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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Science March, American Spirit, The Weeds of Pot Policy  

In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

March for Science (First) | Smells Like American Spirit (Starts at 21:41) | The Weeds of Pot Policy (Starts at 50:35)

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Questions for the Big Disruption  

Seeing an impending disruption in human society along the lines of the Renaissance or the Industrial Revolution, David J. Rothkopf, CEO and editor of FP group and the author of The Great Questions of Tomorrow (TED Books, Simon & Schuster, 2017), tries to settle which questions we need to be asking.

Free Speech Free-for-All  

Berkeley is where the 1960s free speech movement started and has become a battlefield over partisan speech issues. Frances Dinkelspiel, journalist and co-founder of Berkeleyside, award-winning community news site covering Berkeley, CA, reports on the factions behind the postponement of Ann Coulter's campus speech and the off-campus demonstrations that turned violent. Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and noted first amendment scholar, argues that even offensive speech should be defended.

The 'Make France Great Again' Argument  

Emmanuel Saint-Martin, correspondent for France 24 and founder of French Morning, and Griff Witte, London bureau chief for The Washington Post, discuss the upcoming French election and how a shootout in Paris that left a gunman and two police officers dead could potentially impact it.

#AskTheMayor About Public Safety and Public Health  

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including a recent stampede at Penn Station which exposed Amtrak police security flaws and the Mayor's proposal to raise the price of cigarettes in order to curb tobacco use. 

"As you increase the price, people smoke less, it’s a pretty blunt instrument to get the job done," said de Blasio. "You’ve got to do very bold things to change public health realities, but remember we also provide free support to anyone who wants to stop smoking."

Thinking about quitting? Check out the free services at NY Quits

Into the Weeds: The Latest Pot Policy News  

Mark Kleiman, professor of public policy at the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and author of Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know  (Oxford University Press, 2012), discusses the latest news from the movement to legalize marijuana both in the U.S. and Canada.

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace  

Bill O'Reilly is out at Fox News so that's one down but what about workplace sexual harassment in every other company out there? Lisa Maatz, vice president of government relations and advocacy at the American Association of University Women, offers advice for workers and managers and listeners call in to share their stories.

What would have to happen in order for a culture of sexual harassment to end in a workplace? Call us at 212-433-9692.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) April 20, 2017
After the General Motors Plant Closes  

Amy Goldstein, Washington Post staff writer and the author of Janesville: An American Story (Simon & Schuster, 2017), reports on the aftermath of the shutdown of a GM plant in Janesville, Wisconsin, to explore the complexities of recovering jobs and skills and community.

A Community Activist Runs for Mayor  

Activist, community organizer and public policy advocate in New York City, Robert Gangi, is now Democratic candidate for mayor. Gangi talks about his campaign to be the next mayor of New York City.

One Family's Struggle Over Genetic Testing  

The Baxley family turns out to carry a high risk of genetic disease. Gina Kolata, medical reporter for The New York Times and the author of Mercies in Disguise: A Story of Hope, a Family's Genetic Destiny, and the Science That Rescued Them  (St. Martin's Press, 2017), tells their story as DNA testing offers the opportunity for individual members to find out for sure, and the possibility of preventing passing it on, at a steep price.

The Bureaucratic Dance to End NYC Cabaret Law  

Lauren Evans, freelance writer and contributor at The Village Voice and Jezebel, discusses her story about New York City's "racist" and "draconian" cabaret law and the fight to end it and Rafael Espinal, City Council member representing the 37th district, weighs in on how it effects his constituents.

Buy and Hire America First  

Max Ehrenfreund, Washington Post reporter for Wonkblog who compiles Wonkbook, a daily policy newsletter, talks about the two executive orders signed yesterday calling for a review of the H1B visa program for skilled workers and directing the government to "buy American."

Chris Hayes' Smoking Gun  

Chris Hayes, host of "All In With Chris Hayes" on MSNBC, editor at large at The Nation, and the author of A Colony in a Nation ( W. W. Norton & Company, 2017), talks about the day’s news.

Scientists Take D.C.  

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, marine biologist, consultant and currently the partnerships co-chair for the March for Science, talks about why scientists are gathering for the march that will be held in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day in support of scientific research.

A Nation of Spectators  

David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and the author of The American Spirit: Who We Are and What We Stand For (Simon & Schuster, 2017), shares his insights from years of study of American history.

The News Is Coming From Inside the White House  

It’s a White House correspondents conversation: POLITICO’s Annie Karni and The Wall Street Journal’s Carol Lee report on the latest national political news and discuss what it’s like to be a reporter in the Trump White House.

Teaching Politics in the Classroom  

Sarah Gonzalez, WNYC's youth and families reporter, talks about her latest feature on the challenges teachers face when it comes to expressing their own political views with their students and teachers call to share their experiences.

ensuring students' emotional safety so they can learn is a compelling state interest that trumps 1st A right to tell them your views

— Janet Price (@msjrprice) April 17, 2017

@BrianLehrer My students often thought I was conservative because of my choice of clothing, not allowing cursing, etc. They were agog when we'd discuss.

— Kristin Wald (@kdwald) April 17, 2017

@BrianLehrer Teacher's can't be morally ambiguous. They are molding the future everyday and have an obligation to show pros and cons

— Local Globalist (@RedSince1979) April 17, 2017

@BrianLehrer a good teacher should play devils advocate no matter what the students view are to create an informed environment

— Deron Sobers (@Deron0112) April 17, 2017
Getting Beyond Sectarianism  

Nader Hashemi, director of the Center for Middle East Studies and professor of Middle East and Islamic Politics at the University of Denver, and Danny Postel, assistant director of the Middle East and North African studies program at Northwestern University, discuss their new book Sectarianization: Mapping the New Politics of the Middle East  (Oxford University Press, 2017) and look at the political, economic, religious and ethnic divisions across Middle Eastern societies to get beyond the catch-all explanation of conflict from sectarianism.

Georgia as Political Bellwether  

Stacey Abrams, House minority leader for the Georgia General Assembly and State Representative for the 89th House District (D), talks about how Democrats are mobilizing around Tuesday's special election in Georgia's 6th district for the House seat up for grabs — an election many say is a bellwether for how the 2018 midterm elections may swing.

North Korea as the New Cuban Missile Crisis  

David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks about this weekend's failed missile launch by North Korea and the Trump administration's approach to the region.

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