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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

  • The Eights | A Class-Based Progressive Change in 2018

    Jun 20 2018

    Tamara Draut, vice president of policy and research at the left-leaning Demos Action think tank, and the author of (now updated in paperback) Sleeping Giant: The Untapped Economic and Political Power of America's New Working Class (Anchor, 2016), argues Democrats need to renew their appeals to working class Americans.

  • The Eights | What Divides Us in 2018

    Jun 20 2018

    Charlie Sykes, longtime conservative talk host, contributor/analyst at MSNBC, and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind (St. Martin's Press, 2017), and Michael D'Antonio, executive editor of The Harris Poll and co-author (with John Gerzema) of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future (Jossey-Bass, 2013), discuss the results of the Harris Poll survey conducted with The Brian Lehrer Show which point to divisions over political hot topics like immigratio...more

  • New York Congressional Primary Preview

    Jun 20 2018

    John O'Connor, WNYC Washington correspondent, and Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board member, preview the upcoming New York congressional primary election.

  • Rep. Meng on Immigration & Specialized HS Admissions

    Jun 20 2018

    Grace Meng, U.S. Representative (D - NY6), talks about her work on behalf Xiuqing You, detained by ICE at his green card hearing, and her objections to the proposed changes to the NYC specialized high school admissions policy.

  • The Eights | What Unites Us in 2018

    Jun 19 2018

    Michael D'Antonio, executive editor of The Harris Poll and co-author (with John Gerzema) of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and Christina Greer, associate professor of political science at Fordham University and the author of Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream (Oxford University Press 2013), discuss the findings of the Brian Lehrer Show and Harris poll with a look at what unites Americ...more

  • Why Juneteenth Continues to Matter

    Jun 19 2018

    Dr. Sherrill D. Wilson, urban anthropologist; former director of the Office of Public Education and Interpretation at the New York African Burial Ground Project; professor at Manhattan College and author of New York City's Black Slaveowners: A Social and Material Culture History (Garland Pub. Co, 1994), and 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, 2...more

  • National Politics: Separating Asylum Seekers, Trade War with China, Military in Space

    Jun 19 2018

    Catherine Rampell, opinion columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the national political news of the day, including the evolving news on the Trump administration's polarizing "zero tolerance" policy on immigration, the impending trade war with China and President Trump's order to create a "Space Force" as the sixth branch of the military.

  • Hari Kondabolu on Laughing at Identity Politics

    Jun 18 2018

    Hari Kondabolu, comedian and writer of “The Problem with Apu,” talks about his new stand-up special which blends personal and political humor, and offers a comedic take on serious issues like terrorism, mass shootings, identity politics, religion, and healthcare.

  • Race, Gender & Salaries in NYC

    Jun 18 2018

    Kristen Lewis co-director of Measure of America, a program of the Social Science Research Council, and co-author of their "Portrait of New York City," and Sheena Wright, president and CEO of the United Way of New York City, preview the SSRC's Portrait of New York report with a discussion of the findings on inequality across race and gender lines. "Women pay a real penalty when they have a child, for every child you have your earnings decrease by 4 percent. For men the opposite is true, earnings...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Trump Administration's 'Zero Tolerance' Policy on Immigration

    Jun 18 2018

    NPR White House reporter Ayesha Rascoe talks about the latest national political news, including the conflicting messages coming from the Trump administration regarding its "zero tolerance" policy on immigration.

  • The Separation Trauma of 'Zero Tolerance'

    Jun 18 2018

    Dana Sinopoli, licensed psychologist and psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia, and Stephen Soldz, director of the Applied Social Justice and Human Rights Program at Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis, discuss organizing opposition among psychologists who are against the policy of separating immigrant children and parents at the border by emphasizing the psychological repercussions the children are likely to face. "We need to be really cle...more

  • The Eights | 2008

    Jun 16 2018

    The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8. Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans saw themselves and each other in 2008. The End of the Bush Era (First) | How the 2008 Financial Crisis Divided America (@ 42:30) | Obama's Presidential Run (1:19:48) | The Rise of Liberal Media (1:54:10) If you do...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Speaker Johnson; Civic Engagement; Transgender Men

    Jun 15 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Council Speaker Johnson Talks City Budget  (First) | Civic Engagement (Starts at 22:13) | Transgender Men (Starts at 44:06) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Why So Many Jobs Are Useless

    Jun 15 2018

    David Graeber, professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics and author of Debt and of Bullshit Jobs: A Theory, follows up his viral essay about how many of us work at jobs that seem useless, what purpose they serve and what it would take to change them.

  • FBI's Handling of Clinton Email Probe Comes to Light

    Jun 15 2018

    Julie Hirschfeld Davis, White House correspondent for the New York Times, discusses the latest in national politics including the new inspector general investigation into the Justice Department's handling of the Clinton email probe, the federal policy to separate children from parents illegally crossing the U.S. border and an attempt by moderate Congressional Republicans to pass an immigration bill.  

  • #AskTheMayor: fairer high school admissions, NYCHA gaming safety inspections

    Jun 15 2018

    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, answers questions about the fairness of the admissions tests for the city's elite high schools and comments on his son Dante's editorial in New York Daily News, a citywide ban on plastic bags, the and the federal fine for NYCHA's gaming of HUD safety inspections.

  • The Eights | The Rise of Liberal Media in 2008

    Jun 15 2018

    Eric Deggans, TV critic at NPR and author of Race-Baiter: How the Media Wields Dangerous Words to Divide a Nation, and  Celeste Headlee public radio host and the author of We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter (Harper Wave, 2017), discuss the rise of partisan media and social media in 2008 and how it contributed to the modern Culture Wars in the next installment of The Eights: A Brief History of the American Culture Wars.

  • Council Speaker Johnson Talks City Budget

    Jun 14 2018

    Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council -- representing District 3, covering Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Side, talks about the City Council's budget, responds to Mayor de Blasio's executive budget and other city news.

  • Forget "Leaning," Change It

    Jun 14 2018

    Helena Morrissey, British investment banking executive, made a dame in the Queen's Birthday Honors 2017 for improving diversity in financial services and the author of A Good Time to be a Girl: Don't Lean In, argues we need to move beyond diversity initiatives to changing the values that underpin success and leadership.

  • The Eights | Obama's Presidential Run in 2008

    Jun 14 2018

    Donna Brazile, former chair of Democratic National Committee and author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (Hachette Books, 2017), discusses the 2008 presidential campaign of President Barack Obama and its impact on today's Culture Wars.

  • Southern Baptist Convention Riled by #MeToo & Politics

    Jun 14 2018

    Julie Zauzmer covers religion, faith and spirituality for the Washington Post. She reports from the Southern Baptist Convention which voted this week for resolutions strongly condemning abuse while also affirming the traditional roles of women in the church. Vice President Mike Pence also addressed attendees on Wednesday.

  • Responsible Citizens

    Jun 13 2018

    Ahead of this year’s midterm elections, WNYC and Gothamist are surveying listeners and readers to find out what kind of civic engagement our listeners already participate in, and what the hurdles are to doing more. Take the WNYC civic survey here.  Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of the Brooklyn Movement Center, gives some suggestions for how people can get involved in their communities.

  • Getting Through to Boys

    Jun 13 2018

    Adam Cox, clinical psychologist and the author of Cracking the Boy Code: How to Understand and Talk with Boys, offers practical advice for communicating with boys.

  • The Eights | How the 2008 Financial Crisis Divided America

    Jun 13 2018

    Tanzina Vega, new host of The Takeaway, and Adam Davidson, New Yorker staff writer and co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, discuss how the Great Recession of 2008 exacerbated the cultural divides in the United States and contributed to today's Culture Wars.

  • 7 Big News Stories in National Politics

    Jun 13 2018

    Susan Page is the Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY. She takes calls on seven big news stories out of Washington today.

  • NYPD's 'Schizophrenic' Policing

    Jun 12 2018

    Ahead of a City Council hearing Wednesday on the NYPD's gang database, Anthony Posada from The Legal Aid Society and Taylonn Murphy, anti-violence activist and founder of the Tayshana "Chicken" Murphy foundation, argue that the NYPD's current anti-gang strategies harm communities, and that a public health approach to gang violence is more effective.     

  • Unbounded By Gender

    Jun 12 2018

    Arlene Stein, professor of sociology at Rutgers University, director of the Institute for Research on Women and the author of Unbound: Transgender Men and the Remaking of Identity (Pantheon, 2018), and Ben Shepherd, who shared his story for Unbound, talks about the issues transgender men face. Join Sheperd and Stein for a conversation about the book tonight. More info here.

  • The Eights | 2008 and the End of the Bush Era

    Jun 12 2018

    John Podhoretz, editor of Commentary, columnist at The New York Post and contributing editor of The Weekly Standard, joins the show for this installment of The Eights: A Brief History of the American Culture Wars. For the decade ending in 2008, Podhoretz examines the impact of the George W. Bush presidency on the current Culture Wars. 

  • Trump & Kim Jong Un's Historic Summit

    Jun 12 2018

    David Kang is the director of the Korean Studies Institute and the Center for International Studies at the University of Southern California and author of American Grand Strategy and East Asian Security in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2017), discusses the historic summit between President Trump and North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un in Singapore. 

  • Your Muslim American Stories

    Jun 11 2018

    With Ramadan coming to an end this week, Zaheer Ali, oral historian at Brooklyn Historical Society and co-host of the podcast Flatbush and Main, discusses what it means to be Muslim American in 2018.

  • Fighting Pablo Villavicencio's Deportation

    Jun 11 2018

    Jennifer Williams, deputy attorney-in-charge of the Immigration Law Unit at Legal Aid Society, and Make The Road lead organizer Natalia Aristizabal talk about their last-ditch efforts to prevent the deportation of Pablo Villavicencio, detained by ICE after delivering a pizza to Ft. Hamilton in Brooklyn.

  • Deadline Season in New York and New Jersey

    Jun 11 2018

    Laura Nahmias, POLITICO New York City Hall reporter, talks about the upcoming NYC budget deadline, then New York Daily News Albany bureau chief Ken Lovett discusses about the looming NYS legislative session deadline, and Ryan Hutchins, POLITICO's New Jersey bureau chief, reviews the New Jersey budget negotiations.

  • Trump Storms G7 Summit Ahead of North Korea Summit

    Jun 11 2018

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news of the day, including recapping the G7, previewing the North Korea summit and more.

  • The Eights | 1998

    Jun 08 2018

    The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8. Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans saw themselves and each other in 1998. The Clinton Impeachment (First) | Art in 1998 (Starts at 35:38) | Media and Clinton's Impeachment (Starts at 1:07:24) | World Trade and the Culture Wars in 1998 (Starts at 1:...more

  • This Year's Parade Will be Different

    Jun 08 2018

    Ahead of Sunday's Puerto Rican Day parade, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. talks about what’s happening on the island, including on the aftermath and recovery from Maria, the start of the new hurricane season, and how this year's parade will be different.

  • The Eights | Switching Sides in the Culture Wars

    Jun 08 2018

    Listeners call in to share the moments when their political or ideological allegiances shifted. Noah in Manhattan explains he was homophobic in high school, but turned around after meeting people in college and seeing his behavior reflected in popular culture — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 8, 2018 Robert in Brooklyn grew up w a "rock and roll mindset", but after becoming a more convicted Christian, he now looks at social issues differently — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 8, 2...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Chancellor Carranza, Opioids, Bassem Youssef

    Jun 08 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Changes to Specialized High School Admission (First) | Overdoses and Murder Charges (Starts at 26:16) | A Comedian Talks To Fellow Immigrants (Starts at 50:13) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Inspired By Oprah

    Jun 08 2018

    On the opening day of "Watching Oprah," the Smithsonian exhibition honoring Oprah Winfrey's life, Brian hears from listeners about when and how the media mogul and cultural icon has inspired them.

  • The Nation Endorses Cynthia Nixon

    Jun 08 2018

    Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, talks about the news of the day and The Nation's decision to endorse Cynthia Nixon as governor of New York State.

  • How to Help Loved Ones Who May Be Struggling

    Jun 08 2018

    After the news that both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain died as a result of suicide, and the CDC released a study finding suicide rates have risen in every state over the past twenty years, Mary Buser, clinical social worker, assistant unit chief in the Mental Health Department on Rikers Island (1995 to 2000), co-founder of the Samaritans of New York suicide prevention hotline, and author of Lockdown on Rikers: Shocking Stories of Abuse and Injustice at New York's Notorious Jail (St. Martin's P...more