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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The best knock-offs in the world are in China. There are plenty of fake designer handbags and Rolexes, but China's knock-offs go way beyond fashion. There are knock-off Apple stores that look so much like the real thing,


The Brian Lehrer Show

Gambling in NY; Robert Gibbs; Legal Realism; Density in NYC; New Words

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

There's a ballot referendum in New York about whether to allow seven new casinos in the state. Find out the pros and cons. Plus: former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs; Judge Richard Posner on legal realism; New York Times reporter Charles Bagli on density and development in NYC; and new neologisms.


President Obama To Speak On Syria at 1:15 PM ET

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The White House has announced that President Obama will speak about Syria at 1:15 p.m. ET on Saturday. 

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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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Madeleine Albright; White House Press Access; Idioms

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright talks about her book on her family history and her thoughts on the Clinton-Kerry transition at the State Department. Plus: Politico's Glenn Thrush on the White House press corp's perceived lack of access to the President; and Christine Ammer examines the idiom "turning over a new leaf."

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Targeted Killings; Wole Soyinka on Africa; NJ’s Jughandle

Thursday, February 07, 2013

A leaked White House memo lays out a legal defense for “targeted killings” – including drone strikes. Omar Shakir, co-author of Living Under Drones, talks about why he objects to the U.S. strikes. Then, Laura Seay, professor at Morehouse College, explains why the conflicts in Mali and Afghanistan should not be compared. Plus: Nobel prize-winning Wole Soyinka on his new book about Africa; a February series on fashion kicks off with Parsons Professor Hazel Clark; and the end of the New Jersey jughandle, and that odd left turn.

The Takeaway

This Is How Undocumented Immigrants Define Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Congress and the White House unveil their comprehensive immigration plans this week, and the hopes of 11 million people hang in the balance. What are their hopes? Are they they optimistic? Anxious? And what’s at stake?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

President Obama Press Conference

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ben Smith, editor in chief of Buzzfeed, gives his analysis of the President's press conference, originally scheduled for 11:15 this morning. It will be the final press conference in his first term. 

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All's Faire

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The White House has been trying to codify drone strike policy. Scott Shane of The New York Times talks about his reporting on why the Obama administration has recently been keen on creating a rule book. Plus: Neil Barofsky on the change of leadership at the SEC; what’s behind a spike in traffic-related deaths in New York City; WNYC’s Beth Fertig on this year’s report cards for NYC high schools; Stephen Dubner of Freakonomics; and a new book examines American culture at the Renaissance Faire.


When Jazz Came To The White House

Monday, November 19, 2012

Fifty years ago today, Paul Winter and his sextet brought jazz to the White House for the very first time. Those recordings are now available to hear. Winter reminisces about how it all happened.



Jazz In The White House, Martha Redbone, iTunes Inheritance

Monday, November 19, 2012

Saxophonist Paul Winter joins us to talk about how, 50 years ago today, his sextet brought jazz to the White House for the very first time, at the request of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Plus, the R&B singer Martha Redbone has set the poems of William Blake to the sounds of Appalachian folk music. And where does your digital music go when you die?

On The Media

Grading Obama's First Term

Friday, November 09, 2012

With one term down and one more to go, we take a look at how well the first Obama administration did on some of the issues OTM cares about most: surveillance, transparency, whistleblowers, and press access. Brooke and Bob speak with The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, the Sunlight Foundation's Lisa Rosenberg, and ABC's White House correspondent Jake Tapper about Obama's first four years, and what they expect in the next four.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The White House and The Root: Open for Questions

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernment Affairs, talks about the American Jobs Act and a new report from the White House on Creating Pathways to Opportunity. Cynthia Gordy, Washington reporter for The Root, is moderating an event tonight and talks about the kinds of questions readers of The Root want the White House to answer about the Jobs Act. 

Event: Tonight at 5:30 p.m., White House officials Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes take questions at The Root!

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The Takeaway

Congress, White House Spar Over War Powers Act in Libya

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The White House and Congress are butting heads over who authorizes military action in Libya. The 60-day deadline for President Obama to get approval from Congress to go to war passed on May 20th.

Tuesday, the White House offered its first public argument on why the administration thinks it has not violated the War Powers Resolution. The White House Press Secretary said that President Obama’s actions are consistent with the War Powers Act. However, ten members of Congress, led by Representative Dennis Kucinich filed a lawsuit Tuesday, effectively asking a judge to order an end to U.S. involvement in the war.

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The Takeaway

Changing Narrative: The Developing Story of Attack on Bin Laden

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

The details and narrative of what happened during the raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan have come out in bits and pieces over the last few days. Initial reports that Bin Laden met American forces with armed resistance seemed to be inaccurate and reports that bin Laden used one of his wives as a shield has also been recounted. Are White House officials revising history?

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The Takeaway

US and El Salvador's Deep, Not Always Friendly Ties

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

El Salvador is the last stop on President Obama's three-nation tour of Latin America. Mr. Obama's stops in Brazil and Chile were largely overshadowed by events in Libya, but his reasons for visiting the strategically important South American nations were clear: with their galloping economies, Brazil and Chile are emerging as power players in the region and in the world. However, his reasons for visiting El Salvador are less obvious.


The Takeaway

White House: How to Prepare for State of the Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

How does the president and the White House prepare for such a major event as the State of the Union? Jen Psaki, deputy communications director for the White House, says that this is an opportunity for the president to talk about what to expect in the future. But how much of this speech is just a laundry list and how much is a real opportunity to talk to the public about moving forward?

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The Arts File

Art Case Pianos

Friday, January 14, 2011

New York Times writer and author James Barron discusses the history of the world's most beautiful pianos.

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The Takeaway

Congress Tackles Health Care, Obama Appoints Daley

Friday, January 07, 2011

It's been a big week as Washington gets back to work. There are questions about whether the Republican-dominated House can actually repeal the health care plan. Meanwhile, Democrats are finally "finding their voice" on health care, says Takeaway Washington correspondent, Todd Zwillich, as they prepare to counter GOP claims about the bill.


The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Cabinet Changes, Post-Christmas Sales and Snow, End-of-Life Planning

Monday, December 27, 2010

President Obama returns from his family holiday in Hawaii to the first major reorganization of his administration. When restructuring, does he choose a team for governing or a team for winning and campaigning for 2012? Marcus Mabry, associate editor for our partner, The New York Times, joins us to discuss. Also,major snow storms hit multiple parts of the country over the weekend; we'll find out how the weather affected post-Christmas sales, and what retailers made during the shopping craze before the big day from Charlie Herman, economics editor for The Takeaway.