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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

  • Imagining Booker's White House Office on Racism

    Sep 17 2019

    PolicyLink founder in residence Angela Glover Blackwell and Living Cities president and CEO Ben Hecht discuss a policy recently raised by 2020 presidential candidate Corey Booker to create a White House office on dismantling racism.

  • Anti-Semitism in the City

    Sep 17 2019

    Bari Weiss, staff writer and editor for the opinion section of The New York Times, and the author of How To Fight Anti-Semitism (Crown, 2019), warns American Jews that the threat of Antisemitism is real and present.

  • #CoveringClimateNow: Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal

    Sep 17 2019

    Naomi Klein, syndicated columnist for The Nation, senior correspondent for The Intercept and the author of author of Shock Doctrine, No Logo and most recently, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2019), explains why she thinks the behemoth proposal is a crucial and urgent necessity. 

  • The Cost of Climate Resilience

    Sep 17 2019

    Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer discusses the proposed East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which would close the East River Park for a few years in hopes of creating climate resiliency buffers for the Lower East Side.

  • How Influential Are Social Media Influencers?

    Sep 16 2019

    Last week, an NY Mag essay about social media "influencer" Caroline Calloway raised questions about what exactly makes social media influencers so... influential.  Constance Grady, a staff writer at Vox, wrote about it, and speaks about it on The Brian Lehrer Show. 

  • #CoveringClimateNow: Jonathan Safran Foer on Food

    Sep 16 2019

    As part of our continuing #CoveringClimateNow coverage, we discuss the way we eat, and how it impacts the environment.  Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, argues saving the planet will require changing our food habits.

  • Gov. Cuomo Announces Emergency Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

    Sep 16 2019

    Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses the latest news out of Albany and around the state, including his recent push to ban flavored e-cigarette products. 

  • Jerry Nadler Talks Investigations, Impeachment Rules

    Sep 16 2019

    The House Judiciary Committee voted last week along party lines to approve a resolution that lays out some ground rules for moving forward on possible impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The rules are preliminary, and largely procedural ⁠— it allows some hearings to be designated, "impeachment hearings," allows committee staff to question witnesses, and describes how the President's lawyers may respond to public testimony.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Commit...more

  • Introducing: The #PlasticChallenge

    Sep 13 2019

    Judith Enck, founder of Beyond Plastics and former EPA Region 2 administrator, helps us sort through all the types of plastics in our lives, and understand exactly how they are making an impact on climate change. As we join other news outlets for #CoveringClimateNow the week of September 16, we’ll be talking to experts and our listeners about real solutions to climate change. And we’re challenging ourselves, our colleagues, and everybody to see, “How low can you go?” when it comes to single-use ...more

  • The Rise of the Economists

    Sep 13 2019

    Binyamin Appelbaum, who writes about economics and business for the editorial page of The New York Times and is the author of The Economists' Hour (Little, Brown and Company, 2019), argues that the post-War II policy of relying on economists (and their emphasis on efficiency) to run the Federal Reserve and the Dept of Treasury has been bad for democracy.

  • 2020 Debate Breakout: Housing Talk

    Sep 13 2019

    Jenny Schuetz, fellow with Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, explains how the 2020 field's housing plans fit with reality

  • Takeaways from the Third Democratic Debate

    Sep 13 2019

    Annie Linskey, national political reporter, breaks down key moments from the third Democratic presidential debate. Plus your calls on whether any candidate changed your mind.

  • Malcolm Gladwell on Stranger Danger; Fall Season Must-Sees; Brooklyn's Borough President on NYPD Morale and Solving the Rat Crisis

    Sep 13 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Malcolm Gladwell on Stranger Danger (First) | Fall Season Must-Sees (Starts at 29:20) | Brooklyn's Borough President on NYPD Morale and Solving the Rat Crisis (Starts at 47:00) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • #AsktheMayor: Vision Zero, Affordable Housing

    Sep 13 2019

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

  • How Deal-Making Won Out

    Sep 12 2019

    Nicholas Lemann, Columbia Journalism School professor, New Yorker staff writer, and the author of Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019) traces the roots of our current transactional culture back to its mid-century roots.

  • State and Federal Efforts to Fight Teen Vaping

    Sep 12 2019

    New Jersey State Senator Shirley Turner and Rachel Roubein, healthcare reporter for Politico, discuss legislative efforts at the state and federal levels to combat teen vaping, including a proposed ban on e-cigarettes in New Jersey.

  • What to Expect at Tonight's Democratic Debate

    Sep 12 2019

    Andrew Prokop, senior politics correspondent for Vox, previews the third Democratic presidential debate on Thursday night. Listening to a 2005 exchange between then senator @JoeBiden and Harvard professor @ewarrenand on @BrianLehrer and the way Biden is speaking to Warren is INFURIATING. — Colin_Bites🌈 (@Colin_Bites) September 12, 2019 .@BrianLehrer Warren hasn't spelled out her healthcare plan yet--it's not on her site. Likely sees probs w how Bernie's would be paid for. — erica rowell (@in...more

  • Brooklyn's Borough President on NYPD Morale and Solving the Rat Crisis

    Sep 12 2019

    Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, discusses the latest city news, including an apparent slowdown in NYPD arrests and tickets after Officer Pantaleo's firing and a potential new solution to curb NYC's rat problem.    

  • The Long War on Terror

    Sep 11 2019

    Heather Hurlburt, columnist at New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, and Initiative Director at New America, Bobby Ghosh, Bloomberg Opinion editor, and Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Simon & Schuster, 2016) talk about the military legacy of 9/11, the war on terror, and the Middle East.

  • What Does 9/11 Mean to New Yorkers?

    Sep 11 2019

    Mary Marshall Clark, Director of the Center for Oral History Research at Columbia University, and the driving force behind the September 11th Oral Histories Project, talks about how 9/11 exists in the minds of those who lived through it, as told to her through thousands of hours of oral histories. Sad to realize a generation never knew the tranquil world existed before #September11th. I’m not sure we can ever convey the horrors we witnessed that day, in part because they’ve never know the sense...more

  • What a Refugee Knows

    Sep 10 2019

    Dina Nayeri, award-winning novelist who emigrated to the U.S. from Iran as a child, now based in London, and the author of The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You (Catapult, 2019), talks about her first non-fiction book about her own history, and that of other asylum-seekers.

  • Updates from the Bahamas

    Sep 10 2019

    Erica Moiah James, art historian and founder the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, and Michael Weissenstein, AP Caribbean news director, discuss the latest developments from the Bahamas, where Hurricane Dorian caused mass destruction last week.  

  • A New HUD Rule Could Dismantle the Fair Housing Act

    Sep 10 2019

    The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing a new rule that would make it more difficult to bring discrimination claims under the Fair Housing Act. Elaine Gross, president of ERASE Racism, a Syosset-based nonprofit argues the change would lead to more discriminatory housing practices in Long Island, one of the most racially segregated regions in the country.  

  • Democrats will Finally Vote on the impeachment Investigation this Week

    Sep 10 2019

    Nicholas Fandos, New York Times reporter covering Congress, previews the congressional session ahead, including the first congressional vote related to the potential impeachment of President Donald Trump, which is set to take place this Thursday.

  • Microsoft's President: The Responsibilities of Tech

    Sep 09 2019

    Brad Smith, Microsoft president and the author (with Carol Ann Browne) of Tools and Weapons: The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age (Penguin Press, 2019), argues that the leaders of the tech companies need to take responsibility for the downsides of their products, as well as profits.

  • Malcolm Gladwell on Stranger Danger

    Sep 09 2019

    Malcolm Gladwell, staff writer at The New Yorker, host of the podcast "Revisionist History", and the author of many books, including his latest Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know about the People We Don't Know  (Little, Brown and Company, 2019), examines some recent controversies and tragedies where he finds a common thread -- our inability to understand strangers.  From Bernie Madoff to Sandra Bland, he argues we need to do better.

  • The CDC Says Stop Vaping

    Sep 09 2019

    The CDC suggested that people stop vaping until public health officials can get a better handle on an epidemic of lung disease that has sickened as many as 450 people, with three deaths, spanning over 30 states. Ana Ibarra, journalist covering health care for Kaiser Health News, answers your questions and brings the latest on what we know, and what we still don't understand.

  • Monday Morning Politics with Cenk Uygur

    Sep 09 2019

    Cenk Uygur, host and founder of The Young Turks and co-founder of the Justice Democrats, previews the next debate among the ten qualifying Democrats and talks about the moderate vs progressive divide in the party. @brianlehrer It's wonderfully refreshing to hear some passionate, articulated progressivism from @cenkuygur this morning. He might be brash, but he's not wrong.It's time to actually stand up and FIGHT for causes instead of tiptoeing "against" Trump. — goob (@goobisgoofy) September 9, ...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Chancellor Carranza on the New School Year; The Language of Persuasion; Football Feminist

    Sep 06 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Chancellor Carranza on the New School Year (First) | The Language of Persuasion (Starts at 30:41) | Football Feminist (Starts at 50:51) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Fall Season Must-Sees

    Sep 06 2019

    Shauna Lyon, editor of The New Yorker's Goings On About Town section, and Carl Swanson, editor-at-large at New York Magazine, preview the fall cultural season.

  • Candidate-By-Candidate: Secretary Julian Castro

    Sep 06 2019

    Julian Castro, former United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Barack Obama and presidential candidate, discusses his 2020 presidential campaign. Best part of @JulianCastro on @BrianLehrer show is his focus on the issues outside daily media coverage. It's refreshing to hear a candidate discuss serious policy (e.g. climate refugees, affordable housing) that isn't related to the administration's most recent scandal. — Non Hand Banner (@DiaryOfABrendan) September 6,...more

  • The Human and Environmental Costs of Next Day Shipping

    Sep 06 2019

    Nicole Nguyen, tech reporter for BuzzFeed News, and Ken Bensinger, investigative reporter for BuzzFeed News, talk about the often unseen and under reported environmental and emotional costs of Amazon's enormous, decentralized, next-day delivery network.  

  • Jobs Report Update: 'The Economy is Just Okay'

    Sep 06 2019

    Damian Paletta, White House economic policy reporter for The Washington Post, discusses the August jobs report numbers.

  • #AsktheMayor: Gifted & Talented; Affordable Housing; Biking Safety

    Sep 06 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. It is almost impossible to move failing schools without uplifting failing communities and providing skilled staff — JYC Reg (@jycr10) September 6, 2019 Caller to the @brianlehrer show threating to leave the city for the 'burbs because she has no faith her rising middle school student will get into a "good" school. Her family is middle class & she asks the mayor why the city doesn't want familie...more

  • No-Vacation Nation: Americans Don't Use Their Vacation Days

    Sep 05 2019

    Even Americans who get paid time off from their jobs generally don’t take all of it. A record 768 million US vacation days were wasted in 2018 says the U.S. Travel Association. Listeners call in and explain why they didn't use their vacation days this year, and where they would go if they could. 

  • Update: Newark's Water Crisis

    Sep 05 2019

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, and Gwynne Hogan, WNYC health reporter and associate producer, talk about the latest "Ask Governor Murphy" and how the state government is responding to Newark's water crisis.

  • The Takeaways From the Democrats’ Climate Town Hall

    Sep 05 2019

    Paula DiPerna, special advisor to CDP, which operates the world’s only global environmental disclosure platform, and Mattias Lehman, digital director at Sunrise Movement, talk about Wednesday's climate town halls, as ten of the 2020 Democratic presidential hopefuls showcased their climate policy proposals.

  • Candidates to Compete on Climate Change Proposals

    Sep 04 2019

    Tonight's democratic presidential climate change forum on CNN is being framed by a real life disaster — Hurricane Dorian. First up this morning: three interviews about the Dorian emergency, and the larger climate conversation. First, Patricia Mazzei, Miami bureau chief for The New York Times, on the latest damage wrought by the Category 5 hurricane. Then Robinson Meyer, staff writer for The Atlantic, digs in on the differences between the democratic candidate's climate proposals, and finally pre...more

  • 'End Bloomberg's Version of Gifted and Talented'

    Sep 04 2019

    Maya Wiley, co-chair of the School Diversity Advisory Group's executive committee and NBC News and MSNBC Legal Analyst, argues in favor of phasing out "gifted and talented" programs in New York City order to help desegregate the school system.

  • What's Going to Happen with Brexit Now?

    Sep 04 2019

    Yasmeen Serhan, London-based staff writer for The Atlantic covering Europe, discusses the latest Brexit news now that the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson has lost the majority seat in the House of Commons. Confused about the latest chapter in Brexit? Tune in now for an update, and everything you need to know with @YasmeenSerhan https://t.co/Ju9qDpfSqO — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 4, 2019