The Brian Lehrer Show : April 2014

Stuck In the Middle With You

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Canada’s middle class is now wealthier than ours. David Leonhardt of The New York Times explains the analysis (and the new Times data platform). Plus: how to understand your college financial aid letter; sleep through the life cycle; and news from the Supreme Court.

Earth Day Family Meeting: Let’s Fix This Mess

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

We need to talk about the environment. No politics. No hysteria. Just science. Listen live to The Brian Lehrer Show to hear what's happening, what needs to be fixed, and where you fit in. 

God and You: A Two-Hour Special

Monday, April 21, 2014

As the holy weeks of Judaism and Christianity come to an end, we ask: How do you picture God? How do you pray? How does your belief in God connect to your daily life? Karen Armstrong, Krista Tippett, Mark Epstein and the Rev. James Martin join us for this special family meeting.

The Fairest of Them All

Friday, April 18, 2014

The 1964-1965 New York World’s Fair opened fifty years ago in Queens. Call in with your memories and reflections on its significance. Plus: a City Council bill calls for municipal ID cards for all New Yorkers; your pre-k application questions answered; women, go with confidence at work; and a look at the labor practices of small family farms.

Manoush Zomorodi is in for Brian today. Manoush is host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City

Getting Over It

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Political activist and author Ralph Nader talks about how the left and right can get over their differences and work together. Plus: what’s a “Beige Book” and what does it tell us about the economic recovery; the latest from the Columbia startup lab; screens, parents, and babies; and how to manage feral cat colonies.

Manoush Zomorodi is in for Brian today. Manoush is host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City

Birds of a Feather

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If you’re following the Oscar Pistorius trial, you’re also learning about South Africa’s justice system. We’ll hear about race and the trial. Plus: birding in the five boroughs; memos and documents from the report on Bridgegate; competition versus cooperation; and why your teen is sleeping that way.

Do the Right Thing

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Letitia James talks about her first 100 days as public advocate. Plus: an investigation into potential abuses of justice in 50 cases in Brooklyn; why the “do as I say, not what I do” approach isn’t the best way to teach kids good morals; and “do we need to be touching right now?!” and other NYC etiquette questions answered.

Jami Floyd is in for Brian Lehrer today. Floyd is a legal contributor to Al Jazeera and an attorney. 

Go Tell It On the Mountain

Monday, April 14, 2014

The writer James Baldwin would have turned 90 years old this year. The novelist Jamaica Kincaid and others talk about a year-long celebration of his life and ideas. Plus: Rep. Steve Israel talks midterm elections; development shadows Central Park; and the city’s new Human Resources Administration commish on his new gig. 

Data, Dogs, Dutchmen and Daiquiris

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some dogs and cats are treated like humans. What kind of legal rights do they deserve? Plus: Amsterdam Mayor Eberhard van der Laan; the lime shortage that goes beyond your cocktail; the online security bug known as “Heartbleed” and what to do about it; and Mayor de Blasio’s first 100 days in office.

Things That Are Too Big To Fail

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The biggest election on earth is underway in India. We'll hear about the candidates and issues on the ballot. Then: U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara explains why he doesn't think the Moreland Commission on public corruption should have been disbanded, as well as possible charges against big banks. Plus: the long (really long) view of the Arab Spring; Al Sharpton's past with the FBI; and sifting through Medicare data.

Christie’s Future; Sleep for Infants and Parents; The Palisades View

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Governor Christie’s political future is uncertain since Bridgegate. The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza discusses Christie’s political development and how the scandal is affecting his plans for the future. Plus: possible reforms to the evidence-sharing system in New York; parents of infants and young children talk about their sleep issues; and former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman explains why she thinks plans for the new LG headquarters along the Palisades should be re-designed.

NYS Budget Pushback; NSA Updates; Twitter Co-Founder; Scott Stringer

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Some on the left side of the political spectrum are unhappy with aspects of New York State’s new budget. Karen Scharff of the Working Families Party and James Parrott of the Fiscal Policy Institute share their critiques. Plus: an update to our running list of what the NSA can do to monitor communication and data; Twitter co-founder Biz Stone talks about how his creativity led him to create such popular Internet mainstays as Blogger and Twitter; And New York City comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the uneven distribution of arts education resources in schools around the city.

NYC and the Arts; Skin Lightening Around the World; American Presidents and Big Banks; Letterman’s Retirement

Monday, April 07, 2014

A long report on Bush-era interrogation techniques may soon become public. Karen Greenberg, head of Fordham's Center on National Security, discusses what to expect. Plus: NYC and arts incubation; the use of skin-lightening creams around the world and what it says about race; the symbiotic relationship between American presidents and big banks; and your suggestions for David Letterman’s replacement since he announced plans to retire in 2015. 

Moral Injury; Non-Traditional Taxes; The Myth of Spoiled Children

Friday, April 04, 2014

David Wood, senior military correspondent for the Huffington Post, discusses the concept of moral injury, and whether it may have played a role in the recent shooting at Fort Hood. Plus: an argument against the way Port Authority projects are funded; non-traditional tax questions; the myth of spoiled children; and Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon sums up the debate surrounding high frequency trading and Michael Lewis’ new book about the tactic.   

Rebuild by Design; Tax Cuts for Parents?; Puerto Rico’s Problems

Thursday, April 03, 2014

New York City is about to launch proposals for the post-Sandy Rebuild By Design project. U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses the project and the plans to protect the coastline from extensive storm damage in the future. Plus: the details of New York’s new budget; an argument that the tax code should be friendlier to parents than to child-free adults; and an explanation of why people are leaving Puerto Rico. 

Family Meeting: Sleep

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

As WNYC launches its sleep project, the Brian Lehrer Show hosts a two-hour special on sleep. Your calls about how you slept last night, what keeps you up, and how you're trying to get a better night's rest.

NYS Ethics Reform; Bette Midler; NJ Overdose Crisis

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

The new New York State budget deal contains some ethics reforms that will likely mean the end of the governor’s anti-corruption commission. Susan Lerner of Common Cause New York explains which ethics reforms made it into the deal, and what was left out. Plus: Bette Midler looks back on her 1980 world tour, and talks about her work on behalf of neglected city parks; and a new report details a growing drug addiction and overdose crisis among young people in New Jersey.