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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

  • Monday Morning Politics with Joy-Ann Reid

    Jul 15 2019

    Joy-Ann Reid, MSNBC political analyst, host of AM Joy and the author of The Man Who Sold America: Trump and the Unraveling of the American Story, talks about national news and offers her analysis of the social changes that led to as well as the impact of, the election of President Trump.

  • Stories From the Summer 2019 Blackout

    Jul 15 2019

    If you were caught in Saturday night's blackout, share your experience—magical, awful or meh. Plus, Jen Chung , and Jake Offenhartz of The Gothamist talk to us about their experience on Saturday. 

  • What People Think About the Jeffrey Epstein Story

    Jul 15 2019

    We take calls from listeners about their thoughts on the Jeffrey Epstein case.

  • Governor Cuomo: Blackout, ICE Raids and MTA Shakeup

    Jul 15 2019

    Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York (D), talks about the latest New York news including who is responsible for this weekend's major Manhattan blackout and why the governor thinks the MTA should be on the front lines in the fight against homelessness.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: NYT's The Argument; Looking Back on 'MAD' Magazine

    Jul 12 2019

    Check out two of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: NYT's The Argument (First) |  Looking Back on 'MAD' Magazine (Starts at 59:04) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Your Climate Change Anecdotes

    Jul 12 2019

    Callers describe evidence of climate change they notice in and around the city. @BrianLehrer I've noticed much more "pond scum" covering the lakes and ponds in northern NJ... — Virginia Rietz (@ginzinger) July 12, 2019 @BrianLehrer Flowering pear trees in Manhattan used to blossom in late May. In 2000, I noticed them on May Day, May 1st. The past 3 years, they've blossomed on my birthday, April 13th. That's 6 weeks difference!! — danajacobi (@fooddana) July 12, 2019

  • 2020 Candidates: Sen. Michael Bennet

    Jul 12 2019

    United States Senator Michael Bennet, 2020 presidential hopeful, and author of The Land of Flickering Lights: Restoring America in an Age of Broken Politics (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2019) , talks about his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

  • Here's What You Need to Know About the Upcoming Nationwide Immigration Raids

    Jul 12 2019

    US Immigration and Customs Enforcement plans to begin raids across the country this weekend to arrest thousands of migrant families who already have court orders to be removed. Steven Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about what to expect and takes questions from listeners. "You might have a deportation warrant against you. But that does not give an ICE agent the ability to come into your door. Do Not Open Your Door. Period." - @SteveChoiNY Exec. Dir of @then...more

  • Ask the Mayor: ICE Raids; Cycling in NYC; Lead Poisoning; Rikers Island

    Jul 12 2019

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio answers listeners’ calls about weekly issues in NYC.  .@NYCMayor instructs @BrianLehrer to "hear the difference" b/w what he is doing about lead paint and what other cities are doing. Brian was asking about WNYC's investigation into lead paint in schools. — Sally Goldenberg (@SallyGold) July 12, 2019 "I'm curios how much you feel like you're living a double life," @BrianLehrer asks @NYCMayor, who as mayor has cyclist deaths up, shootings up, etc. But @Billde...more

  • The Case Against 'Full Decriminalization' of Sex Work

    Jul 11 2019

    A push to decriminalize sex work to better protect workers has gathered support in Albany and from presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Rebecca Zipkin, attorney at Sanctuary for Families and former prosecutor in Brooklyn prosecuting cases of sex trafficking and sex crimes, and Taina Bien Aime, the executive director of the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW), argue that it will lead to the flourishing of the sex trade, often at the expense of the workers themselves. "We believe the e...more

  • Looking Back on 'MAD' Magazine

    Jul 11 2019

    In light of reports that MAD magazine is on the verge of suspending publication, The Nation’s national affairs correspondent, Jeet Heer, discusses the humor magazine’s influential challenge to the status quo. @BrianLehrer I was a pretty conservative kid avoiding trouble so reading #Mad was my walk on the wild side. We sat on the floor & read it in the corner of my parents room w/locked door. I liked the movie parodies the best. — Tee (@uforje) July 11, 2019 @BrianLehrer My late husband us...more

  • Trump Can't Block Haters on Twitter, Appeals Court Rules

    Jul 11 2019

    This week the appeals court has ruled that President Trump violated the First Amendment when he blocked people on Twitter. Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House, 2019), digs into the case and ticks through other recent rulings that block the pre...more

  • Beyond Insurance: The Different Facets of ACA

    Jul 11 2019

    Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent for the "The Upshot" at The New York Times, discusses the many government programs that would be affected if the Affordable Care Act were to be struck down, including workplace lactation rooms, menu calorie information and more. "Obamacare was a very friendly law for women who were lactating. Employers needed to provide a private space where women can pump breast milk at work," says @sangerkatz. "It also said that lactation counseling and breast pum...more

  • Why The New State Department Panel on Human Rights is Troubling

    Jul 10 2019

    Tom Malinowski, U.S. Representative (D NJ-7) who served as assistant secretary of  state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration, questions the aims of the newly announced Commission on Unalienable Rights to advise Secretary of State Pompeo on the role human rights should play in U.S. foreign policy.  

  • Celebrating the Women's Soccer World Cup Win

    Jul 10 2019

    New York is hosting the ticker-tape parade for the  U.S. Women's Soccer team to celebrate their World Cup victory. We are joining the celebration with Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress and co-host of Burn It All Down podcast and Isabel Angell, associate producer of WNYC's The Takeaway. Then, WNYC's health reporter and associate producer, Gwynne Hogan talks to us live from the parade. Plus, the ceremony at City Hall. @BrianLehrer The USWNT generated more revenue than the men's team...more

  • President Trump and Jeffrey Epstein's Arrest

    Jul 09 2019

    Tim O'Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion and author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald (Warner Books, 2015), discusses the arrest and indictment of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy on Monday. "Are there tapes or other possibly incriminating evidence about the people that Jeffrey Epstein associated with? Donald Trump spent a significant amount of time with Jeffrey Epstein… there’s a good 20 year run where they were deeply familiar with o...more

  • The Queens DA Recount Explained

    Jul 09 2019

    Only 16 votes separate Borough President Melinda Katz and Tiffany Cabán in the Queens District Attorney race. New York election lawyer Sarah Steiner and Gotham Gazette's executive editor Ben Max break down the mechanics and what to expect from the recount.  "The machines only count the votes where you fill in the little oval… people may circle the name or put a check mark in the box. In a hand recount… if you can tell the intention of the voter, you count the vote," says @SarahGoat. — Brian Leh...more

  • The Argument with Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt

    Jul 09 2019

    Michelle Goldberg, Ross Douthat and David Leonhardt are New York Times op-ed columnists and co-hosts of the New York Times's podcast "The Argument." They join us in studio to argue about national politics and to take your calls.  We're back with @michelleinbklyn, @DouthatNYT and @DLeonhardt, hosts of the @nytimes podcast The Argument. Tune in at https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p. pic.twitter.com/oSsXLY5X0u — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 9, 2019 "The more effective attack for Democrats to take ...more

  • Kids These Days Will Never Get Away from Their Social Media Past

    Jul 08 2019

    Kate Eichhorn, associate professor of Culture and Media at The New School and the author of The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media (Harvard University Press, 2019), argues the danger to children and teens from social media might not be what they see while young but the inability to distance themselves as adults from their younger thoughts and actions. "Part of your social identity management… forgetting plays an important role of that. With social media, with the excessive document...more

  • History of Busing (and What We Could Have Done Better)

    Jul 08 2019

    After the exchange between Biden and Harris on the debate stage, Matthew Delmont, professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016) explains the policy and its impact on school desegregation. "Busing was a political codeword that got popularized in the late 1950s… it was advanced by white parents and politicians as a way to oppose school desegregation," says @matt...more

  • Is It Safe to Bike in NYC?

    Jul 08 2019

    After three cyclists died in traffic accidents in the space of a week, Marco Conner, co-deputy director at Transportation Alternatives, argues cyclists deserve more protection from the city and the NYPD. After three cyclists died in traffic accidents in the space of a week, Marco Conner, interim co-executive director of @TransAlt, argues cyclists deserve more protection from the city and the NYPD. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p https://t.co/Xp6AlBC8v5 — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 8, 2019 ...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Revolutionary Airports, Biden's (Sort Of) Apology, 90 Degrees in Alaska

    Jul 08 2019

    Philip Bump, Washington Post national correspondent, discusses the latest political headlines, including President Trump's Revolutionary War airports reference in his Fourth of July speech, former Vice President Joe Biden's apology to the Black community and the progression of global warming in the United States. "My guess is this is something that Trump said in the moment that was wrong, and now it’s on https://t.co/ekwmjzClD7 and it’s part of our nation’s history as a presidential speech," sa...more

  • What Art to See on Your NYC Staycation (Plus What to Do If It's Too Hot to Leave the Apartment)

    Jul 03 2019

    If you're sticking around this holiday weekend why not see some art? Deborah Solomon, WNYC art critic and the author of American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell, ticks through what NYC has to offer. Plus your calls on what to do on the hottest summer days when it's too hot to leave your apartment (hint: Netflix and try to get chilly). @BrianLehrer governors island is always a great getaway! Bike riding and art exhibits and gardens and historic houses — damova (@stefica_d) July 3, 20...more

  • On Evictions Across the Nation

    Jul 03 2019

    Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC's On the Media and the author of The Trouble With Reality: A Rumination on Moral Panic in Our Time (Workman Publishing Company, 2017), talks about her four-part series "The Scarlet E" about one of the main drivers of homelessness and poverty: evictions.

  • National Politics Roundup: Unrest at the NRA and Big Tech Makes Another Foe in Nancy Pelosi

    Jul 03 2019

    Tim Mak, NPR political reporter who covers national security and politics, talks about his latest stories including a massive shakeup at the National Rifle Association and a shift in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's relationship with big tech as antitrust and privacy questions mount.

  • U.S. Border Patrol's Secret Facebook Group

    Jul 03 2019

    Dara Lind, immigration reporter at ProPublica and host of the Voxpodcast "The Weeds", talks about ProPublica's recent expose of a private Facebook group of Border Patrol agents in which some members posted racist and sexist comments. Plus, more news from the border.

  • Beta Blockers and the Dangers of New Telemedicine

    Jul 02 2019

    Shannon Palus, writer for Slate covering health, wellness and consumerism, discusses her article, "Beta Blockers Were a Miracle Cure for My Stage Fright.Then They Took Over My Life".   I was prescribed Beta blockers to control my mood. I’m 99% sure I was just in a bad marriage but it did get us through another four or five years. I currently am happy and do not take them;) — Alex Kelly (@eatpraysmash) July 2, 2019

  • Proving and Solving Racial Bias in the NYPD

    Jul 02 2019

    Margaret Garnett, New York City Department of Investigation (DOI) commissioner, discusses last week's report from the NYPD Inspector General on the fact that despite many complaints of racial bias, none have been substantiated by the department. She is followed by Chris Burbank, vice president for strategic partnership for the Center for Policing Equity and retired Salt Lake City police chief (2006-2015).  

  • Why Advocates Support Decriminalizing Sex Work in Queens

    Jul 02 2019

    New York State Assembly Member Ron Kim (D 40, Queens) and Cecilia Gentili, steering committee member at DecrimNY, former sex worker, trafficking survivor and trans activist, argue in favor of decriminalizing sex work, one of the issues featured in Tiffany Cabán’s campaign in the Queens D.A. primary.

  • Tuesday Morning Politics with Ed Kilgore

    Jul 02 2019

    Ed Kilgore, political columnist at New York Magazine, discusses the latest in political headlines, including analysis from last week's Democratic presidential candidate debates. Political Columnist Ed Kilgore of @NewYork Magazine, tells @cynrod there is a “craving for substance after what we have had for the last 3 years.” @BrianLehrer @WNYC — jami floyd (@jamifloyd) July 2, 2019

  • E. Jean Carroll on Presidents, Predators and Her Modest Proposal

    Jul 01 2019

    E. Jean Carroll, long-time Elle magazine advice columnist and the author of What Do We Need Men For?: A Modest Proposal (St. Martin's Press, 2019), talks about her headline news revelation of sexual assault by Donald Trump and her look back at all the "hideous men" in her past.

  • Talking to Your Kids About Climate Change

    Jul 01 2019

    Inspired by a scene in HBO's “Big Little Lies,” John Fraser, president and CEO of New Knowledge Organization Ltd., a think tank engaged in understanding how Americans talk about climate change and president of the Society for Environmental Population and Conservation Psychology at the American Psychological Association, talks about what it takes to talk to kids about climate change, and how the health of our planet relates to our mental health and well-being. @BrianLehrer The best way to talk t...more

  • Supreme Court Wrap-Up and Look Ahead

    Jul 01 2019

    Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House, 2019), and Melissa Murray, NYU law professor and co-host of the new podcast "Strict Scrutiny," discuss what these final decisions mean for the next term and what cases they will hear next fall. Plus, what m...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: G20 Summit; Trump in the DMZ

    Jul 01 2019

    Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column "Letter from Trump's Washington," breaks down the president's long weekend in Osaka, Japan for the G20 summit where he rubbed elbows and hobnobbed with nationalist leaders and dictators from around the world.  Current caller on @BrianLehrer is extremely mad at the host and guest for only ever talking to liberals, despite taking his own call, and he insists they’d be ecstatic if Obama had done what Trump did on thi...more

  • Who Rose and Who Fell from the Second Night of the Dem Debates?

    Jun 28 2019

    Tune in for Juan Williams, political analyst for Fox News and the author of What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump's War on Civil Rights (Public Affairs, 2018) and his analysis of the second night of the 2020 Democratic presidential debate. Then, Black Lives Matter Co-founder Alicia Garza weighs in on the debate as well. Garza also serves as the principal at Black Futures Lab, an organization that works with Black people to transform communities and build Black political power. Plus, listener...more

  • The "Miracle Mets" of 1969

    Jun 28 2019

    Ron Swoboda, former Mets outfielder, whose key plays helped the team win the 1969 World Series, now a play-by-play commentator in New Orleans and the author of Here's the Catch: A Memoir of the Miracle Mets and More (Thomas Dunne Books, 2019) and Art Shamsky, a Major League baseball player for eight years, part of the World Championship team in 1969, former broadcaster for WNEW and author of After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the '69 Mets (Simon and Schuster, 2019), remember the glory...more

  • Prejudice and Pride: The Non-Binary Generation

    Jun 28 2019

    For the final installment of our Prejudice and Pride Stonewall anniversary series, Ann Travers, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Simon Fraser University and author of The Trans Generation: How Trans Kids (and Their Parents) are Creating a Gender Revolution (NYU Press, 2018), discusses the new generation of trans and non-binary children that are shaping society and the LGBTQ+ movement.  If you or someone you know needs help, please call the The Trevor Project...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Prejudice and Pride, a History of Gay Rights Since Stonewall (1999-2019)

    Jun 28 2019

    The final installments of our history series, "Prejudice and Pride," looking at the history of gay rights in America since the Stonewall riots, in case you missed it. LGBT Visibility in the 1990s (First) | The New American Family (Starts at 37:00) | The Non-Binary Generation (Starts at 01:08) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.