Out of curiosity, I decided to listen to the episode on the 12th of September due to historical events that happened in New York City the day before in 2001. New York City, where the Brian Lehrer Show originates and is actively recorded, was the kick-starter to our countries transition in security, racial relations, and our systems of immigration on September 11th, 2001 as the Twin Towers collapsed that morning.
The radio show started with a historical sound bite from the mayor of New York at the time of the 9/11 attacks, Rudy Giuliani. His farewell address was spotlighted. This farewell address was dense, but the radio show capitalized on how he addressed the idea of âimmigrationâ in relation to the recently endured attacks. Giuliani told the people that âour greatest strength as a city is immigration […] and keeping ourselves open to people and we should not allow what has happened to us stop that.â Brian then fast forwards time to our 2016 elections and juxtaposes Giulianiâs outlook on immigration and how our presiden
The featured guest on the radio segment was a political columnist for The Washington Post named Karen Tumulty. Both her and Brian, along with audience members that called in to participate and engage with the material discussed our current political climate while drawing connections to how 9/11 influenced such climate.
At one point in the segment, a man presented his credentials and then set up his argument, rather than a question per say, in response to Giuliani and how he in the opening of the show. Â This audience member said that âGiuliani was to New York what Donald Trump is to the country.â This man became increasingly more passionate and proceeded to tell the listeners on the show how âthe speech was a performanceâ and how âit was not him.â Rudy Giuliani was indeed extremely racially divisive especially after 9/11, not necessarily anti-immigration, but very racist and vindictive. This audience member took on the voice of who he
The following audience member did, however, present a question, but said question was still very much fueled with herÂ opinion. This woman asked
The final part of this specific segment involved Bill, an audience member who called in to address the immigration debate that was mentioned towards the beginning of the show. Bill prefaced his argument with the fact that he was pushing back on some ideas mentioned in this particular show. He then introduced himself as a 9/11 first responder. He then got arguably a bit aggressive and suggested that possibly âsinging the âkumbaya songâ shouldnât take precedence over the safety of our country.â He then proceeded to say that âspecial aliens are coming through the borders.â Bill then closed his contribution by blaming 9/11 on the laxity of our immigration law and how lapses in our security are to blame. Bill was then respectfully rebutted by both Karen and Brian and much of their argument Bill agreed with, and
To be completely honest, I was quite impressed with how civilly the audience engaged in the conversation. Taking a step back and realizing how incredibly polarized our country is, I was pleasantly surprised how the audience presented their opinion in a very respectful manner, while still able to portray said opinion and engage in uncomfortable conversation. It was reassuring and enlightening, to say the least, to not only see that people do care enough to hold strong opinions