The Brian Lehrer ShowAuthor: WNYC
26 Oct 2021

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    The Great Outdoor Dining Debate

    A group of New Yorkers filed a lawsuit to keep New York City's Open Restaurant program from becoming permanent, as the mayor has already announced. Chief among the concerns: noise, lack of street space for parking and biking, and rats. Listeners call in and talk about whether they're for or against outdoor dining as a forever addition to New York City's culinary landscape, and how the program could be improved.  

    Should NYC make the Open Restaurants program permanent, or should outdoor dining go the way of to-go drinks, a pandemic exception + not a forever addition?

    What modifications could make the program better?

    Restaurant workers, diners, frustrated neighbors, call in: 212-433-9262

    — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) October 25, 2021

  • Posted on 25 Oct 2021

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    Screening City Student’s Mental Health

    WNYC reporter Jessica Gould discusses the city’s rollout of DESSA, a mental and emotional health test, as students settle back into school after pandemic isolation.


  • Posted on 25 Oct 2021

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    Monday Morning Politics: Build Back Better and More

    John Nichols, national-affairs correspondent for The Nation magazine and the author, most recently, of The Fight for the Soul of the Democratic Party (Verso, 2020), discusses the latest news on the "Build Back Better" bill in Washington, plus the bellwether governor's races in Virginia and New Jersey.

  • Posted on 25 Oct 2021

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    Democrats Battle Over Expanding Medicare

     Amid negotiations for the $1 trillion-plus package in Congress, Democrats are now weighing whether to cut their plan to expand Medicare entirely. Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent for Kaiser Health News and host of KHN's "What the Health" podcast, discusses the latest news.


  • Posted on 25 Oct 2021

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    Geo-Quiz: Staten Island

    James Oddo, Staten Island Borough President (R), quizzes listeners on how well they know Staten Island.


  • Posted on 22 Oct 2021

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