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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

  • A Lenape Pow Wow Comes (Back) to Manhattan

    Nov 20 2018

    On Sunday, the Lenape people held its first pow wow in Manhattan in hundreds of years, since the indigenous community was driven from the island. George Stonefish, organizer of the Lenape pow wow, talks about the event's meaning and importance. Can we PLEASE have more conversations like this with First Nations people? In fact any conversation they would like to have? Keep hearing from the governor and the mayor, but not the traditional custodians and first peoples of this land. Thank you Mr Sto...more

  • What’s In Your Garage?

    Nov 20 2018

    From the birthplace of the tech industry, band rehearsals, or in-law's apartment, the garage often goes beyond its primary function of storing the car. Artist Olivia Erlanger and architect Luis Ortega Govela, co-authors of Garage (MIT Press, 2018), explore American suburbia through the goings-on in the garage.  

  • The Facts on California’s Fires

    Nov 20 2018

    Matthew Hurteau, forest ecologist and associate professor in Department of Biology at the University of New Mexico, and Kendra Pierre-Louis, reporter on the New York Times climate desk, discuss the environmental factors at work in California's wildfires.

  • City News Reporter Roundtable

    Nov 20 2018

    Gloria Pazmino, politics reporter at Politico New York, Azi Paybarah, New York Times reporter and the writer of their New York Today newsletter and column, and Juan Manuel Benítez, Spectrum News NY1 Noticias reporter and host of Pura Politica, and host of the new podcast Off Topic On Politics, talk about the latest news from City Hall — including the news that came late on Friday that Mayor de Blasio had fired the chief of the Department of Investigation.

  • The New Green Book

    Nov 19 2018

    Washington Post video planning editor and writer Rhonda Colvin examines the travel concerns of African Americans in the United States today, and how they evoke the Green Book of the Jim Crow era.

  • Gov. Cuomo Talks Amazon, State Senate and More

    Nov 19 2018

    Governor Andrew Cuomo calls in to talk about the state's deal to bring Amazon to Queens, the legislative agenda in the State Senate (since it will soon be controlled by Democrats) and more.

  • Monday Morning Politics: Trump, the Very Strong Brand

    Nov 19 2018

    Tamara Keith, NPR White House correspondent and co-host of the NPR Politics Podcast, talks about the latest in national politics.

  • The FDA takes on E-Cigarettes

    Nov 19 2018

    The FDA recently announced rules limiting sales of flavored e-cigarettes to adults, and the predictably well-funded industry fought back immediately. Kevin O’Flaherty and Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal talk about the rules, the industry and whether the FDA is going far enough to protect teens from becoming addicted.

  • The Russian Election Interference in 2016

    Nov 19 2018

    Greg Miller, national security reporter for the Washington Post and the author of The Apprentice Trump, Russia and the Subversion of American Democracy (Custom House, 2018), lays out the full scope of Russia's attempt to undermine U.S. democracy in the 2016 election.

  • The Conservative Argument for Workers

    Nov 16 2018

    Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of The Once and Future Worker: A Vision for the Renewal of Work in America  (Encounter Books, 2018), offers a conservative’s pro-workers agenda. "I propose... a wage subsidy. In effect it’s the opposite of a payroll tax.... If you’re working at a low wage, we're actually going to put more money into your paycheck. We can start to make those jobs, even if they’re not high paying or high skill, look attractive," @oren_cass. — Brian Le...more

  • Facebook's Scandal Handling

    Nov 16 2018

    Jack Nicas, New York Times reporter covering Silicon Valley, and Sheera Frenkel, New York Times reporter covering cybersecurity, talk about their reporting on how Facebook's executives have responded to revelations of Russian meddling, data sharing, and more. Read the report here.

  • Promoting Consent in NYC Clubs

    Nov 16 2018

    New York City Council member Rafael Espinal talks about the consent awareness campaign he developed with Bushwick's House of Yes bar and performance club. Joining him is House of Yes co-founder Anya Sapozhnikova and Jacqui Rabkin, the bar's marketing director.

  • #AskTheMayor: Housing Under Amazon, Snow Storm Traffic Meltdown and More

    Nov 16 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the unexpected snow storm that caused traffic jams across the city on Thursday, and what Amazon may mean to the local economy and affordable housing. "On Wednesday night the National Weather Service was saying 1-2 inches… but then it became it was going to hit right at rush hour. If we had better knowledge we would have told people on Wednesday night," @NYCMayor, adding there will be a full r...more

  • The Power of Love

    Nov 15 2018

    Bishop Michael Curry, presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and author of The Power of Love (Avery, 2018), discusses the importance of love, acceptance and social justice. "In the New Testament… there are three words [for love]… eros, is romantic love, philia… it’s friendship love and… agape is unselfish love. It is love that is sacrificial, that actually seeks the welfare of others. There’s no nuance in English on that," @PB_Curry. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) November 15, 2018

  • How Congress (Should) Investigate

    Nov 15 2018

    With Democrats in the House poised to investigate Trump administration financial dealings, Elise Bean, legal counsel to Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) on the US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the author of Financial Exposure: Carl Levin's Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse, offers her insight from 30 years of Congressional oversight.

  • What To Expect When Amazon Moves To Your City: Lessons From Seattle

    Nov 15 2018

    Joshua McNichols, reporter for KOUW and co-host of the Prime(d): What happens when Amazon comes to your town? podcast, talks about how Amazon has changed Seattle for the better and worse, and takes calls from New Yorkers on what to expect when Amazon HQ2 opens in Queens.

  • Thursday Morning Politics: New Congressional Leadership

    Nov 15 2018

    Karen Tumulty, political columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the latest national news, including how new leadership in the House and Senate is shaping up now that the midterms are over. "The Speaker’s office is incredibly powerful in deciding what comes to the floor, under what kinds of rules... and I think... the Republican Conference is about to get a great lesson on how the Democrats have been feeling in the last few years," @ktumulty. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p — Brian Lehrer Show (...more

  • Brooklyn Boss

    Nov 14 2018

    Ron Howell, associate professor of journalism at Brooklyn College and the author of Boss of Black Brooklyn: The Life and Times of Bertram L. Baker (Empire State Editions, 2018), tells the story of his grandfather, the early 20th-century Afro-Caribbean immigrant who became a political power broker in Brooklyn.

  • Student Loan Debt in NYC

    Nov 14 2018

    It's a national crisis, but in New York City, roughly one million New Yorkers owe nearly $35 billion in student debt. Lorelei Salas, commissioner of the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), discusses the new report examining the factors that contribute to defaults on student loans in the five boroughs. Need help or more information? Visit the DCA site.

  • Amazon's Deal or No Deal

    Nov 14 2018

    Charlie Herman, WNYC News business and culture editor , talks about Amazon's expansion in Long Island City. Plus, Jimmy Van Bramer, NYC City Council Member (26th Queens), talks about his opposition to the Amazon deal. "The Governor and the Mayor have conspired with Jeff Bezos to essentially give away the store. Nearly 3 billion dollars in giveaways and tax breaks and subsidies for literally the wealthiest man in the world," says @JimmyVanBramer on #AmazonHQ2. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) ...more

  • The New Southern Strategy

    Nov 14 2018

    Ed Kilgore, political columnist at New York Magazine, discusses the current evolution of the Democratic Party's presence and composition in the South.

  • Updates on the Florida and Georgia Races

    Nov 14 2018

    Last week, the NAACP sent a letter to Georgia elections officials demanding a prompt investigation into reports of voter disenfranchisement. Derrick Johnson, NAACP President, and Carol Anderson, professor of African American Studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage and One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018), discuss this and also the Florida recount.

  • The Journey of Gratitude

    Nov 13 2018

    A.J. Jacobs, NPR contributor, contributing editor at Esquire and author of many books including Thanks A Thousand: A Gratitude Journey (Simon & Schuster/ TED, 2018), decided to trace the journey of his morning cup of coffee, thanking each person who played a part, and shares what he learned about coffee... and the effects of gratitude.

  • Trump, Inc. — Now What?

    Nov 13 2018

    Trump, Inc. co-host Andrea Bernstein, WNYC senior editor for politics and policy, Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and host of Trump Inc., and editor Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica, discuss investigations into the president's finances and dealings with Russia during his campaign in the wake of the midterms and the firing of Attorney General Sessions.

  • An Obama Staffer's 'Good Idea'

    Nov 13 2018

    Alyssa Mastromonaco, co-host of Crooked Media's Hysteria Podcast, former assistant to President Obama and the author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House (Twelve, 2017), talks about the news of the day, including the President's latest trip to Europe and the latest tallies in Florida and Georgia.

  • Tuesday Morning Politics with MSNBC's Ari Melber

    Nov 13 2018

    Ari Melber, MSNBC’s chief legal correspondent and the host of "The Beat with Ari Melber" airing nightly at 6pm ET on MSNBC, talks about the vote count in Florida, the Mueller investigation and more.

  • The Science of BFFs

    Nov 12 2018

    Science writer Jacqueline Mroz looks at what research reveals about women and friendships in her new book, Girl Talk: What Science Can Tell Us About Female Friendship (Seal Press, 2018), and listeners call in to share their experiences. 

  • How Combat Influenced Their Worldviews

    Nov 12 2018

    For Veterans Day, Brittany Ramos DeBarros, US Army Reserves psychological operations officer, deployed to Afghanistan 2012-2013, takes a closer look at the social services we owe our veterans. Then, Mikie Sherrill, U.S. Representative-Elect (D NJ-11) and former Navy helicopter pilot, talks about American veterans and her election to Congress and we take veterans' calls.

  • An Argument Against a Citizenship Question on the Census

    Nov 12 2018

    Executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition Steven Choi talks about their lawsuit (now on trial) against the citizenship question that the Trump administration is planning to add to the 2020 census.

  • Monday Morning Politics: Nationalism At Home and Abroad

    Nov 12 2018

    Ana Marie Cox, host of the podcast With Friends Like These and columnist for the SYFY channel Fangrrls, talks about the latest news coming out of Washington. Then, Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington," talks about the latest international political news.

  • (Still) Counting Votes in Florida and Georgia

    Nov 09 2018

    Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones and author of Give us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America (Picador, reprint 2016), discusses the potential recounts in Florida's gubernatorial and senate races, as well as the tight gubernatorial election in Georgia, where votes are still being counted in the race between Georgia's former Secretary of State Brian Kemp and Stacey Abrams.

  • The Mueller Investigation's Post-Jeff Sessions Future

    Nov 09 2018

    Rosalind Helderman, Washington Post political enterprise and investigations reporter, talks about what will happen to Robert Mueller's investigation since President Trump forced Jeff Sessions out, and discusses the background of the new acting AG, Matthew Whitaker.   Need more Mueller investigation analysis? Join us LIVE in The Greene Space next Tuesday, November 13th. Ari Melber, Andrea Bernstein and Alyssa Mastromonaco will be our guests. Tickets available here.

  • #AskTheMayor: Now That the Democrats Are in Control

    Nov 09 2018

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including what the future of single payer healthcare, the MTA and more, now that state legislature is in Democratic control.

  • Amazon HQueens

    Nov 08 2018

    Greg David, director of the business and economics reporting program at The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY and author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City, talks about reports that Amazon plans to bring half of its new headquarters to Long Island City. Emma Fitzsimmons, transit reporter for The New York Times, considers how it could impact New York's already struggling transit.

  • Immigrants and the Election

    Nov 08 2018

    Sayu Bhojwani, founder and president of New American Leaders, and the author of People Like Us: The New Wave of Candidates Knocking at Democracy’s Door looks at the results from Tuesday's voting and where immigrants had an impact.

  • History in Crises

    Nov 08 2018

    Jay Sexton, professor of Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and the author of A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History (Basic Books, 2018), reframes American history as less steady progress and more a series of responses to external forces.

  • A New Divided Politics

    Nov 08 2018

    Jamelle Bouie, chief political correspondent for Slate, on the new power balance in politics, and what the midterm voting map tells Democrats about what their strategy should be in 2020.

  • Election Results in NJ and Around the Country

    Nov 07 2018

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, talks about the election results in New Jersey. She is joined by Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit, and Gabriel Debenedett, New York Magazine national political correspondent, who sift through the rest of the results from Tuesday.

  • Late Breaking Results in Connecticut

    Nov 07 2018

    Daniela Altimari, reporter for the Hartford Courant, discusses the late-breaking results in the Connecticut governor's race, as well as other election news from the state.