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The Fault in Our Party Lines

Tue, 2019-01-22 12:00

Drawing on their popular class, Princeton University history professors Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, co-authors of Fault Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019), trace the roots of today's political polarization to 1974.

"A college freshman today was born around 9/11... they came of age in an era during a stark political polarization… it wasn’t always this way and there was a conscious set of choices that led us here," says @KevinMKruse, professor at Princeton and author of "Fault Lines."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

"Now it’s just out in the open and it’s front and center in terms of how it’s used by this administration." 2/2 https://t.co/d6n4xhitGA

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

The Shutdown and the Resistance; Speak to the Speaker; Brexit or Not?; Blame Nixon

Tue, 2019-01-22 12:00

 

Coming up on today's show:

    New York Times columnist David Leonhardt talks about the ongoing federal government shutdown and what it shows about the strengths and weaknesses of the progressive movement. Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council (and acting Public Advocate), talks about issues facing the City Council and takes calls from listeners. Stephen Castle, New York Times London correspondent, discusses the latest Brexit news. Drawing on their popular class, Princeton University history professors Julian Zelizer and Kevin Kruse, co-authors of Fault  Lines: A History of the United States Since 1974 (W. W. Norton & Company, 2019), trace the roots of today's political polarization to 1974.

 

 

Brexit or Not?

Tue, 2019-01-22 11:31

Stephen Castle, New York Times London correspondent, and Amy Davidson Sorkin, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses the latest Brexit news.

Speak to the Speaker: NYCHA, Amazon, CitiBikes and More

Tue, 2019-01-22 11:05

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

"I don't think it's a done deal," @NYCSpeakerCoJo tells @BrianLehrer re Amazon to Queens. Johnson cites opposition from @SenGianaris, his power in Senate majority, & role of Public Authorities Control Board w/r/t project approval (tho Cuomo says PACB can't block deal).

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) January 22, 2019

On @BrianLehrer, @NYCSpeakerCoJo mentions yesterday's NYT article on 23 NYC Public Advocate candidates for the citywide election next month: https://t.co/0cZ5rtOvxp -which, I'll again highlight, is a sign of healthier democracy made possible by NYC's public matching funds system.

— David Moore (@ppolitics) January 22, 2019

Someone complaining to @NYCSpeakerCoJo on @BrianLehrer that @CitiBikeNYC #BikeNYC parking taking up #car #parking spaces in #MorningsideHeights. [Ahem bike parking IS parking.]CJ indicates needs rebalancing & CitiBike is a "huge success, want to expand to other neighborhoods."

— Bike Tarrytown (@BikeTarrytown) January 22, 2019

The Shutdown and the Resistance

Tue, 2019-01-22 10:44

New York Times columnist David Leonhardt talks about the ongoing federal government shutdown and what it shows about the strengths and weaknesses of the progressive movement.

"As the summer of 2016 came around, it became clear that Hillary Clinton had a lot of weaknesses as a candidate, but it was too late, Democrats really hadn’t run a full campaign.... Democrats shouldn’t try eliminating candidates at this stage," says @DLeonhardt.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

"While I agree that there is a risk that a female candidate is damaged by sexism… the mere notion of having a female nominee will play some role in curing that sexism. It’ll then be the second time in a row and it won’t be one of the Clintons who come with baggage," @DLeonhardt.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

"While I agree that there is a risk that a female candidate is damaged by sexism… the mere notion of having a female nominee will play some role in curing that sexism. It’ll then be the second time in a row and it won’t be one of the Clintons who come with baggage," @DLeonhardt.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

"Impeaching [Trump] now is a favor to him, it focuses attention on House Dems who are never going to be popular with Republicans and instead gives the GOP reasons for unity. I think Democrats should be strategic about this and peel off Republican support," says @DLeonhardt.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

You can read more on @DLeonhardt's thoughts here: https://t.co/gBnhfVBjnL

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 22, 2019

MLK Day Remembrance

Mon, 2019-01-21 12:02

 

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, The Brian Lehrer Show remembers his legacy with clips from Sunday’s Apollo Theater event hosted by Brian and All Things Considered's Jami Floyd, celebrating the contributions of some of the unsung heroes of the Civil Rights movement.

Terrance McKnight, host for WQXR, emceed the event.

Panelists included: Janet Dewart Bell, Bishop Michael Curry, Dr. Hazel N. Dukes, Chester Higgins, Jr., Dr. Aldon Morris, Andrea Taylor and Kai Wright.

Monday Morning Politics; MLK Jr. Day Remembrance

Mon, 2019-01-21 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    New York Magazine's Gabriel Debenedetti talks about the latest in national political news; In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The Brian Lehrer Show remembers his legacy with clips from an Apollo Theater event — moderated by Brian and All Things Considered's Jami Floyd — in which they discuss civil rights progress with scholars, community leaders, and activists, accompanied by musical performances.

The Gender Gap in Finance

Mon, 2019-01-21 11:24

Blair DuQuesnay, an investment adviser for Ritholtz Wealth Management, author of the personal finance blog The Belle Curve and a recent New York Times  op-ed column, talks about the under-representation of women in the finance industry, how women have been historically excluded from the field, and makes a call for change.

One female investor tells us: "Men like the big pitch, they like to pick the stock that’s going to let them retire early... I spend an awful lot of time saying... 'listen, I hear you have a good feeling about Google, but let’s talk about how you’re going to manage risk.'"

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

"There have been several studies that less than 10 percent of mutual fund managers are women, it’s even less in the hedge fund world," says @BlairHduQuesnay. 1/2

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

"There have been several studies that less than 10 percent of mutual fund managers are women, it’s even less in the hedge fund world," says @BlairHduQuesnay. 1/2

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

Monday Morning Politics: Democrats Vie for 2020, Shutdown Drags on, Buzzfeed's Word Versus Mueller's

Mon, 2019-01-21 10:43

Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine national political correspondent, talks about the latest in national political news, including the contenders for the Democratic presidential nominee, news on the shutdown and Buzzfeed's recent reporting.

On who is running for president: "These are definitely people that want to make a splash with an early announcement… they’ve been jockeying for this for years," says @gdebenedetti, adding, "this is already a historic field, it’s going to be a lot bigger than it is now."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

“The one thing I hear more than anything else when I talk to voters is ‘we want someone who is going to win,’” adds @gdebenedetti. https://t.co/Q47J7q5vp1

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

"But the people he listens to the most, the Conservative radio host, the television host, those are the people who are going to be angriest about it." 2/2 https://t.co/XBAFXgiVOU

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

"The very fact that Mueller’s office felt compelled to say something here is extremely interesting because they have not said anything at all," says @gdebenedetti on Buzzfeed's scoop.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 21, 2019

Who Will be the Democratic Candidate?

Fri, 2019-01-18 13:09

 

Listeners call in to participate in an informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific poll of the Democratic presidential candidates who have declared they’re running so far (so only: Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard and Julian Castro).

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Governor Cuomo, Cat Person, Life of Frederick Douglass

Fri, 2019-01-18 13:00

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

Gov. Cuomo on the State of New York State (First) | 'Cat Person' Author Has More Stories to Tell (Starts at 28:40) | The Life of Frederick Douglass (Starts at 47:51)

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Advice From The Future

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:00

What do you wish you had known when you were 13, 25, 45? Listeners call in to give advice to their younger selves.

36 to teenager me: don’t try so hard, just have more fun. You’re cool enough.

— Laura B Regan (@LBRdrunktweets) January 18, 2019

@BrianLehrer @WNYC I would tell myself to not stop free piano lessons I was offered.

— Gricelidis Núñez (@kabula11) January 18, 2019

Can't call in at the mo, but I'd say: seek out mentors and meet with them. They won't always be right, but they'll give you experienced perspectives that may fill out your information.

— Frederick J Moehn (@fredmoehn) January 18, 2019

@BrianLehrer I got off active duty in 2009, Im 37 now and Id tell myself to stay on active duty and applied for college or an officers program and get a commission and I would be retiring next year with full benefits.

— Neath Williams (@NeathWilliams) January 18, 2019

#AskTheMayor; The Latest Shocking Testimony in El Chapo's Trial; Diversity's Unspoken Clash with University Tenure; Advice From The Future

Fri, 2019-01-18 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. Keegan Hamilton, Vice News reporter and host of the podcast "Chapo," talks about the big news from the El Chapo trial this week, including that a witness said the former Mexican President Peña Nieto took a $100 million dollar bribe from the suspected drug lord and former leader of the Sinaloa Cartel. Patricia Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University and author of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016), breakdowns the invisible work often taken on by professors of color of  to address campus diversity issues and how it harms their tenure prospects. What do you wish you had known when you were 13, 25, 45? Listeners call in to give advice to their younger selves.

 

Diversity's Unspoken Clash with University Tenure

Fri, 2019-01-18 11:37

Patricia Matthew, associate professor of English at Montclair State University and editor of Written/Unwritten: Diversity and the Hidden Truths of Tenure (The University of North Carolina Press, 2016), breaks down the invisible work often taken on by professors of color to address campus diversity issues and how it harms their tenure prospects.

Tune in now to hear @triciamatthew break down the invisible work often taken on by professors of color to address campus diversity issues and how it harms their tenure prospects. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p pic.twitter.com/pyAMVY8MFe

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 18, 2019

"After Michael Brown in Ferguson, you wanted to be the faculty member that could help organize community conversations. Those are hard and exhausting and they’re not the same as being on the faculty award committee," @triciamatthew on the work taken on by professors of color.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 18, 2019

"There’s an idea that we have about what a professor and a scholar does and it’s work that is separate from the work of the community… the thing that matters most, the gold standard is still peer reviewed research," says @triciamatthew.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 18, 2019

"It’s not your job to fix your institution’s problems about race… those problems existed before you got there and many of your white colleagues will let you spin your wheels trying fix it and then you won’t get tenure. Your job is to get tenure," says @triciamatthew.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 18, 2019

The Latest Shocking Testimony in El Chapo's Trial

Fri, 2019-01-18 11:07

Keegan Hamilton, Vice News reporter and host of the podcast "Chapo", and Jack Riley, former D.E.A. acting deputy administrator who led the task force that took down El Chapo and the author of the forthcoming Drug Warrior (Hachette Books, 2019), talks about the big news from the El Chapo trial this week, including that a witness said the former Mexican President Peña Nieto took a $100 million dollar bribe from El Chapo.

#AskTheMayor: Public Trash, Public Transit and the Shutdown

Fri, 2019-01-18 11:00

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the Sanitation Department's removal of public trash cans in Harlem, the public bus plan and how the City is doing in the midst of the government shutdown.

The Joy (and Other Emotions) Sparked by Marie Kondo's Nextfix Show

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:04

Sarah Archer, author of Midcentury Christmas and the forthcoming, The Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s (Countryman Press, 2019), talks about why Marie Kondo's take on tidying has captured America's imagination.

"The thing that Marie Kondo does… is that it’s kind of a purge that makes the next step easier. It’s a lot easier to launder and fold of 20 t-shirts than it is to launder and fold 200 t-shirts," says @Sarcher.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 17, 2019

"A can opener, you got to have it whether it sparks joy or not… keeping things just in case is a trap that people fall in to," says @Sarcher, adding on some level you know whether you're going to fit back into those jeans or not.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 17, 2019

@BrianLehrer I read Marie Kondo's first book a few years ago, kondoed my home and stuff, and then kondoed my boyfriend... realized I was just with him because I had been with him for a while, but he didn't spark joy anymore

— JJ (@j_j____jjjj) January 17, 2019

National News; Gov. Cuomo; Women's Marches; NYPD Commissioner O'Neill; Kondo-izing

Thu, 2019-01-17 12:00

 

On today's show:

    Peter Beinart, contributing editor at The Atlantic and professor of journalism at the City University of New York, discusses latest from Capitol Hill on the government shutdown and his take on Speaker Nancy Pelosi's strategy; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) talks about his plans for New York in the next year, including a "green new deal," plus how the partial federal shutdown is affecting New York, the MTA and more; Liz Robbins, metro reporter for The New York Times, explains why New York City will host two separate Women's Marches this weekend; NYC police commissioner James O'Neill talks about 2018 crime statistics and the rollout of neighborhood policing; Sarah Archer, author of Midcentury Christmas and the forthcoming Midcentury Kitchen: America's Favorite Room, from Workspace to Dreamscape, 1940s-1970s (Countryman Press, 2019), talks about why Marie Kondo's take on tidying has captured America's imagination.

Commissioner O'Neill on Policing & Crime

Thu, 2019-01-17 11:57

New York City police commissioner James O'Neill talks about 2018 crime statistics, the roll-out of neighborhood policing and issues facing the department.

NOW: - @NYPDONeill on 2018 crime statistics and the roll-out of neighborhood policing. We are taking listener questions! What do you want to know? 212 433 WNYC, 212 433 9692 pic.twitter.com/VkFiGQ18aZ

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 17, 2019

On quotas, @NYPDONeill is definitive: "No. We're not looking at quantity... it's a holistic approach to fighting crime."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 17, 2019

On Marijuana: "We know [legalization] is coming," says @NYPDONeill. "Looking forward, we're very concerned about driving under the influence, and underage smoking."

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 17, 2019

Gov. Cuomo on the State of New York State

Thu, 2019-01-17 11:56

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talks about his plans for New York in the next year, including a "Green New Deal," plus how the partial federal shutdown is affecting New York, the MTA and more.

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