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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

  • Measles Update with Gwynne Hogan

    Jun 17 2019

    Gwynne Hogan, associate producer at All Things Considered and reporter for WNYC, and Blima Marcus, oncology nurse practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, discuss the latest news on the measles outbreak in New York and efforts to counter misinformation regarding the vaccine to prevent it.

  • Pride Month Call-In: What is Masculinity to You? What is Femininity to You?

    Jun 17 2019

    We asked gender fluid listeners to tell us what masculinity and femininity mean to them. Love that this question is being explored and shared on @NPR ūüíó ‚ÄĒ ste‚ÄĚF‚ÄĚ is 4 Feminist (@ShoshiBee16) June 17, 2019 @BrianLehrer wonderful segment on Trans people, you can hear the joy in the callers' voices - inclusion matters ūüôŹūüŹľ ‚ÄĒ Tom We-Need-A-New-Constitution Burke (@TheTomBurkeShow) June 17, 2019

  • Chancellor Carranza Discusses Next Steps to Diversify City Schools

    Jun 17 2019

    Richard Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor, talks about the next steps in the city's efforts to diversify and desegregate city schools. ¬†¬† I am doing everything in my power not to scream at my desk listening to @BrianLehrer this morning. 7, SEVEN, S-E-V-E-N, 10-3= SEVEN black students were accepted to Stuyvesant this year.https://t.co/GugyQixTTx ‚ÄĒ Gina Baldwin (@GinaMaria6) June 17, 2019 On concerns that @NYCSchools Chancellor Carranza is divisive when he talks about equity and bias: ...more

  • SCOTUS Update with Jami Floyd

    Jun 17 2019

    Jami Floyd, WNYC's host of All Things Considered and legal analyst, talks about the "double jeopardy" opinion and others announced today.¬† these 5-4 decisions are making some interesting bedfellows ‚ÄĒ Rachel (@argica11) June 17, 2019

  • Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill on Transportation Efforts for NY/NJ and Impeachment; and Listener Calls

    Jun 17 2019

    Mikie Sherrill, U.S. Representative (D NJ-11), questions Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s ability to give an unbiased evaluation of projects presented to the Department of Transportation. There have been reports the department gave special treatment to projects that benefited the political standing.

  • Hot Spots: Hong Kong and Iran

    Jun 14 2019

    Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs writer for The Washington Post, talks about the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran and between pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and the mainland-backed government.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections; Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach; Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay‚Äôs "When They See Us"

    Jun 14 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections (First) | Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach (Starts at 27:46) | Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us" (Starts at 1:02:29) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • We Need to Talk About Nepotism in Politics

    Jun 14 2019

    Dahlia Lithwick, covers courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus. She argues that from Jared Kushner to Elaine Chao and Amy Chua, the elites in charge need to be called out for letting family ties inform who gets power.

  • Fatherhood and Masculinity

    Jun 14 2019

    A father’s day call in for dads about how notions of masculinity in parenting have changed from grandfather to son and from son to grandson.

  • #AsktheMayor: Helicopter Traffic, Taxi Drivers, Rent Regulation, Standardized Tests, School Integration

    Jun 14 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this¬†week in NYC. @BrianLehrer the trash can issue is huge. Same in sunset park - we don‚Äôt have trash cans on 6th and 7th avenues so there is always garbage ‚ÄĒ kelly anderson (@kellybklyn) June 14, 2019

  • U.S. Team Has Amazing Start FIFA Women's World Cup

    Jun 13 2019

    Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress and co-host of Burn It Down podcast, discusses the U.S. women's soccer team's amazing start to FIFA World Cup and their class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.

  • Why is the Mayor so Unpopular?

    Jun 13 2019

    According to a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio is just as unpopular as President Donald Trump among New Yorkers. Listeners call in to share why they think the Mayor is so unpopular. @BrianLehrer Mayor appears to only care about getting votes for next election, not long term future of the city or country. He only supports & says what sounds best to the most people, regardless of cost or long term consequences. Probably accepts bribes, need city ...more

  • Legislatures Agree on Historic Rent Protections

    Jun 13 2019

    Michael Gianaris,¬†New York State Senator and deputy majority leader¬†(D ‚Äď Queens 12th), and¬†Yuh-Line Niou, New York Assembly Member (D WF 65, Lower East Side) talk about the landmark deal reached over tenant protections and rent reform, and other hot button bills as the countdown clock ticks down to the end of session in Albany.¬† @BrianLehrer Chris complaining about the cost of updating machinery is BS.It's the cost of doing business. ‚ÄĒ Daniel Gerow (@DGerowPR) June 13, 2019 @BrianLehrer Littl...more

  • Stories of Coming Out

    Jun 13 2019

    Listeners call in to share their experiences of getting the courage to come out as part of the LGBTQ community. Plus, folks outside of the community share their experiences of when they realized it was okay to be gay. Omg Mora coming out to us is making me sob. I want to go to lunch with them. Please get them in touch with us! I LOVE YOU MORA! #formora ‚ÄĒ Acasia Rose (@ophelia_rose) June 13, 2019 @BrianLehrer I realized it was okay to be queer when I learned as a teen I had gay family member...more

  • Thursday Morning National Politics: Foreign Influence

    Jun 13 2019

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC / NBC News, talks about the latest national political news. ¬† We keep talking about Russia but I really feel Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Israel should be talked about more when it comes to collusion and foreign interference and quid pro quo. ‚ÄĒ Acasia Rose (@ophelia_rose) June 13, 2019

  • Queens' District Attorney Hopefuls Debate the Issues

    Jun 12 2019

    The seven candidates competing for the Democratic nomination for Queens District Attorney in this month’s primary join Brian and his co-moderator Christine Chung, Queens reporter at The City, to debate the issues in the race and how they envision the role of the district attorney.  The candidates are: Queens borough president Melinda Katz Jose Nieves, combat veteran and former deputy chief in the New York State Attorney General’s office Greg Lasak, former Queens prosecutor and retired New York ...more

  • Why the Stonewall Uprising Happened

    Jun 12 2019

    Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC‚Äôs narrative unit, host of podcasts, ‚ÄúThe Stakes", "United States of Anxiety‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúThere Goes the Neighborhood‚ÄĚ and a columnist for¬†The¬†Nation,¬†and WNYC editor¬†Jennifer Vanasco¬†talk about the revolution sparked by the Stonewall Uprising in 1969 and how the culture of the LGBTQ community has changed in the last 50 years.¬†¬†¬†

  • Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach

    Jun 12 2019

    Michelle Goldberg, op-ed columnist for¬†The New York Times, talks about her latest column examining Trump‚Äôs foreign policy strategy of solving a self-generated world crisis.¬† ¬† On @BrianLehrer, discussion of the strategy of impeachment for 2020. But all the political chatter in news and on closed social media is not using open technology to effectively measure public opinion. What matters is likely-D voters in Senate battlegrounds AZ, CO, GA, IA, ME, NC ‚ÄĒ David Moore (@ppolitics) June 12, 2019

  • What You Need to Know About the Queens D.A. Candidates

    Jun 11 2019

    Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs, and Christine Chung, The City Queens reporter, preview Wednesday's debate among the Democrats running for Queens D.A. in the Greene Space.

  • Despite Backlash, Drag Queen Story Hour Continues

    Jun 11 2019

    Rachel Aimee, executive director, NYC Chapter,¬†discusses the backlash against Drag Queen Story Hour from the Christian right because drag performers regularly entertain children at libraries and community centers. ¬†¬† Come to @BrianLehrer for enlightenment, stay for @Deborahguarino ! The author of Is Your Mama a Llama was just on the show. @StorytimeDrag will be even more lit! ‚ÄĒ Marysol Castro (@marysolcastro) June 11, 2019

  • End-of-Session State Legislation To Watch

    Jun 11 2019

    Brad Hoylman, New York State Senator (D-27), and¬†Luis Sep√ļlveda, New York State Senator (D 32nd The Bronx), talk about bills they've sponsored, including drivers licenses for undocumented New Yorkers, ending the religious exemption for vaccines and other pending legislation. ¬† Wow. That caller on @BrianLehrer needs an education lesson, on so many fronts. Undocumented immigrants are not illegal. Period. #GreenLightNY ‚ÄĒ Julio Pe√Īa III ūüáĶūüá∑ūüŹ≥ÔłŹ‚ÄćūüĆą (@Julio_PenaBK) June 11, 2019

  • To Increase Integration in City Schools, De Blasio Accepts Recommendations from Advisory Group

    Jun 11 2019

    Maya Wiley, chair of Civilian Complaint Review Board, professor of Urban Policy and Management at the New School and member of the Executive Committee of the School Diversity Advisory Group, talks about the group's recommendations and how they will increase integration in city schools after de Blasio announced that he is accepting nearly all the initial recommendations of the city's School Diversity Advisory Group.

  • What Does the City Owe Bankrupt Medallion Owners?

    Jun 10 2019

    The New York¬†Times¬†reporters, Brian Rosenthal¬†and Emma Fitzsimmons¬†talk about their groundbreaking investigation into how bankers and officials made money from the sale of New York City taxi medallions, even as lending turned predatory and Uber and Lyft devastated many drivers. Plus, how the city has responded since the release of the investigation last month. Driving a cab should be a way for a working person to earn a living. Outrageous that multiple medallions were sold to ‚Äúcompanies‚ÄĚ to fin...more

  • Here Are the Big SCOTUS Cases to Watch This Month

    Jun 10 2019

    Jami Floyd, WNYC's host of All Things Considered and legal analyst, ticks through the big SCOTUS cases dropping this month. ¬† Love Jami's passion on this and other important issues! ‚ÄĒ Marina (@Contiero) June 10, 2019 .@jamifloyd makes a critically important point about how a citizen question on the Census tends to create a climate of fear, suppressing responses even among citizens. @realDonaldTrump has repeatedly championed fear as an economic and political tool (or bludgeon). ‚ÄĒ Hugh Sansom ...more

  • Obama-era U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter Explaining the Department of Defense

    Jun 10 2019

    Obama-era U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University's Kennedy School and the author of Inside the Five-Sided Box: Lessons from a Lifetime of Leadership in the Pentagon (Dutton 2019), draws on his thirty-six-year history with the Defense Department to explain how it functions and why it matters.

  • Monday Morning Politics With Susan Page

    Jun 10 2019

    USA Today Washington bureau chief¬†Susan Page¬†discusses the latest in national political news. ¬† @BrianLehrer life is complicated. Biden was the guy who pushed Obama to accept & support gay marriage! No one is totally consistent. ‚ÄĒ Ann G. (@BreadAndBabka) June 10, 2019

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Generic Drugs' Poisonous Pill; Elizabeth Gilbert On Being A 'Good Girl'; An Immigrant's Manifesto

    Jun 07 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Generic Drugs' Poisonous Pill (First) | Elizabeth Gilbert On Being A 'Good Girl' (Starts at 29:12) | An Immigrant's Manifesto (Starts at 50:30) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay‚Äôs "When They See Us"

    Jun 07 2019

    With the release of Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries "When they See Us," Jami Floyd, legal analyst and host of WNYC's All Things Considered, and Natalie Byfield, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at St. John's University in Queens and author of Savage Portrayals: Race, Media, and the Central Park Jogger Story (Temple University Press, 2014), talk about how the media narrative around race has changed (or not) in the thirty years since the Central Park Jogger cas...more

  • #AsktheMayor: NYPD Stonewall Apology; Eric Garner-Pantaleo; Hate Crimes; Ice Cream Trucks

    Jun 07 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this¬†week in NYC. I had no idea this would happen but I just started the cry when you played the NYPD clip. Thank you for seeing us! Thank you for all those who brought us to this moment. #PrideMonth ‚ÄĒ (((Nathan))) (@ntableman) June 7, 2019

  • Albany Update: Jumaane Williams and Julia Salazar on the 9 Rent Regulation Legislations

    Jun 07 2019

    New York's rent laws expire on June 15 and the Democratically-controlled legislature is backing nine bills to replace them with stronger tenant protections. NYC Public Advocate¬†Jumaane Williams¬†and NYS Senator¬†Julia Salazar¬†(D 18th), sponsor of S5040,¬†argue¬†in favor of the proposed bills and explain what would¬†change. ¬† ¬†¬†¬† Do people actually try to evict without cause? How would a court even allow that? ‚ÄĒ Christine Galea (@chrisgalea) June 7, 2019

  • A Pfizer Drug Could Potentially Prevent Alzheimer's. They Decided Not to Test It.

    Jun 07 2019

    Pfizer's arthritis drug appeared to reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer's disease.Christopher Rowland, business reporter focused on the health-care economy's effects on patient health, costs, and privacy for The Washington Post, explains why they kept it a secret.  

  • D-Day Memories and What We Need to Learn From Them

    Jun 06 2019

    Richard Haass, American diplomat, president of the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of¬†A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order ¬†(Penguin Press, 2017), talks about U.S. foreign policy under President Trump. Plus, listeners call in to share their D-Day stories. ¬† Hi @BrianLehrer, interesting pic from D-Day rally in Madison Square. @WNYC mics are there to capture the moment! Link: https://t.co/CHuWjEyjb7 pic.twitter.com/J6v7R504YE ‚ÄĒ Martin Rivas ūüáĶūüá∑...more

  • Counseling in Schools: From 'Trauma Informed Care' to 'Healing Centered Engagement'

    Jun 06 2019

    Shawn Ginwright, CEO of Flourish Agenda and associate professor of education in the Africana Studies department and senior research associate at the Cesar Chavez Institute for Public Policy at San Francisco State University, and David Kener, director at Counseling in Schools (CIS), a non-profit organization placing mental health professionals, social workers, art, drama, dance and music therapists in New York City schools, talk about the challenges facing NYC schoolchildren and "The Future of He...more

  • New York State Considers Stronger Sexual Harassment Laws

    Jun 06 2019

    Kacie Candela, news manager, anchor, reporter at WFUV and co-host of their Prickly Podcast covering sexual harassment in Albany this season, and Rita Pasarell, co-founder of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, advocating reform of sexual harassment protections in New York, discuss the proposed legislation to redefine sexual harassment statewide. Today's interview on @BrianLehrer :It's NOT just ""one bad apple"", indeed !- the fact that it's the whole(damn) orchard is what underscores your cour...more

  • Representative Jeffries on D-Day and National Politics; Plus Biden and the Hyde Amendment

    Jun 06 2019

    Hakeem Jeffries, U.S. Representative (NY-8) and House Democratic caucus chairman, talks about today's D-Day commemorations, as well as news from Washington and his proposed legislation to decriminalize marijuana. ¬† ¬†¬†¬† I never supported him, but discouraged all the attacks from dems supporting others, saying "let's run a positive primary and not damage potential candidate". on this though, the attacks are deserved. big chance for harris and warren i think. ‚ÄĒ Don't Like, Follow! (@ftrodriguez) J...more

  • Could New York Have Zero Fossil Fuel Emissions by 2050? This Proposal Says Yes

    Jun 05 2019

    New York State Senator Todd Kaminsky (D 9, Nassau County) and New York Assembly Member Steve Englebright, (D 4, Setauket), chair of the environmental conservation committee, sponsors of the Climate and Community Protection Act, talk about the proposed legislation and its chances of passage before the June 19 end of session.     This bill has not gotten the attention it deserves. We need to hold domestic abusers to account for violence taking place during sexual encounters & to deter future ...more

  • George Will on Tracing the Conservative 'Sensibility'

    Jun 05 2019

    George Will, columnist on politics and domestic and foreign affairs for¬†The Washington Post¬†and author of¬†The Conservative Sensibility ¬†(Hachette Books, 2019), talks about the latest political news, and his book. ¬† ¬† @BrianLehrer how does your guest know that the ‚Äúdisintegration of the family‚ÄĚ causes economic poverty, and not the other way around ? ‚ÄĒ JJ (@j_j____jjjj) June 5, 2019

  • Study of You

    Jun 05 2019

    Ida Sim, physician and professor of medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where she co-directs Informatics and Research Innovation at UCSF's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and Eric Hekler, associate professor in the department of family medicine & public health in the University of California, San Diego, discuss their project "The Study of Me" and explain how listeners can participate.

  • Speak to the Speaker: Fur Ban; Congestion Pricing; Rent Laws; Lead Poisoning

    Jun 05 2019

    Speaker of the New York City Council¬†Corey Johnson¬†talks about the latest from the City Council -- and takes calls from listeners. ¬† ¬† "He better not be going anywhere...he has my total confidence," says @NYCSpeakerCoJo of Andy Byford, @NYCTSubway leader, on @BrianLehrer ‚ÄĒ Kate Hinds (@katehinds) June 5, 2019

  • Governor Cuomo on His End of Session Wish List

    Jun 04 2019

    Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, runs through his end of session wish list, which includes legalizing marijuana and issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants.

  • An Immigrant's Manifesto: Suketu Mehta's New Book

    Jun 04 2019

    Suketu Mehta, associate professor of journalism at NYU and the author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found and This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019), speaks out for migrants here and globally. EVENT: You can see Suketa Mehta in discussion with Nancy Foner at the American Jewish Historical Society on Thursday, June 6 at 7pm. General Admission is $10 general, $5 students/members/seniors, and $12 at the door. Tickets available here.