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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.

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  • Live Coverage of Putin-Trump Press Conference with David Remnick

    Jul 16 2018

    David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning book, Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire (1994), offers analysis on the Trump-Putin one-on-one, followed by live feed of the press conference following their meeting. →"Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Historic Win and the Future of the Democratic Party" - David Remnick, The New Yorker (7/23/18 issue)    

  • Michael Chertoff on Trump-Putin Press Conference & Cyber Security

    Jul 16 2018

    Michael Chertoff, executive chairman and co-founder of The Chertoff Group, a security consulting company and former Homeland Security Secretary (2005-2009), reacts to the Putin-Trump press conference and the need for cooperation on cyber security.  His new book: Exploding Data: Reclaiming Our Cyber Security in the Digital Age (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2018).

  • An Argument for Better Relations with Russia

    Jul 16 2018

    As President Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin concludes, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation magazine, argues for improved relations between the U.S. and Russia.  In an open letter ahead of the summit, she  and other political and cultural leaders called for a shift in U.S.-Russia relations, arguing the danger of nuclear weapons is to great to risk a new Cold War.      

  • Trump-Putin Summit and Other News

    Jul 16 2018

    As the Trump-Putin meetings wrap up in Helsinki, Eliana Johnson, White House reporter at POLITICO, talks about what to expect, and reviews all the news Brian missed while on vacation last week.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Man Behind the MTA, NY's Abortion Laws, Border Crisis History

    Jul 13 2018

    In case you missed them, some of our favorite segments from this week.  The Man Behind the MTA (First) | New York State's Abortion Laws (starts at 25:25) | Border Crisis History  (starts at 49:50) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The History Behind the Border Crisis

    Jul 12 2018

    Michelle García, journalist and writer, and Monica Muñoz Martinez, Stanley J. Bernstein assistant professor of American Studies & Ethnic Studies at Brown University and author of the forthcoming book, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas  (Harvard University Press, September, 2018), discuss the history behind the current crisis at the border. "Today we’re talking about cartel members and gangsters, 100 years ago any Mexican was assumed to be a bandit or a revolutio...more

  • Helping with Homecoming

    Jul 12 2018

    Julie Collazo, writer and founder Immigrant Families Together, and Meghan Finn, core organizer with Immigrant Families Together, discuss their work to reunite families separated at the border and how listeners can help.  

  • Legal Hurdles for Families Separated at the Border

    Jul 12 2018

    Lenni Benson, professor of immigration law at the New York Law School and founder of their Safe Passage Project, which works with volunteer attorneys and students to provide representation of unaccompanied minors in the immigration process, and Alexandra Rizio, senior staff attorney at Safe Passage Project, join the conversation to talk about the legal process of reuniting separated children in the New York area with their parents. If you or someone you know is seeking legal assistance, please v...more

  • Family Reunification Updates

    Jul 12 2018

    Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs, provides an update on efforts to reunify families.

  • Abortion Rights in New York

    Jul 11 2018

    Liz Krueger, New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 28th district), sponsor of the Reproductive Health Act, and Alexis Grenell, co-founder of Pythia Public, a political and public affairs firm, and a frequent contributor to the Daily News, talk about the renewed interest in codifying Roe v Wade into New York State law.

  • From El Salvador to Oakland

    Jul 11 2018

    Lauren Markham, journalist and the author of The Far Away Brothers: Two Young Migrants and the Making of an American Life (Broadway Books, 2017), tells the story of identical twins Ernesto and Raul Flores who fled El Salvador for Oakland, California, and talks about what motivates migration and what happens next.

  • International Politics Roundup: Tariffs, NATO Summit and Trump-Putin Meeting

    Jul 11 2018

    Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and Gzero Media, host of the new public television weekly show “Gzero World,” and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018), talks about the latest international news, including tariffs, the NATO summit and the upcoming Trump-Putin meeting.

  • Where Kavanaugh Stands on Key Issues

    Jul 11 2018

    Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, and the Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School, follows up on President Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court, plus other legal and national news.

  • Challenges Ahead for the Man in Charge of the MTA

    Jul 10 2018

    William Finnegan, New Yorker staff writer and the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life (Penguin Press, 2015), talks about the myriad challenges facing the new New York City Transit Authority president Andy Byford and how his plans to address them.

  • Empowering the Majority

    Jul 10 2018

    Onnesha Roychoudhuri, writer, editor, educator and author of The Marginalized Majority: Claiming Our Power in a Post-Truth America  (Melville House, 2018), argues progressives are in the majority and shouldn't stay quiet. → EVENT: Reading at Books are Magic (225 Smith Street, Brooklyn, corner of Smith and Butler) with Jessica Valenti on Weds. July 11 at 7:30pm.

  • Eating Around the World, Right Here In the US

    Jul 10 2018

    Marcus Samuelsson, chef and owner of Red Rooster and Streetbird, talks about his new PBS show, "No Passport Required," where he travels around and celebrates immigrants and their food and listeners share their recommendations.

  • The Morning After Trump's SCOTUS Nomination

    Jul 10 2018

    Jami Floyd, host of WNYC's All Things Considered and legal analyst, and Elana Schor, congressional reporter for POLITICO, discuss President Trump's Supreme Court nomination and look ahead to what the confirmation process might look like. "The way [SCOTUS pick Brett Kavanaugh] approached abortion… has been somewhat cautious, to the extent that conservative groups have raised red flags," says @eschor. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 10, 2018 "Once judges take the...more

  • McNally Jackson's Summer Reading List

    Jul 09 2018

    Sarah McNally, owner of McNally Jackson Books, suggests books to check out this summer. Fiction: The Complete Patrick Melrose Novels by Edward St. Aubyn Mars Room by Rachel Kushner My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh The Overstory by Richard Powers The Destroyers by Christopher Bollen Nonfiction: The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli Ten Arguments for Deleting your Social Media Accounts Right Now by Jaron Lanier When Einstein Walked with Gödel: Excursions to the Edge of Thought by...more

  • #NewJerseyPolitics: Millionaires Tax and Marijuana

    Jul 09 2018

    Matt Friedman, reporter for Politico New Jersey and author of New Jersey Playbook talks about the showdown between the NJ Governor Murphy and State Assembly, legislation of marijuana and the millionaires tax.

  • Supreme Court Politics, Enthusiasm for Midterm Elections & Tariffs

    Jul 09 2018

    Molly Ball, national political correspondent, TIME, discusses the latest national political news.

  • Trump's SCOTUS Pick

    Jul 09 2018

    Jami Floyd, host of WNYC's All Things Considered and legal analyst, talks about President Trump's nomination to replace Justice Kennedy

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Fear and Politics, Does the American Flag Intimidate You, Taste of Home

    Jul 06 2018

    In case you missed them, some of our favorite segments from this week: Fear and Politics (First) | Does the American Flag Intimidate You? (starts at 20:54) | Taste of Home (starts at 44:38) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The Eights | Civil Rights, Alienation, Rise of Liberal Media + More

    Jul 06 2018

    Coming up on today's (repeat) show: Richard Rothstein, a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the winner of this year’s Sidney Hillman prize for journalism for The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (Liveright, 2017) (now in paperback), and Jelani Cobb, historian, professor of journalism at Columbia University and staff writer for The New Yorker, talk about ...more

  • Taste of Home

    Jul 05 2018

    Immigrants (from other countries or other parts of the U.S.), where would you send someone to find your "taste of home?" What restaurant, even what dish at a local restaurant, sends you back?

  • 'Washed' and Happy

    Jul 05 2018

    GQ staff writer Alex Baron wrote a recent column about how as he’s aged he’s enjoying being “washed” (approaching, but not quite washed up) and argues some of the things he used to look down on, like playing golf, aren’t so bad. As you've aged, what simple pleasure that you used to consider uncool, have you started indulging in?

  • Misunderstood in Work & Politics

    Jul 05 2018

    "What‘s something that seems obvious within your profession, but the general public seems to misunderstand?” That’s a recent tweet from Louie who tweets as @Mantia that got a lot of replies. So let’s hear your responses on the air.

  • 30 Issues in 30 Days Nominations

    Jul 05 2018

    As we gear up for our election-year series, “30 Issues In 30 Days,” we’re opening the phones for nominations. What issue deserves more attention as voters prepare to go to the polls in November. Nominate an issue, about anything but the Russia investigations, and tell us why it matters.

  • Millennials and Socialism

    Jul 05 2018

    With the primary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and the Brian Lehrer Show/Harris Poll finding that millennials place less importance on owning private property as a source of American strength, if you're under 40, where do you put yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, capitalist to socialist?

  • World Cup Without US

    Jul 03 2018

    Roger Bennett, host of the podcasts Men in Blazers and WNYC Studios' "American Fiasco" and the co-author of Men in Blazers Present Encyclopedia Blazertannica: A Suboptimal Guide to Soccer, America's "Sport of the Future" Since 1972, talks about the latest from World Cup play and the American Fiasco podcast detailing the U.S. team's failure to qualify.

  • This Autistic American Life

    Jul 03 2018

    Audrey Quinn is a WNYC health reporter, adjunct professor at the NYU journalism institute and the host of the new podcast Aftereffect which tells the story of a severely autistic man who was shot at by police in Miami, along with his caregiver, and how it traumatized him and affected his care.   Stephen Shore, professor of special education at Adelphi University and author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome, joins the discussion to talk about how families ...more

  • What It Takes To Reunify Immigrant Families

    Jul 03 2018

    Mario Russell runs the immigration service arm for the Catholic Charities of New York's Catholic Charities and is working to reunify immigrant families who have been separated at the border because of the Trump administration's 'zero tolerance' policy.  Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs, talks about the work to reunify one family where the mother had been in detention in Arizona while her children were placed in foster care in New York.  

  • Does the American Flag Intimidate You?

    Jul 03 2018

    Arun Venugopal, WNYC reporter, discusses his reporting and takes calls from listeners on whether the American flag is a symbol of beauty or intimidation.

  • Mexico Elects Leftist President

    Jul 02 2018

    Andrés Manuel López Obrador won the Mexico's presidential election Maria Hinojosa, anchor and executive producer of Latino USA, and Enrique Acevedo, co-anchor for Noticiero Univision, talk about the results of the Mexican elections, recent protests and repercussions for the U.S. and the Latino community. 

  • Fear in Politics

    Jul 02 2018

    Martha Nussbaum, professor of law and ethics at the University of Chicago and the author of The Monarchy of Fear: A Philosopher Looks at Our Political Crisis, argues powerlessness and fear underlie political polarization.

  • Naturalizing New Yorkers

    Jul 02 2018

    New York State Secretary of State Rossana Rosado, former publisher and C.E.O. of El Diario La Prensa, talks about a New York State program called Naturalize NY, which pays for the cost of applying for US citizenship. Immigrants face a number of obstacles as go about seeking citizenship but Rosado says that don't have to go about it alone, there's help. 

  • Roe v Wade After Kennedy; Can Dems Stop Kennedy’s Replacement?; Russia Probe Politics; Harley-Davidson Trade Wars

    Jul 02 2018

    NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the future of the Roe vs Wade and abortion rights after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement, how Democrats will fight Trump's pick to replace Justice Kennedy,  the latest political fight over the Russia investigation and Trump's handling of the trade war. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mexico Votes, Salman Rushdie, On Whiteness

    Jun 29 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Mexico Votes (First) | Rushdie Returns to Realism (Starts at 24:57) | On 'On Whiteness' (Starts at 49:40) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Uncomfortable Conversations

    Jun 29 2018

    Zachary Wood, assistant editor at The Atlantic and the author of Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable Conversations at the Intersection of Black and White America (Dutton, 2018), talks about his book. .@ZacharyRWood: There are leaders in power now who say things many Americans find deeply offensive, and I want myself and my peers to be ready to engage. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 29, 2018 .@ZacharyRWood understands that there are legitimate reasons for opposing his work with Unco...more

  • The Meaning of 'Abolish ICE'

    Jun 29 2018

    Dara Lind, Vox senior reporter, talks about the growing movement on the left to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). .@DLind: The meaning of #AbolishICE depends on who you ask. Some might mean to dismantle the agency entirely, others might want it scaled down; some take issue with immigration enforcement entirely, others see the need for enforcement, but not as it's currently done. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) June 29, 2018 .@DLind says this is another conversation people ...more