Beginning Monday, Sept. 20, WNYC(AM-FM) New York Public Radio host Brian Lehrer will kick off his pre-election special, "30 Issues in 30 Days," which is described as "a guide to the candidates' positions on the issues at stake - the ones we hear about and the ones we don't." The series takes place during WNYC's public affairs talk and call-in program, "The Brian Lehrer Show," airing weekdays from 10-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and via Web stream at www.wnyc.org.
Issues scheduled for discussion include the Patriot Act, Saudi Arabia, paying for college, medical malpractice, U.S./Mexico relations, environmentalism and the global AIDS crisis. Lehrer and his guests will analyze such issues of national concern, and how they affect listeners in New York City and the tri-state area. Some segments will feature debate, while others will be explanatory.
Each segment will outline the positions of President Bush and Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, the pros and cons of their positions and the political interests driving either side's agenda.
Scheduled segments include: "Paying for Healthcare: Who Foots the Bill?," Sept. 20; "Europe: The End of the Affair?," Sept. 21; and "Safety Catch: Do We Need the USA Patriot Act?," Sept. 22.