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Thursday Morning Politics; The Science Behind Trump's Climate Report; GM Job Cuts; A Glossier Time For Magazines

Thu, 2018-11-29 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    John O'Connor, WNYC Washington correspondent, talks about the House Democrats' leadership votes and Governor Cuomo's lunch with the president and Gabby Orr, Politico White House reporter, talks about the latest news from the White House. Christopher Joyce, correspondent on the science desk at NPR, talks about the science behind Trump Administration’s climate report, and the push for a Green New Deal. Amy Goldstein, Washington Post health policy reporter and author of (now in paperback) Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, 2017), draws on her in-depth reporting on the impact of the closing of a GM plant in Janesville, WI, to add context to this week's news of more plant closings, and Dustin Walsh, senior reporter at Crain's Detroit Business, joins the interview. Tina Brown, former editor-in-chief of Vanity Fair, The New Yorker and the Daily Beast, founder of Women in the World, host of the new podcast 'TBD with Tina  Brown' and the author of The Vanity Fair Diaries: Power, Wealth, Celebrity, and Dreams: My Years at the Magazine that Defined a Decade (Picador, 2018), talks about her time leading Vanity Fair through the 1980s and early '90s, when magazines had money to spare and plenty of people with money to cover.

 

General Motors Job Cuts: Past and Present

Thu, 2018-11-29 11:32

This week, General Motors' announced the decision to layoff 14,000 workers in the U.S. and Canada.

Amy Goldstein, Washington Post health policy reporter and author of (now in paperback) Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, 2017), draws on her in-depth reporting on the impact of the closing of a GM plant in Janesville, WI, to add context to this week's news of more plant closings, and Dustin Walsh, senior reporter at Crain's Detroit Business, joins the interview.

The Science Behind Trump's Climate Report

Thu, 2018-11-29 11:07

Christopher Joyce, correspondent on the science desk at NPR, talks about the science behind Trump Administration’s climate report, and the push for a Green New Deal.

"A lot is driven by the market, but the market is fickle and policy is generally not…. What the market will do is go wherever the profits are. If natural gas prices go up we’ll see coal return." 2/2 https://t.co/lwsGHZcjEk

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 29, 2018

Thursday Morning Politics: Trump's Infrastructure Plans

Thu, 2018-11-29 10:35

John O'Connor, WNYC Washington correspondent, talks about the House Democrats' leadership votes and Governor Cuomo's lunch with the president and Gabby Orr, Politico White House reporter, talks about the latest news from the White House, including a look at the negotiations over The Gateway Tunnel and the border wall with the United States and Mexico.

Does New York Have the Least Worst Kind of Inequality?

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:48

Greg David, director of the business and economics reporting program at The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and Crain's New York Business columnist, and Cara Eisenpress, contributing writer for Crain's New York Business, talk about their deep dive into NYC's generous social safety net for the 20 percent of residents below the poverty line, and its extreme wealth that helps fund the programs.

The Case for Collusion

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:07

Seth Abramson, former criminal defense attorney and criminal investigator who teaches digital journalism, legal advocacy, and cultural theory at the University of New Hampshire, and the author of Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America (Simon & Schuster, 2018), combs the record to argue the case that the president colluded with the Russian government to win the election.

Wednesday Morning National Politics; An Upside to NYC’s Inequality; The New Majority Leader; The Case for Collusion

Wed, 2018-11-28 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news. Greg David, director of the business and economics reporting program at The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, a Crain's New York Business columnist and the author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2012), and Cara Eisenpress, contributing writer for Crain's New York Business, talk about their deep dive into NYC's generous social safety net for the 20% of residents below the poverty line, and its extreme wealth that helps fund the programs. Andrea Stewart-Cousins, newly designated State Senate Majority Leader (D-35) for the next session, talks about her ground-breaking leadership role and the NYS Senate Democrats agenda in the next legislative session. Seth Abramson, former criminal defense attorney and criminal investigator who teaches digital journalism, legal advocacy, and cultural theory at the University of New Hampshire, and the author of Proof of Collusion: How Trump Betrayed America (Simon & Schuster, 2018), combs the record to argue the case that the president colluded with the Russian government to win the election.

 

A New Leader in Albany

Wed, 2018-11-28 11:41

Andrea Stewart-Cousins, newly designated State Senate Majority Leader (D-35) for the next session, talks about her ground-breaking leadership role and the NYS Senate Democrats’ agenda.

Wednesday Morning National Politics: The President Versus the Presidency

Wed, 2018-11-28 10:47

Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news, including how Paul Manafort is still working with President Trump's legal counsel and how the Trump administration is at odds with the President himself.

Amazon in LIC; Tear Gas and Chaos in Tijuana; How Some Medical Implants Are Making People Sick; Talking About Rape

Tue, 2018-11-27 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director at ALIGN NY, an alliance of labor and environmental justice groups, and Lena Afridi, director of economic policy development at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, talk about Amazon HQ2 coming to Long Island City. Dara Lind, Vox senior reporter and host of "The Weeds” podcast, and Adolfo Flores, national security correspondent for immigration for Buzzfeed News, discuss the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border where South American asylum seekers were met with tear gas this weekend amid clashes with the United States Border Patrol. Spencer Woodman and Sasha Chavkin, reporters for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), discuss their findings in the first-ever global examination of the medical device industry. Sohaila Abdulali, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape (The New Press, 2018), talks about her own experience as a rape survivor and the essay she wrote then that went viral in 2012 and offers her insights as a feminist and rape crisis counselor in confronting the crime and its aftermath.

Talking About Rape

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:58

Sohaila Abdulali, author of What We Talk About When We Talk About Rape (The New Press, 2018), talks about her own experience as a rape survivor and the essay she wrote then that went viral in 2012 and offers her insights as a feminist and rape crisis counselor in confronting the crime and its aftermath.

Governor Cuomo Heads to White House with NY Priorities

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:45

Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that he will head to the White House to fight for federal funding for the rebuilding of the Gateway Tunnel and renegotiate the SALT tax. For more information, read the Governor's letter to New York House Democrats here.

How Some Medical Implants Are Making People Sick

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:32

Spencer Woodman and Sasha Chavkin, reporters for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), discuss their findings in the first-ever global examination of the medical device industry.

"Medical devices and their safety is an issue that impacts everyone… we felt that medical devices are also a global system, it’s not just in one country where a device is sold or the regulation takes place," says @sashachavkin.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 27, 2018

"Medical devices are held to lower standards in terms of safety and effectiveness than pharmaceutical drugs, that’s baked into the language of U.S. laws and laws around the world," says @spencerwoodman.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 27, 2018

"That the FDA was allowing manufacturers to keep injury reports hidden from the public…. Last year, when the FDA finally obliged [manufactures] to start reporting injuries, we saw a surge in more than a 20-fold increase in reported breast implant injuries," says @sashachavkin.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 27, 2018

The Blowback From Amazon HQ2

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:29

Maritza Silva-Farrell, executive director at ALIGN NY, an alliance of labor and environmental justice groups, and one of the Amazon protest sponsors and Lena Afridi, director of economic policy development at the Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development, and Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code and former NYC deputy public advocate, voice their concerns about the Amazon HQ2 deal in Long Island City, and the company's impact on labor, housing, and diversity in tech jobs.

Tear Gas and Chaos in Tijuana

Tue, 2018-11-27 11:10

Dara Lind, Vox senior reporter and host of the podcast "The Weeds," and Adolfo Flores, national security correspondent for immigration for Buzzfeed News, discuss the current situation at the U.S.-Mexico border where Central American asylum seekers were met with tear gas this weekend amid clashes with the United States Border Patrol.

Desegregating Segregated Long Island

Mon, 2018-11-26 12:33

Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, talks about her group's work to desegregate Long Island -- one of the most segregated areas in the country.

Erase Racism is hosting a series of forums in the next few weeks. More details can be found on ERASE Racism's website, and below: 

 

 

Monday Morning Politics; Sen. Bernie Sanders; Desegregating Long Island; Driverless Cars

Mon, 2018-11-26 12:00

Coming up on today's show: 

    Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, discusses the latest in national political news. Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont and the author of Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018), discusses what he's been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation. Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, talks about her group's work to desegregate Long Island -- one of the most segregated areas in the country. Sam Schwartz aka Gridlock Sam at the Daily News, former NYC Traffic Commissioner, president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, a transportation planning and engineering firm, and author of No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (Public Affairs, 2018), describes how the driverless vehicle revolution will transform highways, cities, workplaces and laws across the globe.

 

'Gridlock Sam' on Going Driverless

Mon, 2018-11-26 11:58

Sam Schwartz, aka Gridlock Sam at the Daily News, former NYC Traffic Commissioner, president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering, a transportation planning and engineering firm, and author of No One at the Wheel: Driverless Cars and the Road of the Future (Public Affairs, 2018), describes how the driverless vehicle revolution will transform highways, cities, workplaces and laws across the globe.

Senator Sanders on Where We Go from Here

Mon, 2018-11-26 10:56

Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont and author of Where We Go from Here: Two Years in the Resistance (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018), discusses what he's been doing to oppose the Trump agenda and strengthen the progressive movement and how we go forward as a nation.

Monday Morning Politics: Post-Thanksgiving Weekend Edition

Mon, 2018-11-26 10:50

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief for USA Today, discusses the latest in national political news, including what's happening with Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 election, 2020 presidential hopefuls and more. 

@brianlehrer If there aren't partisan judges, why did Mitch and Chuck break the rule of law to steal the Garland seat?

— Jack Jackson (@jack_jackson) November 26, 2018