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Fall Culture Moment: Theater

2 hours 47 sec ago

Sara Holdren, New York Magazine theater critic , talks about the theater she's excited to see this fall.

Keith Olbermann Isn't Joking

2 hours 34 min ago

Keith Olbermann, veteran of MSNBC and ESPN, now host of GQ's web series The Resistance and the author of Trump is F*cking Crazy: (This is Not a Joke) (Blue Rider Press, 2017), sounds the alarm about the state of the American democracy.

Sen. Gillibrand on the EPA, Puerto Rico Relief and More

2 hours 43 min ago

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) talks about the EPA nominee, Puerto Rico relief efforts, the #MeToo campaign and more.

Second New Jersey Gubernatorial Debate

3 hours 15 min ago

Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, recaps the second debate between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno.

Covering That 'Crazy' Campaign

3 hours 43 min ago

Katy Tur, correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC anchor and the author of Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History, talks about her book and the news of the day.

You can also meet Katy in person on Thursday, November 2 at 7:00 PM at the Barnes & Noble on Broadway and 82nd Street and again on Tuesday, November 14 at 6:00 PM New York University Law School Vanderbilt Hall/Greenberg Lounge on 40 Washington Square South.

Covering That Crazy Campaign; NJ Gov: The Second Debate; Senator Gillibrand; Keith Olbermann Isn't Joking; Fall Culture Preview: Theater

13 hours 57 min ago

Coming up on today's show: 

    Katy Tur, correspondent for NBC News, MSNBC anchor and the author of Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History (Dey Street Books, 2017), talks about her book and the news of the day.

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, recaps the second debate between Democrat Phil Murphy and Republican Kim Guadagno.

    Kirsten Gillibrand, U.S. Senator (D-NY), talks about Puerto Rico disaster relief funding and other issues of the day.

    Keith Olbermann, veteran of MSNBC and ESPN, now host of GQ's web series The Resistance and the author of Trump is F*cking Crazy: (This is Not a Joke) (Blue Rider Press, 2017), sounds the alarm about the state of the American democracy.

    Sara Holdren, New York Magazine theater critic, talks about the theater she's excited to see this fall, including a new take on Richard III.

Fall Culture Moment: Art

Wed, 2017-10-18 12:10

Deborah Solomon, WNYC art critic and the author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), looks ahead to some of the great museum and gallery shows to see in the area this fall.

 

Ai Weiwei in front of his work "Gilded Cage" a the entrance to Central Park, part of the citywide instalation, "Good Fences Make Good Neighbors." (Charlie Herman/WNYC)

 

Up to and Including Her Limits (1973) by Carolee Scheemann, who has a show at MoMAP.S.1 in Long Island City  (Carolee Scheemann /MoMA)

 

Bronx Floors (1973) (Gordon Matta-Clark/Bronx Museum)

 

David Hockney in his studio (photo by Nathanael Turner/Courtesy of Deborah Solomon)

 

Remembering 'Black Monday'

Wed, 2017-10-18 11:38

On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones had its biggest one-day drop in Wall Street history. On the 30th anniversary of the crash, Alexandra Starr, WNYC reporter, looks at the causes, and how that might apply to Wall Street today.

Bipartisan Senators Reach Deal to Fund Subsidies to Health Insurers

Wed, 2017-10-18 10:53

Jennifer Haberkorn, senior health care reporter for POLITICO Pro, explains how Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA) came to a bipartisan deal to provide funding for subsidies to health insurers that President Trump said last week that he would cut off and what you need to know about signing up for health insurance through Obamacare now.

More info about signing up for insurance below, via The New York Times.

"The Trump administration shortened the window to sign up for coverage. In 42 states, the open enrollment period this year starts Nov. 1 and ends Dec. 15. You have a little more time in eight states and Washington, D.C., which operate their own marketplaces. Open enrollment still begins Nov. 1, but the deadlines have been extended... Those who qualify for Medicaid can sign up all year long. And if you live in a state that expanded Medicaid, those eligibility rules remain unchanged. Republican leaders have tried to repeal the expansion but they have not been successful."

 

Why Money Flows From NYC Developers to Upstate Candidates

Wed, 2017-10-18 08:59

Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, Real Deal reporter Will Parker, and Cezary Podkul, Wall Street Journal reporter and former reporter at ProPublica, talk about why real estate developers donate to political campaigns both in the city and in Upstate New York - what they're hoping to get out of it, and what they do get out of it.

National Politics with Michelle Goldberg

Wed, 2017-10-18 08:53

Michelle Goldberg, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and former Slate columnist, talks about the latest national political news.

National Politics With Michelle Goldberg; Why Money Flows From NYC Developers to Upstate Candidates; Remembering 'Black Monday'; Fall Culture Moment: Art

Wed, 2017-10-18 00:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Michelle Goldberg, Op-Ed columnist for The New York Times and former Slate columnist, talks about the latest national political news.

    WNYC reporter Jessica Gould, Real Deal reporter Will Parker, and Cezary Podkul, Wall Street Journal reporter and former reporter at ProPublica, talk about why real estate developers donate to political campaigns both in the city and in Upstate New York - what they're hoping to get out of it, and what they do get out of it.

    On October 19, 1987, the Dow Jones had its biggest one-day drop in Wall Street history. On the 30th anniversary of the crash, Alexandra Starr, WNYC reporter and visiting journalist at the Russell Sage Foundation, looks at the causes, and how that might apply to Wall Street today.

    Deborah Solomon, WNYC art critic and the author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), looks ahead to some of the great museum and gallery shows to see in the area this fall.

     

Fall Culture Preview: Music

Tue, 2017-10-17 12:15

John Schaefer, WNYC host of New Sounds and Soundcheck, talks about some music to look out for.

How Do You Build Affordable Housing?

Tue, 2017-10-17 11:49

Michelle de la Uz, executive director of Fifth Avenue Committee and commissioner on the New York City planning commission, talks about how her organization seeks to address the affordable housing crisis as a non-profit developer and Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, provides context through her reporting on the affordable housing industry in New York in the latest installment of our People's Guide To Power: Real Estate Edition series.

And we also want to know: How do you afford New York? Despite the high cost, somehow we’re all living in this city. So we're creating a scrapbook to help us better understand how New Yorkers make it happen. Join the project, and tell us the story of your apartment.

A Year in Space

Tue, 2017-10-17 11:48

Scott Kelly, former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired NASA astronaut, a retired U.S. Navy captain and the author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf, 2017), talks about the record-setting year he spent aboard the International Space Station and reflects on his life.You can meet Scott Kelly in person on October 17 here:

Barnes & Noble, Fifth Avenue Store Book Signing555 5th Ave (b/t 44th and 45th), New York, NY1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.Note: Those in line must purchase at least one book

Words Bookstore Event at the West Orange High School Auditorium51 Conforti Ave., West Orange, NJ 07057:30 p.m.Scott Kelly in-conversation with John Schwartz, Science reporter for the New York Times 

Updates on Trussia and More

Tue, 2017-10-17 10:45

Ari Melber, host of The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, chief legal correspondent for MSNBC, NBC legal analyst, and lawyer, talks about the latest national political news, especially stories related to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election.

Tales of Redemption

Tue, 2017-10-17 10:35

Senator McCain criticized the "half-baked, spurious nationalism" of Trumpism in a speech yesterday. Listeners call in to share how they (or someone close to them) have taken a stand for what they believe in as they edge closer to the end of their lives.

National Politics With Ari Melber; A Year in Space; How a Non-Profit Developer Builds Affordable Housing; Fall Culture Preview: Music

Tue, 2017-10-17 00:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Ari Melber, Host of The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC, chief legal correspondent for MSNBC, NBC legal analyst, lawyer, talks about the latest national political news, especially stories related to Russia's meddling in the 2016 election. Michelle de la Uz, executive director of Fifth Avenue Committee and commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission, talks about how her organization seeks to address the affordable housing crisis as a non-profit developer and Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, provides context through her reporting on the affordable housing industry in New York in the latest installment of our People's Guide To Power: Real Estate Edition series. Scott Kelly, former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, a retired U.S. Navy captain and the author of Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery (Knopf, 2017) talks about the record-setting year he spent aboard the International Space Station and reflects on his life. John Schaefer, WNYC host of New Sounds and Soundcheck, talks about some music to look out for.

Should New York Hold a Convention to Amend the State Constitution?

Mon, 2017-10-16 12:09

Intelligence Squared-U.S. visits The Brian Lehrer Show with an Oxford-style debate on the decision facing New York voters in November. Listen and vote for the most persuasive team.

The proposition is to hold a constitutional convention to "fix" the state constitution.

Arguing in favor:  Gerald Benjamin, associate vice president for regional engagement and director of the Center for Research, Regional Education and Outreach (CRREO) at SUNY New Paltz and an editor of New York's Broken Constitution: The Governance Crisis and the Path to Renewed Greatness, and New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D, WF-Manhattan, 28th district)

Arguing against: Adriene Holder, attorney-in-charge of the civil practice of The Legal Aid Society, and Henry Garrido, executive director of District Council 37, the municipal employees' union.

 

The Affordable Housing Developers' View of the NYC's Housing Conundrum

Mon, 2017-10-16 11:15

Jolie Milstein, president and CEO of the New York State Association for Affordable Housing (NYSAFAH), and WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talk about the affordable housing industry from the developers' perspective, and how the industry operates in New York City.

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