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Live From The Greene Space: National Politics; What Unites Us in 2018; Why Juneteenth Matters

15 min 2 sec ago

Live from The Greene Space, you'll hear:

    Catherine Rampell, opinion columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the national political news of the day. Michael D'Antonio, executive editor of The Harris Poll and co-author (with John Gerzema) of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future  (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University and the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press 2013), discuss the findings of the Brian Lehrer Show and Harris poll with a look at what unites Americans. Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson, urban anthropologist; former director of the Office of Public Education and Interpretation at the New York African Burial Ground Project; professor at Manhattan College and author of New York City's Black Slaveowners: A Social and Material Culture History (Garland Pub. Co, 1994), and Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About" series and In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives (Henry Holt and Co, 2016), talk about the legacy of Juneteenth, a celebration of the end of slavery, in the age of mass incarceration, Black Lives Matter and the reappraisal of the Confederate monuments.

National Politics: Separating Asylum Seekers, Trade War with China, Military in Space

1 hour 22 min ago

Catherine Rampell, opinion columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the national political news of the day, including the evolving news on the Trump administration's polarizing "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, the impending trade war with China and President Trump's order to create a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the military.

Monday Morning Politics; Inequality in NYC; Separation Trauma; and Hari Kondabolu

Mon, 2018-06-18 12:00

On today's show:

    NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe talks about the latest national political news; Kristen Lewis co-director of Measure of America, a program of the Social Science Research Council, and co-author of Portrait of New York City, and Sheena Wright, president and CEO of the United Way of New York City, preview the SSRC's Portrait of New York report with a discussion of the findings on inequality across race and gender lines; Dana Sinopoli, psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, discusses her open letter criticizing policy separating immigrant children and parents by emphasizing psychological repercussions the children are likely to face;  Hari Kondabolu talks about his new stand-up special which blends personal and political humor, and offers a comedic take on serious issues like terrorism, mass shootings, identity politics, religion, and healthcare.

Hari Kondabolu on Laughing at Identity Politics

Mon, 2018-06-18 11:59

Hari Kondabolu, comedian and writer of “The Problem with Apu,” talks about his new stand-up special which blends personal and political humor, and offers a comedic take on serious issues like terrorism, mass shootings, identity politics, religion, and healthcare.

Race, Gender & Salaries in NYC

Mon, 2018-06-18 11:04

Kristen Lewis co-director of Measure of America, a program of the Social Science Research Council, and co-author of their "Portrait of New York City," and Sheena Wright, president and CEO of the United Way of New York City, preview the SSRC's Portrait of New York report with a discussion of the findings on inequality across race and gender lines.

"Women pay a real penalty when they have a child, for every child you have your earnings decrease by 4 percent. For men the opposite is true, earnings increase by 6 percent," says Kristen Lewis (L), of @MOA_org. She's joined by @SheenaWrightNYC of @unitedwaynyc (R). pic.twitter.com/pXBi6RBYr9

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 18, 2018

“The @MOA_org report is the diagnosis for what organizations like United Way of New York City need to execute equitable solutions.” —@SheenaWrightNYC on @BrianLehrer @WNYC

— United Way of NYC (@unitedwaynyc) June 18, 2018

“We need to help people appreciate that it will benefit you if there is more prosperity shared....Then it becomes a shared responsibility for all of us to take care of each other.” —@SheenaWrightNYC on @BrianLehrer @WNYC with Kristen Lewis of @MOA_org pic.twitter.com/jDvj9OrcT6

— United Way of NYC (@unitedwaynyc) June 18, 2018

Monday Morning Politics: Trump Administration's 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Immigration

Mon, 2018-06-18 10:36

NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe talks about the latest national political news, including the conflicting messages coming from the Trump administration regarding its "zero tolerance" policy on immigration.

The Separation Trauma of 'Zero Tolerance'

Mon, 2018-06-18 02:00

Dana Sinopoli, licensed psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and Stephen Soldz, director of the Applied Social Justice and Human Rights Program at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, discuss organizing opposition among psychologists who are against the policy of separating immigrant children and parents at the border by emphasizing the psychological repercussions the children are likely to face.

"We need to be really clear about the shock and experience of being ripped and forcibly separated, we need to be thoughtful about how we describe this," says Dr. Dana Sinopoli on Trump admin's "zero tolerance" immigration policy + separating immigrant parents from their children.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 18, 2018

"Medical professionals know how it impacts not only the mental health but the physical health of children," says @ethicalpsycholo on Trump admin's "zero tolerance" immigration policy. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 18, 2018

The Eights | 2008

Sat, 2018-06-16 09:00

The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8. Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans saw themselves and each other in 2008.

The End of the Bush Era (First) | How the 2008 Financial Crisis Divided America (@ 42:30) | Obama's Presidential Run (1:19:48) | The Rise of Liberal Media (1:54:10)

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Speaker Johnson; Civic Engagement; Transgender Men

Fri, 2018-06-15 14:48

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

Council Speaker Johnson Talks City Budget  (First) | Civic Engagement (Starts at 22:13) | Transgender Men (Starts at 44:06)

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The Eights | The Rise of Liberal Media in 2008

Fri, 2018-06-15 14:31

Eric Deggans, TV critic at NPR and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, discuss the rise of partisan media and social media in 2008 and how it contributed to the modern Culture Wars. Celeste Headlee is a public radio host and the author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave, 2017.

Why So Many Jobs Are Useless

Fri, 2018-06-15 14:03

David Graeber, professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Debt and of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, follows up his viral essay about how many of us work at jobs that seem useless, what purpose they serve and what it would take to change them.

Ask the Mayor, The Eights: Rise of Liberal Media, & 'Bullshit Jobs',

Fri, 2018-06-15 12:00
    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
    Eric Deggans, TV critic at NPR and author of Race-Baiter :How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, discuss the rise of partisan media and social media in 2008 and how it contributed to the modern Culture Wars and Celeste Headlee is host of the daily news show "On Second Thought" on Georgia Public Broadcasting and former co-host of The Takeaway. Her new book is We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter 
    David Graeber, professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Debt and Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, follows up on his viral essay about how many of us work at jobs that seem useless, what purpose they serve and what it would take to change them.

FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Probe Comes to Light

Fri, 2018-06-15 11:35

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, White House correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the latest in national politics including the new inspector general investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Clinton email probe, the federal policy to separate children from parents illegally crossing the U.S. border and an attempt by moderate Congressional Republicans to pass an immigration bill.  

#AskTheMayor: fairer high school admissions, NYCHA gaming safety inspections

Fri, 2018-06-15 11:10

Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, answers questions about the fairness of the admissions tests for the city's elite high schools and comments on his son Dante's editorial in New York Daily News, a citywide ban on plastic bags, the and the federal fine for NYCHA's gaming of HUD safety inspections.

Forget "Leaning," Change It

Thu, 2018-06-14 12:21

Helena Morrissey, British investment banking executive, made a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honors 2017 for improving diversity in financial services and the author of A Good Time to be a Girl: Don't Lean In, argues we need to move beyond diversity initiatives to changing the values that underpin success and leadership.

Council Speaker Johnson Talks City Budget

Thu, 2018-06-14 12:02

Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council -- representing District 3 covering Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Sidetalks about the City Council's, responsds to Mayor de Blasio's executive budget and other city news.

Southern Baptists' #Metoo Moment, Speak to Speaker, The Eights: 2008 and Obama, & Leadership beyond Diversity

Thu, 2018-06-14 12:00
    Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council -- representing District 3  covering Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Sidetalks about the City Council's, responsds to Mayor de Blasio's executive budget and other city news.
    Donna Brazile, former chair of Democratic National Committee and author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, discusses the 2008 presidential campaign of President Barack Obama and its impact on today's Culture Wars.
    Helena Morrissey, British investment banking executive, made a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honors 2017 for improving diversity in financial services and the author of A Good Time to be a Girl: Don't Lean In, argues we need to move beyond diversity initiatives to changing the values that underpin success and leadership.

 

 

The Eights | Obama's Presidential Run in 2008

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:43

Donna Brazile, former chair of Democratic National Committee and author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House, discusses the 2008 presidential campaign of President Barack Obama and its impact on today's Culture Wars.

Southern Baptist Convention Riled by #MeToo & Politics

Thu, 2018-06-14 11:00

Julie Zauzmer covers religion, faith and spirituality for the Washington Post. She reports from the Southern Baptist Convention which voted this week for resolutions strongly condemning abuse while also affirming the traditional roles of women in the church. Vice President Mike Pence also addressed attendees on Wednesday.

Getting Through to Boys

Wed, 2018-06-13 12:45

Adam Cox, clinical psychologist and the author of Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys, offers practical advice for communicating with boys.

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