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The Power of Love

10 hours 4 min ago

Bishop Michael Curry, presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and author of The Power of Love (Avery, 2018), discusses the importance of love, acceptance and social justice.

"In the New Testament… there are three words [for love]… eros, is romantic love, philia… it’s friendship love and… agape is unselfish love. It is love that is sacrificial, that actually seeks the welfare of others. There’s no nuance in English on that," @PB_Curry.

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

What To Expect When Amazon Moves To Your City;

10 hours 7 min ago

Ilya Marritz fills in for Brian. You'll hear:

    Joshua McNichols, reporter for KOUW and co-host of  the podcast Primed, talks about how Amazon has changed Seattle for the better and worse, and takes calls from New Yorkers on what to expect when Amazon HQ2 opens in Queens. With Democrats in the House poised to investigate Trump administration financial dealings, Elise Bean, chief legal counsel to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), who sat on the US Senate permanent subcommittee on investigations, and the author of Financial Exposure: Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018), offers her insight from 30 years of Congressional oversight. Bishop Michael Curry, presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and author of The Power of Love (Avery, 2018), discusses the importance of love, acceptance and social justice.

How Congress (Should) Investigate

10 hours 30 min ago

With Democrats in the House poised to investigate Trump administration financial dealings, Elise Bean, legal counsel to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) on the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the author of Financial Exposure: Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse, offers her insight from 30 years of Congressional oversight.

What To Expect When Amazon Moves To Your City: Lessons From Seattle

11 hours 9 min ago

Joshua McNichols, reporter for KOUW and co-host of the Prime(d): What happens when Amazon comes to your town? podcast, talks about how Amazon has changed Seattle for the better and worse, and takes calls from New Yorkers on what to expect when Amazon HQ2 opens in Queens.

Thursday Morning Politics: New Congressional Leadership

11 hours 14 min ago

Karen Tumulty, political columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the latest national news, including how new leadership in the House and Senate is shaping up now that the midterms are over.

"The Speaker’s office is incredibly powerful in deciding what comes to the floor, under what kinds of rules... and I think... the Republican Conference is about to get a great lesson on how the Democrats have been feeling in the last few years," @ktumulty. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p

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

"Nancy Pelosi, when she was Speaker… she was as effective as any speaker for the last century. She managed to muscle through Obama’s entire agenda for the first year of his presidency." 2/2 https://t.co/9OZSoCEIf0

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

She's good at the job and no one, I've heard, has been able to name anyone who should replace her. This resistance strikes me as sexism. Schumer hasn't been an effective leader but he was reelected to his position with little fanfare.

— Jamal Alexis Downer (@jamaladowner) November 15, 2018

Brooklyn Boss

Wed, 2018-11-14 12:13

Ron Howell, associate professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the author of Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker (Empire State Editions, 2018), tells the story of his grandfather, the early 20th-century Afro-Caribbean immigrant who became a political power broker in Brooklyn.

Updates on Florida and Georgia Races; The New Southern Strategy; Student Loan Debt in NYC; Brooklyn Boss

Wed, 2018-11-14 12:00

Kai Wright guest hosts today's show! You'll hear:

    Last week, the NAACP sent a letter to Georgia elections officials demanding a prompt investigation into reports of voter disenfranchisement. Derrick Johnson, NAACP President, and Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018), also discuss the Florida recount. Ed Kilgore, political columnist at New York Magazine, discusses the current evolution of the Democratic Party's presence and composition in the South. Lorelei Salas, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), discusses the new report examining the factors that contribute to defaults on student loans in the five boroughs. Ron Howell, associate professor of Journalism at Brooklyn College and the author of Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker (Empire State Editions, 2018), tells the story of his grandfather, the early 20th-century Afro-Caribbean immigrant who became a political power broker in Brooklyn.

Student Loan Debt in NYC

Wed, 2018-11-14 11:43

It's a national crisis, but in New York City, roughly one million New Yorkers owe nearly $35 billion in student debt.

Lorelei Salas, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), discusses the new report examining the factors that contribute to defaults on student loans in the five boroughs.

Need help or more information? Visit the DCA site.

Amazon's Deal or No Deal

Wed, 2018-11-14 11:13

Charlie Herman, WNYC News business and culture editor , talks about Amazon's expansion in Long Island City. Plus, Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC City Council Member (26th Queens), talks about his opposition to the Amazon deal.

"The Governor and the Mayor have conspired with Jeff Bezos to essentially give away the store. Nearly 3 billion dollars in giveaways and tax breaks and subsidies for literally the wealthiest man in the world," says @JimmyVanBramer on #AmazonHQ2.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 14, 2018

And listeners shared their thoughts:

Want to see what will happen to housing availability and costs? Look at San Francisco and the Bay Area— completely unaffordable for low-wage workers and people on fixed incomes. Look at the Austin area with Dell, Apple and other tech companies— rents and housing prices higher.

— Kiskadee (@Kiskadee7) November 14, 2018

There is no conscionable reason to give billions of dollars of public money to a corporation with a market cap that reached $1 trillion at the end of the summer. Amazon's labor practices are garbage. We don't trust them. We don't want them.

— Bɪʟʟʏ Kᴇᴇɴʟʏ (@billykeenly) November 14, 2018

@WNYC @JimmyVanBramer @BrianLehrer Let's be clear, the $2.5 billion doesn't exist yet! The tax revenue to be collected is $13.5 billion and that amount is not be given, but rather would not be collected. Please understand how subsidies work.

— Emil Skandul (@Emilskandul) November 14, 2018

The New Southern Strategy

Wed, 2018-11-14 10:43

Ed Kilgore, political columnist at New York Magazine, discusses the current evolution of the Democratic Party's presence and composition in the South.

Updates on the Florida and Georgia Races

Wed, 2018-11-14 10:29

Last week, the NAACP sent a letter to Georgia elections officials demanding a prompt investigation into reports of voter disenfranchisement. Derrick Johnson, NAACP President, and Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018), discuss this and also the Florida recount.

The Journey of Gratitude

Tue, 2018-11-13 12:01

A.J. Jacobs, NPR contributor, contributing editor at Esquire and author of many books including Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey (Simon & Schuster/ TED, 2018), decided to trace the journey of his morning cup of coffee, thanking each person who played a part, and shares what he learned about coffee... and the effects of gratitude.

Where Mueller Goes From Here; Trump's Trip Overseas; Trump, Inc. -- Now What?; Thanks!

Tue, 2018-11-13 12:00

Coming up on today's show, live from The Greene Space:

    Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and the host of "The Beat with Ari Melber" airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC, talks about the Mueller investigation, Jeff Sessions' ouster and more. Alyssa Mastromonaco, former assistant to President Obama and co-host of Crooked Media's Hysteria Podcast , On the news of the day, including the President's latest trip to Europe and the latest tallies in Florida and Georgia. Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC, and Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of the Trump, Inc. podcast, discuss investigations into the president's finances and dealings with Russia during his campaign in the wake of the midterms and the firing of AG Sessions. A. J. Jacobs, host of the podcast "Twice Removed," NPR commentator and contributing editor at Esquire, author of The Year of Living Biblically, The Know-It-All, and Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey (Simon & Schuster/TED, 2018), decided to trace the journey of his morning cup of coffee, thanking each person who played a part, and shares what he learned about coffee... and the effects of gratitude.

Trump, Inc. — Now What?

Tue, 2018-11-13 11:55

Trump, Inc. co-host Andrea Bernstein, WNYC senior editor for politics and policy, Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and host of Trump Inc., and editor Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica, discuss investigations into the president's finances and dealings with Russia during his campaign in the wake of the midterms and the firing of Attorney General Sessions.

An Obama Staffer's 'Good Idea'

Tue, 2018-11-13 11:23

Alyssa Mastromonaco, co-host of Crooked Media's Hysteria Podcast, former assistant to President Obama and the author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House (Twelve, 2017), talks about the news of the day, including the President's latest trip to Europe and the latest tallies in Florida and Georgia.

Tuesday Morning Politics with MSNBC's Ari Melber

Tue, 2018-11-13 10:35

Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and the host of "The Beat with Ari Melber" airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC, talks about the vote count in Florida, the Mueller investigation and more.

The Science of BFFs

Mon, 2018-11-12 12:00

Science writer Jacqueline Mroz looks at what research reveals about women and friendships in her new book, Girl Talk: What Science Can Tell Us About Female Friendship (Seal Press, 2018), and listeners call in to share their experiences. 

Monday Morning Politics; Against a Citizenship Question on the Census; What Do We Owe Our Veterans?; The Science of BFFs

Mon, 2018-11-12 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Ana Marie Cox, host of the podcast With Friends Like These and columnist for the SYFY channel Fangrrls, talks about the latest news coming out of Washington. Then, Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington," talks about the latest international political news. Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about their lawsuit (now on trial) against the citizenship question that the Trump administration is planning to add to the 2020 census. For Veterans Day, Brittany Ramos DeBarros, US Army Reserves psychological operations officer, deployed to Afghanistan 2012-2013, takes a closer look at the social services we owe our veterans, and we take veterans' calls. Jacqueline Mroz, science writer and the author of Girl Talk: What Science Can Tell Us About Female Friendship (Seal Press, 2018), looks at what research reveals about women and friendships.

How Combat Influenced Their Worldviews

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:45

For Veterans Day, Brittany Ramos DeBarros, US Army Reserves psychological operations officer, deployed to Afghanistan 2012-2013, takes a closer look at the social services we owe our veterans. Then, Mikie Sherrill, U.S. Representative-Elect (D NJ-11) and former Navy helicopter pilot, talks about American veterans and her election to Congress and we take veterans' calls.

An Argument Against a Citizenship Question on the Census

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:05

Executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition Steven Choi talks about their lawsuit (now on trial) against the citizenship question that the Trump administration is planning to add to the 2020 census.

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