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Outside the Beltway Bubble

Wed, 2017-11-22 12:02

Concerned about American political polarization, Ken Stern, former CEO of NPR, now president of Palisades Media Ventures and the author of Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right  (Harper, 2017), traveled the country to get out of his Democratic bubble and meet Republicans. He talks about how that changed his politics.

It's Not Just Columbus

Wed, 2017-11-22 11:34

As the mayoral commission hears from the public in each borough about what to do about some of the controversial statues and monuments around the city, Betty Lyons, president of the American Indian Law Alliance and citizen of the Onondaga Nation, part of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, wants to be sure that they look beyond the Christopher Columbus and the Confederacy to statues like the one outside the American Museum of Natural History featuring Teddy Roosevelt on horseback.

Counting the 'Uncounted'

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:58

Azmat Khan, investigative reporter, Future of War fellow at New America and nonfiction fellow at the Carey Institute, and Anand Gopal, an assistant research professor at Arizona State, journalist, fellow at The Nation Institute and the author of No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War through Afghan Eyes  (Metropolitan Books, 2014) talk about their reporting on civilian deaths by U.S.-led airstrikes in the war against ISIS in Iraq — many of which are not officially recognized by the United States.

The Sexual Harassment Conversation Is Class-Skewed

Wed, 2017-11-22 10:31

Alissa Quart, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and Barbara Ehrenreich, author of many books including Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America and Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passion of War, talk about sexual harassment experienced by low paid worker, and take calls from listeners (who work outside of media and politics) if this #metoo conversation has reached their places of work, and whether they’re seeing any changes. Plus, Rachel Gumport, national press secretary of United Here, a union representing hospitality workers, joins the conversation.

Counting the Uncounted; It's Not Just Columbus; Outside the Beltway Bubble

Wed, 2017-11-22 00:00

Coming up on today's show:   

    Azmat Khan, investigative reporter, Future of War fellow at New America and nonfiction Fellow Carey Institute, talks about his reporting on civilian deaths by U.S.-led airstrikes in the war against ISIS in Iraq — many of which are not officially recognized by the U.S. As the mayoral commission hears from the public in each borough about what to do about some of the controversial statues and monuments around the city, Betty Lyons, president of the American Indian Law Alliance, citizen of the Onondaga Nation, part of the Six Nation (Mohawk, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca and Tuscarora) Haudenosaunee Confederacy (aka Iroquois), wants to be sure that they look beyond the Christopher Columbus and the Confederacy to statues like the statue outside the American Museum of Natural History of Teddy Roosevelt on horseback flanked by a Native American and an African. Concerned about American political polarization, Ken Stern, former CEO of NPR, now president of Palisades Media Ventures and the author of Republican Like Me: How I Left the Liberal Bubble and Learned to Love the Right (Harper, 2017), traveled the country to get out of his Democratic bubble and meet Republicans. He talks about how that changed his politics.

Confronting Apu

Tue, 2017-11-21 12:06

Hari Kondabolu, comedian, actor, and host of the podcast “Politically Re-Active,” and Michael Melamedoff, director, discuss their new documentary The Problem with Apu, where he confronts his cartoon nemesis and minority representation in the media. 

New College Presidents on Campus Life in NYC

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:50

Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, and Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, discuss their new jobs leading two NYC colleges and the issues on campuses today.

Whatever Happened to Trump's Accusers?

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:41

As stories of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men sweep through the news, Jia Tolentino, contributing writer for newyorker.com, discusses the many accusations women have made against President Trump, and how their stories fit into this #MeToo era.

NYC Congressmembers Nadler and Jeffries Square Off with Jeff Sessions

Tue, 2017-11-21 11:06

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10), and Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (NY-8), talk about their work on the House Judiciary Committee and the recent testimony by Jeff Sessions, the Russia investigations, plus the GOP tax bill that passed the House.

Rep. Nadler and Rep. Jeffries; A Reminder That More Than a Dozen Women Have Accused Our President of Sexual Assault or Harassment; New College Presidents on Cam

Tue, 2017-11-21 00:00

Live from The Greene Space, you'll hear:

    Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10), and Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (NY-8), talk about their work on the House Judiciary Committee and the recent testimony by Jeff Sessions, the Russia investigations, plus the GOP tax bill that passed the House. As stories of sexual assault and harassment by powerful men sweep through the news, Jia Tolentino, contributing writer for newyorker.com, discusses the many accusations women have made against President Trump, and how their stories fit into this #MeToo era. Sian Beilock, president of Barnard College, and Marvin Krislov, president of Pace University, discuss their new jobs leading two NYC colleges and the issues on campuses today. Director Michael Melamedoff and Hari Kondabolu, comedian, actor and host of the podcast “Politically Re-Active,” discuss their new documentary The Problem with Apu, where they confront minority representation in the media.

Decline of the NYC Subway System

Mon, 2017-11-20 12:02

Brian Rosenthal, New York Times metro investigative reporter, discusses the article he co-wrote on how politics and irresponsible management have hurt NYC's transit.

President Trump's Impact on the Courts

Mon, 2017-11-20 11:34

Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, talks about the judges appointed by President Trump and the impact he's having on the federal courts.

Pressure Is on for Republicans to 'Get Something Done'

Mon, 2017-11-20 11:32

Darlene Superville, AP White House correspondent, discusses the latest in national political news, including the pressure on Republicans to pass their tax reform bill before the end of the year.

NYCHA's Lead Paint Scandal

Mon, 2017-11-20 10:59

In the wake of the DOI report on NYCHA and lead paint, Ritchie Torres, New York City Council Member (15th District which includes Bedford Park, Fordham, Belmont, Mount Hope, Bathgate, East Tremont, West Farms, Van Nest, Allerton, Olinville) and chair of the Council’s Committee on Public Housing, is calling for an independent monitor to oversee inspections. He talks about his committee's role and the many issues facing the agency.

Monday Morning Politics; NYCHA's Lead Paint Failure; Pres. Trump's Impact on the Courts

Mon, 2017-11-20 00:00

Coming up on today's show:

    AP White House correspondent Darlene Superville discusses the latest in national political news. In the wake of the DOI report on NYCHA and its failure to perform required lead paint inspections, Bronx City Council Member Ritchie Torres, chair of the Public Housing committee, is calling for an independent monitor to oversee inspections in the future.  He talks about his committee's role and the many challenges facing the agency and its tenants. Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, talks about the judges appointed by President Trump and his impact on the federal courts, plus other legal issues facing the White House.

 

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Rebecca Traister's Post-Weinstein Reality Check, Robert Reich Wants to Save Capitalism, Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's Reelection

Fri, 2017-11-17 13:00

In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

Rebecca Traister's Post-Weinstein Reality Check (First) | Robert Reich Wants to Save Capitalism (Starts 29:50) | Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance's Reelection (Starts 57:10)

 

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The World's Biggest Family Reunion

Fri, 2017-11-17 12:13

A.J. Jacobs, host of the podcast "Twice Removed," NPR commentator and contributing editor at Esquire, and the author of many books, most recently,  It's All Relative: Adventures Up and Down the World’s Family Tree  (Simon & Schuster, 2017), talks about his new book.

Are Democrats Hypocrites When It Comes to Al Franken and Bill Clinton?

Fri, 2017-11-17 12:00

Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, says that in this "#MeToo" moment, liberals and Democrats should stop defending Bill Clinton, and recognize the fact that he didn't just commit adultery, he was accused of rape and we should believe his accuser. Plus: the latest reactions to what a radio news anchor says Minnesota Senator Al Franken did to her in 2006.

E-Bikes in NYC: You Can Own 'Em but You Can't Ride 'Em

Fri, 2017-11-17 11:04

Environmental psychology Ph.D. candidate at the City University of New York Graduate Center Do Lee discusses why immigrant cyclists are pushing back against the city’s crackdown on e-bikes, which are commonly used for restaurant deliveries, and listeners weigh in.

.@BrianLehrer im@a cyclist, e bikes shld not be outlawed, they should be regulated and should be required to follow rules required by all bikers.

— bklynbad (@bklynbad) November 17, 2017

Consider the fact that e-bikes are legal in other states. For example, my parents in their 60s ride e-bikes in California every weekend. @BrianLehrer #legalizeebikes @BikingPublic

— Katie Salisbury (@ksalisbury) November 17, 2017

Brian: I do fear for the safety of e-Bike delivery workers. Fear they will be hurt due to: 1) not obeying rules; 2) not wearing reflective gear. Had an incident w/ one myself.

— Newsville Foster (@NewsvilleF) November 17, 2017

Those electric assisted bikes are dangerous! They are always speeding by me in the bike lanes and often on sidewalks and often going in the wrong direction!! If workers need these bikes they need to learn follow the traffic rules. Stay out of the bike lanes and stop speeding!

— E Lau (@slowspaces) November 17, 2017

I’m happy there is currently a crackdown on these. They r dangerous. Seize on sight please. &require number &restaurant name on vests.

— Dee (@dduchessny) November 17, 2017

A Tale of Two Mistrials

Fri, 2017-11-17 10:33

Politico New Jersey reporter Matt Friedman reports on the mistrial declared in the corruption case of New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez, and explains what may come next for the senator. Then, Politico New York reporter Laura Nahmias discusses the corruption trial of Norman Seabrook, which also ended in a mistrial yesterday.

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