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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

  • Nate Silver's New Election Forecast

    Jan 28 2020

    Nate Silver, founder and editor-in-chief of ABC News' FiveThirtyEight, forecasts the 2020 primary.

  • Code Switching in Daily Black Life

    Jan 28 2020

    Karyn Lacy,professor of sociology at the University of Michigan and the author of Blue-Chip Black: Race, Class, and Status in the New Black Middle Class (University of California Press, 2007), explores how black people expend daily energy to counteract racial stereotypes and get fair treatment and the price they pay for failing to appear middle class.

  • Paul Krugman on Economic Policy Issues in 2020

    Jan 28 2020

    Paul Krugman, Nobel Prize-winning Op-Ed columnist for the New York Times on economics and politics and the author of Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), breaks down the complexities of health care, housing bubbles, tax reform, Social Security and other issues at the forefront of the 2020 presidential election.

  • Last Call for Team Trump's Opening Arguments

    Jan 28 2020

    Elie Mystal Justice Correspondent at The Nation, runs through the latest impeachment headlines, and previews the final day of the President's defense team's presentation of their case.

  • Sexual Assault Survivors Call for Cy Vance Resignation

    Jan 27 2020

    Marissa Hoechstetter, survivor, former patient of Robert Hadden, and founder of Reform the Sex Crimes Unit, talks about why sexual assault survivors are pushing for the resignation of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr., claiming he has shown a pattern of going easy on perpetrators when they happen to be New York's richest and most powerful.

  • One Week to Iowa

    Jan 27 2020

    Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent for New York Magazine, reports on the final week before the Iowa caucuses, with a four-way tie, and the impeachment keeping the Senators in DC.  Plus, Gothamist’s Christopher Robbins reports back from his trip to Iowa.

  • Your Quittin' Time Stories

    Jan 27 2020

    Earlier this month, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan, quit the British monarchy. On Thursday, Andy Byford, president of the New York City Transit Authority, quit his post. Listeners call in to share the jobs and careers they've quit.

  • Ukraine Was Political, Does That Make It Impeachable?

    Jan 27 2020

    Josh Blackman, constitutional law professor at the South Texas College of Law Houston, talks about his recent New York Times op-ed and argues it's not appropriate to impeach a politician for acting in his own political interests.

  • Fake Twitter Bots Want to Be Your Friend

    Jan 24 2020

    Darren Linvill, associate professor at Clemson University, describes the scope of the politics-focused Twitter bots shaping online conversations about the 2020 campaign and looking to influence U.S. elections. 

  • Is It the End of Fairway?

    Jan 24 2020

    New York institution Fairway Markets is selling off its stores as part of a bankruptcy filing.  Soma Biswas, covers bankruptcy and restructuring for The Wall Street Journal and WSJ Pro Bankruptcy, talks about what's happening to Fairway and how its story connects to other retail bankruptcies.

  • Donald Trump vs The Presidency

    Jan 24 2020

    Lawfare’s executive editor Susan Hennessey and editor in chief Benjamin Wittes, senior fellows at the Brookings Institution, discuss the impeachment trial and their new book, Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump's War on the World's Most Powerful Office (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2020).

  • Remembering Jim Lehrer

    Jan 24 2020

    Retired PBS anchorman and presidential debate moderator, Jim Lehrer, passed away today. The Brian Lehrer Show pays tribute to him (and no, they're not related).

  • #Ask the Mayor: MTA Shakeups, Rezoning SoHo, Fairway Market

    Jan 24 2020

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

  • Items Lost on Subway? Dial 511

    Jan 23 2020

    Each year, thousands of items fall through subway grates or on the subway tracks. New York Times reporter, Sandra Garcia talks about her experience getting her AirPods back and how you can do the same.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Eric Adams Defends 'Go Back to Iowa'; Avoiding the Doctor Because of Costs; Can the 2020 Democrats Play Nice?

    Jan 23 2020

    Hear three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Eric Adams Defends 'Go Back to Iowa' Comments (First) | #PriceCheckNYC: Avoiding Care Because of the Money (Starts at 23:00) | Can the 2020 Democrats Play Nice? (Starts at 44:00) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Gov. Cuomo's 2020 Budget and the City

    Jan 23 2020

    Fred Mogul, WNYC state government and politics reporter, and Josefa Velasquez, senior reporter for The City, recap Governor Cuomo's 2020 budget proposal, including his plan to shrink the $6 billion projected shortfall.  Most of the gap is from Medicaid, which covers 6 million New Yorkers.

  • Can the 2020 Democrats Play Nice?

    Jan 23 2020

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, talks about the Warren/Sanders spat and other 2020 campaign news.

  • Impeachment Juror: Sen. Chris Murphy

    Jan 23 2020

    U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D CT) talks about the ongoing impeachment trial in the Senate, including what he expects from the president's legal team today, whether everyone is paying attention (yes) and what liquids are allowed on the Senate floor (it's murky).

  • #PriceCheckNYC: Avoiding Care Because of the Money

    Jan 22 2020

    WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of Price Check NYC, review some of the findings and asks for stories. →Read Caroline's coverage: gothamist.com/healthcosts  →Check out the database and contribute: wnyc.org/healthcosts    

  • BP Adams Defends 'Go Back to Iowa' Comments

    Jan 22 2020

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams discusses the latest city news, including how New York City can begin to address its problem with gentrification.

  • Behind the Scenes at the Trump White House

    Jan 22 2020

    Philip Rucker, Washington Post White House bureau chief, and Carol Leonnig, Washington Post national investigative reporter, the co-authors of A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump's Testing of America (Penguin Press, 2020), go behind the scenes to report in depth on the Trump White House.

  • Impeachment Trial Recap and Previewing What's Ahead

    Jan 22 2020

    Anita Kumar, White House correspondent and associate editor for Politico, goes over what happened in the Senate's impeachment trial yesterday, and previews what's to come.

  • 'May the Best Woman Win' 2020

    Jan 21 2020

    Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board member, talks about the board's decision to break with precedent and endorse two candidates, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren, to be the Democratic nominee for president.  

  • Six Steps for Saving Democracy

    Jan 21 2020

    Bob Garfield, co-host of WNYC's On the Media and the author of American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves (Counterpoint, 2020), offers his analysis of the state of American democracy (not good) and six steps toward saving it.

  • How Some Long Islanders Want to Change Bail Reform

    Jan 21 2020

    Laura Curran, Nassau County executive, talks about the changes she — and at least some of her suburban constituents — would like to see to New York's new bail reform law.

  • The Senate Trial: Day One

    Jan 21 2020

    Jeremy Stahl, senior editor of Slate, discusses the latest impeachment news as the first day of the Senate trial gets underway.

  • Textbook Politics

    Jan 20 2020

    Dana Goldstein, education reporter for The New York Times and the author of The Teacher Wars: A History of America's Most Embattled Profession (Doubleday, 2014), read thousands of pages of American History textbooks to find differences in what students are taught in different states. She reports on how the politics of California and Texas affected what publishers included in textbooks for students in those states. →"Two States. Eight Textbooks. Two American Stories." (NYT, 1/12/20)

  • Patrisse Cullors Remembers Martin Luther King Jr.

    Jan 20 2020

    Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and the author of (written with asha bandele, now in paperback), When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir (St. Martin's Press, 2018), talks about how young Black Americans respond to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • Teachers Share How They Teach MLK & Race

    Jan 20 2020

    Teachers call in to share how they teach their students about Martin Luther King, Jr. 

  • Gun Proponents Rally in Virginia

    Jan 20 2020

    Mallory Noe-Payne, reporter for Virginia Public Radio, joins from the gun rights rally happening today in Richmond, Virginia.

  • Impeachment Trial Preview

    Jan 20 2020

    Who *are* the impeachment managers? What will the rules of the Senate trial be? Alana Abramson, Congressional reporter for Time Magazine, brings us the latest and tells us what to expect when the trial gets underway on Tuesday.

  • Puerto Rico's Ongoing Trauma

    Jan 17 2020

    After a series of earthquakes have threatened the already fragile Puerto Rico, which is still recovering from 2017's Hurricane Maria, Yarimar Bonilla, political anthropology professor and professor in the department of Africana, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Hunter College and co-editor of Aftershocks of Disaster: Puerto Rico Before and After the Storm (Haymarket Books, 2019), talks about the constant trauma haunting the island's residents.

  • The Warren Court's Legacy

    Jan 17 2020

    David Strauss, law professor and the faculty director of the Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic at the University of Chicago and the author of The Living Constitution and the co-author of Democracy and Equality: The Enduring Constitutional Vision of the Warren Court (Oxford University Press, 2020) (with Geoffrey Stone), and Geoffrey Stone, University of Chicago law professor and noted first amendment scholar, discuss their new book on the liberal legacy of the Supreme Court when led by the late ...more

  • Impeachment: The Schumer Playbook

    Jan 17 2020

    Burgess Everett, POLITICO congressional reporter, discusses the strategy that Senate Democrats will use as the impeachment trial in the Senate gets underway.

  • Speak to the Speaker: Medallion Bailout; Coney Island Rents; Bail Reform; and More

    Jan 17 2020

    New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson talks about this week's news in the city and answers listeners' questions, including the complications around a possible taxi medallion owners' bailout plan, the rent increases for Coney Island businesses, the new bail reform changes, falling construction debris, and more.

  • The State of the State of New Jersey; Roz Chast and Patricia Marx; A Never-Trumper's 2020 Book for Democrats

    Jan 16 2020

    Hear three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: The State of the State of New Jersey (First) | Couples Advice in Words and Pictures (and Music) (Starts at 30:00) | A Never-Trumper's 2020 Book for Democrats (Starts at 47:00) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Your 21st Century Job

    Jan 16 2020

    Adam Davidson, New Yorker staff writer, co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, CEO of the podcast production company Three Uncanny Four, and the author of The Passion Economy: The New Rules for Thriving in the Twenty-First Century (Knopf, 2020) argues the future for employment is rosier than is thought (robots won't take all the jobs).  

  • Cecile Richards Talks About E.R.A., 2020 and 'Making Trouble'

    Jan 16 2020

    Cecile Richards, co-founder of Supermajority, former president of Planned Parenthood and author of Make Trouble Young Readers Edition: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead  (Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2019), talks about a life in activism, politics and more.

  • The State of the State of New Jersey

    Jan 16 2020

    Earlier this week New Jersey Governor Murphy delivered the annual State of the State address. Matt Friedman, reporter for Politico New Jersey and author of New Jersey Playbook,  talks about the governor's priorities and other political news from the Garden State.

  • Lev Parnas Implicates Trump

    Jan 16 2020

    David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst, current professor at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and a former White House adviser to four presidents, talks about the current impeachment news, and discusses what it was like inside the Nixon and Clinton White Houses during those impeachments.