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The Eights | 1958 and The Beats; 1968 at Columbia; 1998 Impeachment; 2008 Economy

Fri, 2018-08-17 12:00

It's another The Brian Lehrer Show best-of edition for "Summer Friday." Take a listen to some of our favorite conversations from our series "The Eights" this year:

    Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed (Wiley, 2010), discusses the political and cultural climate of 1958. Plus a call from Joyce Johnson, author and girlfriend of Jack Kerouac Raymond Brown, partner at the Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis law firm and student leader of the Student Afro-American Society protests at Columbia University in 1968, and Nancy Biberman, founder and former president of WHEDco, Women's Housing and Economic Development Corporation in the Bronx, talk about their roles and the racial tensions in the Columbia protests; Bill Schneider, former CNN senior political analyst and author of Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable (Simon & Schuster, 2018), and Jane Eisner, now editor in chief of The Forward, discuss how the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton in 1998 contributed to the current culture wars; Tanzina Vega, new host of The Takeaway, and Adam Davidson, New Yorker staff writer and co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, discuss how the Great Recession of 2008 exacerbated the cultural divides in the United States and contributed to today's Culture Wars.

These interviews originally aired earlier this year. Links to the unedited audio are here:

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Harriet Tubman On $20; New York AG Race; Twelfth Night

Thu, 2018-08-16 14:00

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

Historians for Tubman on the $20  (First) | Primarily New York: The Race For Attorney General (Starts at 22:23) | Twelfth Night in the Park (Starts at 48:42)

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Cuomo: America 'Was Never That Great'

Thu, 2018-08-16 12:10

In a riff on President Trump's campaign slogan, on Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that America "was never that great," and the backlash from Republicans was swift. Listeners talk about whether or not they agree with the governor and why.

Listeners Remember Aretha Franklin

Thu, 2018-08-16 12:09

American singer Aretha Franklin died Thursday morning at the age of 76. Our listeners share their memories of the "Queen of Soul."

Primarily New York: The MTA; Stephen Miller's Refugee Past; Speak to the Speaker; Cuomo: America 'Was Never That Great'

Thu, 2018-08-16 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Dan Rivoli, transit reporter at the New York Daily News, looks at the MTA as an issue in the September primary race between Gov. Cuomo and challenger Cynthia Nixon. David Glosser, retired neuropsychologist, former member of the neurology faculties of Boston University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College, and uncle to White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, one of the officials behind the Trump administration’s hard-line immigration agenda who comes from a long line of refugees, talks about the family's history and his nephew's "hypocritical" policies. Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, discusses the latest news in immigration policy. Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, talks about issues facing the City Council and takes calls from listeners. Cuomo: America 'Was Never That Great': In a riff on President Trump's campaign slogan, on Tuesday Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that America "was never that great," and the backlash from Republicans was swift. Listeners talk about whether or not they agree with the governor, and why it so offends people

Speak to the Speaker

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:55

Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, talks about issues facing the City Council and takes calls from listeners.

Primarily New York: The MTA

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:51

Dan Rivoli, transit reporter at New York Daily News, discusses how the MTA mess is playing out in the governor’s race, what Gov. Cuomo has done to try to rescue the subway, and Cynthia Nixon's plan to fix it.

Stephen Miller's Refugee Past & Trump's Refugee Policies

Thu, 2018-08-16 11:31

David Glosser, retired neuropsychologist, formerly a member of the Neurology faculties of Boston University School of Medicine and Jefferson Medical College talks about how White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, one of the officials behind the Trump administrations hard-line immigration agenda, comes from a long line of refugees. As his uncle, DG, talks about the family's history and his nephew's "hypocritical" policies. Also, Melanie Nezer, vice president of policy and advocacy at HIAS, a nonprofit organization that provides humanitarian aid and assistance to refugees, discusses the latest news in immigration policy.

The Questions Kavanaugh Should Answer; New York AG Race; Being A Catholic Amid Sex Abuse; Moving To New Neighborhoods; U.S. Soldiers & Afghanistan

Wed, 2018-08-15 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Aziz Huq, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School , talks about the record President Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh and what questions he should answer during a confirmation hearing.  As the New York State primaries are just about a month away, Juan Manuel Benítez, NY1 Noticias reporter and host of Pura Politica; Grace Rauh, Spectrum News NY1 political reporter; and Zack Fink, Spectrum News NY1 political reporter; co-hosts of Off Topic On Politics, talk about the big races, with a focus on the four-way race for the new attorney general. Being a Catholic Amid Sex Abuse: We take calls from Catholic listeners who tell us who they feel after new revelations from a Pennsylvania grand jury report on an extensive sex abuse cover up by Church officials. Moving In: Listeners call in to share about what new neighborhoods they moved into this summer, and why. C.J. Chivers, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, New York Times correspondent, former Marine Corps captain and author of The Fighters (Simon & Schuster, 2018) discusses his new book, which tracks the lives of six U.S. fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Being A Catholic Amid Sex Abuse

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:45

We take calls from Catholic listeners who tell us who they feel after new revelations from a Pennsylvania grand jury report show an extensive sex abuse cover up by Church officials.

Primarily New York: The Race For Attorney General

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:41

As the New York State primaries are just about a month away, Juan Manuel Benítez, NY1 Noticias reporter and host of Pura Politica, and Spectrum News NY1 political reporters Grace Rauh and Zack Fink, hosts of their new Off Topic On Politics podcast, talk about the big races, with a focus on the four-way race among Democrats for New York Attorney General.

 

NY1's @gracerauh: There’s a big question mark about why AG candidate Tish James won’t adopt the label of “Sheriff of Wall Street.” It’s become a line of attack from her rivals, who don’t differ significantly on other issues. #PrimarilyNewYork

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

NY1's @ZackFinkNews: AG candidate, U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, who is technically running for reelection and a new office at the same time, is eating into opponent Zephyr Teachout's base in the Hudson Valley. #PrimarilyNewYork

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

NY1's @gracerauh U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney faces some criticism for potentially putting a swing congressional district at risk, if he wins the race for AG. #PrimarilyNewYork

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

Zephyr Teachout is the only Only AG candidate running a campaign while not accepting corporate donations. @JuanMaBenitez of @NY1noticias: this is a trend that will likely become more popular among candidates in future years. #PrimarilyNewYork

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

While she has impressive credentials as legislative counsel for Hillary Clinton & Joe Biden & serving in Cuomo's administration, AG candidate Leecia Eve entered the race late in an already crowded field with not much name recognition, NY1's @ZackFinkNews says #PrimarilyNewYork

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

All four candidates for New York attorney general will be appearing on @BrianLehrer in the coming weeks for interviews. Stay tuned! #PrimarilyNewYork

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

Moving In

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:17

Listeners call in to share about what new neighborhoods they moved into this summer, and why.

Our Fighters

Wed, 2018-08-15 11:16

C.J. Chivers, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, New York Times correspondent, former Marine Corps infantry officer and author of The Fighters discusses his new book, which tracks the lives of six U.S. fighters in Iraq and Afghanistan. 

The Questions Kavanaugh Should Answer

Wed, 2018-08-15 10:36

Aziz Huq, professor of law at the University of Chicago Law School and former clerk to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, talks about the record President Trump's SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, and what questions he should answer during a confirmation hearing.

Name That Tune (And Its Associated Ethnic Stereotype)

Tue, 2018-08-14 12:09

James Bennett II, WQXR staff writer, talks about the origins of the Neapolitan Tarantalla, the Italian ethnic stereotypes it signifies, and other pieces of music that are associated with certain ethnicities.

The IDC; How Manafort Made Trump; US-Turkey Relations; Ethnic Stereotypes In Music

Tue, 2018-08-14 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Azi Paybarah and Fordham University political science professor Christina Greer, co-hosts of the New York politics podcast FAQ NYC, review the history of the Independent Democratic Conference and talk about their challengers in the primary. Franklin Foer, staff writer at The Atlantic, talks about how former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, shaped the lobbying industry early on and how his work paved the way for a Trump presidency. Amanda Sloat, Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, and Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent at Politico, discuss how tensions have been simmering between the U.S. and Turkey, and how Turkey's refusal to release an American pastor hasn't helped. They also discuss the Trump administration's new sanctions and tariffs on Turkey, and why the deteriorating relationship is a problem. James Bennett II, WQXR staff writer, talks about the origins of the Neapolitan Tarantalla, the Italian ethnic stereotypes it signifies, and other pieces of music that are associated with certain ethnicities.

Deteriorating US-Turkey Relations

Tue, 2018-08-14 11:54

Amanda Sloat, Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings, and Nahal Toosi foreign affairs correspondent at Politico, discuss how tensions have been simmering between the U.S. and Turkey, and how Turkey's refusal to release an American pastor hasn't helped. They also discuss the Trump administration's new sanctions and tariffs on Turkey, and why the deteriorating relationship is a problem.

The Kleptocratic World of Paul Manafort

Tue, 2018-08-14 11:32

Franklin Foer, staff writer at The Atlantic, talks about how former Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, helped shape a new world order of corrupt foreign governments and how his work paved the way for a Trump presidency.

The IDC, Explained

Tue, 2018-08-14 10:38

Azi Paybarah, co-host of New York politics podcast FAQ NYC, and Christina Greer, co-host of the New York politics podcast FAQ NYC and political professor at Fordham University, speak about the Independent Democratic Conference and challengers to its members.

Historians for Tubman on the $20

Mon, 2018-08-13 12:08

Elizabeth Cobbs, novelist and historian at Texas A&M University and the author of The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers (Harvard University Press, 2017), and Catherine Clinton, professor of history at the University of Texas, San Antonio, and the author of Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom (Little, Brown and Company, 2004), discuss their open letter to Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, signed by 125 fellow historians, calling for him to commit to plans to feature Harriet Tubman on the twenty-dollar bill. 

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