Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.
James Oddo, Staten Island Borough President (R), quizzes listeners on how well they know Staten Island.
Before early voting starts this weekend, David Cruz, WNYC/Gothamist news editor, explains the 5 questions on the ballot and why they matter.
Luke Broadwater, congressional reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, breaks down the latest on the budget reconciliation bill talks and how the House has voted to find Stephen Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for obstructing the investigation into the January 6th insurrection.
Céline Gounder, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, host of the podcasts Epidemic and American Diagnosis, and member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, discusses latest COVID news including an FDA decision on booster shots and the White House plan to roll out vaccines to children ages 5-11.
For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief explainer on a different topic each day. Today, Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About History and Don't Know Much About Mythology, explains the pagan origins and evolution of Halloween traditions.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Sean Ono Lennon, musician and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, discusses the cultural impact of the song "Imagine," 50 years later (First) | Andy Borowitz, author, comedian, and creator of The New Yorker's “Borowitz Report,” on his recent interview with Jane Goodall (starts around 14:40) | Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, talks about space tr...more
Will Shortz, NPR's puzzlemaster and The New York Times' crossword puzzle editor, offers word puzzle challenges all about Westchester County to the listeners.
Supply chain issues mean that people should get a jump on their holiday gift shopping and ordering if they can. Maxine Builder, editor-in-chief of The Strategist, offers advice on where to start this season and listeners chime in with their own ideas.
Sean Ono Lennon, musician and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, discusses how John Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.
Brigid Bergin, WNYC's senior political correspondent and Elizabeth Kim, senior editor for Gothamist, recap the NYC mayoral debate between Republican Curtis Sliwa and the Democratic nominee Eric Adams.
For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief "explainer" on a different topic each day. Today, Dion Rabouin, Wall Street Journal reporter, explains what NFTs are and how they work as investment tools in the economy.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and money. Today, Karla L. Miller, columnist for The Washington Post, offers advice on listener's workplace dramas and traumas.
Andy Borowitz, author, comedian, and creator of The New Yorker's “Borowitz Report,” a satirical news column, recaps his New Yorker festival interview with Jane Goodall.
U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D, NJ), a former mayor of Newark, quizzes listeners on how well they know the Garden State. ...Where is E Street?
Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist and author of Today's WorldView and the Post's international affairs newsletter joins to talk about the latest in world news, including a preview of the global COP26 summit on climate change.
Claudia Grisales, congressional reporter at NPR, brings the latest national political news, including Trump's lawsuit against the Jan. 6 Select Committee and the National Archives, and Biden's efforts to convince Congress to move on his legislative priorities.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, a host of the StarTalk Radio podcasts, one of the authors of A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour (Princeton University Press, 2021), and the author of Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (National Geographic, 2021), talks about space travel and the need for science education.
Larry Levy, vice president of Economic Development and Professional Studies and executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, quizzes listeners on how well they know Long Island.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and money. Today, Melissa Clark, New York Times food columnist and cookbook author, answers listener's cooking questions and ingredient quandaries.
For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief explainer on a different topic each day. Today, meteorologist SallyAnn Mosey explains what goes into creating a weather forecast.
U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, talks about his new book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House, 2021), in which he looks back at his experience as chief prosecutor in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Plus, the latest news on Capitol Hill as negotiations continue over the Build Back Better agenda.
Leana Wen, emergency physician, professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, CNN medical analyst, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner and the author of Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, 2021) talks about what public health tools it will take to end the pandemic -- which she says is getting closer as the delta surge recedes.
Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. quizzes listeners on how well they know The Bronx.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and etiquette. Today, Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for The Washington Post and author of the new book What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide (Mariner Books, 2021), answers listener questions on finances, from how much to put away each week to how to invest ethically.
For this membership drive, we'll feature a ten-minute explainer on a different topic each day. Today, Amy Davidson Sorkin, staff writer at The New Yorker explains the global supply chain and what's causing it to struggle.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Paul Krugman Says Things Are Getting Better | Tracy K. Smith Reads 'The Best American Poetry 2021' (starting around 12:30) | Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With NPR's Alt.Latino (starting around 20:30) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021) shares poems from her new collection.
Jad Abumrad, founder and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab, discusses new episodes from the Radiolab team and how the podcast has changed over time.
Dennis Walcott, CEO and president of the Queens Public library system, quizzes the listeners on how well they know his home borough.
Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent for NPR, brings the latest national political news, including a preview of President Joe Biden's trip to the Vatican and updates on the infrastructure deal.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the end of a separate Gifted and Talented program, the ongoing crisis at the Rikers Island jail facility, and more.
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry (including her own) to end the show.
Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, joins for a roundup of the latest science-related news, including a closer look at the Merck pill, which could become the first oral antiviral COVID treatment ...and William Shatner's trip to space.
Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of (now in paperback) Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020) talks about the debt ceiling, the long-term economic picture and more.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today Jamilah Lemieux, co-host of Slate's weekly parenting podcast, "Mom and Dad Are Fighting," answers listener questions about parenting, from what to do if your kid is afraid of shots to how to talk about Instagram and body image.
Play along with the Brooklyn Geo-Quiz, with guest quiz leader Jacqueline Woodson, the author of many books, in prose and poetry, for adults and children, including the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014), Another Brooklyn (Amistad, 2016) and her latest book, Before the Ever After (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020).
Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems(Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry to end the show.
Michael Hill, WNYC Morning Edition host and Nancy Solomon, reporter and editor in the WNYC newsroom talk about the second gubernatorial debate in New Jersey (which Michael moderated), between incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and former Assembly member Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican.
Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer and chief Washington correspondent, talks about the latest in national politics.
Gale Brewer, current Manhattan Borough President (who won the June primary for her old City Council seat) quizzes listeners on how well they know Manhattan.
All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today, Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough takes questions from listeners on how to get started on that creative project, push through writer's block, and just keep going.
Earlier this year, New York City announced a $65 million taxi relief fund, but medallion owners say the package doesn't go far enough. Bhairavi Desai, president and founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing taxi drivers in New York City, joins to discuss why more aid money might be necessary to help indebted drivers.
Christine Chung, Queens reporter for The City, talks about New York City's vaccine mandate for performance and sports venues that exempts visiting teams and performers.
Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest national political news including continuing negotiations in Congress over the debt limit and crucial legislation related to physical and social infrastructure.
John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast, opinion writer at The New York Times, and the author of the forthcoming Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America (Portfolio, 2021), talks about how words evolve, as listeners share words and phrases they now embrace or avoid as their meaning has shifted. →Event: New York Times subscribers can hear more from John McWhorter in a free virtual event exploring the evolving role of language...more
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy talks about his reelection campaign.
The land between present-day New York City and Philadelphia, including all of New Jersey and some parts of Delaware, once belonged to the Indigenous Lenape tribe and was called Lenapehoking. Curtis Zunigha, co-director of The Lenape Center in New York City and enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma, who are the modern-day descendants of the Lenape, shares the area's history in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.
Elementary school teachers who already work in schools with no gifted and talented programs, talk about the challenges and rewards of having a classroom with diverse abilities. Elementary school teachers: how do you feel about the phase out of the Gifted and Talented program? And for those who already teach in non G&T schools, how do you deal with a classroom with diverse abilities? 646-435-7280 — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2021
Bryce Covert, an independent journalist who covers the economy and a contributing writer at The Nation, discusses the lack of public spending for early child care and the how the reconciliation package would affect it.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the Freedom to Write (First); Jay Caspian Kang, opinion writer for The New York Times, on the label 'Asian-American' (Starts at 21:52); Kevin Young, New Yorker Poetry Editor, on his new collection (Starts at 41:22) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.