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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

  • 30 Issues: The Supreme Court

    Sep 30 2020

    Dahlia Lithwick, who covers courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus, talks about the Supreme Court as an issue in the 2020 presidential race.

  • Rev. Al Sharpton's Call To Action

    Sep 30 2020

    Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights leader, host of MSNBC’s PoliticsNation, and the founder and president of the National Action Network (NAN), talks about his new book, Rise Up: Confronting a Country at the Crossroads (Hanover Square Press, 2020),  and offers analysis of the first presidential debate.

  • The COVID Latest: Upticks in the City; The ACA and the Supreme Court

    Sep 30 2020

    Uché Blackstock, M.D., emergency medicine physician, founder & CEO of Advancing Health Equities and a Yahoo News medical contributor, talks about the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the city and about how the likely shift in the Supreme Court will affect black and brown communities, already hurt disproportionately by COVID, if the ACA is overturned.

  • Debate Recap and Reactions

    Sep 30 2020

    Jonathan Alter, MSNBC analyst, co-host, Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, Daily Beast columnist and the author of His Very Best: Jimmy Carter, a Life (Simon & Schuster, 2020), offers his analysis as listeners respond to the first debate between Pres. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.MSNBCoffers his analysis as listeners respond to the first debate between Pres. Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

  • 'Empathy Fatigue' Has Led To More COVID Deaths

    Sep 29 2020

    Eight out of 10 American COVID-19 deaths have been among people older than 65; the rest of the dead are disproportionately Black.  Olga Khazan, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of Weird: The Power of Being an Outsider in an Insider World, talks about how 'empathy fatigue,' the point in a mass tragedy where we no longer see victims as individuals but statistics, is heightened by racism and ageism in our society. 

  • Presidential Debate Preview

    Sep 29 2020

    Nancy Cook, White House reporter for Politico, previews Tuesday's presidential debate and discusses the latest national political news.

  • NYC Schools Reopening Continues

    Sep 29 2020

    More students opting for hybrid classroom and remote instruction report back to classrooms this week. NYC Council Member Mark Treyger (D, district 47-Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, Sea Gate), talks about the latest, including the principals calling on the state to take charge of the process, plus the COVID-19 spike in his district. 

  • 30 Issues in 30 Days: Justice and the Justice Dept.

    Sep 29 2020

    Andrew Weissmann, now teaching criminal and national security law at NYU School of Law and the former lead prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel's Office, talks about his new book, Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation  (Random House, 2020), and more generally about what's at stake for the Justice Department in this presidential election.

  • The Capitalist Socialist Spectrum

    Sep 28 2020

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva, associate professor at Bard College and research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and the author of The Case for a Job Guarantee and Oren Cass, executive director of American Compass, a domestic policy advisor for the Romney presidential campaign and the author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America (Encounter Books, 2018), talk about the solutions offered by both approaches and where on the spectrum from capitalist to socialist ea...more

  • A Generational Reckoning

    Sep 28 2020

    In the 30 years since we “won” the Cold War, we’ve seen the first generations of Americans come of age who are not likely to have better standards of living than their parents. Catherine Rampell, syndicated opinion columnist at The Washington Post, political/economic commentator at CNN and special correspondent at PBS Newshour and Eduardo Porter, economics reporter for the business section of The New York Times and the author of American Poison: How Racial Hostility Destroyed Our Promise (Knopf,...more

  • National Politics: Transition of Power, RBG's Replacement and More

    Sep 25 2020

    Seung Min Kim, White House reporter for The Washington Post, talks about the latest national political news, including the president's comments about potentially not accepting a peaceful transition of power. Plus, the forthcoming announcement from President Trump on who he is nominating to be the next Supreme Court Justice of the United States.

  • How Is Remote Learning Affecting Your Job?

    Sep 25 2020

    Listeners call in to talk about how helping their kids through remote learning has affected their careers, whether they've had to reduce their hours or even quit their jobs.

  • Ask the Mayor: New COVID Clusters, Schools and More

    Sep 25 2020

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

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Black Vote; COVID Long Haulers; Claudia Rankine

    Sep 25 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The Black Vote (First) | COVID Long Haulers (Starts at 25:30) | Poet Claudia Rankine (Starts at 47:31) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Truth

    Sep 24 2020

    Keisha Blain, University of Pittsburgh historian and president of the African American Intellectual History Society and the co-editor with Ibram X. Kendi of the forthcoming Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619-2019 (One World, 2021), looks at the extent of disparities in wealth and income, health, political power and more, and the policies of both parties that have been most responsible for perpetuating those disparities.

  • Reconciliation

    Sep 24 2020

    When you reconcile a financial statement, you determine who owes who what, and where the money actually goes. Barbara Smith, Black feminist scholar and founder of the Combahee River Collective, explores who owes what to whom and where we go from here.

  • Is There A Liberal and Conservative Way to Fight a Pandemic?

    Sep 23 2020

    Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP) discusses balancing the risks of reopening against the risks of community spread of COVID-19. Then, Leana Wen, M.D., emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former health commissioner of Baltimore and Asma Khalid, political correspondent for NPR, discuss how the COVID-19 pandemic, and the candidates' approaches to it, could ...more

  • How We're Voting

    Sep 23 2020

    Myrna Pérez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Program, and Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, covering voting rights and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, talk about how the pandemic is affecting pre-existing voting problems and creating others, and take calls from listeners around the country about the voting situation in their state.   This segment originally aired on the national program America, Are We Ready?...more

  • Tuesday Morning Politics

    Sep 22 2020

    Amber Phillips, Washington Post political reporter and author for The 5-Minute Fix, and Errol Louis, political anchor on Spectrum News NY1, host of Inside City Hall on NY1, host of the podcast You Decide and New York Daily News columnist, discuss the latest national political news—from the Senate jockeying on RBG's replacement to the news that the Justice Department named New York City an "anarchist jurisdiction."

  • (Some) Students With Disabilities Go Back to School

    Sep 22 2020

    Lori Podvesker, director of disability and education policy at INCLUDEnyc, talks about the special challenges students and families in NYC's District 75, which services students with disabilities, face as the new school year begins.

  • Second Wave of COVID-19 and Lockdowns Ahead?

    Sep 22 2020

    Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist, epidemiologist and founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in India, which is on track to surpass the United States as the country with the most cases worldwide — plus in other places around world, including Israel, which recently instituted a second full lockdown.

  • Colin Quinn's Take on the Not-So-United States

    Sep 22 2020

    Colin Quinn, stand-up comedian, writer, performer and the author of Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States (St. Martin's Press, 2020), offers his distinctive observations on the crazy-quilt design of this country and the contradictions and consternations of the 50 separate, but united, states of America.

  • What RBG Meant to You

    Sep 21 2020

    Listeners call in to share what Ruth Bader Ginsburg meant to them—to their lives, careers, families and relationships.

  • The Politics of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Replacement

    Sep 21 2020

    Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death late last week, Republicans have vowed to push through her replacement before the election. Sabrina Siddiqui, national politics reporter at The Wall Street Journal and political analyst at CNN, talks about the Republicans who won't go along with it, whether it's enough to prevent it from going through and what the Democrats and Joe Biden may do if they win the presidency and the Senate in November.

  • The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Sep 21 2020

    Jami Floyd, senior editor for race & justice and legal editor at WNYC, talks about the life and legacy of the late, legendary Supreme Court justice.

  • The Black Vote and the Democratic Party

    Sep 21 2020

    Theodore Johnson, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, talks about how and why despite holding diverse political opinions, Black Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.

  • Is Trump Really Brokering 'Peace' Around the World?

    Sep 18 2020

    Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist and author of "Today's WorldView," the Post's international affairs newsletter, talks about the latest Trump administration attempts at peacemaking around the world and what, if anything, their impact might be.

  • Fatigue, Headaches, Brain Fog: Some COVID Symptoms Last Beyond 14 Days

    Sep 18 2020

    Dr. Dayna McCarthy, rehabilitation medicine physician at Mount Sinai, talks about working with patients suffering from long term coronavirus symptoms at the Mount Sinai Center for Post-COVID Care, and takes calls from listeners who consider themselves "long haulers." 

  • Claudia Rankine's American Conversation

    Sep 18 2020

    Claudia Rankine, poet, playwright, MacArthur fellow, Yale professor, and author of Citizen: An American Lyric and her latest, Just Us: An American Conversation (Graywolf Press, 2020), talks about her new book that tries to model how Americans can start talking to each other about race.

  • Ask the Mayor: Schools Reopening, Industry City, and More

    Sep 18 2020

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in New York City, including remote learning, the economy, and more.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mentally Ill While Black; NJ Cannabis; Maria Hinojosa's Story

    Sep 18 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Mentall Ill While Black (First) | Cannabis on the Ballot in NJ (Starts at 35:54) | Maria Hinojosa's Story (Starts at 1:02:37) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Will NJ Legalize Pot This Fall?

    Sep 17 2020

    After failing to legalize recreational cannabis in New Jersey last year, lawmakers have put the issue on the ballot in November. Mona Zhang, states cannabis policy reporter for POLITICO Pro, talks about the regional and national implications of legalization.   → EVENT: See Mona speak at The CannAtlantic Conference by the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists on September 26. For more information, click here.

  • Men Are From Mars, but Could There Be Intelligent Life on Venus?

    Sep 17 2020

    This weekend scientists announced they had detected the gas phosphine in the atmosphere of Venus, which could be an indication of life. Kenneth Chang, science reporter at The New York Times, breaks down this exciting discovery, and takes your questions.

  • Joe Biden and the Latinx Vote

    Sep 17 2020

    Julio Ricardo Varela, co-host of the In The Thick podcast and founder of Latino Rebels, assesses the Biden campaign's attempts to gain support among Latinx voters.

  • Assessing the Relative Risks of Catching COVID

    Sep 17 2020

    Dr. Leana Wen, emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former health commissioner of Baltimore, talks about the risks of attending Black Lives Matter protests and President Trump's rallies - and why the rallies are so much more dangerous to your health, plus other COVID news.

  • What Will Industry City Look Like in the Future?

    Sep 16 2020

    Industry City has proposed a controversial rezoning of the complex to allow more offices, manufacturing and retail shops -- and City Council held a public hearing on it this week. Ben Adler, senior editor for City & State, and freelance journalist Karina Piser talk about what's at stake, the City Council hearing, and take listener calls from the Sunset Park neighborhood. 

  • Remote Learning Advice Roulette

    Sep 16 2020

    From shoddy internet, screen fatigue, and confusing assignments — helping your kid with remote learning can be a headache. On this installment of "advice roulette," your biggest questions and gripes about remote learning, and advice and tips from other listeners. Sometimes it takes a village.  

  • How the Kennedy Campaign Used Tech and Data

    Sep 16 2020

    Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of many books, including These Truths: A History of the United States, and her latest, If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future (Liveright, 2020), tells the story of a late-1950s precursor to today's tech marketing companies that was used to sell products, including political candidates, and raised the same questions we face today over manipulation and the use of da...more

  • How Do Prosecutors Decide When to Convict Cops?

    Sep 16 2020

    Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's Political Gabfest podcast, Truman Capote Fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2020), and Elie Mystal, justice correspondent for The Nation, talk about why so few district attorneys choose to prosecute police officers who some say have very clearly committed unlawful ac...more