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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

  • 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? 

  • Sanders on Top After New Hamphire

    Feb 12 2020

    With the Iowa and New Hampshire nomination contests tallied and the delegates apportioned, what's next as the candidates head to more diverse South Carolina and Nevada? Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown sociology professor,  contributing opinion writer for the New York Times, contributing editor of The New Republic, and the author of JAY-Z: Made in America (St. Martin's Press) talks about what Senator Sanders' win means for the next stages of the primary, and other takeaways from last night. 

  • Can NYC Ever Be Lead Free?

    Feb 11 2020

    Despite laws on the books for landlords to check apartments for lead, and respond to complaints, thousands of kids a year test positive for elevated lead levels. Christopher Werth, senior editor at the WNYC Narrative Unit, Matthew Chachère, staff lawyer at North Manhattan Improvement Corporation, and  Cordell Cleare, activist in the fight against lead poisoning, talk about the continued fight to get the city to enforce its lead laws.

  • Pretend You Know Me

    Feb 11 2020

    What would you do if a stranger came up to you, hugged you, told you they were being followed, and asked you to pretend to be their friend to scare off the danger? It's more common than you'd think. We opened the phones for stories like this. 

  • What Trump's 2020 Budget Promises

    Feb 11 2020

    Dana Milbank, Washington Post op-ed columnist covering national politics, discusses Trump's new budget proposal, and how it may break many of the promises he has made.

  • The View From New Hampshire

    Feb 11 2020

    Jess Bidgood, national political reporter for the Boston Globe, breaks down the latest out of New Hampshire on its “first-in-the-nation” primary.

  • Anti-Asian Coronavirus Backlash in NY

    Feb 10 2020

    Jo-Ann Yoo, the executive director of the Asian American Federation, discusses how the local Asian communities are combating disinformation and discrimination related to the coronavirus outbreak.

  • How the City Can Help Small Businesses

    Feb 10 2020

    Mayor de Blasio made helping NYC's small businesses a focus of his State of the City address. Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, reviews some of the assistance his department currently provides.

  • Is Bail Reform Making Crime Rise?

    Feb 10 2020

    Since the bail reform passed in NY, local politicians have argued the new law is too lax, and responsible for an uptick in crime. Vincent Southerland, Executive Director of the Center on Race, Inequality, and the Law at NYU Law and board member for The Bail Project and Insha Rahman, program director at Vera Institute of Justice, push back and explain why they thinks amending the reform, to give judges more power to set bail, would be a step backward.

  • Next: New Hampshire

    Feb 10 2020

    Laura Knoy, host of NHPR's statewide call-in talk show, The Exchange, offers her insight into the "first-in-the-nation" primary.

  • Nigeria Added to Trump's Expanded Immigration Ban

    Feb 07 2020

    Sarah Pierce, Migration Policy Institute policy analyst and former immigration attorney, talks about President Donald Trump’s newly extended travel ban. 

  • No More Brokers' Fees

    Feb 07 2020

    Julia Salazar, New York State Senator (D 18th), explains why regulators unexpectedly banned broker fees for renters in New York State. Plus calls from landlords and brokers on how the change will affect business. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: E.J. Dionne on Democrats' Divide; Rent Vouchers and Homelessness; Jill Lepore on Democratic Threats and Renewal

    Feb 07 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: E.J. Dionne Sounds Alarm on Democrats' Divide (First) | Rent Vouchers and Homelessness (Starts at 29:29) | Jill Lepore on Democratic Threats and Renewal (Starts at 50:39)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • #AsktheMayor: Housing, Bail Reform & Lead Problems

    Feb 07 2020

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

  • Friday Politics: The New Hamsphire Primary

    Feb 07 2020

    Cleve Wootson, Washington Post national political reporter covering the 2020 presidential campaign, talks about post-Iowa and pre-New Hampshire campaigns.

  • Oscar Docs: The Cave

    Feb 07 2020

    The Brian Lehrer Show and All Of It combined forces to share these interviews with the 5 Best Feature Documentary finalists.  Director Feras Fayyad joins host Alison Stewart to discuss his new documentary, “The Cave,” about the extraordinary Dr. Amani, a young woman who runs an underground hospital in a besieged city in Syria. (Oct 18, 2019)

  • Having Kids... in This Climate?

    Feb 06 2020

    Writer for NYT Parenting, Dani Blum, talks about her article on how climate anxiety is   impacting family planning

  • Having Kids... in This Climate?

    Feb 06 2020

    Dani Blum, writer for NYT Parenting, discusses her article about how climate anxiety is impacting family planning.

  • New York's Sometimes-Accessible Public Transportation

    Feb 06 2020

    Shumita Basu WNYC reporter, host and producer, talks about WNYC's/Gothamist's We the Commuters reporting on accessibility in the NYC transit system. Plus Claire Perlman, a researcher for ProPublica's local reporting network, and Katherine Valdez share their frustrations, successes and workarounds for commuting while using a wheelchair in New York City. →"How One Wheelchair User Conquers The Sometimes Accessible NYC Transit System" by James Ramsay with photos by Amy Pearl (WNYC, Jan. 23, 2020) →"...more

  • E.J. Dionne Sounds Alarm on Democrats' Divide

    Feb 06 2020

    E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at Brookings, government professor at Georgetown University, author of Code Red: How Progressives and Moderates Can Unite to Save Our Country (St. Martin's Press, 2020), calls on the progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic party to work together.

  • From New Jersey to Capitol Hill, A Corruption Playbook

    Feb 06 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 (January 2020) 1324001879, draws connections between the Christie administration's Bridgegate scandal and President Trump's impeachment.