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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

  • Why Is Kid's Food so Unhealthy?

    Nov 18 2019

    Grilled cheese, chicken nuggets and French fries are some of the most classic "kid's menu" items in America. Bettina Elias Siegel, food policy activist and author of Kid Food: The Challenge of Feeding Children in a Highly Processed World (Oxford University Press, 2019), talks about how children's food has taken a nutritional nose dive and how parents and educators can work around it.

  • Bloomberg's Belated "Stop and Frisk" Apology

    Nov 18 2019

    Shortly after dipping his toe in the presidential race, Michael Bloomberg apologized for the NYPD's controversial use of "stop and frisk," saying his signature policing policy was "wrong." Christina Greer, co-host of the New York politics podcast FAQ NYC, and Brigid Bergin, City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC, discuss the apology, which critics are saying amounts to pandering. Plus Stephen Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, defends Bloomberg, saying the apology "showed strength." ...more

  • Washington Prepares for Week Two of Public Impeachment Hearings

    Nov 18 2019

    With another high profile week of public impeachment hearings scheduled, Republicans are changing their defense strategy, and the president says he might offer testimony. Nahal Toosi, foreign affairs correspondent at Politico, reports on what's in store for this week, and which witnesses are expected to make the most news.

  • Monday Morning Politics: Obama Criticizes Woke Culture, Stereotyping Black Voters, Stephen Miller Exposed

    Nov 18 2019

    Jamil Smith, senior writer at Rolling Stone, talks about the latest 2020 news, plus national political stories that are not impeachment-related. "It's right up there with the stereotype that black voters are homophobic," says @JamilSmith about pundits insisting that black democrats are less progressive than white democrats. pic.twitter.com/PNSvef1R0I — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 18, 2019 I am disappointed but not surprised by Obama’s suggestion that Dems swim in the middle lane...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Launching #PriceCheckNYC; Nobel Prize for Poverty; A Churro Vendor's Arrest Sparks Protest

    Nov 15 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Launching #PriceCheckNYC (First) | Nobel Prize for Poverty (at 28:02 ) | A Churro Vendor's Arrest Sparks Protest (at 58:26) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The Brian Lehrer Show Call-In Special: Marie Yovanovitch Testifies

    Nov 15 2019

    A special one-hour nighttime call-in show reacting to, and breaking down, the testimony of former ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before Congress.  Tonight's guests: Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, co-host of the podcast Trump Inc, and author of the forthcoming book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’...more

  • Launching #PriceCheckNYC

    Nov 14 2019

    WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, is launching a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of Price Check NYC and regular contributor to Gothamist, join to break down how it works. Read Caroline Lewis’s story about the project on Gothamist—for instance, ClearHealthCosts found that a cholesterol test at a lab...more

  • 'Sesame Street' Turns 50

    Nov 14 2019

    Ben Lehmann, 'Sesame Street' executive producer, and Leslie Carrera-Rudolph, puppeteer who plays the character Abby Cadabby on 'Sesame Street,' talk about how the landmark children's television show is celebrating its 50th birthday.

  • David Remnick on the Impeachment Hearings

    Nov 14 2019

    David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, staff writer and host of the "New Yorker Radio Hour," breaks down the first round of televised Trump impeachment hearings, and takes your calls.

  • 2020 and Impeachment (& Deval Patrick?)

    Nov 14 2019

    Clare Malone, senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, on how the public is taking in the impeachment probe, what that could mean for the probe in Congress, and how it all factors in to the 2020 presidential election.

  • The Brian Lehrer Show Call-In Special: The First Impeachment Hearings

    Nov 13 2019

    For the first time, the public got to hear firsthand from people involved in the Ukrainian intrigue at the heart of the inquiry.  Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, co-host of the podcast Trump Inc, and author of the forthcoming book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power, and Jonathan Lemire, AP White House reporter, break down the public testimony from William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Ke...more

  • Jessica Ramos on NYPD Arrest of "Churro Lady"

    Nov 12 2019

    Last week police arrested a churro vendor at the busy Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn, and a bystander's video of the encounter went viral and sparked protests. New York State Senator Jessica Ramos (D-13, Queens: Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Corona and parts of Sunnyside and Astoria) talks about the incident and the legislation she introduced in Albany to lift the cap on the number of vendor permits the city can issue.

  • SCOTUS Hears DACA

    Nov 12 2019

    Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, and Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs, team up to discuss the Supreme Court arguments challenging the Trump administration’s decision to end DACA. One of cases originated in New York.

  • More Trump and Russia with Malcolm Nance

    Nov 12 2019

    Malcolm Nance, national security and counterterrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, talks about his new book The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It (Hachette Books, 2019).

  • Impeachment News

    Nov 12 2019

    Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast "Politics and Polls,” and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020), discusses the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry.

  • A Timeline of Ukraine, From 2014 to Now

    Nov 11 2019

    Philip Bump, Washington Post national correspondent, talks about his recent reporting on the years-old roots of the Ukraine scandal, and why the timeline of events matters.  

  • Nobel Prize for Poverty

    Nov 11 2019

    Esther Duflo, recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, professor of poverty alleviation and development economics at MIT, and co-author of Good Economics for Hard Times (PublicAffairs, 2019), discusses the work which led to her recent Nobel Prize award in economics.

  • The Shinnecock's Generations Long Fight to Reclaim Land

    Nov 11 2019

    Treva Wurmfeld, director and producer of Conscience Point, and Shane Weeks, member of the Shinnecock Nation and cultural consultant, discuss the new PBS documentary on the Shinnecock Tribe's fight to reclaim Hamptons land on Long Island.

  • Veterans: What Does Victory Look Like?

    Nov 11 2019

    After 18 years of war in the Middle East, what does victory look like? A call in for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans on the definition of victory, and Trump as commander in chief. 

  • Would You Vote for Bloomberg?

    Nov 08 2019

    Listeners call in to share whether or not Bloomberg has their vote and Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter for NY1 Noticias and host of Pura Política, joins to discuss his reporting on the Bloomberg era in New York and how the former mayor may fare on the national stage. Concerned about splintering the vote for candidates that am already inclined towards.What is his basic platform?It will be a hard choice, if it will be said that he’s the ‘only one’ who could beat Trump. — Anubis and Sekhmet (@NYCASR...more

  • Impeachment, Today

    Nov 08 2019

    Natasha Bertrand, POLITICO's national security correspondent, runs down the latest impeachment headlines and previews the first week of public hearings in the House.

  • Veterans and the Trump Administration

    Nov 08 2019

    David Shulkin, former secretary of Veterans Affairs under Presidents Obama and Trump, doctor and former president and CEO of New York's Beth Israel Medical Center and the author of It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans (PublicAffairs, 2019), talks about the Trump administration's efforts to privatize the VA and what it means for veterans.

  • #AskTheMayor: Minority Contracting, Commercial Rent, New Police Chief & Eradicating Lead

    Nov 08 2019

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

  • Your Kid's Brain on Screens

    Nov 07 2019

    Perri Klass, pediatrician, New York Times health columnist, professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, national medical director of Reach Out and Read and the author of The Mercy Rule: A Novel (Mariner Books, 2009), talks about the latest findings of a study which shows the negative impact screen time can have on young minds.

  • Singing Chinese-American Foreign Policy

    Nov 07 2019

    David Henry Hwang, playwright (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face), talks about the musical-within-a-play, Soft Power, with music by Jeanine Tesori, that explores U.S. foreign policy toward China, from the Chinese perspective. Plus, Francis Jue, actor (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face), talks about his long working relationship with playwright David Henry Hwang and his work in Soft Power.

  • All The Presidents' Lawyers' Lawyers

    Nov 07 2019

    Lanny Davis, the lawyer who formerly represented Michael Cohen in his testimony before Congress, formerly a spokesman for the Clinton White House's anti-impeachment efforts, talks about his time in the Clinton White House coordinating anti-impeachment efforts, and compares it to Trump's current legal and message strategy.

  • Medicare For All: Warren vs. Sanders

    Nov 07 2019

    Adrianna McIntyre, health policy writer at the Incidental Economist and health policy researcher at Harvard, explains Senator Elizabeth Warren's healthcare plan and compares it to Senator Bernie Sanders's version.

  • How Women Can Beat the 'Likeability' Trap

    Nov 06 2019

    Alicia Menendez, MSNBC anchor host of the “Latina to Latina” podcast, former co- host of “Amanpour and Company” on PBS, and the author of The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are (HarperBusiness, 2019), explains the downside to "likeability" – especially for women seeking leadership roles – and how to move past it.

  • Rich Lowry On Impeachment and Nationalism

    Nov 06 2019

    Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and the author of The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free (Broadside Books, 2019), argues that impeachment would be bad for U.S. democracy and that nationalism makes it stronger.

  • Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Election Results and More

    Nov 06 2019

    NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams talks about the results of Tuesday's elections and the police presence in the subways.

  • Global Demonstrations

    Nov 06 2019

    Cal Perry, NBC News international correspondent, and Luciani Gomes, BBC News South America producer, discuss international unrest across Chile, Iraq and Lebanon.

  • A Call for a Federal 'Revenge Porn' Law

    Nov 05 2019

    Mary Anne Franks, law professor at Miami Law School, president of the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and author of The Cult of the Constitution (Stanford University Press, 2019), discusses the call for a federal law that would make sharing nonconsensual pornography a crime.

  • The Real Story of Gentrification

    Nov 05 2019

    Matthew Schuerman, senior editor at WNYC and the author of Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents (University of Chicago Press, 2019) talks about his new book, an exploration of the ambiguities around gentrification – who wins, who loses, and why it's such a flashpoint, drawing on examples from Brooklyn, Chicago and San Francisco.

  • Election Day: Your Last Minute Questions

    Nov 05 2019

    Jarrett Murphy, executive editor of City Limits and co-host of the “Max & Murphy” podcast, and Brigid Bergin, City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC, review the five charter revision proposals on the other side of your NYC ballot.

  • What's the Difference Between Bribery and Extortion?

    Nov 05 2019

    Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above the Law and Nation contributor, runs through the latest impeachment headlines.

  • Referendum on ICE in New Jersey

    Nov 04 2019

    Monsy Alvarado, reporter at NorthJersey.com covering diversity and immigration in New Jersey, discusses the referendum vote schedule tomorrow in Sussex County where residents will vote on whether local law enforcement should work with federal immigration authorities.

  • The War on Airbnb in Jersey City

    Nov 04 2019

    Gwynne Hogan, WNYC reporter and associate producer, discusses the Airbnb referendum in Jersey City.

  • Senator Sherrod Brown and His Desk

    Nov 04 2019

    Sherrod Brown, U.S. Senator (D OH) and the author of Desk 88: Eight Progressive Senators Who Changed America, talks about the day's news and his new book about the eight progressive U.S. Senators who had his desk before him, including Hugo Black, RFK, and George McGovern.

  • Karine Jean-Pierre on the News

    Nov 04 2019

    Karine Jean-Pierre, chief public affairs officer of MoveOn, political activist and analyst and the author of Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America (Hanover Square Press, 2019), talks about her new memoir and the latest news.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Susan Rice; Daylight Saving Explainer; Charter Revision's Ballot Questions

    Nov 01 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Susan Rice's Tough Love (First) | 10-Minute Explainer: Daylight Saving (at 16:58) | Charter Revision Ballot Questions (at 26:12) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • More 'Mobituaries'

    Nov 01 2019

    Mo Rocca, correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning, a panelist on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" and host of the podcast "Mobituaries" and author of its companion book, Mobituaries: Great Lives Worth Reliving (Simon & Schuster, 2019), shares his take on the obituaries of celebrities, world leaders and some products, all with surprising back-stories, from Marlene Dietrich and Thomas Paine to the station wagon. @BrianLehrer: Did you know that Rosa Parks had a forerunner?Me, an educated woman: Wow, I d...more