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#AskTheMayor; Friday Morning National Politics; The L Train Shutdown That Wasn't; Best of 2018: The Year In (Your Cell Phone) Pictures

Fri, 2019-01-04 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. Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news. The MTA had scheduled what it said was a necessary shutdown of the L train to repair the tunnels, then Gov. Cuomo announced plans to NOT shut down the line completely for months on end, after all. Emma Fitzsimmons, transit reporter for The New York Times, talks about what the surprise announcement means for New Yorkers.    Daniella Zalcman, founder and director of Women Photograph, and Mallory Benedict, photo editor at National Geographic and managing director of Women Photograph, join as judges for the annual Brian Lehrer Show best photo contest.

Trump Meets With Congressional Leaders as Shutdown Drags; Avoiding Urban Dystopia; The Fare Fight Over Turnstile Jumpers

Thu, 2019-01-03 12:00

 

Coming up on today's show:

    As Democrats take control of the House, the government remains shutdown. Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington," on the political news of the day plus the latest in the Russia Investigation. Emily Badger, writer covering cities and urban policy for The Upshot, discusses the fact that Manhattan, Seattle and San Francisco have become object lessons for cities wanting to avoid becoming too dense, tech-y and unaffordable. Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and City Journal contributing editor, and David Jones, president and ceo of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and an MTA board member, join us to discuss the problem of subway fare evasion.

 

Paying the Price for 'Going Dry'

Thu, 2019-01-03 11:59

Listeners call in an explain why they're partaking in "dry January," and challenges to being sober in an alcohol obsessed city.

I relate to @BrianLehrer topic of justifying not drinking alcohol at work & social functions. I drink seltzer w/ lemon which looks like a mixed drink & if I get pushback tell people I'm on antibiotics. Or just say I'm not drinking tonight. #alcohol #drinkresponsibly #dryjanuary

— Joseph Caserto (@josephcaserto) January 3, 2019

@BrianLehrer #drynuary I’m sober many years, navigating business or social events that have alcohol is easy most people really don’t care if somebody drinks or not...if they do, They are the one with the problem #noexcusesneeded

— robbeeej (@robbeeej) January 3, 2019

People talking on @BrianLehrer about the social awkwardness of taking a month off drinking is very funny to this life-long non-drinker. Welcome to my entire world, peeps.

— sfxmaven (@sfxmaven) January 3, 2019

The Fare Fight Over Turnstile Jumpers

Thu, 2019-01-03 11:00

Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and City Journal contributing editor and David Jones, president and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York (CSS) and an MTA board member, discuss the problem of subway fare evasion.

"Fare evasion on the buses is the fastest growing effort. It’s coming in from the back door and not the front door. The bus driver should not be the enforcer of who is paying," says David Jones, president and CEO of @CSSNYorg.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 3, 2019

Buses should have random fare inspectors with portable MetroCard scanners like in EU. Passengers should be able to board in the back too. NYC buses are slow because of this. Driver should just drive. #honorsystem @MTA #andybyford @NYCTSubway

— stefano giovannini (@stefpix) January 3, 2019

@BrianLehrer I jumped the turnstile only once in my 22 years in the city. My monthly pass that was purchased two days prior was not working. The ticket agent said it was damaged and nothing she could do. Late to work with no money on me I jumped the turnstile.

— julie_jo (@julie_jo) January 3, 2019

A note on this fare beating convo for @BrianLehrer @WNYC: The precarity of being poor or working class is not a choice. The question isn't how to keep people from fare jumping but why people need to evade the fare in the first place. That's the problem that needs to be solved.

— Simon Galperin (@thensim0nsaid) January 3, 2019

Avoiding Urban Dystopia

Thu, 2019-01-03 10:30

Emily Badger, writer covering cities and urban policy for The Upshot, discusses the fact that Manhattan, Seattle and San Francisco have become object lessons for cities wanting to avoid becoming too dense, tech-y and unaffordable.

→ Read the full report here.

"It’s essential that cities think explicitly about affordable housing." 2/2 https://t.co/TRT3TqfkaP

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 3, 2019

Trump Meets With Congressional Leaders as Shutdown Drags

Thu, 2019-01-03 10:00

As Democrats take control of the House, the government remains shutdown. Susan Glasser on the political news of the day plus the latest in the Russia Investigation.

"The stock market had a terrible year, especially in December. People are expecting a recession to happen now in 2019... This is as looking like as grim a start to the year as I can remember." 2/2 https://t.co/fKdDwSJxsm

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 3, 2019

"Russians are very much believers in the law of equivalences, that for every action there should be a reaction… If America arrests a Russian you can be pretty darn sure Russia is going to arrest an American... this situation with Paul Whelan perfectly fits that model," @sbg1.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 3, 2019

Rep. Speier on Surviving Jonestown and Today's Politics

Wed, 2019-01-02 12:00

Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative from California (D-14) (San Francisco and the peninsula) and the author of UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage & Fighting Back (Little A, 2018), talks about her personal story as a survivor of the Jonestown massacre in 1978, and today's news and politics as the new Congress is about to begin its new session.

New Year, New House Majority; New in New York State; Rep. Speier on Surviving Jonestown and Today's Politics

Wed, 2019-01-02 12:00

 

Coming up on today's show:

    Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10) and incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee, talks about his committee's focus with Democratic control of the House. Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette and co-host of the "Max & Murphy" podcast, talks about Gov. Cuomo's New Year's Day address and what a Democratic majority in the Assembly, Senate and Governor's office means for the state. Jackie Speier, U.S. Representative from California (D-14, representing San Francisco and the peninsula) and the author of UNDAUNTED: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage & Fighting Back (Little A, 2018), talks about her personal story as a survivor of the Jonestown massacre in 1978, and today's news and politics as the new Congress is about to begin its new session.

Waking up in the New Year in a New Home

Wed, 2019-01-02 11:38

Listeners call in to talk about where they moved in 2018, and why.

@BrianLehrer I was born & raised in Sunset Park BK and bought what I think was one of the last affordable Co-Ops in the neighborhood because gentrification has made my immigrant & family community un-affordable.

— Julio Peña III (@Julio_PenaBK) January 2, 2019

I moved to Hudson Yards in 2018. I'd been hopping all over the city from apartment to apartment I couldn't afford since '03, and last year, while contemplating leaving NYC, my number came up on a waitlist I didn't even know I was on and now I'm in AFFORDABLE ARTIST'S HOUSING!

— ZBF (@ZoZoeBlair) January 2, 2019

Couldn't get in on the line; In 2018 I moved from NYC to Montana. I figured rent prices would be lower (and they are—I've found full houses for $500 a month!) but because average salaries are so much lower, there is a often perception of a housing crisis

— Jane Jacoby (@JaneJacoby) January 2, 2019

New in New York State

Wed, 2019-01-02 11:09

Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette and co-host of the Max & Murphy podcast, talks about Gov. Cuomo's New Year's Day address and what a Democratic majority in the Assembly, Senate and Governor's office means.

New Year, New House Majority

Wed, 2019-01-02 10:49

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10), incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee, talks about his committee's focus with Democratic control of the House, including border wall funding and how to protect the Mueller investigation.

"You can’t say ‘[migrants] should come at an official port of entry’ and then close, for all practical purposes, the ports of entry. People are entitled to claim political asylum… and a [border] wall has nothing to do with that. They’re not trying to hide," @RepJerryNadler.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 2, 2019

"What the [Trump] administration is doing is not just closing the border entry points, they’re doing everything they can to make it miserable to people. That’s why we have kids dying at the border… that’s why we have kids dying in our custody," says @RepJerryNadler.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 2, 2019

"We want to protect the Mueller investigation and allow it to continue so they can follow the facts where they lead. We will call in [acting Attorney General] Whitaker… they will give us a date or we will subpoena him," says @RepJerryNadler.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 2, 2019

"Impeachment is intended as a defense of the Republic against a President who would aggrandize power, destroy liberty, destroy separation of powers. We would need to see real evidence that the President has done various things with that goal in mind," says @RepJerryNadler.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 2, 2019

"If we could prove that, and if we were going to impeach the President, that would be article number six, you’d have to see much more serious things." 2/2 https://t.co/sNklylRyyF

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 2, 2019