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'Black Friday' Best-Of: Common Ground on Congestion Pricing; Nina Totenberg on RBG; Andy Borowitz on 'Dumb' Politicians

On this day after Thanksgiving, enjoy some of our favorite recent conversations:

  • The Brian Lehrer Show debut of an occasional series called the Brian Lehrer Show Editorial Board: From August, Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a contributing editor of City Journal and a columnist at the New York Post, Emerita Torres, vice president of policy, research and advocacy at the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), and Rachel Weinberger, PhD, chair for transportation at Regional Plan Association (RPA), share three varied views on congestion pricing.
  • Nina Totenberg, NPR legal correspondent and the author of Dinners with Ruth: A Memoir on the Power of Friendships (Simon & Schuster, 2022), looks back on her 50-year friendship with the woman who would become a Supreme Court Justice and how they each fought to overcome barriers and face personal challenges.
  • Andy Borowitz, author, comedian, and creator of The New Yorker's “Borowitz Report,” a satirical news column, and the author of Profiles in Ignorance: How America's Politicians Got Dumb and Dumber (Avid Reader Press/Simon & Schuster, 2022), talks about his new book that skewers politicians of the past 50 years.

These interviews were lightly edited for time and clarity; the original web versions are available here:

Editorial Board: Congestion Pricing (Aug 31, 2022)

Nina and Ruth (Sep 15, 2022)

Andy Borowitz on Ignorance (Sep 12, 2022)


 2022-11-25  1h48m