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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

  • Your Re-opening Anxieties

    May 27 2020

    For so long we've been told to isolate, and stay inside if we can. As states move to reopen, it's only natural to feel some anxiety about leaving the house. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and author of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss takes your calls on feeling anxious about going back to work, and expanding your circle. 

  • Pres. Trump and American Democracy

    May 27 2020

    David Frum, Atlantic staff writer, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (Harper 2020), offers his take on the president's leadership in this crisis and in general.   Event: "P&P Live with David Frum," Wednesday May 27th, 8 PM

  • A Harm Reduction Model for COVID-19

    May 27 2020

     All 50 states are now in various stages of reopening. Dr. Leana Wen , emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, argues that the United States needs to move to the public health strategy of harm reduction. 

  • How Schools are Exploring Safely Reopening

    May 27 2020

    Schools are trying to figure out how they'll be able to reopen safely. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talks about what school might look like in the fall.

  • The Latest COVID-19 News

    May 26 2020

    Dr. Howard Koh, professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014), talks about the latest COVID-19 news.

  • NYS Legislature Back at Work

    May 26 2020

    Robert Jackson, NYS Senator (D 31st, West & Upper Manhattan), talks about the return to session for the legislature, plus his recent hearing on COVID-19's disparate impact on minorities.

  • Reimagining Education Post-COVID

    May 26 2020

    Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo appointed an advisory panel to “reimagine education.” Noliwe Rooks, professor of literature and of Africana Studies, as well as the director of American Studies, at Cornell University and the author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (The New Press, 2017)  talks about her concerns for what should, and shouldn't change and Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, shares what she's heard from teachers, parents and students.

  • The President's RNC Threats

    May 26 2020

    Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt talks about President Trump's threats to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina if the governor can't guarantee the event will be able to move forward at full capacity.

  • National Politics with Senator Booker

    May 26 2020

    U.S. Senator (D, NJ), Cory Booker, talks about the latest national political news.

  • Together Separately for Eid al-Fitr

    May 22 2020

    This weekend, Muslims around the world will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr which marks the end of the month-long dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. Kashif Shaikh, co-founder and executive director Pillars Fund, a foundation that elevates the leadership, talents and narratives of American Muslims, joins to talk about how Muslims will be celebrating while social distancing and helps break down why charity is a big part of the holiday.

  • Ask The Mayor: Beaches, Composting, Looking Back on Early Coronavirus Decisions

    May 22 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including what's going on with city beaches this weekend, why composting in the city has been paused and he reflects on early decisions during the coronavirus crisis. 

  • The Socially-Distanced Beach Scene

    May 22 2020

    Memorial Day Weekend is when beaches in New York and on the Jersey Shore traditionally open for the summer -- but 2020 is far from normal. New York State Senator (D 9, Nassau County) and chair of the Environmental Conservation Committee, Todd Kaminsky, and New Jersey State Senator (D, 11), Vin Gopal talk about which beaches are opening and to whom, what will be allowed and how municipalities are controlling the flow of visitors to make sure beachgoers can maintain social distancing.

  • COVID Politics

    May 22 2020

    New York Times editorial board member, Mara Gay talks about her bout with COVID-19, and other coronavirus-related politics.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Wynton Marsalis, Screening Your Calls in the Age of COVID, How The Pandemic is Warping How You Feel Time

    May 22 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Wynton Marsalis (First) | Screening Your Calls in the Age of COVID (Starts at 11:05) | How The Pandemic is Warping How You Feel Time (Starts at 22:24)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • WWII Refresher Course: Part 3

    May 21 2020

    Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About History" series and In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives  (Henry Holt and Co., 2016), looks back at World War II, 75 years later. 

  • Jeffrey Wright Makes Right

    May 21 2020

    Jeffrey Wright, renowned actor and founder of Brooklyn for Life!, talks about his activism, and his latest charity project which aims to keep local restaurants open while feeding health care workers on the front lines.

  • Wynton Marsalis With Music in Lockdown

    May 21 2020

    Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, talks about this year's virtual Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival, which is celebrating 25 years.

  • COVID-19 in NYC, By the Numbers

    May 21 2020

    Jake Dobkin, co-founder of Gothamist, where he's been the de facto numbers-cruncher in chief for all things COVID-19, explains where we are in the trajectory of the virus.

  • Can't-Miss Culture, From Home

    May 21 2020

    Shauna Lyon, editor of The New Yorker's Goings On About Town section, rounds up cultural offerings, online and from a distance.

  • Sen. Gillibrand on SNAP and HEROES and More

    May 21 2020

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about federal relief, including SNAP benefits and state and local funding for hard-hit areas.

  • The High-Tech, Post-COVID Life

    May 20 2020

    Naomi Klein, senior correspondent for The Intercept, the Gloria Steinem Endowed Chair in Media, Culture and Feminist Studies at Rutgers University, co-founder of The Leap, a climate justice organization, and the author of many books, including On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2019), argues that the pandemic has been a major opportunity for Big Tech to integrate more completely into Americans' lives, and that politicians have given Silicon Valley more power ...more

  • WWII Refresher Course: VE Day

    May 20 2020

    Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About History" series and In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives (2016), looks back at World War II, 75 years later. Today: more on VE Day and the end of the war.

  • A Doctor's Take on the Re-Openings

    May 20 2020

    Dr. Dara Kass, emergency medicine physician at Columbia University Medical Center and Yahoo News Medical Contributor, talks about the public health implications of re-opening the country.

  • Putting COVID-19 News in Context

    May 20 2020

    Emily Oster, economics professor at Brown University, author of several books and creator of the website COVID-Explained, talks about her new website which helps to contextualize COVID-19 related news, and takes a closer look at COVID in children, and parenting during the pandemic.

  • Sen. Murphy on Reopening and Relief

    May 20 2020

    Chris Murphy, U.S. Senator (D CT), member of the Foreign Relations committee and author of the forthcoming The Violence Inside Us: A Brief History of an Ongoing American Tragedy (Random House, 2020), talks about the partial reopening in Connecticut and other states, as well as the latest from the Senate.

  • WWII Refresher Course: VE Day

    May 19 2020

    Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About History" series and most recently, More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War, looks back at World War II, 75 years later. Today: VE Day.

  • The Latest on COVID-19 and Re-Opening

    May 19 2020

    Dr. Ashish Jha, professor of Health Policy at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, assesses the jumble of different ways states are re-opening from a data perspective, and talks about the latest COVID-19 news.

  • A Special Girl Scout Troop

    May 19 2020

    Nikita Stewart, New York Times Metro reporter covering social services and the author of Troop 6000: The Girl Scout Troop That Began in a Shelter and Inspired the World (Ballantine Books, 2020), examines some of the key issue around poverty and homelessness, and resilience, in telling the story of the Girl Scout troop that started in a shelter, plus discusses some of the current issues facing homeless families at this time. VIRTUAL EVENT: Catch Nikita in coversation with Giselle Burgess, founde...more

  • Screening Your Calls in the Age of COVID

    May 19 2020

    Zoe Azulay and Amina Srna, associate producers for WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show, talk about the intense experience of screening callers to the Brian Lehrer Show during the pandemic.

  • Countries Led by Women are Doing Better Battling COVID-19. Why?

    May 19 2020

    Germany, Finland, Taiwan and New Zealand have at least two things in common: women heads of state, and relative success battling the coronavirus pandemic. Amanda Taub, writer for The New York Times Interpreter column, looks at what we can — and cannot — learn from that information.

  • How The Pandemic is Warping How You Feel Time

    May 18 2020

    The quarantine feels like it's going on forever, but the days are flying by. Dr. Adrian Bardon, a professor of philosophy at Wake Forest University and the author of the book A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time (Oxford University Press 2013), explains how pandemic conditions warps our sense of time. Plus: Philip Gable, PhD, Associate Professor at University of Delaware, describes how science is trying to capture how people's altered time perceptions with a national survey.    @BrianLehre...more

  • High School Seniors, What Are Your College Plans?

    May 18 2020

    Lilah Burke, reporter at Inside Higher Ed reports on the fall plans for colleges and universities, as high school seniors call in to share how the uncertainty is affecting their plans.

  • NYC Caps Third-Party Delivery Fees

    May 18 2020

    Last week, NYC's City Council passed a bill to temporarily cap delivery fees from apps like Grubhub. Rebeca Ibarra, producer and reporter for WNYC, breaks down the move, how it may help restaurants stay afloat during the pandemic, and who will have to pick up the costs. @BrianLehrer can someone just design an altruistic app for the NYC restaurant world that cost users a one-time signup fee of $4.99, and cost restaurants $100/month for listing- no surcharges or delivery fees- and we all just... ...more

  • Monday Morning Politics

    May 18 2020

    Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, discusses the latest COVID-19 relief package in the House and the latest developments in national politics.    

  • Stories of the Overlooked

    May 15 2020

    Souvankham Thammavongsa, poet and O. Henry Prize-winning author of How to Pronounce Knife: Stories (Little, Brown and Company, 2020), talks about her stories set in the world of refugees and immigrants who do the hard work, yet are so often unseen.

  • Ask the Mayor: Social Distancing Policing; Reopening Schools; Hindsight

    May 15 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including when schools might reopen, racial disparities in policing social distancing, and more.

  • The Growing Power of Conspiracy Theories

    May 15 2020

    Adrienne LaFrance, executive editor of The Atlantic, talks about how conspiracy theories are appealing to a growing number of Americans, how the president often amplifies them and why that is a threat to all of us.