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Today's National Politics and Democrats' Prospects in 2020; Beyond "Never Trump"; StoryCorps Makes "One Small Step"; Medicare For All; Our Amendments: 13th

1 hour 33 min ago
    Dan Balz, chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress at The Washington Post, talks about the political news of the day, and about the Democrats' prospects ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
    Max Boot, military scholar and senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations, and the author of The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right (Liveright, 2018), talks about his defection from the Republican party following the election of Donald Trump.
    StoryCorp founder David Isay introduces and models his new project, "One Small Step" that promotes conversations between Americans on opposite sides of today's political divides.
    Defending Obamacare has become a uniting policy among Democrats running in the November midterms. Bernie Sanders, United States Senator from Vermont, argues that, if Dems take the House and Senate, Medicare for All is the right plan.
    This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words…and music. Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above the Law and legal editor for WNYC's podcast More Perfect, offers his take on one: the 13th, which ended slavery.

StoryCorps Makes "One Small Step"

2 hours 14 min ago

StoryCorps founder David Isay introduces and models his new project "One Small Step" that promotes conversations between Americans on opposite sides of today's political divides.

.@daveisay says the '"One Small Step" project is the most difficult thing they're ever done on @StoryCorps. pic.twitter.com/9CWxZtXZkh

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

Beyond "Never Trump"

2 hours 42 min ago

Max Boot, columnist at the Washington Post, senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right (Liveright, 2018), talks about his defection from the Republican party following the election of Donald Trump.

.@MaxBoot: With the passage of time, I'm willing to admit that the Iraq War was a "horrendous, costly mistake" and I was certainly complicit in that, along with a lot of other people. pic.twitter.com/j2NssPgGpU

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

Today's National Politics and Democrats' Prospects in 2020

3 hours 9 min ago

Dan Balz, chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress at The Washington Post, talks about the political news of the day, and about the Democrats' prospects ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Was Khashoggi more of a villain than a victim in the Trump-Bannon worldview? Brian wonders if Trump is helping the Saudis get away with the death of Jamal Khashoggi, in order to send a message to intimidate journalists..@danbalz: "I would dearly hope that that is not the case."

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

Our Amendments: The 27th

Wed, 2018-10-17 13:07

This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words . . ..and music. More Perfect producer Kelly Prime reviews one: the 27th which took 200 years to ratify!

.@kmarieprime: Every single amendment is a way we're trying to become a more perfect nation. pic.twitter.com/rnZTBysuZS

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

DOJ Oversight; Nebraska Sen. Sasse; The Week Jeff Flake Was A Hero To Democrats; Lizz Winstead on the Midterm Elections; Our Amendments: 27th

Wed, 2018-10-17 12:00
    Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10) and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, talks about what, beyond Mueller, oversight of DOJ would entail if the Dems take control of the House.
    Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator (R NE), former president of Midland University in Fremont, NE and the author of Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal (St. Martin's Press, 2018), argues that loneliness is the underlying cause of America's extreme polarization and the solution lies in finding deepening rootedness.
    This American Life producer Zoe Chace talks about her experience following and reporting on Senator Jeff Flake, and what she learned about partisan politics and celebrity.
    Lizz Winstead, comedian, writer, co-creator of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and founder of Lady Parts Justice League, gives her (comedic) take on the news of the day and the midterm elections, and talks about Lady Parts Justice's event "The Golden Probes," which takes aim at politicians who pose a threat to reproductive rights.
    This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words...and music. More Perfect producer Kelly Prime reviews one: the 27th, which took 200 years to ratify!

Lizz Winstead on the Midterm Elections

Wed, 2018-10-17 11:44

Comedian, writer, co-creator of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and founder of Lady Parts Justice League, Lizz Winstead gives her (comedic) take on the news of the day and the midterm elections, and talks about Lady Parts Justice's event "The Golden Probes," which takes aim at politicians who pose a threat to reproductive rights.

Tickets and more information on "The Golden Probes" can be found here.

.@lizzwinstead says The Golden Probes, from @LadyPJustice, highlights those politicians who have dedicated their careers to eroding the reproductive rights of women.For more about "sexism's most glamorous night":https://t.co/JqkFkkGu3l

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

The Week Jeff Flake Was A Hero To Democrats

Wed, 2018-10-17 11:18

This American Life producer Zoe Chace talks about her experience following and reporting on Senator Jeff Flake, and what she learned about partisan politics and celebrity.

.@zchace says Jeff Flake was truly undecided about Kavanaugh and made up his mind in front of the whole country.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

.@zchace: It's odd that a lot of Democrats think that, just because Jeff Flake is calling for a pause in intense fighting over rhetoric in our politics, that he is also gonna vote with them--because he definitely isn't.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

Nebraska Sen. Sasse: Polarization as Rootlessness

Wed, 2018-10-17 10:50

Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator (R NE), former president of Midland University in Fremont, NE and the author of Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal (St. Martin's Press, 2018) argues that loneliness is the underlying cause of America's extreme polarization and the solution lies in finding deepening rootedness.

.@BenSasse: "We need to distinguish between good tribes and bad tribes." Political tribalism is a bad thing. Need to use tribe to talk about family, friendship, shared vocation, & worship communities.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

.@BenSasse: Right vs Left is important right now, but much more important is "past vs future". Neither party has a long-term plan.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

@BrianLehrer A Former New Yorker now Nebraskan wants to know: Will you be a part of the solution and work with Democrats? Or continue to be an eloquent Trump supporter.

— margi (@margi1212) October 17, 2018

It’s fair to say that gop is mostly to blame given their reaction to our last president , arguably the most pragmatic in our history

— Thom Small (@portcreature) October 17, 2018

30 Issues: DOJ Oversight

Wed, 2018-10-17 10:20

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10) and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, talks about what, beyond Mueller, oversight of DOJ would entail if the Democrats take control of the House.

Mass incarceration is largely a state problem, but @RepJerryNadler says the federal government can lead the way, by changing laws and allowing states to liberalize their laws.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

Fighting for American Democracy

Tue, 2018-10-16 12:01

Greg Sargent, writer of The Plum Line blog at the Washington Post, comments on the current headlines and talks about his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics (Custom House, 2018). 

--> Greg Sargent will be at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law on Tuesday, October 30 at 12pm. Register on Eventbrite here

.@ThePlumLineGS: The Republican embrace of counter-majoritarian tactics has to be seen as extremely troubling. It's pre-dates Trump, but took a figure like Trump to bring everyone's focus to it.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018

Midterms & Impeachment; Gentrification and Noise Complaints; 30 Issues: The Democrat Plan to Fix Infrastructure; Fighting for American Democracy

Tue, 2018-10-16 12:00

    Peter Baker, New York Times chief White House correspondent and contributor to Impeachment: An American History (Modern Library, 2018), talks about today's news in Washington and looks back at the Clinton impeachment.

    Wendy Zukerman, science journalist and host of Gimlet Media's podcast Science Vs, and producer Meryl Horn talk about the 311 data they analyzed to find out whether increased noise complaints really do go hand-in-hand with rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

    Kalen Pruss, DNC policy director, discusses the kinds of policies around infrastructure to expect from Democrats if they take the House in November.

    Greg Sargent, writer of The Plum Line blog at the Washington Post, comments on the current headlines and talks about his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics (Custom House, 2018).

30 Issues: The Democrat Plan to Fix Infrastructure

Tue, 2018-10-16 11:38

DNC Policy Director Kalen Pruss discusses the kind of policies around infrastructure to expect from Democrats if they take the House in November.

.@kalhartp: Our party often talks about climate and energy policy, but we can't meet our clean energy goals without making major infrastructure investments.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018

In my opinion, if Trump was serious about governing the whole country and not just pleasing his base, he would have started with infrastructure. The fact that he hasn't gotten around to it shows me that he's more interested in banning Muslims and separating families.

— Jamal Alexis Downer (@jamaladowner) October 16, 2018

We cannot depend on the good graces of @dominos as a short term fix for America's roads.

— Koch Comics (@KochComics) October 16, 2018

Science Vs Gentrification and Noise Complaints

Tue, 2018-10-16 11:01

Wendy Zukerman, science journalist and host of Gimlet Media's podcast Science Vs, and producer Meryl Horn talk about the 311 data they analyzed to find out whether increased noise complaints really do go hand-in-hand with rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods.

.@wendyzuk: Message we heard over and over again is, if you can, talk to your neighbor. Be a part of the community and find out what the community norms are.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018

in dense urban neighborhoods, social norms are different. POC in this country learn to conform to norms. Whites feel more comfortable making the world around them bend to their norms. how do POC learn to be uncomfortable and among ppl who live differently and whites don't?

— Tiffany Em (@JustTiffanyEm) October 16, 2018

White House News, Midterms, and Impeachment

Tue, 2018-10-16 10:34

Peter Baker, New York Times chief White House correspondent and contributor to Impeachment: An American History, talks about today's news in Washington and looks back at the Clinton impeachment.

.@peterbakernyt: Democrats are ducking the impeachment issue, looking to appeal more broadly to electorate, but "there's such a hunger" in the Democratic base for impeachment, it's hard to imagine that the leadership doesn't do something to satisfy it--public inquiry or hearings

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018

Caller is right about Election Integrity. Why aren't the Democrats calling for that? Why do they focus on cutting off the head of the snake when they can starve it?

— Koch Comics (@KochComics) October 16, 2018

@BrianLehrer reply to your listener who says we shouldn't impeach because it will "rip the country apart." What have Trump and the Republicans been doing for several years? How do we stop THEM from continuing to rip the country apart.

— John Gromada (@johngromada) October 16, 2018

A Long-Term Relationship With Your Smart Speaker

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:05

As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri gain popularity, cultural critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz looks at the roles services like these may play for humans in the future.

.@JudithShulevitz says she's fallen for her Google Assistant. She thinks of "him" as a chipper actor/waiter.

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

30 Issues: How Would a Democratic Congress Change Immigration Policy?

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:02

Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY 13), discusses the Democrats' plan for immigration policy if they win the house. 

.@RepEspaillat expresses support for #AbolishIce: "We should have a law enforcement agency" that enforces immigration laws "with heart." Not concerned that it is a losing position for Democrats, though depends on how issue is framed.

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

Um, how about maybe just, I don’t know, uh FIX ICE with better management and oversight as opposed to #AbolishICE which would do nothing but shift policy and operational burden to another agency which will just create more convoluted and obfuscated bureaucracy.

— Net of Interthings (@RentingMyths) October 15, 2018

.@RepEspaillat says Democrats need strong commitment to comprehensive immigration reform."Rather than pushing back, I push forward."

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

Monday Morning Politics; 30 Issues: How Would A Democratic Congress Change Immigration Policy?; What Will Alexa Become?

Mon, 2018-10-15 12:00
    Washington Post correspondent Philip Bump talks about the national political news from the past few days.
    U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat (D, NY 13) discusses the Democrats’ plan for immigration policy if they win the house.
    As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri gain popularity, cultural critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz looks at the roles services like these may play for humans in the future.

Did the NYPD Ignore the Violence of a Far-Right Group?

Mon, 2018-10-15 11:18

Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz reports on Friday night's violence outside an Upper East Side Republican club after Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, spoke - and why no one from the group was arrested despite onlookers saying that they beat up protesters.

We don't know who started the fight on Friday, but it is clear from video that it's something like a "30 on 2" mob, with protesters outnumbered, says @jangelooff.

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

Monday Morning Politics: Polling Pre-November, Jamal Khashoggi, Violent Rhetoric

Mon, 2018-10-15 10:49

Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump talks about the national political news from the past few days, as well as the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

There is a historic number of women on the ballot who have made it past the primaries this year, but many in long-shot races. In most contested races, we're likely to see white men replaced by more white men, says @pbump. If we do see a more diverse House, it won't be by much.

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

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