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Meet the Winners of the Historical Fiction Challenge  

In the year of alternative facts and fake news, The Brian Lehrer Show presented a historical fiction challenge. Much like the climate of the news today, the genre of historical fiction is a mixture of hard fact and artistic license.

Five weeks and fifty submissions later, Christopher Bram, author of nine novels and The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction (Graywolf Press, 2016), presents the winners of WNYC's Historical Fiction Challenge, Katherine Lloyd, Trisha Hamilton and Dr. Robert Marraccino.

Meet our winners! From left to right: our judge, Christopher Bram with Robert Marraccino, Katherine Lloyd and Trisha Hamilton.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 24, 2017


A Senseless Death, A Senseless Aftermath by Trisha Hamilton



Projecting by Katherine Lloyd



Isles of Hope, Tears and Fear in Richmond County of New York City: Ellis and Staten Islands by Dr. Robert Marraccino.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mo Amer Meets a Trump, Bassem Youssef on Revolution, How Google Became Google  

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

Mo Amer Meets a Trump (First) | Bassem Youssef on Revolution (Starts at 18:38) | How Google Became Google (Starts at 36:35)

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Legislating Sex in America  

Geoffrey R. Stone, the Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor of Law at the University of Chicago, constitutional scholar and author of Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-First Century  (Liveright, 2017), discusses where sex, religion, law, and the Constitution intersect now and throughout history.

State of Your Anxiety  

Listeners call in share which of life's risks make them anxious, how it is related to the news, and what they are doing to alleviate that anxiety.

#AskTheMayor: Quality of Life in NYC  

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including news of a racially motivated murder, the school application process, and other quality of life issues including "quality of life" policing.

Bill deBlasio stated on @BrianLehrer show attack on 66 y/o Black man from racist White veteran from Maryland was a domestic terrorist act.

— JM (@jamesmagenst) March 24, 2017

"This is going to be a real fight," BdB tells @BrianLehrer of "mansion tax" in Albany. I'm not sure that's correct.

— Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) March 24, 2017
How Superfans Run The Economy  

Zoe Fraade-Blanar, faculty member of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP) and Journalism and Chief Design Officer of the crowd sourced toy company Squishable, and Aaron M. Glazer, co-founder and CEO of Squishable, talk about their new book Superfandom: How Our Obsessions are Changing What We Buy and Who We Are (W. W. Norton & Company, 2017). They explain how we are living in "fandom-based economy," where devoted fans are in charge of what’s bought and sold.

Updates from London  

Steven Erlanger, London bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses yesterday's terror attack in London four peopled dead and 40 people injured.

The Foundation That 'Started by Asking'  

Reynold Levy, president of the Robin Hood Foundation, former president of Lincoln Center and former president of the International Rescue Committee, author of They Told Me Not to Take that Job: Tumult, Betrayal, Heroics, and the Transformation of Lincoln Center (Public Affairs, 2015), discusses the Start by Asking campaign that aims to inform and then enroll over 800,000 eligible New Yorkers in safety net tax programs.

Confirmation on Legal Surveillance of Trump Campaign  

David Graham, staff writer at The Atlantic, discusses House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes’ press conference yesterday which brought to light new revelations about legal surveillance of the Trump campaign.

Deal or No Deal on AHCA?  

Adriel Bettelheim, health care editor at POLITICO, and John O'Connor, WNYC Washington correspondent , explain how lawmakers in this area are voting on the American Health Care Act.

Bassem Youssef on Dictators, Revolution and Democracy  

Bassem Youssef, former host of “Al-bernameg,” a one-of-a-kind Middle Eastern political satire show, from 2011 until the show was terminated by the Egyptian government in 2014. He’s now the host of “The Democracy Handbook,” a digital series with Fusion TV, and is the author of Revolution for Dummies: Laughing Through the Arab Spring  (Dey Street Books, 2017). He offers his satirical take on the Arab Spring, Egypt's revolution and the future of democracy in the Middle East.

How Google Became Google  

Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, Alphabet, and ex-CEO of Google, and Jonathan Rosenberg, current adviser to Alphabet CEO Larry Page and former senior vice president of Products at Google, co-authored How Google Works  (Grand Central Publishing, 2017). They reflect on building Google into the company it is today and share management techniques on how to grow a business.

Moving N.Y. Medicaid Costs from Counties to State  

John Faso, U.S. Representative for the 19th district of New York, discusses his take on a provision in the GOP health care bill that would shift Medicaid costs from New York’s counties to its state government. Then, Jason Helgerson, New York's Medicaid Director, joins to counter Representative Faso's new amendment.

SCOTUS Considered  

Jami Floyd, host of WNYC's All Things Considered, discusses yesterday's Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Neil Gorsuch.

National Politics with the Hosts of Indivisible Radio  

The Indivisible hosts discuss the latest in national politics, including Charlie Sykes, a longtime conservative talk radio host, Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine, Kerri Miller, the host of MPR News with Kerri Miller and Talking Volumes, and Anne McElvoy, senior editor at The Economist.

An Arab-American Comedian and a Trump Son Walk Onto a Plane....  

Comedian Mo Amer talks about comedy in the age of President Trump, from his perspective as a Muslim whose family came to the U.S. seeking asylum from Kuwait after the first Gulf War, and the importance of talking to people you disagree with politically (like Eric Trump, whom he was randomly seated right next to on a plane just after the November election).

The Gorsuch Hearings: Day Two  

President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, is in the midst of his confirmation hearings. Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate’s "Political Gabfest" podcast, the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and the author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House, 2014), recounts what happened on the first day and what's ahead in day two.

FBI and NSA Directors Go Before Congress  

Live coverage of FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Michael Rogers testifying before Congress on Russian involvement in the U.S. presidential election. 

Former CIA field officer and now writer, Bob Baer, discusses the hearings. You'll hear the first public acknowledgement that there is a formal investigation not just into the Russian hacking but also a collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. President Donald Trump's claims that he had been wiretapped by President Obama were adamantly refuted.


Understanding the Gorsuch Hearings  

Live coverage and analysis of FBI and NSA Directors testifying on Russian involvement in the U.S. election continues as President Trump's pick for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearings begin.

Jeffrey Rosen, president of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia and legal affairs editor of The New Republic, discusses Gorsuch's hearing.

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Obama's Former AG, AARP Under AHCA, Bluexit  

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

Obama's Former Attorneys General | AARP under GOP's AHCA (Starts at 31:19)| Bluexit (Starts at 1:04:14)

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