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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

  • Oscar Docs 2019: Of Fathers and Sons

    Feb 19 2019

    Syrian-born director Talal Derki talks about his new documentary, “Of Fathers and Sons,” which provides rare insight into what it means to grow up in an Islamic Caliphate. In the film Derki returns to Syria where he embeds with a radical Islamist family, gaining their trust and sharing their daily life for over two years. 

  • One Last Dispatch From Albany

    Feb 19 2019

    After 25 years covering New York's capital for the Daily News, Ken Lovett is leaving journalism. He reports one last time from Albany, and reflects on his time reporting there.

  • Questions & Answers for this Year's Taxes

    Feb 19 2019

    Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s TODAY show and host of the HerMoney podcast, answers caller questions about 2018 tax filings following last year's tax overhaul.

  • NJ AG Grewal on 16-State Lawsuit

    Feb 19 2019

    New York, Connecticut and New Jersey are among the 16 states filing a federal lawsuit to block President Trump’s plan to build a border wall without permission from Congress. New Jersey Attorney General, Gurbir Grewal, talks about why he thinks the President needs to be challenged, and the details of the suit. 

  • Millionaires Urge Higher Taxes on Themselves

    Feb 18 2019

    Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and former managing director at the investment firm BlackRock, talks about his group's call for higher taxes on the ultra-rich. "And we tried to explain that the people who move because of tax rights moved well before his father was Governor generations ago, they don’t live in New York if they think that taxes are the main criteria for deciding where to live." 2/2 https://t.co/fqJ6MYaHnz — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 18, 2019

  • Oscar Docs 2019: RBG

    Feb 18 2019

    Betsy West and Julie Cohen, directors of RBG, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and Best Original Song, talk about the film and the life and impact of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

  • Black Migrations 3

    Feb 18 2019

    The theme for African American history month this year is "Black Migrations."  Every Monday in February, Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, civil rights attorney, ASALH board member and chair of the 400th Commemoration, and author of Race, Law, and American Society: 1607-Present (Routledge, 2007), will join Brian and the callers to explore different facets of the theme. This week: 1965 and the end of immigration quotas. "This has alw...more

  • Presidents' Day Politics: 2020 Roundup

    Feb 18 2019

    Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine national correspondent, talks about how the candidates for president reacted to the news that Amazon is cancelling coming to Queens, and talks to listeners who were Bernie 2016ers about how they're feeling about Bernie now that he's reportedly close to officially announcing.

  • Oscar Docs 2019: Minding the Gap

    Feb 15 2019

    Filmmaker Bing Liu talks about his feature-length documentary "Minding the Gap" — nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. Tune in NOW for #OscarDocs2019: @bingliu89, director of @MindingGapFilm, talks about his feature-length documentary "Minding the Gap" — nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. pic.twitter.com/Zdk0geN0TU — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019 "We explore the gaps between childhood and adult, between men and women, ultimately between abuse and discipl...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Black Migrations 2, Mo Rocca

    Feb 15 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Mayor Buttigieg on America's Future (First) | Black Migrations 2 (Starts at 33:58) | Mo Rocca Asks, 'Where Did They Go?' (Starts at 1:08:55)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • What's In a Word?

    Feb 15 2019

    Ardent language lovers Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, co-hosts and producers of "A Way With Words," a show about language and linguistics airing on WNYE, discuss the latest in linguistic news, and take calls about slang, new words, old sayings and why some words are just more appealing than others. → EVENT: Catch "A Way With Words" tonight at The Bell House in Brooklyn at 7PM, tickets available for purchase here.

  • Why Did Amazon Renege on the Deal?

    Feb 15 2019

    After months of protests, detractors have gotten their way: Amazon will not be coming tothe Big Apple. Vocal Amazon critic NYC City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (26th Queens) talks about what it took to keep the tech giant from his district and takes calls from those relieved and disappointed. "Labor thought they could reach a deal but Amazon walked away from New York rather than adjust their anti-union position," says @JimmyVanBramer. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 15, 2019 "...more

  • #AskTheMayor: Amazon Deal Autopsy

    Feb 15 2019

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. "Why did they even bother to choose NYC if they didn't want to actually be a part of NYC and do the work it takes to be a good neighbor?," @NYCMayor says on @BrianLehrer — katie honan (@katie_honan) February 15, 2019 de Blasio is on @BrianLehrer right now talking Amazon: "It's over and it's astounding and it's disappointing and it's disrespectful to the people of New York City." — Eliza Relman (@eliz...more

  • Rep. Jeffries on Democrats in the House

    Feb 15 2019

    U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8, Central Brooklyn plus parts of Queens), talks about the latest on the federal budget deal and the ongoing investigations, plus local issues — including the Amazon news, affordable housing and criminal justice reform. "I viewed the announcement as a starting point and it appears that Amazon was unwilling to negotiate improve upon things that would have benefited the community and allayed some of the fears," says @RepJeffries. — Brian Lehrer Show (@Bri...more

  • Oscar Docs 2019: Free Solo

    Feb 14 2019

    Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin talk about "Free Solo," their feature-length documentary nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary. "There was absolutely no margin for error, not only on Alex’s part but on ours," says Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, one of the directors of #FreeSolo, a documentary on Alex Honnold's free climb of El Capitan in Yosemite. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "In the end, we decided that we trusted Alex, we believed in Alex, we kn...more

  • Mayor Buttigieg on America's Future

    Feb 14 2019

    Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, talks about his possible run for president in 2020 and his new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Liveright, 2019). "I can tell we’ve hit a nerve, not only with a generational message but with the substance of what I’m trying to communicate. We’re getting supporters from every state of the union," says @PeteButtigieg. Tweet or call now to talk to the Mayor + presidential hopeful 212-433-9692. — Brian Leh...more

  • Virginia and New Life for the E.R.A.?

    Feb 14 2019

    Even as Virginia's leadership crisis continues, Jennifer Carroll Foy, delegate representing the second House district of the Virginia General Assembly, and Kamala Lopez, actress, activist, and founder and executive director of Equal Means Equal, talk about efforts to make the state the 38th to approve the E.R.A. — the required number for final ratification — and why they dispute the 1982 deadline imposed by Congress. "The fact that this has been glossed over and that two generations of women ha...more

  • Winners & Losers in 2018 Tax Filings

    Feb 14 2019

    Washington Post economics correspondent Heather Long talks through the details of the Republican tax overhaul that took effect this year and why some people will be surprised by their 2018 tax bills. "For the vast majority of people… their taxes did go down in 2018. 80 percent of Americans paid less taxes in 2018 but their refunds will also be lower," says @byHeatherLong. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 14, 2019 "You get the same refunds year after year… a lot of people have come ...more

  • Mo Rocca Asks, 'Where Did They Go?'

    Feb 13 2019

    Correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning and a panelist on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me", Mo Rocca, talks about his new podcast "Mobituaries," in which he explores the history of people (and things) who might have disappeared from view, but continue to intrigue him, including entertainers like Vaughn Meader to… the station wagon.  

  • Legendary Journalism From a Bygone Era

    Feb 13 2019

    MSNBC analyst, co-host of Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, and Daily Beast columnist, Jonathan Alter, talks about his new HBO documentary "Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists," which celebrates the two legendary New York journalists — plus talks about the national political news of the day. "There was a problem with political language that Democrats had for a long time and calling it the Green New Deal it signals that it’s about jobs... it’s all positive as long as they don’t attach the ‘s’ wo...more

  • A 'Good' School Is a Diverse School

    Feb 13 2019

    Mayor de Blasio commissioned a panel to make recommendations on how to better integrate New York City's highly-segregated public schools. WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould, director of the school diversity project at New York Appleseed, Matt Gonzales, and City College student, chief of staff of IntegrateNYC and member of the New York City School Diversity Advisory Group, Frantzy Luzincourt, talk about how the group is advising the city to tackle segregation

  • A French Philosopher's Take on America's Role in the World

    Feb 13 2019

    Philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy talks about his new book, The Empire and the Five Kings: America's Abdication and the Fate of the World (Henry Holt and Co. 2019). "We have an alliance of five kings who are very different but who are aligned with the simple goal of crushing their own people, of weakening America and the West and promoting an assault of civilization," says @BHL on the rise of Russia, China, Turkey, Iran and radical Islamism. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 13, 2019 "...more

  • Opportunity Zones or Gentrification Subsidies?

    Feb 12 2019

    WNYC reporter Anjali Kamat and Caleb Melby, Bloomberg financial investigations reporter, talk about "opportunity zones," a bipartisan tax incentive plan to encourage development in low-income areas — who benefits — and why Amazon says it won’t participate, despite the fact that its Long Island City site would qualify. "There is some very clever overlap with places they were pitching Amazon and places they were declaring 'opportunity zones,'" says @CalebMelby from @business. — Brian Lehrer Show ...more

  • All the Other Trump Organization Investigations

    Feb 12 2019

    Heather Timmons, White House correspondent for Quartz, talks about how beds in ICE detention facilities factored into the tentative deal lawmakers reached to avoid another government shutdown and how the Special Counsel's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election isn't the only investigation to watch. "Everyone is trying to avoid a government shutdown, but what they have done is purposefully given Trump less for border barriers. Someone explained to me as kind of sending a me...more

  • Gov. Cuomo Talks SALT, Rent Laws and More

    Feb 12 2019

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) previews his meeting with President Trump regarding the SALT deduction limit, the upcoming debate in the state legislature over rent laws and more New York State news.

  • Wrongful Convictions and Flawed Forensic Science

    Feb 12 2019

    Jonathan Schuppe, NBC News reporter focused on criminal justice, discusses how the justice system ignores science in pursuit of convictions. "There are basically two categories of forensic science that have come under question. The more controversial ones are bite marks and blood spatter, then there are more common ones like ballistics, shoe prints and finger prints." https://t.co/8Eto1tr1IT — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 12, 2019

  • The No-Shutdown Deal

    Feb 12 2019

    Philip Bump, Washington Post national correspondent, talks about the tentative deal reached by lawmakers to avoid another government shutdown. Plus, the latest on the Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Deal or no deal for government funding?"We’ve already seen some backlash from the Conservative commentators to whom he listens. It’s weird that this is where we are, that the whip count on Fox News is more important than the whip count on Capitol Hill," says @pbump. — Brian Le...more

  • Democrats Struggle to Find 2020 Messaging

    Feb 11 2019

    Julie Davis, New York Times congressional reporter, discusses the latest political news, including how Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Amy Klobuchar rolled out their presidential bids over the weekend, and how Democrats struggle with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam's refusal to step down amid accusations of racism. "Senator Warren has earned her reputation as a fighter on economic inequality issues… Senator Klobuchar has positioned herself more as person who wants to work across the aisle,...more

  • Black Migrations 2

    Feb 11 2019

    The theme for African American history month this year is "Black Migrations." Every Monday in February, we explore different facets of the theme. This week: Dominique Jean-Louis, a curatorial project historian at the New York Historical Society, where she worked on the “Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow” exhibition, and Gloria Browne-Marshall, professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, civil rights attorney, ASALH board member and chair of the 400th Commemora...more

  • America's Blackface Obsession

    Feb 11 2019

    Davarian Baldwin, professor of American Studies at Trinity College, dissects the history of blackface in American culture and how it became a prevalent cultural phenomenon. "The desires we had for Black people and our anxieties about their presence in this country were played out and expressed through blackface entertainment." 2/2 https://t.co/pFD6o9Gt8k — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 11, 2019 "You have these continual outings of blackface and then white individuals shift the per...more

  • Another Chance For Single-Payer Health Care in New York

    Feb 11 2019

    New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried (D-75th District) and chair of the NYS Assembly Committee on Health, discusses his single-payer health care proposal for New York, which has been reintroduced with amendments, and has a chance of passing now that Democrats control the legislature — plus weighs in on the measles outbreak in Brooklyn and Rockland County. "What we’re doing is to remind legislators that the people that got them elected are telling pollsters… they support a single pay...more

  • The Economics of the Green New Deal

    Feb 08 2019

    Bob Hockett, Cornell Law School professor and professor of public policy at Cornell University, senior counsel at Westwood Capital, policy expert at New Consensus and a fellow of The Century Foundation, lays out the economics behind Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's "Green New Deal." "At the time of the New Deal, of course millions of Americans were out of work…. In our view, something like that happened in 2008 and we never fully recovered from that. We think what’s needed is a real New...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Black Migrations I, Glenda Jackson as King Lear, Public Advocate Candidates

    Feb 08 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Black Migrations I (First) | Glenda Jackson as King Lear (Starts at 22:00) |  Public Advocate Candidates (Starts at 40:58)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Succeed Through Failing

    Feb 08 2019

    Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, former NYC deputy public advocate, and the author of Brave, Not Perfect: Fear Less, Fail More, and Live Bolder (Currency, 2019), shares her insights into achieving success through facing the risk of failure. "Male allies are so critical to having a bravery movement, whether it is being thoughtful in terms of how they’re raising our girls," says @reshmasaujani. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 Catch @reshmasaujani on air now...more

  • Adult-Onset Food Allergies Become More Common

    Feb 08 2019

    Ruchi Gupta, pediatrician and professor of pediatrics and medicine at Northwestern Medicine and director of the Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research Team at Northwestern, talks about a recent study where she found more than 10 percent of American adults have a food allergy, and about half of that group developed a new food allergy as adults — numbers that surprised her.

  • #AskTheMayor About Amazon and Affordable Housing

    Feb 08 2019

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC including the impact of the Trump administration's tax plan on New Yorkers, and how to preserve affordable housing and still make way for Amazon in Long Island City. "The whole Trump tax plan will be repealed, it has to be," because it favors the wealthy, says @NYCMayor. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) February 8, 2019 "Taxes are too low on millionaires and billionaires. And have been too low for d...more

  • Abortion: Medicine vs. Politics

    Feb 07 2019

    Irin Carmon, senior correspondent at New York Magazine, contributor at CNN and co-author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Dey Street Books, 2015)and Jennifer Gunter, board-certified physician in OB/GYN and pain medicine, New York Times columnist and author of the forthcoming The Vagina Bible: The Vulva and the Vagina: Separating the Myth from the Medicine (Citadel, August 2019), break down the misconceptions about abortions that occur after 21 weeks of pregnancy from ...more

  • (Many) Candidates for Public Advocate Debate

    Feb 07 2019

    Errol Louis, political anchor for NY1 News and host of Inside City Hall, recaps the first televised debate among 10 of the 17(!) candidates on the ballot in the special election for NYC public advocate. →For more information about the candidates and the special election on Feb. 26, check out Who's on the Ballot (a not-for-profit voting guide from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs).

  • Northam's Yearbook Spotlights Medicine's Race Problem

    Feb 07 2019

    Aletha Maybank, physician, NYC Health Department deputy commissioner and founding director at its Center for Health Equity, talks about race and racism in medicine, after racist photos were found on Virginia Gov. Northam's medical school yearbook page.

  • Investigations Update: SDNY, Mueller and Congress

    Feb 07 2019

    Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC, talks about the latest on investigations into the Trump campaign and the Trump inauguration, conducted by federal prosecutors in Manhattan, the special prosecutor's office, and the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives.

  • A Push for Criminal Justice Reforms in New York

    Feb 06 2019

    Khalil Cumberbatch, chief strategist at New Yorkers United for Justice, a coalition of non-profits that focus on criminal justice reform, talks about the criminal justice reforms his group is pushing New York State to enact, plus discusses the conditions at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where inmates recently went without heat and power for over a week. "Heating issues, lack of access to warm water, lack of access to food, are all conditions that exist in federal facilities acr...more