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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Would You Pay Higher Taxes For?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Nancy Rankin, vice president for policy, research and advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York, discusses her report out about what New Yorkers want from the next mayor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Job Creation and Congress

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

It's Jobs Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

David Leonhardt, Washington D.C Bureau Chief for the New York Times and author of the e-book Here's the Deal (Byliner Inc. 2013), talks about how the two candidates in the NJ Senate race, Cory Booker and Steve Lonegan, would approach job creation - and what it says about both parties' approach to jobs on the federal level.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Creating Jobs with Upward Mobility

Monday, October 14, 2013

It's Jobs Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), David Jones, talks about what the mayoral candidates have proposed to expand job opportunities, and which policy fixes would work best.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Robert Reich's Inequality For All

Friday, September 27, 2013

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration and professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley, is featured in Jacob Kornbluth’s new documentary "Inequality for All" out September 27th. They discuss the uneven gains and losses in the U.S. economy over the last 30 years.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Legal Weed: Who Smokes?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Mark Kleiman, co-author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs To Know, kicks off a May series on marijuana with a look at who smokes and why. Plus: your calls on whether you're seeing a public opinion shift.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

David Lynch and Transcendental Meditation

Thursday, December 13, 2012

David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, is an award-winning director, writer, and producer. John Hagelin, president of the David Lynch Foundation and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, a public policy think tank at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, discuss with Lynch the foundation's work funding stress-relieving modalities like Transcendental Meditation for at-risk populations, and veterans with PTSD.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Measure of a Nation

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Howard Friedman, statistician and United Nations health economist, compares the United States competes with the thirteen countries around the globe most similar to ours and argues that the country is often close to the bottom in health, safety, democracy, education, and the environment. In The Measure of a Nation: How to Regain America's Competitive Edge and Boost Our Global Standing, he pinpoints specific policies and practices in other nations that the United States could benefit from. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scientific Policies

Friday, May 11, 2012

Jim Manzi, founder and chairman of Applied Predictive Technologies (APT), an applied artificial intelligence software company, contributing editor at National Review and the author of Uncontrolled: The Surprising Payoff of Trial-and-Error for Business, Politics, and Society, says we need to bring scientific tactics, like controlled experiments, to public policy. Read more about Manzi's proposition here

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

Friday, May 04, 2012

Daniel Imhoff talks about the Farm Bill, an economic and policy engine that drives the nation’s food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans. In Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, Imhoff offers a resource to deconstruct this complex bill, and he urges people to vote with their forks.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Governor Jennifer Granholm of Michigan served two terms during the financial crisis that caused America’s major car companies to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy. Her plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were sidelined by a perfect economic storm. In A Governor’s Story, she tells how she managed the economic crisis in Michigan, and shares the ideas helping American industry recover nationwide.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Journalist Steven Brill discusses the battle over public school reform. Class Warfare: Inside the Fight to Fix America’s Schools looks at the people and issues involved, from President Obama’s education reform policies, to activist parents, to billionaire funders, to state capitols, to teachers and teachers unions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Building America’s Superhighways

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Earl Swift discusses how the U.S. interstate system changed the face of our country. The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways  follows a winding route through 20th-century American life, from the citizen-led “Good Roads” movement, to the driven engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they would work, to the protests that erupted when highways reached the cities, displaced people and carved up neighborhoods.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Bittman on Taxing Bad Food to Subsidize the Good

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman talks about taxing unhealthy foods. His article in the Times’ Sunday Review on July 24, “Bad Food? Tax It, and Subsidize Vegetables,” looks at why it’s so difficult to market healthy foods successfully.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Walter Mondale on His Life in Politics

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Walter Mondale shares insights from his five decades in public life, his role in creating the modern vice presidency, and the parallels he sees between the Carter years and the Obama years. In The Good Fight: A Life in Politics, he describes his evolution from a young Minnesota attorney general, to a U.S. senator, to vice president and a presidential candidate. He spells out the principles required to restore the United States as a model of progressive government.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Reshaping the Work-Family Debate

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Joan Williams discusses why the United States has the most family-hostile public policy in the developed world, and she shows how that disadvantages men as well as women. In Reshaping the Work-Family Debate: Why Men and Class Matter, Williams looks at why new mothers are often pushed out by discriminating and inflexible workplaces that pit men against woman, and she examines the often-ignored role of class in work-family issues.

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