Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of (now in paperback) Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020) talks about the debt ceiling, the long-term economic picture and more.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today Jamilah Lemieux, co-host of Slate's weekly parenting podcast, "Mom and Dad Are Fighting," answers listener questions about parenting, from what to do if your kid is afraid of shots to how to talk about Instagram and body image.
Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, joins for a roundup of the latest science-related news, including a closer look at the Merck pill, which could become the first oral antiviral COVID treatment ...and William Shatner's trip to space.
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021) shares some of the best recent poetry (including her own) to end the show.
Play along with the Brooklyn Geo-Quiz, with guest quiz leader Jacqueline Woodson, the author of many books, in prose and poetry, for adults and children, including the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014), Another Brooklyn (Amistad, 2016) and her latest book, Before the Ever After (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020).
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of "Such Color: New and Selected Poems"(Graywolf, 2021) and editor of "The Best American Poetry 2021" (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry to end the show.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today, Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough takes questions from listeners on how to get started on that creative project, push through writer's block, and just keep going.
Michael Hill, WNYC Morning Edition host and Nancy Solomon, reporter and editor in the WNYC newsroom talk about the second gubernatorial debate in New Jersey (which Michael moderated), between incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and former Assembly member Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican.
John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast, opinion writer at The New York Times, and the author of the forthcoming Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America (Portfolio, 2021), talks about how words evolve, as listeners share words and phrases they now embrace or avoid as their meaning has shifted. →Event: New York Times subscribers can hear more from John McWhorter in a free virtual event exploring the evolving role of language in our lives, this Thursday at 7pm. R.S.V.P. at nytimes.com/WokeWords
Earlier this year, New York City announced a $65 million taxi relief fund, but medallion owners say the package doesn't go far enough. Bhairavi Desai, president and founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing taxi drivers in New York City, joins to discuss why more aid money might be necessary to help indebted drivers.
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest national political news including continuing negotiations in Congress over the debt limit and crucial legislation related to physical and social infrastructure.
Elementary school teachers who already work in schools with no gifted and talented programs, talk about the challenges and rewards of having a classroom with diverse abilities. Elementary school teachers: how do you feel about the phase out of the Gifted and Talented program? And for those who already teach in non G&T schools, how do you deal with a classroom with diverse abilities? 646-435-7280 — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2021
Bryce Covert, an independent journalist who covers the economy and a contributing writer at the Nation, discusses the lack of public spending for early child care and the how the reconciliation package would affect it.
The land between present-day New York City and Philadelphia, including all of New Jersey and some parts of Delaware, once belonged to the Indigenous Lenape tribe and was called Lenapehoking. Curtis Zunigha, co-director of The Lenape Center in New York City and enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma, who are the modern-day descendants of the Lenape, shares the area's history in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners about this week in NYC, including COVID safety and he DOI report. He is joined by Schools Chancellor Meisha Porter to talk about changes to the City's gifted programs.
On Friday, journalists Maria Ressa and Dmitry Muratov were awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses the obstacles the journalists faced and this moment in journalism.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the Freedom to Write (First); Jay Caspian Kang, opinion writer for The New York Times, on the label 'Asian-American' (Starts at 21:52); Kevin Young, New Yorker Poetry Editor, on his new collection (Starts at 41:22) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.
Politico congressional reporter Nicholas Wu talks about the week's biggest political stories including continuing debt limit negotiations in congress and new details from a Senate report on President Trump's efforts to use the Justice Department to overturn the election results.
It's been a month since New York and New Jersey were slammed with torrential rains that killed over 40 people and ruined homes, cars and property. Eric S. Adams, media relations specialist for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, talks about the process of getting federal dollars to people who qualify.
Jay Caspian Kang, opinion writer for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine and the author of the forthcoming The Loneliest Americans (Crown, 2021), talks about how he thinks Asian-Americans -- a large and not monolithic group -- fit into American society. Plus, shares his thoughts on the recent demographic shifts of many suburban school districts.
Stacy Cowley, New York Times finance reporter with a focus on consumer issues and data security, discusses the overhaul to a federal student loan forgiveness program that will benefit more than a half-million public service and non-profit workers.
Kevin Young, poet, New Yorker poetry editor and the author of Stones: Poems (Knopf, 2021), talks about his new book of poetry and his new job as director of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture.
Andrew Yang, entrepreneur and founder of Humanity Forward who ran for the Democratic nominations for U.S. President in 2020 and NYC Mayor in 2021, now the author of Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy (Crown, 2021), talks about his new book that draws on his forays into electoral politics with recommendations for where we go from here, and his plans for a new political party.
Dennis Walcott, CEO and president of the Queens Public library system, talks about the decision of all three NYC library systems to stop charging fines for overdue books and what the pandemic has meant for the libraries and the people who rely on them for books and more.
On Tuesday, former Facebook employee Frances Haugen appeared before the Senate to argue that Congress needs to demand more transparency from the tech giant. Cecilia Kang, national technology correspondent at The New York Times and co-author with Sheera Frenkel of An Ugly Truth: Inside Facebook's Battle for Domination (Harper, 2021), breaks down the key takeaways.
Suzanne Nossel, CEO of PEN America, and Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Nigerian poet, writer and playwright and the author of the new novel, Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth (Pantheon, 2021), talk about the role of writers and literature in defending human rights and the three imprisoned Iranian writers being honored by PEN America this year and the organization's work on behalf of writers and thinkers around the globe. →PEN Literary Gala [livestream] →NYPL Live: Chronicles from the Land of the Happiest People on Earth: Wole Soyinka and Farah Jasmine Griffin Thursday, Oct. 7 at 7:30.
For more than five hours on Monday, Facebook, and its companies Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, all went down worldwide. Listeners who rely on those social media platforms for work or information call in to share how the outage impacted them or their businesses.
President Biden criticized Republicans opposing efforts to keep the country from defaulting on its debt. Teresa Ghilarducci, labor economist focusing on retirement security, director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School, and a senior contributor for Forbes, explains what government shutdown would mean for ordinary Americans.
Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and co-author, with Bob Woodward, of Peril (Simon & Schuster, 2021), talks about his new book about the shaky transition of power from the Trump to the Biden administration.
On this "first Monday in October," Melissa Murray, NYU law professor and co-host of the podcast Strict Scrutiny, talks about the new term, the hot-button cases the Court will take up and the fall-out from the decision to let the Texas abortion law go into effect.
On Thursday, the Senate and House passed a short-term spending bill ahead of a midnight deadline which would have shut down the government. Seung Min Kim, White House reporter for The Washington Post, discusses the latest news and what happens next.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including that over 90% of DOE employees are meeting today's vaccine mandate deadline; the situation at Rikers Island; congestion pricing and Vision Zero; and more. 90% of NYC public school staff have now gotten at least one dose of the vaccine ahead of Monday's mandate, @NYCMayorsOffice says @BrianLehrer. Mayor says he expects the number to go up today. Deadline is midnight tonight. — Jessica Gould (@ByJessicaGould) October 1, 2021 "I think we can strike the balance," @NYCMayor says when @BrianLehrer asks re @GovMurphy's threats in NJ Gov's effort to stop NYC congestion pricing. BdB says he's a big fan of Murphy & thinks can figure things out, like whether GW Bridge toll can mean exemption from CP charge. — Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) October 1, 2021
Many companies are requiring workers to go back to the office but still conducting remote work practices, like virtual meetings and social distancing. Listeners call in and talk about this strange "worst of both worlds" work moment.
The C.D.C. recently issued an "urgent" plea for pregnant and breastfeeding Americans to get the COVID vaccine, since the risk of complications from COVID for this group of people is high. Veronica Maria Pimentel, attending physician of OBGYN, specialist in maternal fetal medicine, and assistant professor of OBGYN, and Uché Blackstock, emergency medicine physician, founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equity, and MSNBC medical contributor, talk about the risks, and how she approaches vaccine-hesitant people to try to convince them to get the shot.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. What Went Right and Wrong with the Pandemic (First) | Recapping the New Jersey Candidates for Governor Debate (Starts at 35:30 ) | Hispanic Heritage Month and Your Identity (Starts at 1:09:00 ) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.
For Hispanic Heritage Month, listeners call in to share their favorite Spanish regional phrases and terms. @BrianLehrer I'm a Dominican who just learned the origin of a word my family and I use regularly…pariguayo. I love this show. — Annette🇩🇴🇵🇷 (@AMDomGal) September 30, 2021 worked with Poblano‘s for decades on golf courses in New Jersey. Guey is fine with your buddy. It does Translee roughly to bro/ pal, but do not say “que onda guey” to someone you do not know from Pueblo it will be offensive-speaking from experience — John Petrovsky, MS, CGCS (@GolfFourSeasons) September 30, 2021 Oooohfff the Peruian word for friend just made me cringe. I am Colombian and THAT word for us, has a WHOLE other meaning (female body part). The power of language! — M. Barraza (@grinica) September 30, 2021
Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens) and House Democrats chairman, talks about where things stand with the infrastructure bill, the safety net reconciliation bill, the debt ceiling and more as Congress wrestles over President Biden's big agenda items.
Scott Gottlieb, senior fellow at AEI, former FDA Commissioner and the author of Uncontrolled Spread: Why COVID-19 Crushed Us and How We Can Defeat the Next Pandemic (Harper, 2021), reviews how the COVID-19 pandemic was handled, how he thinks it ends, and what do fix for next time.
In his infrastructure plan introduced this year, President Biden proposed $400 billion in funding for home health care services, but so far in negotiations Democrats have agreed to less than half of that number. Ai-jen Poo, co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, talks about what substantially more funding could mean for both home health care workers and the people who rely on their services.
U.S. Representative Ritchie Torres (D-NY15) talks about all the big things happening in Congress this week, including infrastructure, the debt ceiling, plus gives his view on what needs to happen on Rikers Island.