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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.

Episodes

  • Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Russian Interference and 2020 Control of Congress

    Feb 25 2020

    U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18), member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks about election security and reports of Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race.  Plus, his support for Joe Biden and concern for what Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee would mean for maintaining control of Congress.  

  • Is Congestion Pricing Happening?

    Feb 24 2020

    Christopher Robbins, reporter and editor for Gothamist, explains why New York’s ambitious plan to address traffic congestion in Manhattan is delayed (or maybe not even happening).

  • #PriceCheckNYC: Surprises on 'Free Screenings'

    Feb 24 2020

    WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and ClearHealthCosts, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Today, Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of PriceCheckNYC, talk about surprise billing for mammograms and colonoscopies. Links for more information: #PriceCheckNYC homepage Legislative Map at Dense Breast Info "Why Some Breast Cancer Screenings Come With Unexpec...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Nevada Results and What's Ahead

    Feb 24 2020

    Beth Fouhy, senior politics editor at NBC News and MSNBC, discusses the latest politics news from Nevada and what's ahead this week.

  • How Slavery is Taught in School

    Feb 24 2020

    As Black History Month comes to a close, we talk to some of the contributors to the New York Times' 1619 Project. Today: Nikita Stewart, New York Times reporter covering social services and City Hall, talks about the challenge (we have mostly failed) of teaching the history of slavery in America's schools.

  • Roger Stone and the Trumps

    Feb 24 2020

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News and co-host of the podcast Trump Inc. and the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), talks about the latest news regarding President Trump’s longtime friend and adviser, Roger Stone, who was just sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

  • ‘Sometimes I Just Watch’

    Feb 21 2020

    Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell talks about how Americans are welcoming surveillance devices like Ring and Nest into their homes, and — as they can now watch their front doors, babysitters, children and pets all day long — how surveillance has become normalized.  

  • Guns for Bodega Workers?

    Feb 21 2020

    Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member for the 10th District of the New York City Council, talks about his pitch to make it easier for bodega owners to obtain guns, following the murder of two Bronx deli workers in separate shootings in the span of a week.

  • 2020 and Workers

    Feb 21 2020

     Jane McAlevey, labor and environmental organizer, senior policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, part of the Institute for Labor & Employment Relations and the author of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy (Ecco, 2020), talks about labor’s influence in the Nevada caucuses and how labor issues are playing out among the 2020 field. 

  • Friday Morning Politics: DNI Firing; Nevada Caucuses: NPR Poll

    Feb 21 2020

    Domenico Montanaro previews the Nevada caucuses and discusses other national political news, including reports in the Washington Post and New York Times on the firing of director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

  • New York's Plastic Bag Ban 101

    Feb 20 2020

    Sydney Pereira, reporter at Gothamist, breaks down the final version of regulations in New York State's imminent plastic bag ban.

  • Raising the Stakes in Nevada

    Feb 20 2020

    Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press national political reporter, offers a recap and analysis of the debate and looks ahead to Saturday's Nevada caucuses.

  • Ask the Mayor: Commercial Rent, Congestion Pricing and Education in Southeast Queens

    Feb 20 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.

  • Bloomberg and the NDAs

    Feb 20 2020

    In last night's Democratic Senator Warren pushed former Mayor Bloomberg to allow people who had signed non-disclosure agreements with his company, over a hostile work environment or sexual harassment claims, out of the agreements. Julie Roginsky advocate, activist, co-founder of the nonprofit Lift Our Voices, talks about the the legal, ethical and political implications of the NDA's and Warren's take on them.

  • The New Electoral Map

    Feb 19 2020

    Charlie Mahtesian, senior politics editor at Politico, talks about how the electoral map has shifted since the last presidential election, and how that's playing out in how candidates are campaigning this year.

  • Radiolab's 'The Other Latif"

    Feb 19 2020

    Radiolab producer Latif Nasser talks about the 6-part series 'The Other Latif’ that explores the life of the Guantanamo Bay detainee who shares his name.

  • Justice and Trump

    Feb 19 2020

    Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about the new pardons and the tumultuous week in the Justice Department.

  • Dividing the Chores

    Feb 19 2020

    Listeners call in to share how they divide domestic duties equitably in their households.

  • When a Young Teenager Is Charged With Murder

    Feb 18 2020

    A fourteen-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the December 2019 murder of Barnard student Tessa Majors in Morningside Park. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, offers legal analysis of the case, as well as Harvey Weinstein's trial, where jurors have just started deliberations.

  • Jamelle Bouie on Bloomberg, Racism, History & the News

    Feb 18 2020

    New York Times Jamelle Bouie talks about how certain events in the news today are steeped in, and affected by, America’s racist history. Plus, he comments on the 2020 presidential campaign. 

  • Beyond Winning in November 2020

    Feb 18 2020

    Dan Pfeiffer, co-host on Pod Save America, White House communications director under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior adviser to the president (2013-2015) and the author of Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Twelve, 2020), argues progressive Democrats need to look beyond winning in November to bolster democracy. →EVENT: Dan Pfeiffer will be in conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 92nd Street Y.  Ticket info here.  

  • Speak to the Speaker: Homelessness, Rezonings, School Lunches and More

    Feb 18 2020

    New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson talks about the latest news in New York City.

  • The Wrongful Convictions in Malcolm X's Murder

    Feb 17 2020

    Producer Shayla Harris and executive producer/co-director Rachel Dretzin talk about their Netflix docuseries "Who Killed Malcolm X?" which raises questions about the 1966 convictions of three men for the assassination and has led the Manhattan district attorney’s office to review the case.

  • New Bill to Legalize (and Limit) Gestational Surrogacy

    Feb 17 2020

    New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan, 28th district), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, explains and takes questions on her new bill that would legalize gestational and genetic surrogacy, while tracking and regulating the practice to avoid the exploitation of the women who give birth.  She also comments on the Senate's proposed changes to bail reform (not supported by the Assembly Speaker) and the possibility, that after 5 years of work, cannabis might be legalized this term.

  • Post-Presidency Politics

    Feb 17 2020

    As we observe Washington's birthday, Jonathan Horn, former White House presidential speechwriter (George W. Bush) and the author of Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle (Scribner, February, 2020), talks about his years after the presidency. Myth tells us he returned to farming, but history reveals a deep involvement with the country's politics, plus other former presidents' political activities.

  • Checking the Campaign Coffers

    Feb 17 2020

    Maggie Severns, POLITICO reporter covering money in politics, discusses the latest political news and talks about how the campaigns are poised to move past the early states and on to Super Tuesday.

  • All Crime, No Consequences for America's Elite

    Feb 14 2020

    Michael Hobbes, senior reporter for HuffPost, co-host of You're Wrong About podcast, and author of The Golden Age of White-Collar Crime, talks about how lawbreaking by America's elite is a threat to society. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Robert Krulwich's Radio Legacy, Lead Free in NYC?, Pretend You Know Me

    Feb 14 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Radiolab Cohost Krulwich Reflects on His Radio Legacy (First) | Can NYC Ever Be Lead Free? (Starts at 27:35) | Pretend You Know Me (Starts at 53:29)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Your Wackiest First Date Stories

    Feb 14 2020

    On Valentine's Day, listeners share stories from first dates gone awry. 

  • Albany Politics Update

    Feb 14 2020

    Josefa Velasquez, senior reporter for The City, talks about the latest from Albany, including Gov. Cuomo's meeting with President Trump over the ban on New Yorkers using Global Entry, the attempts by some lawmakers to roll back the bail reform law and more.

  • Two Takes on the Week at DOJ

    Feb 14 2020

    U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), Judiciary Committee member and House Democratic caucus chairman, reacts to the latest from the Justice Department and looks ahead to the attorney general’s upcoming testimony before the Judiciary committee. Then, Katie Benner, New York Times reporter covering the Justice Department, talks about the Stone sentencing re-recommendations, the attorney general's comments about the president's tweets, and whether this week's actions by the president and his ...more

  • Radiolab Cohost Krulwich Reflects on His Radio Legacy

    Feb 13 2020

    Robert Krulwich, co-host of Radiolab, looks back on his long career, from network news to NPR to WNYC.

  • City Council Passes Bill to Get 'Reckless Drivers' Off the Streets

    Feb 13 2020

    Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Council member representing Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington, talks about the Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Law which would pilot a program that could result in the impoundment of a dangerous driver's car.  He explains the law, how drivers can avoid losing their cars, plus talks about the plastic bag ban that goes into effect March 1, which he has long advocated for.

  • The Latest on the 2020 Campaigns

    Feb 13 2020

    Joan Walsh, The Nation's national affairs correspondent and a CNN political contributor, talks about the latest news in the 2020 campaign, including why she thinks the other Democrats should welcome Michael Bloomberg to the debate stage next week.

  • When Should Kids Get Smartphones?

    Feb 13 2020

    Micaela Birmingham, writer-director and executive producer at Scary Mommy, talks about her decision to not give her 11-year-old a smartphone and listeners weigh in with their stories.

  • Trump Wants to Make Travel Harder for New Yorkers

    Feb 12 2020

    Letitia James, New York Attorney General, talks about the lawsuit New York State just filed against the Trump administration over its policy of banning New Yorkers from enrolling in the Trusted Traveler Program, plus other state legal issues.

  • A Fight Erupts Over Brokers' Fees

    Feb 12 2020

    Ryan Deffenbaugh, Crain's New York Business reporter, discusses what drove the quick return of brokers' fees just one week after the state rule that renters can't be charged broker fees.

  • Can Bloomberg Outrun Stop and Frisk?

    Feb 12 2020

    Dennis Walcott, president and CEO of the Queens Library, former deputy mayor and NYC schools chancellor under Bloomberg, talks about Bloomberg's candidacy and agenda, and the leaked stop-and-frisk tape. Your calls: should Bloomberg be allowed to outrun stop and frisk?