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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

  • American Politics and the White Southern Voter

    Aug 16 2019

    Co-authors of The Long Southern Strategy: How Chasing White Voters in the South Changed American Politics (Oxford University Press, 2019) Angie Maxwell, director of the Diane Blair Center of Southern Politics and Society and professor in Southern Studies at the University of Arkansas and Todd Shields, dean of the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences and a professor of political science at the University of Arkansas talk about the GOP's Southern strategy beyond Goldwater and Nixon mo...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: We Are Already at 2°C; Tracing the Alt-Right's Ideas Back to the Source; New Jersey’s Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill

    Aug 16 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. We Are Already at 2°C (First) | Tracing the Alt-Right's Ideas Back to the Source (Starts at 35:51) | New Jersey’s Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill (Starts at 1:05:02) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • How NYC's Subway Ads Got So Explicit

    Aug 16 2019

    Jonah Engel Bromwich, reporter for The New York Times Styles section, discusses the history and current controversy over sexually explicit advertising on New York City's subway system. Plenty of children had to endure years of having to see those Bodies and Doctor Zizmore ads. — Koch Comics (@KochComics) August 16, 2019

  • Where Do Police Stand on the Gun Debate?

    Aug 16 2019

    The Philadelphia shoot out injuring 6 officers is a reminder that police are on the front line of America’s daily gun violence. Jennifer Dawn Carlson, sociologist at the University of Arizona and author of Citizen-Protectors: The Everyday Politics of Guns in an Age of Decline (Oxford University Press, 2015), explains where Police stand on tougher gun laws why they aren't united on gun reform?

  • #AsktheMayor: Pressure Cookers, Homeless Raid, Foreclosure, Mental Health, NYPD Geo-Location

    Aug 16 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. “What we do know now is there is no danger to people of the city,” @NYCMayor tells @BrianLehrer about pressure cookers found in the subway this morning. — Jeff Mays (@JeffCMays) August 16, 2019

  • America's Opioid Addiction

    Aug 15 2019

    Beth Macy, reporter and the author of, now out in paperback, Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America, tells the story of the opioid crisis.

  • Was Woodstock Really a Revolution?

    Aug 15 2019

    Listeners call in to share their memories of Woodstock music festival.  "if they remember it, they weren't actually there!" — jay cowit (@jaycowit) August 15, 2019 @BrianLehrer Lee Blumer was a part of the original group who helped put on the original Woodstock festival. She was in charge of security. Sort of got away from her! — Richard Powers (@Richard75234936) August 15, 2019

  • It's Not Just Epstein: Jails Are Failing at Preventing Suicide

    Aug 15 2019

    Each year, more than 300 people take their lives while incarcerated in America’s jails. Christine Tartaro, professor of Criminal Justice at Stockton University, and Rosa Goldensohn, reporter for THE CITY, talk about how jails and prisons are failing at keeping inmates alive and how a criminal justice system could take mental health seriously.  I can relate to everything Sheila said. I have a sibling in the NY state prison system. There is no help for mental health. The whole system is counter p...more

  • We Are Already at 2°C

    Aug 15 2019

    Steven Mufson, business of climate change reporter at The Washington Post, talks about his recent reporting which shows that parts of New Jersey and Rhode Island are already experiencing extreme warning and surpassing the 2 degree Celsius limit which was the aspirational goal of The Paris Agreement. .@BrianLehrer just used the phrase Global Weirding. This is the most accurate take, for basically, everything. Also, I don’t think anyone could take a Weirding Denier seriously, because we all agree...more

  • New Jersey’s New Aid in Dying Law, Explained

    Aug 14 2019

    Susan Boyce, patient advocate volunteer with Compassion and Choices, an advocacy group to expand and improve end-of-life-options and care, talks about New Jersey’s Aid in Dying Law.

  • Candidate-By-Candidate: Biden, Trump, Harris and Booker

    Aug 14 2019

    Listeners who support individual candidates call to share what they are thinking of the 2020 race so far. Senator Booker is steady and consistent. His policies are critically thought through much like addressing economic disparities in this country, reproductive rights, his support of criminal justice reform and his emphasis on bringing attention to climate change. He walks the talk. — Vida Samuel PhD (@vidapoint) August 14, 2019 @BrianLehrer GREAT candidate call - in segment ! Was a breath o...more

  • 'An Eye For An Eye': Hong Kong Protests Update

    Aug 14 2019

    Elaine Yu Hong Kong correspondent for AFP News Agency, discusses and explains the latest developments from the Hong Kong airport protests.

  • Novelist Rajia Hassib's 'A Pure Heart'

    Aug 13 2019

    Rajia Hassib, author of the book In the Language of Miracles, discusses her latest novel A Pure Heart (Viking, 2019), about two sisters, one who lives in New York City with her husband, a New York Times reporter from West Virginia, and another who lived and died in Egypt in the aftermath of the Arab Spring.  

  • Going Broke with Brokers' Fees

    Aug 13 2019

    As hordes of  New Yorkers are scrambling to rent apartments ahead of September 1st when many leases are up, Robert Desir, staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society, and City Council Member Keith Powers (4th District, East Side) talk about the city's proposed regulation on upfront rental costs like brokers' fees. Brokers call in to defend their rates.

  • What Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule Would Mean For NYC

    Aug 13 2019

    Steven Banks, commissioner of NYC's Department of Social Services, and Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, talk about the rule change for legal non-green-card-holding immigrants and public assistance.

  • NYPD News: Suicide, Crime Rates and Policing

    Aug 13 2019

    NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan  talks about the NYC crime rate, suicide rates and the latest news from the NYPD.  

  • Jeffrey Epstein's Suicide and Conditions at MCC

    Aug 12 2019

    On Saturday morning, Jeffrey Epstein, the financier accused of trafficking girls for sex, hanged himself at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Katie Benner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times where she covers the Justice Department, talks about the apparent failures in Epstein's detention and what comes next. Also, Bruce Barket, a former prosecutor and long-time criminal defense attorney in New York, and journalist Bob Hennelly talk about conditions at MCC.  If you or some...more

  • Speak to the Speaker

    Aug 12 2019

    Corey Johnson, Speaker of the New York City Council, talks about the latest from the City Council — and takes calls from listeners.   

  • Tracing the Alt-Right's Ideas Back to the Source

    Aug 12 2019

    Alexandra Minna Stern, a professor of American Culture, History, and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, where she leads the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab, and the author of Proud Boys and the White Ethnostate: How the Alt-Right Is Warping the American Imagination (Beacon Press, 2019), offers a scholar's analysis of the ideas of the alt-right and white nationalism and shows where they're linked.

  • Monday Morning Politics: Families in Despair over Ice Raids and Gun Violence

    Aug 12 2019

    Beth Fouhy, senior politics editor at NBC News and MSNBC, discusses the latest political news including the largest immigration raids in recent history at chicken processing plants in Mississippi, the continuing debate over gun violence in this country, and the high profile suicide of Jeffrey Epstein. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Remembering Toni Morrison, 'Lookback Window' Opens; Saying 'Farewell'

    Aug 09 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Remembering Toni Morrison (First) | 'Lookback Window' Opens (Starts at 30:02) | Saying 'Farewell' (Starts at 55:16) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Commissioner Bratton on Gun Violence in NYC

    Aug 08 2019

    William J. Bratton, former NYPD police commissioner, talks about gun violence in New York City and nationwide. 

  • Remembering Toni Morrison

    Aug 08 2019

    Listeners call in to share their favorite quotes, passages and books written by the late Noble Prize-winning author, Toni Morrison.

  • Arab Women Reporters Reflect

    Aug 08 2019

    Zahra Hankir, a Lebanese-British journalist who covers the intersection of politics, culture, and society in the Middle East and recently edited the collection of essays called Our Women on the Ground, Essays by Arab Women reporting from the Arab World, and Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor for CNN, host of CNN and PBS's nightly global affairs program, discuss what reporting on the Middle East is like for Arab women.

  • How to Talk About White Supremacy Going into 2020

    Aug 08 2019

    Eugene Scott, Washington Post reporter covering identity politics, breaks down the latest political headlines including President Trump's trips to El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, after the mass shootings in those cities and how leaders from both sides of the aisles are talking about gun violence.

  • The 'Lookback Window' Opens

    Aug 07 2019

    Mara Silvers, WNYC's All Things Considered producer, talks about the expected flood of lawsuits as the Child Victims Act goes into effect on August 14 with its one-year "lookback window" extending the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse.

  • #DisabledAndCute

    Aug 07 2019

    Keah Brown, journalist and disability rights advocate, creator of the #DisabledAndCute social media campaign and the author of The Pretty One: On Life, Pop Culture, Disability, and Other Reasons to Fall in Love with Me (Atria Books, 2019), talks about life as a black disabled woman who rejects the world's attempts to box her in and embraces her love of popular culture and hard-earned love for her cute self.

  • U.S. and China Forever Trade War

    Aug 07 2019

    Ana Swanson, who writes about trade and international economics for the New York Times, discusses the latest updates on the U.S. trade war with China.

  • Guns and the City: Your Experiences of Gun Violence in NYC

    Aug 07 2019

    Brian Cunningham, director of Neighbors in Action, a non-profit group that seeks to mediate violence in central Brooklyn, discusses the rise in acts of gun violence in New York City and listeners share their experiences.

  • Is NYC's Summer Free Lunch Program Working?

    Aug 06 2019

    Kids in New York City can get a free lunch once school's out for the summer but most of meals are left on the table. Founder of the New York City School Healthy Food Alliance and journalist who covers food issues, Andrea Strong, talks about needed improvements to the city's summer meal program and children what we can do to better food equity.     

  • The Internet, Social Media and Extremism

    Aug 06 2019

    Andrew Marantz, editorial staffer at The New Yorker and the author of the forthcoming Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation (Viking, 2019) talks about the role social media is playing in recent white nationalist shootings.

  • Guns and Extremism: Why Young Men are Susceptible to Extreme Viewpoints

    Aug 06 2019

    Jamil Jivani, lawyer, community activist, co-founder of Our Ohio Renewal and the author of Why Young Men: The Dangerous Allure of Violent Movements and What We Can Do About It (All Points Books, 2019), shares his knowledge on the attraction of violent extremism for some young men and how to counter it. Plus, Kyleanne Hunter, vice president for programs at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, talks about possible gun control legislation Congress could take up in response to the recent shoo...more

  • Labor in the US

    Aug 06 2019

    Steven Greenhouse, former New York Times labor and workplace reporter discusses the history of the U.S. labor movement and his new book, Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present, and Future of American Labor (Knopf, 2019)  

  • Trump Addresses the Nation After Back-to-Back Massacres

    Aug 05 2019

    A total of 29 people were killed in the unrelated mass shootings over the weekend. As the President addresses a nation, divided over how to solve the crisis of gun violence, John Nichols, The Nation national affairs correspondent, and Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY 13), respond. "There’s little doubt at this point that this president has been trafficking in racist and xenophobic tropes since he began his candidacy in 2015," says @NicholsUprising. "It has been amplified in recent ...more

  • FBI Warns: Conspiracies Are a Form of Domestic Terrorism

    Aug 05 2019

    Jana Winter, Yahoo News Contributor, talks about Yahoo News' exclusive investigation which found that, for the first time, the FBI is classifying fringe conspiracy theories as domestic terrorism. "At one point in American society some 60-80% of people believed in some form of the JFK conspiracy. I have never heard of a 'flat-Earther' threatening violence. Not all conspiracy theories lead to violence… it’s a violence problem that we’re seeing," says @weinbergersa. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehr...more

  • Kissing Evangelicalism Goodbye?

    Aug 05 2019

    Best-selling author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, Joshua Harris recently announced he is no longer a Christian, sending waves of shock throughout the evangelical world. Pete Enns biblical scholar, podcaster and author of How the Bible Actually Works (HarperOne, 2019), provides context as to why this has resonated with millennial all over the country. For more information on Joshua Harris' journey, you can watch "I Survived 'I Kissed Dating Goodbye'" documentary directed by Jessica Van Der Wyn Gaar...more

  • Judge’s Ruling Calls for Firing of Officer Pantaleo Over Garner Death

    Aug 05 2019

    Cindy Rodriguez, WNYC reporter, and Rocco Parascandola, NY Daily News police bureau chief and author of GUNZ AND GOD: The Life of an NYPD Undercover (Lulu Publishing Services, 2017), talk about the NYPD administrative judge's ruling that calls for Officer Daniel Pantaleo to be fired over the death of Eric Garner.

  • Brian Lehrer Special Coverage: NYPD Judge Says Officer in Eric Garner Case Should Be Fired

    Aug 02 2019

    An administrative judge with the New York Police Department has recommended that Officer Daniel Pantaleo be fired for his role in the 2014 death of Eric Garner. Brian Lehrer and WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez break down the mayor's press conference responding to the recommendations and then take calls.  GUESTS: WNYC's Brigid Bergin, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Eric Garner's youngest daughter Emerald Snipes-Garner. (Mayor's press conference ends 14 minutes in)

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Politics of Abortions Rights and Planned Parenthood; Sonia Nazario on "Pay or Die" Corruption in Honduras; Beyond Charlottesville

    Aug 02 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The Politics of Abortions Rights and Planned Parenthood (First) | Sonia Nazario on "Pay or Die" Corruption in Honduras (Starts at 30:02) | Beyond Charlottesville (Starts at 55:16) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • 'The Farewell'

    Aug 02 2019

    Writer and director Lulu Wang joins us in studio to discuss her comedic film starring Awkwafina, which is based on the true story of a family involved in a ridiculous lie.