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24 Aug 2019

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    Brian Lehrer Weekend: Homelessness on the Subways; Slavery and the Lack of Universal Healthcare; American Politics and the White Southern Voter

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

    Homelessness on the Subways (First) | Slavery and the Lack of Universal Healthcare (Starts at 27:46) | American Politics and the White Southern Voter (Starts at 47:50)

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  • Posted on 23 Aug 2019

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    Prejudice and Pride: 1989 and the AIDS Epidemic; LGBT Visibility in the 1990s; Reefer Managed: Talking to Your Kids; The Life of Frederick Douglass

    On this Summer Friday, here are some of our favorite recent conversations:

    • Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS activist, former member of ACT-UP NY and founder of the Treatment Action Group, discusses his work as an activist for the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power — or ACT UP — in 1989 and how the epidemic impacted the LGBTQ rights movement.
    • Claire Potter, professor of history at the New School and executive editor of Public Seminar, discusses the media landscape and how it began to include the LGBT community in the 1990s.
    • A call-in for parents about how they talk to teens about pot versus alcohol.
    • David Blight professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at Yale University, talks about his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom (Simon & Schuster, 2018).

      These interviews originally aired earlier this year. Links to the unedited audio are here:


  • Posted on 23 Aug 2019

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    The Little-Known Histories of the 25 Islands in New York Harbor

    David Haskell, editor in chief of New York Magazine, and Robert Sullivan, writer, talk about this issue's cover story on the 25 islands in New York Harbor and their little-known histories.


  • Posted on 22 Aug 2019

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    What Is Causing the 'Extreme Congestion' at LaGuardia Airport?

    Christopher Robbins, Gothamist news editor, talks about the traffic tie-ups at LaGuardia as construction, lack of bus lanes, summer storms and holidays converge to make getting to the gate a time-consuming challenge.


  • Posted on 22 Aug 2019

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    When NYC Became Your City

    Listeners call in to share when their stories of when they first moved to New York City.

    @BrianLehrer I feel like I became a New Yorker the day I was crying on the subway and a fellow rider who was standing in front of me (it was rush hour) inconspicuously handed me a tissue. It was such a small gesture but it made me feel like a part of the community.

    — Lil Haricot Vert (@kvan328) August 22, 2019

  • Posted on 22 Aug 2019

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