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The Walls Are Going Up

3 hours 51 min ago

Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018), talks about the rise of anti-democratic populists around the world in response to the perceived threats to safety and prosperity and how supporters of liberal democracy can respond.

SCOTUS Hears a Challenge to the Travel Ban; Complicated Paths to Asylum in the US; The Walls Are Going Up

3 hours 54 min ago

On today's show...

    Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments on the president's travel ban today. Elie Mystal, editor-at-large of Above the Law and legal editor for WNYC's podcast More Perfect, previews the arguments and what's at stake. Sisi Wei, investigative reporter, designer and developer at ProPublica, tells the stories of asylum seekers and the multiple but difficult paths they can pursue to gain asylum plus talks about the game she created to give people an idea of how difficult it is to gain asylum here in the U.S. Matt Katz, WNYC reporter covering refugees, immigration and security, reports on what happens to asylees who "win" citizenship and are left to fend for themselves in a foreign country.  Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018) talks about the rise of anti-democratic populists around the world in response to the perceived threats to safety and prosperity and how supporters of liberal democracy can respond.

 

Seeking Asylum in the US

4 hours 2 min ago

Sisi Wei, investigative reporter, designer and developer at ProPublica, tells the stories of asylum seekers and the multiple but difficult paths they can pursue to gain asylum, and talks about the game she created to give people a sense of how difficult it is to gain asylum in the U.S. And Matt Katz, WNYC reporter covering refugees, immigration and security, covers what happens to asylees who "win" citizenship and are left to fend for themselves in a foreign country. Listeners call in with personal stories of seeking asylum.

Should NY Ban Plastic Bags?

4 hours 40 min ago

Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Council member (D-39 -- Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington), talks about the governor's proposed plastic bag ban, and other local news.

 

 

A Report on Harassment at New York Public Radio

4 hours 41 min ago

WNYC reporters Jessica Gould and Ilya Marritz talk about an investigation and report by the law firm Proskauer Rose that looked into allegations of harassment and bullying at NYPR, which found harassing behavior but no evidence of systemic discrimination.

SCOTUS Hears a Challenge to the Travel Ban

5 hours 5 min ago

Supreme Court justices will hear oral arguments on the president's travel ban today. Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above the Law and legal editor for WNYC's podcast More Perfect, previews the arguments and what's at stake, and discusses a federal judge's ruling on DACA.

America Is Purple Like A Bruise

Tue, 2018-04-24 12:07

Sarah Kendzior, reporter, op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail, and the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books, 2018), shares what she learned about America while reporting on the Midwest for Al Jazeera that led to her early prediction of a Trump victory.

→Sarah will be reading at Housing Works Bookstore Café in conversation with Amy Siskind on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00pm.

Trump, Inc.; Between Identities; Heartland in Distress

Tue, 2018-04-24 12:00

 

On today's show...

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC news and co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and co-host of Trump, Inc., and Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of Trump, Inc., discuss their podcast Trump Inc and the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

    Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s "The Circus," contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, and the author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, 2018), reflects on identity and belonging as she explored a mystery in her own mixed race ancestry.

    Sarah Kendzior, reporter, op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail, and the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books, 2018), shares what she learned reporting on the Midwest for Al Jazeera that led to her early prediction of a Trump victory.

Reconciling Ancestry and Identity

Tue, 2018-04-24 11:41

Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, and the author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, 2018), reflects on identity and belonging as she explored a mystery in her own mixed race ancestry.

→ You can also catch Alex Wagner live in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday, April 26 at 92nd St Y at 7 pm and on Monday, April 30 at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn at 7 pm.

 

How Democrats Could Squander the Blue Wave

Tue, 2018-04-24 11:40

Jonathan Alter, former editor of Newsweek, analyst for MSNBC, co-host of Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, Daily Beast columnist and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, reprint 2014), argues that Democrats should support moderates over more liberal candidates in order to win in this year's midterms -- as he writes, "in Trump’s America, pragmatism is a moral imperative."

 

Michael Cohen's Associates

Tue, 2018-04-24 10:38

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC news and co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast, Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of the Trump, Inc. podcast, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter, discuss their podcast Trump Inc and the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

How the Early Eighties Changed New York City's Culture

Mon, 2018-04-23 12:11

Hanya Yanagihara, writer and editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and author of A Little Life(Anchor, reprint edition, 2016), reflects on how three years in the early 1980s -- from early 1981 until late 1983 -- shaped and changed the culture of New York -- and the world.

Monday Morning Politics; Meet the Candidates: NYS 37th; Talking About Racism

Mon, 2018-04-23 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and Darren Samuelsohn, senior White House reporter at POLITICO, talk about the latest in national news, and take your calls. Democrat Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian discuss their campaigns for NYS Senate 37th district (Westchester). George Yancy, Emory University philosophy professor and the author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), talks about the response to his 2015 column for The New York Times' The Stone entitled, "Dear White America" and the racist vitriol it elicited and asks where we go from here.

Talking About Racism

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:49

George Yancy, Emory University philosophy professor and the author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), talks about the response to his 2015 column for The New York Times' The Stone entitled, "Dear White America" and the racist vitriol it elicited and asks where we go from here.

Meet the Candidates: NYS 37th

Mon, 2018-04-23 11:06

Shelley Mayer, Democratic candidate for NYS Senate 37th district (Westchester) and Julie Killian, Republican candidate for NYS Senate to represent the 37th District (Westchester), discuss their campaigns. 

Monday Morning Politics: DNC Lawsuit, James Comey, Rudy Giuliani

Mon, 2018-04-23 10:56

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, and Darren Samuelsohn, senior White House reporter for POLITICO, talk about the latest in national political news.

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Overdue Recognition of Black Artists, NYC's Book Club is Back, Cecile Richards

Fri, 2018-04-20 13:00

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

Overdue Recognition of Black Art in Elite Spaces (First) | The City’s Book Club is Back (Starts 28:12) | Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Talks About 'Making Trouble' (Starts 58:25)

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Gregory Pardlo: Father, Son & Poetry

Fri, 2018-04-20 12:02

Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, April 2018), reflects on race, fatherhood and addiction. 

Ask the Mayor; Power in Puerto Rico; National Politics and Comey's New Book; Black Manhood in America

Fri, 2018-04-20 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor to Latino Victory Fund and Power 4 Puerto Rico and former City Council Speaker, talks about the latest on Puerto Rico's recovery from Maria and this week's island-wide power outage. David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, discusses his interview with former FBI director James Comey. Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, April 2018), reflects on race, fatherhood, and addiction.

David Remnick on Comey's New Book

Fri, 2018-04-20 11:53

New Yorker Editor David Remnick discusses his interview with former FBI director James Comey.

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