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Criminalizing Mental Illness

Thu, 2018-04-19 12:00

The mentally ill account for nearly 40% of those incarcerated in Rikers Island. Alisa Roth, former reporter at Marketplace, a Soros justice fellow and the author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness (Basic Books, 2018), reports on the nationwide problem of the criminalization of mental illness and the strain it puts on the justice system, and the cost to the individuals not getting proper treatment.

→Event: Alisa Roth will be in conversation with Eyal Press on Tuesday, April 24 at Book Culture in Long Island City at 7:00 PM. 

When Trump Meets With the North Korean Leader; Criminalizing Mental Illness

Thu, 2018-04-19 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    After news broke that CIA director (and nominee for Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-un, David Kang, professor of international relations, business, and East Asian languages and cultures and director of the Korean Studies Institute and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California and the author of American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017), analyzes where diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea stands as President Trump prepares for a meeting with the North Korean leader. The mentally ill account for nearly 40% of those incarcerated in Rikers Island. Alisa Roth, former reporter at Marketplace, a Soros justice fellow and the author of Insane: America's Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness (Basic Books, 2018), reports on the nationwide problem of the criminalization of mental illness and the strain it puts on the justice system, and the cost to the individuals not getting proper treatment. 

Overdue Recognition of Black Art in Elite Spaces

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:42

Rodney Carmichael, NPR's hip-hop writer, comments on what Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer means for hip-hop and black artists generally.

With DAMN. Kendrick Lamar proves he’s a profound composer and musician. His Pulitzer opens up a new world of opportunity for all sorts of musical artists. It shines a light on an area of the field that does not often get this kind of respect. Overdue.

— Dave Douglas (@davedouglas) April 19, 2018

@BrianLehrer .Brilliant episode on Kendrick - thank you so much. Communication the key to his art, communication the key to move forward & unite as a country - exposing people to his words and art, oh my. Truly what public radio is and should be. Love! the extended song excerpts

— Michael DeBruyn (@inskynyc) April 19, 2018

This 44 year old white woman of privilege living in Harlem says Kendrick is tied for the most important artist of our time (with Beyonce, obvs). He's a poet, artist, truth-teller, genius. Perhaps the best live performer I've ever seen ..."on my momma that's the realest shit."

— Diana Leo (@DianaLeo44) April 19, 2018

What Might Happen When Trump Meets Kim Jong-un

Thu, 2018-04-19 11:04

After news broke that CIA director (and nominee for Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim Jong-un, David Kang, professor of international relations, business, and East Asian languages and cultures and director of the Korean Studies Institute and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California and the author of American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017), analyzes where diplomacy between the U.S. and North Korea stands as President Trump prepares for a meeting with the North Korean leader.

Re-Enfranchising New Yorkers on Parole

Thu, 2018-04-19 10:35

Brigid Bergin, the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC and Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News talk about Gov. Cuomo's announcement that he will use his pardon power to restore voting rights to up to 35,000 New Yorkers on parole for felonies.

A Refugee's Journey to America

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:01

Mohammed Al Samawi, interfaith activist and author of The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America (William Morrow, 2018), reflects on how strangers of different faiths helped him escape Aden during Yemen's ongoing war. 

 

→ Event: With The Forward's Daniel Friedman on 4/24 at 6:30 pm 685 Third Avenue, 25th floor. More info and tickets here.

Legal News Roundup; The Complicated Legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims; Making a Gaggle; A Refugee's Journey to America

Wed, 2018-04-18 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, breaks down the weeks legal news from the FBI raid on the office of Trump's personal lawyer to SCOTUS cases on tax collection and immigration. The city removed a statue of the controversial gynecologist J. Marion Sims from its perch in Central Park Tuesday. Barron Lerner, bioethicist, historian of medicine and internist at New York University’s Langone School of Medicine and the author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics (Beacon Press, 2014), and Harriet Washington, medical journalist and the author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present and Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness (Back Bay Books, 2016), discuss the legacy of the doctor who experimented on slaves, but also pioneered the cure for fistula, a complication of childbirth.  Tobin Low, co-host and co-managing editor of the WNYC podcast Nancy, and Kathy Tu, co-host and co-managing editor of the WNYC podcast Nancy, talk about the third season of their podcast Nancy and the launch of their month-long engagement project on making queer friends. Mohammed Al Samawi, interfaith activist and author of The Fox Hunt: A Refugee's Memoir of Coming to America (William Morrow, 2018), reflects on how strangers of different faiths helped him escape Aden during Yemen's ongoing war.

How to Make a Gaggle

Wed, 2018-04-18 11:32

How do you make friends as an adult? Tobin Low and Kathy Tu, co-hosts and co-managing editors of the WNYC podcast Nancy, talk about the third season of their podcast Nancy and the launch of their month-long engagement project on making queer friends.

The Complicated Legacy of Dr. J. Marion Sims

Wed, 2018-04-18 11:08

The city removed a statue of the controversial gynecologist J. Marion Sims from its perch in Central Park Tuesday. Barron Lerner, bioethicist, historian of medicine and internist at New York University’s Langone Medical Center and the author of The Good Doctor: A Father, a Son, and the Evolution of Medical Ethics  (Beacon Press, 2014), and Harriet Washington, medical ethicist and the author of Infectious Madness: The Surprising Science of How We "Catch" Mental Illness  (Back Bay Books, 2016), discuss the legacy of the doctor who experimented on slaves, but also pioneered the cure for fistula, a complication of childbirth, and what his story teaches us about ethics in medicine. 

Legal News Roundup

Wed, 2018-04-18 10:34

Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, breaks down the weeks legal news from the FBI raid on the office of Trump's personal lawyer to SCOTUS cases on tax collection and immigration.

A 'Daily Show' Co-Founder Takes on Today's News

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:16

Lizz Winstead, comedian, writer, co-creator of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show," and founder of Lady Parts Justice League, offers political commentary and gives her comedic take on the news.

→ EVENT: The Greatest Sh** Show on Earth on Tuesday Apr 17, 2018 at The Cutting Room, 44 E. 32nd St. New York, NY. Doors at 7:00 PM, more info and tickets here.

Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Talks About 'Making Trouble'

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:13

Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and author of Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead  (Touchstone, 2018), talks about a life in activism and politics.

→ EVENTS:

Saturday, April 21st Book Revue 3:00 PM                                                  313 New York Avenue, Huntington, NY 11743 *Alice Hoffman, New York Times bestselling author of Rules of Magic, in conversation with Cecile Richards. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Monday, April 23rd 7:00 PM The Temple Emanu-El Streicker Center 10 East 66 Street, New York, NY 10065 *Brittany Packnett in conversation with Cecile Richards. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

The City’s Book Club Is Back

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:09

"One Book, One New York" is a city-wide project where New Yorkers will read the same book at the same time. Julie Menin, the media and entertainment commissioner for New York City, and authors Jennifer Egan, Esmeralda Santiago, Imbolo Mbue, Hari Kunzru and Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight") who is the screenwriter of James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk join us to talk about the books New Yorkers are voting on now, to choose which book the whole city will read.

Here are this year's final five:

    Manhattan Beach  (Scribner, October 2017) by Jennifer Egan

    When I Was Puerto Rican: A Memoir  (Da Capo Press, February 2006) by Esmeralda Santiago 

    White Tears: A novel  (Knopf, March 2017) by Hari Kunzru

    Behold the Dreamers: A Novel (Random House, August 2016) by Imbolo Mbue

    If Beale Street Could Talk (The Dial Press, 1974) by James Baldwin

Once you've made your pick, you can vote here.

Live From The Greene Space: National Politics; Cecile Richards on 'Making Trouble;' One Book, One NY is Back; A 'Daily Show' Co-Founder on Today's News

Tue, 2018-04-17 12:00

Coming up on today's show, live from The Greene Space:

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news of the day. Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood and author of Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead (Touchstone, April 2018), talks about a life in activism and politics. "One Book, One New York" is a city-wide project where New Yorkers will read the same book at the same time. Julie Menin, the media and entertainment commissioner for New York City, and authors Jennifer Egan, Esmeralda Santiago, Imbolo Mbue, and Hari Kunzru join us in the Greene Space -- along with Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight"), screenwriter for the movie adaptation of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk, who joins us on the phone — to talk about the books New Yorkers are voting on now, to choose which book the whole city will read. Lizz Winstead, comedian, writer, co-creator of Comedy Central’s "The Daily Show," and founder of Lady Parts Justice League, offers political commentary and gives her comedic take on the news.

Watch the show LIVE starting at 10 AM:

National Politics with Jonathan Lemire

Tue, 2018-04-17 10:42

Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news of the day, including the Mueller probe into Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, and the lawyer's ties to Sean Hannity. 

CCRB V. NYPD; A Health Crisis for Black Mothers and Babies in America; Crossing the Solar Energy Finish Line

Mon, 2018-04-16 12:00

Coming up on today's show:

    Fred Davie, acting chair of CCRB, and Jonathan Darche, executive director of CCRB, talk about the board's annual report, which saw a 5 percent increase in complaints against the NYPD, and comment on the strained relationship between the two agencies and their differing perspectives on transparency and discipline.       Linda Villarosa, journalist who is the director of the journalism program at the City College of New York, and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explains how and why black mothers and babies are dying at more than double the rate that white mothers and babies do — namely, because of systemic racism and bias in the health care system and in society. Varun Sivaram, fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, affiliated with Columbia, Stanford and Georgetown and the author of Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet (MIT Press, 2018), says more investment and innovation is needed to fully tap the potential of solar energy and move away from reliance on fossil fuels.

Crossing the Solar Energy Finish Line

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:58

Varun Sivaram, fellow for science and technology at the Council on Foreign Relations, affiliated with Columbia, Stanford and Georgetown and the author of Taming the Sun: Innovations to Harness Solar Energy and Power the Planet  (MIT Press, 2018), says more investment and innovation is needed to fully tap the potential of solar energy and move away from reliance on fossil fuels.

A Health Crisis for Black Mothers and Babies in America

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:44

Linda Villarosa, journalist who is the director of the journalism program at the City College of New York, and a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, explains how and why black mothers and babies are dying at more than double the rate that white mothers and babies do — namely, because of systemic racism and bias in the health care system and in society.

Why Complaints Against the NYPD Are on the Rise

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:35

Fred Davie, acting chair of CCRB, and Jonathan Darche, executive director of CCRB, talk about the board's annual report, which saw a 5 percent increase in complaints against the NYPD, and comment on the strained relationship between the two agencies and their differing perspectives on transparency and discipline.  

Rep. Nadler on Mueller Investigation, Comey Interview and Syria

Mon, 2018-04-16 11:08

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, talks about the upcoming hearing of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, James Comey's ABC interview and what happens next in Syria after Friday's air strikes.

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