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The Evolution of Marijuana Culture

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Marijuana culture in this country is changing. There was legalization of recreational marijuana use back in November in Washington and Colorado. Medical marijuana is still legal in California. Today, we explore the different issues that weed legalization and use pose.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

India’s Lesson; NYC Bike Share; CUNY Chancellor Steps Down

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Hear why Washington got closer to a possible immigration deal but stepped back from a gun control compromise. Then, what you need to know about the bike share. Plus: the latest on the Boston marathon bombings; a close look at economic development in India as a model for other countries; CUNY Chancellor Matthew Goldstein on his 14 years at the head of the system; and why visual literacy should be worked into education.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Good Regulations, Middle East to Lower East Side, Crony Capitalism

Monday, April 08, 2013

Cass Sunstein served as President Obama’s regulatory czar for three years, and on today’s show he talks about how we can make regulation both simpler and smarter. Rayya Elias tells how her family fled the violence in Syria, how she came to New York at the height of the punk movement, and put her life back together after becoming a homeless addict. We’ll take a look at a trove of leaked documents which shed light on the darker side of global finance. David Stockman, a budget director in the Reagan White House, argues that we’ve fallen prey to what he calls the politics of crony capitalism.

The Leonard Lopate Show

David Stockman on the Corruption of Capitalism

Monday, April 08, 2013

David Stockman looks at Washington’s response to the recent myriad of financial crises. He argues that the American state—especially the Federal Reserve—has fallen prey to the politics of crony capitalism. In The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America Stockman looks at some of what he calls corruptors and defenders of sound money, fiscal rectitude, and free markets, including Franklin Roosevelt, Richard Nixon, Fed chairmen Greenspan and Bernanke, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Is war with North Korea imminent?

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Is war with North Korea imminent?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Politics: A Spring Thaw?

Monday, March 11, 2013

The Rand Paul fillibuster continues to reverberate as Washington discusses the legal framework for targeted killings. Meanwhile, agencies have started to implement sequester cuts, and Obama continues to "reach out" to the GOP in advance of budget negotiations. Susan Page, USA Today's Washington bureau chief, gives an update on the latest happenings from Washington.

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As Snow Falls, Are Relations in DC Thawing?

Friday, March 08, 2013

Glenn Thrush, senior White House reporter for Politico, talks about this week's news from the Beltway, from Senator Rand Paul's stand on drones, to the sequester a week in, and Obama reaching out to Republicans on a fiscal deal.

 

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Finding Fossil Fuels; Work/Life Tech Balance; Washington

Friday, March 08, 2013

The push toward alternative sources of energy has been complicated by new discoveries of fossil fuels all over the world. Vince Beiser of Pacific Standard talks about oil and gas. Then, Sal Albanese on his bid to be the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City; Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, talks about using his kills for sports betting. Plus: your calls on technology and the work-life balance, what you use and how you use it; and the parents whose incredible story of finding their son on the subway was featured in The New York Times tell their story, and we hear more incredible stories about families from listeners.

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Arthur Ashe; Bill Bradley; Sequestration Deadline

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The deadline for a deal to avert automatic spending cuts from Washington is Friday, March 1. WNYC’s Bob Hennelly talks about what kinds of local services would see their budgets cut if no deal is reached. Then, former NY Knick and U.S. Senator Bill Bradley talks about Senate and New Jersey politics. Plus: remembering Arthur Ashe; and a series on idioms continues with phrases on animals.

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Monday Morning Politics: Sequester Week

Monday, February 25, 2013

The automatic spending cuts known as the sequester kick in at the end of this week -- and the chances of a deal to avert them seem slim. Steven Dennis, White House correspondent for Roll Call, discusses the last-minute bargaining, the effects of the cuts, and the emerging blame-game in Washington.

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Jon Meacham on Sequester Season

Friday, February 22, 2013

The President and Congress are locked in a debate over the effects of the so-called "sequester," with Obama warning of dire consequences and Republicans more and more comfortable with the idea of the automatic spending cuts taking effect. Jon Meacham, executive editor at Random House and author of the book Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power, discusses the latest in the negotiations, and other key news from DC.

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White House Press Access

Thursday, February 21, 2013

How secretive is the Obama White House, and should transparency be measured in access to the president? Glenn Thrush, Politico senior White House reporter, discusses the White House Press Corps' perceived lack of access to President Obama.

Reading List: Access to Obama

Politico: "Obama, The Puppet Master" | Washington Post's Erik Wemple | Gawker's Tom Scocca | The Atlantic's Matthew Cooper

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Monday Morning Politics

Monday, February 18, 2013

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discusses the latest national politics news.

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Monday Morning Politics: Matthew Dowd

Monday, January 28, 2013

Matthew Dowd, political contributor for ABC News, writer for National Journal and former chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney '04 presidential campaign, discusses the latest news from Washington -- gun control, immigration, and more.

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The Takeaway

Clinton Testifies at Capitol Hill on Benghazi Attacks

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Hillary Clinton is set to testify on Benghazi today in front of the Senate foreign relations committee and the House foreign affairs committee. Todd Zwillich, Takeaway Washington correspondent, is watching the hearings.

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The Takeaway

Seattle's Days Without Pro Basketball May Be Coming to an End

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Seattle Supersonics were snatched up in a deal that created the Oklahoma Thunder in 2008. Now the Sonic booms of basketball are being heard again above the Emerald Empire. Seattle's days of being a basketball-free zone may be coming to an end. Sara Lerner, reporter and morning host at our affiliate KUOW in Seattle, has been following the story.

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Complete Guide to Inauguration

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show's coverage of Barack Obama's 2013 inaugural ceremony and address. Featuring analysis from Clarence Page, live from the National Mall in Washington, Jodi Kantor on Obama's second term agenda, and Kenneth C. Davis on the surprising history of inauguration day.

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WNYC News

Analysis: In New York, an Easy Victory on Guns

Thursday, January 17, 2013

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Just a week into the 2013 legislative session, New York has a major piece of legislation under its belt. It’s another major win for Governor Andrew Cuomo, giving him the the ability to compare himself favorably to previous governors, and to Washington, where President Barack Obama introduced his own gun control package. And yet, the comparison isn't quite right.

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Monday Morning Politics

Monday, January 14, 2013

Gun laws, debt ceilings, trillion dollar coins and high-level appointments. Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discusses the latest news from Washington.

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The Takeaway

The Fiscal Cliff, in Song

Monday, December 31, 2012

Starbucks recently rolled out a new marketing campaign in which they're urging Washington to "Come Together" a la the Beatles on the fiscal cliff business and everything else that divides our government.  And we want to know: what song would you come up with to bring Washington together?

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