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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

  • Helping Elders Connect

    Mar 27 2020

    For older Americans unused to connecting with services and loved ones digitally, Meryl Picard, professor of occupational therapy at Seton Hall University offers an occupational therapist's perspective on how to help, and Etana Edelman, occupational therapy 3rd year graduate student at Seton Hall, shares her story of getting her grandmother set up with ordering groceries through an app.

  • Former CDC Director on COVID-19

    Mar 27 2020

    Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.

  • Sen. Gillibrand on Federal COVID-19 Response

    Mar 27 2020

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about the Senate's response to the public health and economic crisis.

  • Ask The Mayor: Ventilators; Construction Halt; Crowded Parks; More

    Mar 27 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC as the pandemic continues, including the need for federal action on PPE and ventilators, enforcing social distancing in the parks, and the newly announced halt to non-essential construction projects.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Handling Anxiety, Alison Roman, Social Distance Volunteer

    Mar 26 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Managing Anxiety in the Pandemic (First) | Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic (Starts at 24:27) | Volunteering While Social Distancing (Starts at 48:38)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • A Look At Anti-COVID Efforts Around the World

    Mar 26 2020

    Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of Partners In Health, and Max Fisher, international reporter and columnist for The New York Times, talk about how countries around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and take international calls.

  • Attorney General James on Stopping Scams, Price-Gouging and More

    Mar 26 2020

    Letitia James, Attorney General of New York, talks about her efforts to advocate for workers and combat scams, price gouging, anti-Asian bias during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic

    Mar 26 2020

    Alison Roman, New York Times food columnist and the author of Dining In (Clarkson Potter, 2017) and Nothing Fancy (Clarkson Potter, 2019), offers advice on pantry stocking and recipes to stay healthy and well-fed despite limited shopping opportunities. → Recipe for: #TheStew → Recipe for: #TheCookie Pepian, a Latin American stew that normally has meat but also works well with white beans and root vegetables.Mujadara, which is lentils, rice, & caramelized onions.Kimchi fried rice (kimchi kee...more

  • COVID-19 in New Jersey, the Federal Stimulus and More with Rep. Sherrill

    Mar 26 2020

    U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D, NJ-11) talks about the federal stimulus to address the crashing economy, and how her district in New Jersey is coping with the new coronavirus.

  • Can You Catch COVID-19 From a Cardboard Box?

    Mar 25 2020

    Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explains what we know in terms of how long COVD-19 lives on various surfaces, and best practices to stay safe.

  • New York City Classrooms Go Online

    Mar 25 2020

     

  • NYC Comptroller on COVID-19 Budget Impact

    Mar 25 2020

    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the loss of tax revenues from the outbreak and the impact of the new federal relief package.

  • The Relief Package and the Coronavirus Economy

    Mar 25 2020

    As the economy crashes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Rampell, syndicated opinion columnist at The Washington Post, political/economic commentator at CNN and special correspondent at PBS Newshour, talks about the new federal government's relief deal, plus how the Defense Production Act could address manufacturing shortages of personal protective equipment and much-needed ventilators.

  • How New York Should Vote Now

    Mar 24 2020

    Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, today's Queens Borough President special election has been postponed, and many are calling for Gov. Cuomo to delay the presidential primary or switch to voting by mail. Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, explains why she doesn't think that's an option here, but does have recommendations for making voting safe.

  • Volunteering While Social Distancing

    Mar 24 2020

    Gary Bagley, executive director of New York Cares the city’s leading volunteer organization, talks about how the immediate needs of New York’s most vulnerable citizens can still be met during the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as how New Yorkers can best help their neighbors.

  • Covid-19 in Rikers

    Mar 24 2020

    Almost forty cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Rikers, a number that is expected to grow. Robert Cohen M.D., corrections health expert and member of the NYC Board of Correction, and Jose Saldana, director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, discuss how the city should respond, including releasing inmates who are most vulnerable.

  • The Latest on Coronavirus and PAUSE in NYC

    Mar 24 2020

    Gothamist senior editor Elizabeth Kim and reporter and editor Christopher Robbins talk about the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in New York.

  • Managing Anxiety in the Pandemic

    Mar 23 2020

    Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist, Dear Therapist columnist for The Atlantic and the author of  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), offers advice for handling anxiety as listeners share what's working for them.   @BrianLehrer feeding the birds and planting seeds for the coming growing season is really helping me to see that nature is extraordinary and keeps moving forward. — Birdie (@Birdie56664870) March 23, 2020 @BrianLehrer Re anxiety now: I’ve been doing shari...more

  • The Politics of Crisis

    Mar 23 2020

    USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page discusses how the White House and Congress are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout.

  • How Brooklyn and Queens are Preparing for COVID-19

    Mar 23 2020

    Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee talk about how their boroughs are preparing to face the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • What Healthcare Workers Need

    Mar 23 2020

    Lisa Baum, occupational health and safety representative for the New York State Nurses Association, takes calls from healthcare professionals on how they are managing in the midst of a global pandemic, and whether they are getting the supplies and the support they need.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Schools Close for Coronavirus Containment, Protecting Voters in a Pandemic, Ask an Epidemiologist: A COVID-19 Q&A

    Mar 20 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Schools Close for Coronavirus Containment (First) | Protecting Voters in a Pandemic (Starts at 20:40) | Ask an Epidemiologist: A COVID-19 Q&A (Starts at 46:45) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The MTA Facing 'Financial Calamity'

    Mar 20 2020

    As ridership plummets on the subway, buses and commuter rail lines, Stephen Nessen, WNYC transportation reporter, reports on the MTA's request for a federal bailout and other transportation issues.

  • Is My Employer Required to Provide Face Masks?

    Mar 20 2020

    Elizabeth Joynes Jordan, supervising attorney on the Workplace Justice Team at Make the Road New York, and Charlene Obernauer, executive director at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), talk about how essential workers, on the front lines of the pandemic, can best stay healthy, and what they can demand from their employers in terms of protective gear and paid sick leave. More resources: Frequently Asked Questions from Make the Road NY on workers' rights in this mom...more

  • Listeners on Keeping Yourself Entertained

    Mar 20 2020

    As most New Yorkers settle into a new life at home, Anne Helen Peterson, senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News, offers suggestions as listeners share their favorite books, tv shows, games, films and other inside recreation that are helping pass time.

  • Ask The Mayor: Testing, Social Distancing, Rikers

    Mar 20 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC on all matters related to Covid-19 response, including the urgent need for more federal action and medical supplies.  

  • Essential Workers on the Front Lines

    Mar 19 2020

    NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams takes calls from workers who can not work from home, and what it's like to stay out, and serve the community, when everyone else is instructed to stay home.

  • An Epidemiologist Answers Your Coronavirus Questions

    Mar 19 2020

    Caroline Buckee, associate professor of epidemiology and associate director of the Center for Communicable Disease Dynamics at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, takes listener questions on how COVID-19 is spread.

  • Science Is On It

    Mar 19 2020

    Carl Zimmer, New York Times "Matter" columnist and the author of Planet of Viruses (University of Chicago Press; 2nd ed., 2015) and his latest She Has Her Mother's Laugh (Dutton, 2018), talks about some of the teams of scientists working on drugs to treat COVID-19 and some of the more promising areas of research. "Hundreds of Scientists Scramble to Find a Coronavirus Treatment" (Carl Zimmer, NYT 3/17/20) "How Coronavirus Hijacks Your Cells" (Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, NYT 3/13/20)

  • What's in the COVID-19 Relief Package?

    Mar 19 2020

    Tom Suozzi, U.S. Representative for NY's 3rd District, an area that includes parts of Long Island and Queens, NY, and member of the House Committee on Ways and Means talks about the Trump Administration's financial aid package to mitigate the economic impact of COVID-19 and how his district is responding to the pandemic.

  • The Kitchen's Closed: Your Calls on NYC's Shuttered Bars and Restaurants

    Mar 18 2020

    On Monday, Governor Andrew Cuomo ordered all bars and restaurants across New York closed by 8 p.m. Ariel Palitz, senior executive director of Nightlife For the NYC Mayor's Office of Media & Entertainment, and Gregg Bishop, commissioner of the NYC Department of Small Business Services, take food industry calls on this surreal moment, how you're getting by, and what the city can do to help.

  • Voter Protections in a Pandemic

    Mar 18 2020

    Vanita Gupta, current president and CEO of the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights coalition, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCHR), former Acting Assistant Attorney General and head of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division in the Obama administration and former Deputy Legal Director of the ACLU, explains how the pandemic is eroding election integrity, and how to fortify voter rights and voter protections during this crisis.

  • Are We 'Socially Distancing' Enough Yet?

    Mar 18 2020

    As residents in New York City and the surrounding areas hunker down in order to self quarantine and socially distance themselves from others, Jessica Justmann, senior technical director at ICAP at Columbia, a global health center at the Mailman School of Public Health, associate professor of Medicine in Epidemiology at Columbia University and an attending physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center, talks about whether we're doing enough yet ...more

  • Inside Trump's Corona Virus Response

    Mar 18 2020

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the White House's rapidly changing response to the coronavirus epidemic, including strict new guidelines to limit people’s interactions in an urgent bid to slow the virus before U.S. hospitals are overwhelmed.

  • An On-Air St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Mar 17 2020

    Listeners who would normally be out marching or celebrating for St. Patrick's Day call in to share their family's Irish-American stories.

  • How to Navigate a Pandemic

    Mar 17 2020

    James Hamblin, doctor of preventive medicine, staff writer at The Atlantic and the co-host of The Atlantic's new podcast "Social Distance," lecturer at Yale School of Public Health and the author of the forthcoming book Clean: The New Science of Skin and the Beauty of Doing Less (Riverhead Books, 2020), talks about how and why to practice social distancing, what to do if you start feeling sick and more as the COVID-19 pandemic upends life around the world.

  • Schools Close for COVID-19

    Mar 17 2020

    Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, talks about the decision to close New York City schools until at least April 20, how the transition to online learning is going, and how parents and kids are coping.

  • Speak to the Speaker: Coronavirus Edition

    Mar 17 2020

    With the St. Patrick's Day parade cancelled, Corey Johnson is able to join us to talk about the City's response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

  • Working from Home ...With Kids

    Mar 16 2020

    With so many just starting to work from home and the schools closed, what hacks have you found that make it productive? Experienced multi-taskers share advice, hacks, schedules and more.

  • Hospitals Need More to Combat Pandemic

    Mar 16 2020

    Irwin Redlener, president emeritus and co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and the author of, The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2017) talks about how prepared we are to handle the COVID-19 pandemic.