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Midterms & Impeachment; Gentrification and Noise Complaints; 30 Issues: The Democrat Plan to Fix Infrastructure; Fighting for American Democracy

1 hour 33 sec ago

    Peter Baker, New York Times chief White House correspondent and contributor to Impeachment: An American History (Modern Library, 2018), talks about today's news in Washington and looks back at the Clinton impeachment.

    Wendy Zukerman, science journalist and host of Gimlet Media's podcast Science Vs, and producer Meryl Horn talk about the 311 data they analyzed to find out whether increased noise complaints really do go hand-in-hand with rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

    Kalen Pruss, DNC policy director, discusses the kinds of policies around infrastructure to expect from Democrats if they take the House in November.

    Greg Sargent, writer of The Plum Line blog at the Washington Post, comments on the current headlines and talks about his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics (Custom House, 2018).

A Long-Term Relationship With Your Smart Speaker

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:05

As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri gain popularity, cultural critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz looks at the roles services like these may play for humans in the future.

.@JudithShulevitz says she's fallen for her Google Assistant. She thinks of "him" as a chipper actor/waiter.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

30 Issues: How Would a Democratic Congress Change Immigration Policy?

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:02

Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY 13), discusses the Democrats' plan for immigration policy if they win the house. 

.@RepEspaillat expresses support for #AbolishIce: "We should have a law enforcement agency" that enforces immigration laws "with heart." Not concerned that it is a losing position for Democrats, though depends on how issue is framed.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

Um, how about maybe just, I don’t know, uh FIX ICE with better management and oversight as opposed to #AbolishICE which would do nothing but shift policy and operational burden to another agency which will just create more convoluted and obfuscated bureaucracy.

— Net of Interthings (@RentingMyths) October 15, 2018

.@RepEspaillat says Democrats need strong commitment to comprehensive immigration reform."Rather than pushing back, I push forward."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

Monday Morning Politics; 30 Issues: How Would A Democratic Congress Change Immigration Policy?; What Will Alexa Become?

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00
    Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump talks about the national political news from the past few days.
    U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (D, NY 13) discusses the Democrats’ plan for immigration policy if they win the house.
    As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri gain popularity, cultural critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz looks at the roles services like these may play for humans in the future.

Did the NYPD Ignore the Violence of a Far-Right Group?

Mon, 2018-10-15 11:18

Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz reports on Friday night's violence outside an Upper East Side Republican club after Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, spoke - and why no one from the group was arrested despite onlookers saying that they beat up protesters.

We don't know who started the fight on Friday, but it is clear from video that it's something like a "30 on 2" mob, with protesters outnumbered, says @jangelooff.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

Monday Morning Politics: Polling Pre-November, Jamal Khashoggi, Violent Rhetoric

Mon, 2018-10-15 10:49

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump talks about the national political news from the past few days, as well as the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

There is a historic number of women on the ballot who have made it past the primaries this year, but many in long-shot races. In most contested races, we're likely to see white men replaced by more white men, says @pbump. If we do see a more diverse House, it won't be by much.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Warring Presidents, Climate Crisis, Affirmative Action

Fri, 2018-10-12 15:46

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Presidents Going to War (First) | The UN Warns of a Looming Climate Crisis (Starts at 21:19) | 30 Issues: The Future of Affirmative Action (Starts at 1:01:17)

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Could Nationalism Have Two Sides?

Fri, 2018-10-12 12:08

John B. Judis, editor at large at Talking Points Memo and the author of The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization (Columbia Global Reports, 2018), asks if there is a way to find a more equitable international order that avoids the extremes of dislocation and xenophobia.

.@JohnBJudis: "Nationalism can have two sides." The problem isn't us having a national identity, but it's in how that identity is used.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

Ask the Mayor; Politics, Taylor Swift, and Kanye West; 30 Issues: Climate Change; On the Teeter Totter Between Open Borders and Nationalism

Fri, 2018-10-12 12:00
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
    Tariro Mzezewa, staff editor at the New York Times Opinion section, discusses her most recent piece addressing the politics of Taylor Swift, Kanye West and celebrities in general.
    Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and Andrew Revkin, strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism for the National Geographic Society and author of (with Lisa Mechaley) Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change (Sterling, 2018), debate the effect the Trump administration's policies will have on the environment.
    John B. Judis, editor at large at Talking Points Memo and author of The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization (Columbia Global Reports, 2018), asks if there is a way to find a more equitable international order that avoids the extremes of dislocation and xenophobia.

30 Issues: Climate Change

Fri, 2018-10-12 11:39

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and Andrew Revkin, strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism for the National Geographic Society and author of (with Lisa Mechaley) Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change (Sterling, 2018), debate the effect the Trump administration’s policies will have on the environment.

.@Revkin: The Bush administration deserves more credit for shifting the conversation to a "nudge" approach of less enforced action and more cooperation between small clusters of countries. pic.twitter.com/yGzQrH14NZ

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

Taylor Speaks Now, After Kanye's Late Registration With Trumpism

Fri, 2018-10-12 11:08

New York Times opinion section staff editor Tariro Mzezewa discusses her most recent piece addressing the politics of Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and celebrities in general.

.@tariro: "Because our president is a celebrity, it kind of makes celebrity culture part of our political discourse." pic.twitter.com/iSO6RIy32P

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

Ask The Mayor: Climate, MTA, Homelessness, Rikers

Fri, 2018-10-12 10:40

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.

Reminder that today is the last day to register for November in NY (and change party affiliation for 2019)!@NYCMayor: "Get in the game, have an impact, make your voice heard." And call 311 or visit https://t.co/8AjCKzwZfO for more info.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

Jason in BK concern that NYC not doing enough to combat climate change.@NYCMayor: "Respectfully, you don't have your facts." We're leader in addressing climate change. Working on banning deliveries at hours that cause congestion. Expanded access to bikes. Ferry service.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

30 Issues: The Future of Affirmative Action

Thu, 2018-10-11 14:45

Juan Williams, political analyst for Fox News and the author of What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump's War on Civil Rights, (PublicAffairs, 2018), and Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, debate the future of affirmative action under President Trump. 

.@TheJuanWilliams: "What you see here is an administration that plays to white grievance."Roger Clegg: "It's the Trump administration that is opposing racial discrimination...that is opposing the use of race and ethnicity in government decision-making."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2018

UN Climate Report; 30 Issues: Labor; Limo Safety; 30 Issues: Affirmative Action

Thu, 2018-10-11 12:00

Coming up on today's show: 

    Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent at The New York Times, talks about the new UN report on climate change, which issued dire warnings about the consequences of a warming planet, and the unprecedented scale of what would have to be done to change the course. New York Times labor reporter Noam Schreiber talks about the tensions between public sector workers and the Trump administration. In light of this past weekend's fatal limousine crash, where 20 people died, Richard Retting, general manager of the Washington, D.C. office of Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants + director of safety/research, gives tips on how people can vet a company before hiring a limo or party bus, and how to stay safe on the road in a large vehicle. Juan Williams, political analyst for Fox News and author of What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump's War on Civil Rights (PublicAffairs, 2018), and Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, debate the future of affirmative action under President Trump.

Limo and Party Bus Safety

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:52

In light of this past weekend's fatal limousine crash in Upstate New York, where 20 people died, Richard Retting, director of safety/research at Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, gives tips on how to stay safe on the road in a large vehicle. And Anderson Araujo gives his perspective as a former limousine driver on how customers can vet the company before hiring a limo or party bus.

The Department of Transportation site where you can check the safety record of companies can be found here.

30 Issues: Labor

Thu, 2018-10-11 11:03

New York Times labor and workplace reporter Noam Schreiber, talks about the tensions between public sector workers and the Trump administration.

What's behind Trump's move to forego pay raises?It can dovetail with long-term Trump and Trump-ally goals, such as the privatization of social security, while also sticking it to bureaucratic opponents in short term. (@noamscheiber adds there are some good reasons for reform.)

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2018

The UN Warns of a Looming Climate Crisis

Thu, 2018-10-11 10:30

Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent at The New York Times, talks about the new UN report on climate change, which issued dire warnings about the consequences of a warming planet, and the unprecedented scale of what would have to be done to change the course.

Behind the UN report: World leaders commissioned a panel of scientists to find out what things would look like before the 3.6 degree Fahrenheit tipping point. The big takeaway is that 2.7 degrees looks a lot more like 3.6 than we thought, and we'll see it by 2040.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2018

Canadian Conservative Talks American Refugee and Economic Policy

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:34

Stephen J. Harper, economist, entrepreneur, former G-7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, and the author of Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption (Signal, 2018), examines the global trends and the legitimate concerns of voters that led to the election of President Trump.

Brian asks Harper to react to Trump policy to cut cap on refugees. Harper: "Where illegal or irregular immigration comes to dominate, public support for all types of immigration ... falls dramatically." He suggests America and others should tackle illegal immigration.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 10, 2018

30 Issues: Immigration Under Trump

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:04

David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, details the various ways immigration policies have changed since Donald Trump took office.

.@DMiliband: Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh "Those countries don't know whether to laugh or cry when they hear Americans saying, 'Oh, it's a crisis to have 10 or 20,000 people arrive' because these are countries that have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people arriving."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 10, 2018

Midterms Preview; Ask a Reporter; 30 Issues: How Much Has Immigration Policy Changed Under Trump?; Leading Through Disruption

Wed, 2018-10-10 12:00

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, previews the contested races in the upcoming midterm elections for Congress and Senate in New Jersey, and Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit, host of podcasts United States of Anxiety and There Goes the Neighborhood and a columnist for The Nation magazine, discusses the midterm elections in the context of gender, MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh and the intersection of the patriarchy and white supremacy -- all of which is tackled in the new season of the United States of Anxiety podcast.

    WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan explains how to get a mural on an empty wall in your neighborhood and answers other questions submitted by listeners.

    David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, details the various ways immigration policies have changed since Donald Trump took office.

    Stephen J. Harper, economist, entrepreneur, former G-7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, and the author of Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption (Signal, 2018), examines the global trends and the legitimate concerns of voters that led to the election of President Trump.

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