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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

  • 10-Minute Explainer: Who Was Mother Cabrini?

    Oct 22 2019

    For this membership drive, we'll feature a ten minute explainer on a different topic each day. Up first, Nicole Gregory, writer and editor in Los Angeles, explains the life and legacy of Mother Frances Cabrini, the Catholic nun who was canonized as the first American saint for her work to support Italian immigrants in New York City in the early 20th century. Gregory has also written books about Italian missionaries Matteo Ricci and Eusebio Kino which will be published in 2020.

  • What's New at MoMA

    Oct 22 2019

    MoMA just reopened to the public after a big redesign. Deborah Solomon, art critic and the author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013), and Melissa Smith, journalist covering art, react to the new addition of new space and the adjustments in its curatorial vision for modern and contemporary art.

  • Is the State Department Taking Revenge?

    Oct 22 2019

    The diplomats defying the president to testify before impeachment investigators this month are being hailed as heroes by colleagues who’ve long felt abused by the Trump administration, says Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent at Politico. She joins to talk about the "revenge of the state department," and what we know about testimonies on Capitol Hill so far. 

  • Suicide Rates Among Black Teenagers on the Rise

    Oct 22 2019

    A new study by the McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research at New York University shows an increase in rates of suicide attempts among Black teenagers across the United States.  The McSilver Institute primarily does research about the root causes of poverty and they uncovered this disturbing trend from data collected from 1991 to 2017, which shows a 73% increase in suicide attempts by black teenagers. Advocates and law makers in New York State are calling on Governor Cuomo to sign leg...more

  • Trump Compares Impeachment Inquiry to a 'Lynching'

    Oct 22 2019

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest updates in the impeachment inquiry.

  • The Education of Samantha Power

    Oct 21 2019

    Samantha Power, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and author of The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir (Dey Street Books, 2019), traces her journey from activist outsider to government insider, and the challenge of navigating the halls of power while trying to put her ideals into practice.

  • Hyperlocal News Roundup

    Oct 21 2019

    Listeners call in to share the news from their blocks.

  • Speak to the Speaker: Rikers Closing; 14th Street: Early Voting

    Oct 21 2019

    Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, talks about the latest news in New York City, including the start of early voting, the charter revision ballot proposals and the new 14th Street.

  • Monday Morning Politics: 'Show Me a Crime'

    Oct 21 2019

    Dahlia Lithwick, who covers courts and the law for Slate and Kyle Cheney, Congressional reporter for Politico, tick through all of the impeachment and political news that you missed over the weekend.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Still Bowling for Columbine; Gail Collins; The Police Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson

    Oct 18 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Still Bowling for Columbine (First) | Gail Collins on the Adventures of Older Women (at 25:37) | The Police Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson (at 51:50) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • News from your Country

    Oct 18 2019

    We are all aware of the impeachment inquiry happening here in the U.S. Listeners call-in to share news from their countries of origin.

  • What Germany Can Teach Us About Facing the Past

    Oct 18 2019

    Susan Neiman, Berlin-based director of the Einstein Forum, moral philosopher and the author of Learning from the Germans: Race and the Memory of Evil (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), talks about what the U.S. can learn from Germany's post-war reckoning.

  • What We've Learned About the Impeachment Inquiry This Week

    Oct 18 2019

    After a long week of testimonies on Capitol Hill by White House officials involved in the Ukraine scandal, Rosalind S. Helderman, Washington Post reporter focusing on political enterprise stories and investigations , breaks down where we are and what we've learned. Portions of this interview are included in Impeachment: A Daily Podcast. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to hear conversations that deepen how we understand the impeachment proceedings, and to keep up to date with the latest he...more

  • #AskTheMayor: Mother Cabrini, 14th Street, Trees and Sidewalks, Rikers News, Vision Zero, NY Post

    Oct 18 2019

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. On @BrianLehrer talking Mother Cabrini ~controversy~, BdB says he's frustrated by constant outrage police & lack of attention on underlying issues, like women being honored with statues. And he won't take the bait on Cuomo swooping in to say he's going to chisel a Cabrini statue. — Ben Max (@TweetBenMax) October 18, 2019 Mayor, who said at the start of the hour that our civil discourse was caught...more

  • The Clintons on Gutsy Women

    Oct 17 2019

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, Democratic nominee for president in 2016, former Secretary of State, former U.S. senator from New York and former first lady of the United States, and her daughter Chelsea Clinton, a global health advocate and vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, talk about The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience (Simon & Schuster, 2019), and share their favorite courageous women. Portions of this interview are included in Impeachment: A Daily Podcast. Sub...more

  • Impeachment Daily: Pelosi Is 'Deadly Serious'

    Oct 17 2019

    Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent for New York Magazine, brings a behind-the-scenes look at how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has handled the last three weeks since she announced she would back an impeachment inquiry into the president. Plus the latest in impeachment inquiry news. Portions of this interview are included in Impeachment: A Daily Podcast. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to hear conversations that deepen how we understand the impeachment proceedings, and to keep up to ...more

  • Seeing Race, Class & Power Through Brooklyn Schools

    Oct 17 2019

    Mark Winston Griffith, the executive director of the Brooklyn movement Center, and journalist Max Freedman, co-producers and co-hosts of the podcast “School Colors,” talk about its examination of the way race, class and power shape American cities and schools through a deep-dive into those issues in Central Brooklyn and preview the next episode about how school choice has played out.

  • The Vote to Close Rikers

    Oct 17 2019

    Rachel Holliday Smith, reporter at The City, and Gloria Pazmino, politics reporter at Spectrum News New York 1, talk about today's vote to close Rikers Island and replace it with borough jails. @BrianLehrer what real estate developer is lined up to get Rikers? No real reforms, just close and relocate prisoners, then just like LICH, we will hear about condos being built on Rikers. — Sophia V-DeVirgilio (@SophiaVDeVirgil) October 17, 2019 @BrianLehrer how about instead of tearing down rikers is...more

  • Grieving a Giant, Elijah Cummings

    Oct 17 2019

    Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II (D-5) and Michael Eric Dyson,Georgetown University professor and New York Times contributing opinion writer, reflect on the passing of the Baltimore Congressman Elijah Cummings. 

  • Still Bowling for Columbine

    Oct 16 2019

    Michael Moore, documentary filmmaker, discusses his forthcoming "Bowling for Columbine" retrospective in light of the increased gun violence in the U.S., the recent anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting and the new political momentum for gun control.

  • Impeachment Investigators Interview George Kent, Ukraine Expert

    Oct 16 2019

    Katie Benner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the New York Times where she covers the Justice Department, on the latest in the impeachment inquiry against the president. Portions of this interview are included in Impeachment: A Daily Podcast. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to hear conversations that deepen how we understand the impeachment proceedings, and to keep up to date with the latest headlines. 

  • The Biggest Takeaways from Last Night's Democratic Debate

    Oct 16 2019

    Christina Greer, co-host of the New York politics podcast “FAQ NYC” and associate professor of political science at Fordham University, recaps the Democratic debate.

  • Trump, Inc. Updates

    Oct 16 2019

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, and Heather Vogell, reporter at ProPublica, discuss their latest Trump, Inc. investigation.

  • Adventures of Older Women

    Oct 15 2019

    With age an issue in the 2020 campaign, Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of No Stopping Us Now: The Adventures of Older Women in American History (Little, Brown and Company, 2019), explores how older American women have been viewed throughout our history, including the fact that hair dye gained in popularity with the rise of feminism, but that women like Elizabeth Cady Stanton used their gray hair as an entry into activism.

  • Alicia Garza on the Police Shooting of Atatiana Jefferson

    Oct 15 2019

    Black Lives Matter Co-founder and Black Futures Lab Principal Alicia Garza responds to callers as they react to the fatal police shooting of Atatiana Jefferson, an innocent black woman who was inside her home at the time. 

  • Your Italian-American Heroes to Replace Columbus

    Oct 15 2019

    The day after Columbus Day, listeners call in to share their personal Italian-American heroes. Is there anyone else who can replace Christopher Columbus as an Italian-American cultural standard bearer? Who might an alternative (un-problematic) hero to Columbus be?Call us at 212 433 9692 — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2019

  • Impeachment Daily: Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

    Oct 15 2019

    U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), House Democratic caucus chairman, talks about the latest news on the impeachment inquiry and the White House vs. Congress separation of powers dispute. Portions of this interview are included in Impeachment: A Daily Podcast. Subscribe in your favorite podcast app to hear conversations that deepen how we understand the impeachment proceedings, and to keep up to date with the latest headlines. 

  • Claiming Indigenous People's Day

    Oct 14 2019

    Nick A. Martin, staff writer at The New Republic covering Native and Indigenous People's issues and a member of the Sappony Tribe and Kevin Gover, director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian and a member of the Pawnee Tribe, talk about what it means to claim Indigenous People's Day instead of federally recognized Columbus Day. Later, Diane Fraher, filmmaker and founder of American Indian Artists Inc. also known as AMERINDA, a multi-arts organization for Native American a...more

  • Defending Against Global Propaganda

    Oct 14 2019

    As under secretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs under Obama, Rick Stengel, former editor of Time Magazine and the author of Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation and What We Can Do About It (Grove Press, 2019), was at the center of U.S. efforts to combat Russian disinformation and ISIS propaganda in 2016. He shares that story.

  • Impeachment: Legal Guide

    Oct 14 2019

    Cass Sunstein, Harvard Law School professor and the author of Impeachment: A Citizen's Guide (Penguin Books, 2019), and Henry Greenberg, president of the New York State Bar Association and partner at Greenberg Traurig, LLP, discuss the legal issues surrounding impeachment.

  • Quid Pro Quo or No? John Kasich on Impeachment, and the GOP Today

    Oct 14 2019

    John Kasich, former governor of Ohio (R), and CNN senior commentator, talks about the state of the GOP, and whether or not he supports the impeachment inquiry. Plus, an argument for bottom-up activism, outlined in his new book It's Up to Us: Ten Little Ways We Can Bring About Big Change (Hanover Square Press, 2019).

  • How Trump Won the Republican Civil War

    Oct 11 2019

    Tim Alberta, chief political correspondent for Politico Magazine and the author of American Carnage: On the Front Lines of the Republican Civil War and the Rise of President Trump (Harper, 2019), talks about the political news of the day and his book.

  • Giuliani's Business Associates Arrested on Campaign Finance Charges

    Oct 11 2019

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, and Philip Bump, The Washington Post national correspondent, discuss the latest news including the arrest of two associates of President Trump’s personal lawyer, who were also part of the pressure campaign on Ukraine to investigate Democrats.

  • Ethiopia's Abiy Ahmed Wins the Nobel Peace Prize

    Oct 11 2019

    Dan Kurtz-Phelan, executive editor of Foreign Affairs and Eyder Peralta, NPR's East-Africa correspondent, discuss the recipient of the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize. Plus much more.

  • #AskTheMayor: Borough-Based Jails Vote Ahead

    Oct 11 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the upcoming vote on approving four borough-based jail facilities that will replace Rikers Island Correctional facility for good.

  • There's a New Apple in Town

    Oct 10 2019

    Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful, describes how the apple industry manufactures apple varieties, and introduces a new apple on the market (20 years in the making). Plus your calls on your favorite (and least favorite) apples. 

  • Rezoning and the future of Harlem

    Oct 10 2019

    Elizabeth Kim, senior editor for the Gothamist, talks about a Harlem zoning plan which, as she reports, is making residents anxious about gentrification and the future of Harlem as the epicenter of black American culture.

  • A President "Above the Law"

    Oct 10 2019

    James B. Stewart, a columnist at The New York Times, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,draws on documents and interviews with FBI, Justice Department, and White House officials to tell the story of the Trump administration vs the Mueller investigation.

  • The Making of Brett Kavanaugh

    Oct 10 2019

    This week marks the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, and the start of the new session. New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly talk about his life and his confirmation process and their new book The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation.

  • The Cambridge Analytica Whistle-Blower

    Oct 10 2019

    Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from inside Cambridge Analytica, and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America, talks about his new book, promising revelations about partisan data misuse.