pilots

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

New information released Monday said that the distracted pilots of Northwest Airlines Flight 188, who overshot their landing strip in Minneapolis by 150 miles before turning around and landing safely, were using their personal laptops with their headphones off. For more, we talk with Patrick Smith, airline expert and author of the "Ask the Pilot" book and online column at

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The Takeaway

NTSB to Investigate Northwest Airlines Flight 188

Monday, October 26, 2009

This week The National Transportation Safety Board will examine cockpit voice recordings and interview the pilots and crew of Northwest Airlines flight 188, which overshot Minneapolis airport and lost contact with air traffic controllers for over an hour last Thursday. The pilots said they were distracted by a heated conversation about airline policy. Officials will be investigating whether the pilots may have dozed off in the cockpit. We speak to Ben Berman, a commercial pilot and former chief of major investigations at the NTSB.


The Takeaway

Captain 'Sully' on River Landing, Airline Piloting

Monday, October 19, 2009

Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger shot to fame after safely landing a US Airways plane in the Hudson River last January. He's written a new book about the experience, "Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters," and talks to us about what went through his head in the seconds before the emergency landing and why he's using his new platform to advocate for other airline pilots.

"Jeff and I only had 208 seconds from the time we hit the birds and we landed.... Part of my message is that the profession of the airline pilot is a very important one and it's hard. It's not easy."
—Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger on his experience landing a US Airways flight on the Hudson River



Where Am I?

Friday, May 05, 2006

Radiolab examines the connection between your brain and your body -- and what happens when it breaks.

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