The Brian Lehrer Show

By WNYC Studios

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Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.


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02.19.2019
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02.15.2019

Rep. Jeffries on Democrats in the House

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8, Central Brooklyn plus parts of Queens), talks about the latest on the federal budget deal and the ongoing investigations, plus local issues — including the Amazon news, affordable housing and criminal justice reform. "I viewed the announcement as a starting point and it appears that Amazon was unwilling to negotiate improve upon things that would have benefited the community and allayed some of the fears," says @RepJeffries. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019 "We have a constitutional responsibility to serve as a check and balance on the executive branch, we don’t work for Donald Trump... There’s a new sheriff in town, her name is Nancy Pelosi… and we’re going to make sure we stand up for the American people," @RepJeffries. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019 "The most significant issue confronting the neighborhoods I represent is the intense socioeconomic gentrification that’s sweeping through central Brooklyn... And to me, getting something done in affordable housing was essential," says @RepJeffries. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019 "95% support the notion of universal criminal background checks. The reason why nothing has happened to date is because in the Republican controlled House they’ve been acting like they’re working for the NRA — those days are over," says @RepJeffries. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019

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02.14.2019

Mayor Buttigieg on America's Future

Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, talks about his possible run for president in 2020 and his new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Liveright, 2019). "I can tell we’ve hit a nerve, not only with a generational message but with the substance of what I’m trying to communicate. We’re getting supporters from every state of the union," says @PeteButtigieg. Tweet or call now to talk to the Mayor + presidential hopeful 212-433-9692. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "I have a lot of respect for the work that’s done in Washington but I think it might be a virtue that I’m not someone who gets up to work in the morning and goes to Washington." 2/2 https://t.co/hkCvgSE3fX — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "I have more experience in government than the President, and more executive experience than the Vice President. I have more military experience than anyone who has walked into that office since George W. Bush," says Mayor @PeteButtigieg on his presidential bid. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "That means that things are changing around us and that it’s no longer a theoretical issue, it’s a practical one." 2/2 https://t.co/2wFSz4Ydlb — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 Mayor @PeteButtigieg proposes "'Medicare for All Who Want It'... if people like me are right, organically it will move you toward a single-payer system," if he were to be elected president in 2020. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "People in my generation are going to change professions.... That’s not a challenge from an income perspective, that’s a challenge from a social perspective. A job isn’t just a paycheck, it’s how we explain how we fit in the world," says @PeteButtigieg. pic.twitter.com/hlDxEsOgLM — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019

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Opportunity Zones or Gentrification Subsidies?

WNYC reporter Anjali Kamat and Caleb Melby, Bloomberg financial investigations reporter, talk about "opportunity zones," a bipartisan tax incentive plan to encourage development in low-income areas — who benefits — and why Amazon says it won’t participate, despite the fact that its Long Island City site would qualify. "There is some very clever overlap with places they were pitching Amazon and places they were declaring 'opportunity zones,'" says @CalebMelby from @business. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "Some people have argued that the kinds of benefits that accrue to developers and investors make ['opportunity zones'] more of gentrification subsidy rather than actually help people who live there," says @anjucomet. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "Amazon has come out and said they’re not going to use the 'opportunity zone' benefit. Even if they don’t use the benefit directly… it could be used by whoever is building the entire structure and Amazon could access to cheaper financing as a result," says @anjucomet. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019   But not everyone agrees. Carmelo Garcia, chief development officer of Newark, New Jersey, called in to share his thoughts on opportunity zone benefits: "We look at it as a clear opportunity at shifting and reshaping the way the funding is going to be used for these distressed neighborhoods… we want all ships to rise and this is going to be the tide to make it happen," says @CarmeloGarcia on the opportunity zone benefit. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 Would Newark take Amazon if NYC doesn't?"We absolutely are still interested. As they know we were one of the front-runners… Newark is where it’s at. Newark is trending. We will be the next world class destination city," says @CarmeloGarcia, Newark's chief development officer. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019

02.12.2019

All the Other Trump Organization Investigations

Heather Timmons, White House correspondent for Quartz, talks about how beds in ICE detention facilities factored into the tentative deal lawmakers reached to avoid another government shutdown and how the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election isn't the only investigation to watch. "Everyone is trying to avoid a government shutdown, but what they have done is purposefully given Trump less for border barriers. Someone explained to me as kind of sending a message that shutting down the government gets you less rather than more," says @HeathaT. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "This number of beds that there are and the cap, both parties have supported it at some point. The companies that benefit from this… have huge, strong lobbies here in Washington, D.C." says @HeathaT on the number of beds in ICE detention facilities. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "What Democrats wanted to do was cap the number of beds that ICE could have for interior detentions at about 16,000 so they would force them to be only arresting and detaining people that are actually criminals and that’s not what’s been happening," says @HeathaT. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "There are two different committees looking into whether Deutsche Bank was involved in money laundering related to the Trump Organization." 2/2 https://t.co/NtMVQ3pQjl — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019 "There’s been such a hope among Democrats that this Mueller report will explain everything… it is not going to be the end-all be-all. That’s why we’re seeing these Democratic committee chairs aggressively pursuing investigations at the same time," says @HeathaT. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019

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#AskTheMayor About Amazon and Affordable Housing

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC including the impact of the Trump administration's tax plan on New Yorkers, and how to preserve affordable housing and still make way for Amazon in Long Island City. "The whole Trump tax plan will be repealed, it has to be," because it favors the wealthy, says @NYCMayor. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 "Taxes are too low on millionaires and billionaires. And have been too low for decades," @NYCMayor tells @BrianLehrer — Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin) February 8, 2019 "$300 million more is in the budget because we’ve added to Special Education," says @NYCMayor on today's #AskTheMayor. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 "When we say ‘homeless,’ these are our neighbors... folks who, often times, just the bottom fell out of their household budget. But that doesn't mean they can’t get back on their feet quickly with our help. And that means being in your home borough whenever possible," @NYCMayor. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 "We cannot act like all of the things that have strengthened us don’t come with other consequences.... you can’t achieve those things if you’re not authorizing development with really clear ground rules and really clear targets for affordability," says @NYCMayor. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 Prepping for a Public Advocate forum he will host tonight, @BrianLehrer asks former PA @NYCMayor about affordable housing and whether he was able to accomplish more in terms of policy or through ombudsman roleBdB says policy like worst landlord list. — Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin) February 8, 2019

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The Boy Scouts Now Welcome Girls

The Boys Scouts program for older kids has been re-named Scouts BSA, and girls are now allowed to join — but not everyone is happy about it, some girls and women included. Listeners call in to share whether their girls are interested in joining, and former Girl Scouts weigh in. My daughter is a Girl Scout in Fort Greene, and she’s flatly uninterested. The existing leadership structure and role models in GSA is unique and powerful. BSA can change their name but their leaders continue fail to provide one of the most important elements of GSA experience. — Det Insp Spacetime (J. Izurieta) (@dream_king) February 4, 2019 @BrianLehrer growing up I wanted to be a Boy Scout so bad, but I was forced to join Girl Scouts & quit after two years. I wanted survival training not singing song at retirement communities. — Emaline Williams (@Ema_line) February 4, 2019 As a former girl Scout, mother of a Boy Scout and scout master, I think making Scouts coed is fine. The programs are different bet GS & BS. PLUS, within the troops, girls and boys will be separate so each gender can experience leadership. — Thoughts of Whiskers (@of_whiskers) February 4, 2019 As a Life Member of Girl Scouts who earned the Girl Scout Gold Award-- equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award-- I find the new Scouts BSA announcement that girls can pursue the highest award too pretty offensive. Help spread the word the Gold Award is an accomplishment too. — Danielle Razel (@RadRayReading) February 4, 2019 I'm a former boy scout, and the cookie parent of a girl scout. Here's an interesting way to couch this. If the Boy Scouts were founded in 2019 would they be gender inclusive? Probably. If Girl Scouts were founded today, they'd probably be girl only, still. Gender bias is real — Andy Parker (@1andyparker) February 4, 2019

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