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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Montenegro, Living Near Jails, Blindspotting

3 hours 56 min ago

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

Montenegro Explained (First) | "The Jail Next Door" (Starts at 26:02) | Blindspotting (Starts at 45:54)

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Library Cards as Keys to Culture

5 hours 32 min ago

Linda Johnson, president and C.E.O. of the Brooklyn Public Library, talks about the new program that lets all three library system card-holders visit major NYC cultural institutions for free.

Brooklyn Public Library announcement

New York Public Library (Manhattan, The Bronx & Staten Island) announcement

Queens Library announcement

TRussia Update; Legalization Latest; Library Culturepass

5 hours 41 min ago

On today's show: 

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump Inc. podcast at WNYC, talks about the latest developments in the Trump-Putin meeting fallout, plus looks ahead to the Manafort trial that is scheduled to start next week; Alyson Martin, cofounder of Cannabis Wire and reporting adjunct at Columbia Journalism School, discusses marijuana legalization developments in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts; Linda Johnson, president and C.E.O. of the Brooklyn Public Library, talks about the new program that lets all three library system card-holders visit major NYC cultural institutions for free.

Northeast Cannabis Legalization Update

5 hours 49 min ago

Alyson Martin, cofounder of Cannabis Wire and reporting adjunct at Columbia Journalism School, discusses marijuana legalization developments in New York, New Jersey, Vermont and Massachusetts.  "Almost every state takes a completely different approach which complicates regulation" to issues like youth use, driving under influence, etc.  

TRussia This Week

6 hours 44 min ago

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump Inc. podcast at WNYC, and Marcy Wheelerindependent journalist writing about national security and civil liberties for her site, Empty Wheel, talk about the latest developments in the Trump-Putin meeting fallout, plus looks ahead to the Manafort trial that is scheduled to start next week.

McFaul on Putin's "Incredible Offer"

7 hours 19 min ago

Michael McFaul, professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University, and author of From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018), talks about the incredible idea from Vladimir Putin to allow McFaul and other U.S. officials to be questions by the Russians, in exchange for allowing the U.S. to question the 12 Russians indicted for interfering in the 2016 election. The President called it an "incredible offer" in Helsinki, the Senate passed a resolution opposing such an exchange, McFaul calls it "incredibly stupid."

Treating Addiction Without Stigma

Thu, 2018-07-19 12:01

Dr. Lloyd Sederer, adjunct professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (Scribner, 2018), looks at approaches to addiction treatment that have failed in the past and what can be done now to promote recovery.  He adds that while we don't know enough about marijuana's effects, given the impetus to legalization, we should seize the opportunity to study it.

Albany Update; National Politics; Chertoff on Cyber Security; Treating Addiction

Thu, 2018-07-19 12:00

On today's show:

    Vivian Wang, reporter for the Metro Desk at The New York Times, covering state politics in Albany, talks about latest developments in the governor's race, public corruption trials and other news from Albany; with Assembly Member Deborah Glick, sponsor of the Speed Camera Safety Bill and the Reproductive Health Act. Michael Chertoff, executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a security consulting company, former Homeland Security Secretary (2005-2009), talks about his new book, Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018); Lloyd Sederer, chief medical officer for the NYS Office of Mental Health, adjunct professor at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the author of The Addiction Solution: Treating Our Dependence on Opioids and Other Drugs (Scribner, 2018), looks at approaches to addiction treatment that have failed in the past and what can be done now to promote recovery.

Protecting Data Use "Borders"

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:38

Michael Chertoff, executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a security consulting company, former Homeland Security Secretary, and the author of Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018) talks about his new book and how it relates to election security, plus comments on migrant crisis at the border.

Montenegro and OtherTrump-Putin Summit Fallout

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:09

James Hohmann, national political correspondent for The Washington Post, author of The Daily 202 and anchor of Power Post, and Cristina Maza, reporter covering foreign policy and international affairs for Newsweek, explain the reference to Montenegro in President Trump's conversation with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and other political fallout after President Trump's summit meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Albany Update: Corruption Convictions and Statewide Races

Thu, 2018-07-19 11:07

Vivian Wang, reporter for the Metro Desk at The New York Times covering state politics in Albany, talks about latest developments in the governor's race, public corruption trials and other news from the state capital.  She's joined by New York State Assemblymember Deborah Glick (D 66th - Downtown West Side) who speaks about the bills she has sponsored that passed in the Assembly, but remain blocked in the Senate, the Speed Camera Safety Bill and the Reproductive Health Act.  Plus, Glick explains what she knows about the Working Families Party plan to move Cynthia Nixon's name from the governor's race to oppose her in November, should Nixon lose to Cuomo in the September primary.

Getting Past White Defensiveness

Wed, 2018-07-18 12:05

Robin DiAngelo, antiracist educator and author of White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism (Beacon Press, 2018), explains how the fear of being challenged racially in America fosters inequality and shuts down cross-racial dialogue.

→EVENT: Robin DiAngelo will be reading from her book at The Strand (Broadway at E. 12th St.) tonight, Wednesday, July 18th, 2018 at 7:00pm.

Republicans Respond; Neighborhood Jails; Effects of Family Separation; White Fragility

Wed, 2018-07-18 12:00

On today's show:

    Lauren Gambino, Guardian political correspondent covering Congress and the 2018 midterms, talks about how Republicans in Congress are reacting to the president's summit and press conference alongside Russian President Vladimir Putin; City Limits reporter Harry DiPrinzio discusses how different communities in New York City react to jails in their communities and the backlash against a proposed jail site in The Bronx under the plan to close the Rikers Island complex; Irwin Redlener, president emeritus and co-founder of the Children's Health Fund and professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, talks about the psychological trauma and neglect faced by immigrant children who've been separated from their families; Antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo, talks about her new book, White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

The Jail Next Door

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:54

Harrison DiPrinzio, reporter at City Limits, discusses his reporting on how different communities in New York City react to jails in their communities, and Mychal Johnson, co-founder of South Bronx Unite, talks about his opposition to a proposed jail site in The Bronx under the plan to close the Rikers Island complex. 

The Legal Consequences of Child Abuse By Government

Wed, 2018-07-18 11:39

Dr. Irwin Redlener, president emeritus and co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, and the author of The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2017), talks about the psychological trauma and effects on immigrant children that have been separated from their families and why it constitutes "child abuse and neglect by government," which could lead to legal consequences.

→"Pediatrician: If I Saw a Child Mistreated Like ICE Is Doing, I’d Call the Authorities" (The Daily Beast 6/28/2018) 

Shifting the World Order

Wed, 2018-07-18 10:42

Lauren Gambino, Guardian U.S. political correspondent, talks about President Trump’s trip to Europe and reactions to his embrace of President Putin while distancing himself from European leaders, starting with excerpts from Obama’s speech on Tuesday in South Africa, and including President Trump’s interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson and his most recent remarks about misspeaking.

Russian Meddling; NYC Acting Globally; After Helsinki; Blindspotting

Tue, 2018-07-17 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and the host of "The Beat with Ari Melber", discusses the details of special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of twelve Russian intelligence officers, accusing them of interfering in the 2016 US presidential election, and President Trump’s continued skepticism;  Penny Abeywardena, New York City's Commissioner for International Affairs, talks about New York City's own local review of U.N. sustainability goals and the need for cities like New York to take the lead on global issues when their national governments won’t; Heather Hurlburt, director of new models of policy change at New America, former head of the National Security Network and former White House and State Department official under Bill Clinton, discusses the takeaways of the summit meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin;   Daveed Diggs, actor, Hamilton star, and producer, co-writer, and co-star of "Blindspotting," and his friend, co-writer and co-star, rapper Rafael Casal, talk about their new movie which follows the final three days of an Oakland man's probation and deals with friendship, gentrification, and the intersection of race and class.

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal Talk Blindspotting

Tue, 2018-07-17 11:44

Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal talk about their new film, Blindspotting, which follows the final three days of an Oakland man's probation and deals with friendship, gentrification, and the intersection of race and class. 

→Blindspotting opens Friday, July 20.

 

Debriefing Helsinki

Tue, 2018-07-17 11:42

Heather Hurlburt, columnist at New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer and director of new models of policy change at New America,  discusses the takeaways of the summit meeting between United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  She served as a White House and State Department official under President Bill Clinton.

→"7 Takeaways From Trump’s Catastrophic Meeting With Putin" by Heather Hurlburt, New York Magazine Daily Intelligencer, 7/16/18

NYC Acting Globally

Tue, 2018-07-17 11:15

Penny Abeywardena, New York City's commissioner for international affairs, talks about New York City’s voluntary U.N. sustainability progress review, and the need for cities like New York to help pioneer policies on climate change and fighting poverty. She also comments on the city's role in migrant family reunification and other immigration issues.

→You can download NYC's Voluntary Local Review here

→Read more about the Junior Ambassadors program here.

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