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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

  • Experiencing Homelessness On Sesame Street

    Dec 14 2018

    Sherrie Westin, President of Global Impact and Philanthropy for Sesame Workshop talks about Lily, the Muppet experiencing homelessness who lives on Sesame Street. NOW: @srwestin, president of Global Impact and Philanthropy at @SesameWorkshop, joins us to talk about Lily, the homeless Muppet who lives on Sesame Street. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p pic.twitter.com/sXwl94uad2 — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 14, 2018 "We look at issues affecting children and particularly issues that are to...more

  • Did You Stay or Did You Go?

    Dec 14 2018

    A Brian Lehrer Show caller said he wanted to leave the US because he didn't like the direction the country was going. So, listeners called in to talk about how they made the decision to stay or go from a community or institution. @BrianLehrer I had the same struggle leaving religion. The process was really difficult but I’ve been a happy atheist for over almost 2 decades now. Family still has a hard time with it. — Annette🏳️‍🌈🇩🇴🇵🇷 (@AMDomGal) December 14, 2018 During the Bush2 administr...more

  • Why The 'Law and Order' President Supports Criminal Justice Reform

    Dec 14 2018

    Inimai Chettiar, director of the justice program at the Brennan Center for Justice, talks about what's in Congress's rare bi-partisan criminal justice reform bill, who it helps, and who it leaves out. "... And meanwhile having an Attorney General that step-by-step dismantled basically everything that the Obama administration tried to do to reduce prison populations." 2/2 https://t.co/N7NnoDseWR — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 14, 2018 Why is President Trump for criminal justice re...more

  • #AskTheMayor: Securing NYCHA Funding, Criminal Justice Reform, Working With the Left

    Dec 14 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including today's deadline to secure NYCHA funding from the federal government, criminal justice reform, and working with the far Left progressives. "The fact is not just me going in, it's HUD, it's the US attorney's office, NYCHA & the city. All of us saying that we're deep in discussion trying to find a constructive solution and that we're asking the judge for an opportunity to continue that," @N...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Amazon Faces Heat, Mental Health Advice, Aaron Sorkin

    Dec 14 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Amazon Faces New York In Heated Hearings (First) | Advice for Caring for Your Mental Health (Starts at 31:03) | Aaron Sorkin on Broadway (Starts at 56:47)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • What Are You Ambivalent About?

    Dec 13 2018

    In this political climate, it's hard to find someone who admits to feeling uncertain about a given policy issue. Listeners call in to confess to the issues you are ambivalent about and give advice to one another. Follow the conversation on Twitter, Tweet #ambivalence.

  • Amazon Faces New York In Heated Hearings

    Dec 13 2018

    In the first of only three City Council hearings on Amazon opening a new hub in Queens, representatives of the tech company answered questions regarding the economic impact of the project. NYC City Council member (26th Queens) Jimmy Van Bramer describes the scene in the heated hearings and what he's been hearing from his constituents.

  • The Apps That Track And Sell Your Location

    Dec 13 2018

    Natasha Singer, technology reporter at The New York Times covering consumer privacy, and Jennifer Valentino-DeVries, reporter on the investigative team at The New York Times, discuss their recent reporting on location-sharing technology that tracks users' movements through their phones and distributes that data...at a price.

  • Manafort, Cohen and ‘Individual 1’

    Dec 13 2018

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC, reports on the latest news related to the Mueller investigation, including Michael Cohen's sentencing, court filings on Paul Manafort's business dealings and how close the investigation now is to 'individual 1,' a.k.a. President Trump.

  • Live From Here From The Greene Space!

    Dec 12 2018

    While Live From Here's tour stops by New York City for the month, host Chris Thile, a Grammy-winning musician and MacArthur Fellow, talks about hosting the radio show formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion, as well as his residency at Carnegie Hall. Plus, a live performance in The Greene Space!

  • A Pay Raise for Taxi and For-Hire Vehicle Drivers

    Dec 12 2018

    After a tough year for cabbies and for-hire vehicle drivers, with economic troubles and driver suicides, Meera Joshi, chair and commissioner of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, talks about new rules that the TLC says will raise the pay of for-hire vehicle drivers, and that will benefit some yellow-cab drivers.

  • The Freshman Class (of Congress)

    Dec 12 2018

    U.S. Representatives-Elect Max Rose (D-NY 11th), Tom Malinowski (D-NJ 7), and Mikie Sherrill (D-NJ 11) discuss their priorities as they prepare to take office. "We can’t just put criminal justice reform in a silo…. If you are for keeping cops safe, if you are for spending our public money effectively, then I think you do have to be for this type of common sense criminal justice reform," says Congressman-elect @MaxRose4NY. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 12, 2018 "Making Republican...more

  • Abuse In and Out of Foster Care

    Dec 11 2018

    New York Times Metro reporter Nikita Stewart and City Limits reporter Harry DiPrinzio talk about the rise of instances of abuse in foster care homes and centers, and when child-parent separation is allowable under law. Plus, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joins to discuss the public outcry over a widely circulated Facebook video showing NYPD officers forcibly removing a 1-year-old from his mother. Lawyer of Jasmine Headley, the subject of that video, calls in to explain that Headley was ...more

  • Advice for Caring for Your Mental Health

    Dec 11 2018

    Kati Morton, licensed marriage and family therapist, and YouTube personality, discusses her new book Are u ok?: A Guide to Caring for Your Mental Health, and takes your calls. @KatiMorton says the best way to find a therapist is through word of mouth. If you have a friend who's seeing someone great, that's a good way to get a referral. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 11, 2018

  • Aaron Sorkin on Broadway

    Dec 11 2018

    Playwright and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin talks about his adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird for Broadway.

  • Breaking Down the Brexit Breakdown

    Dec 11 2018

    John Peet, political and Brexit editor at The Economist, discusses the latest Brexit news and what comes next for Britain and the European Union. If there were another referendum, might there be a large turnout from Remain contingent who didn't vote the first time?@JohnGPeet: Possibly, considering young people (largely Remain) tend to turn out less than old (largely Leave). But also realize 2016 turnout was very high. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 11, 2018

  • Impeachment Is Just Another Word for Indictment

    Dec 10 2018

    NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the latest national political news from Washington, D.C. including the fallout from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen's hush money payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal, and how impeachment is just another word for indictment, and doesn't mean that the President will be removed.

  • The Chief Justice Marshall

    Dec 10 2018

    Richard Brookhiser, senior editor of the National Review, National Review Institute Fellow, columnist for American History and the author of John Marshall: The Man Who Made the Supreme Court (Basic Books, 2018), talks about John Marshall, appointed to the Supreme Court in 1801, who is credited with establishing the Court's power through judicial review. 

  • The Best Performances (In Film) of 2018

    Dec 10 2018

    A.O. Scott, film critic for The New York Times and contributor to The Great Performers Issue of the Times Magazine, talks about which actors and performances rose above the rest this year, and takes your calls. Check out the full list here and watch the videos.

  • Governor Cuomo Updates: L Train Shutdown and More

    Dec 10 2018

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo joins with updates on the latest news from Albany, including news on the impeding L train shutdown.

  • Albany Update: Lawmaker Salaries to Increase

    Dec 10 2018

    Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, and Vivian Wang, reporter for the Metro Desk at The New York Times, talk about the salary increase approved for state legislators (with strings attached?) and other news from the state capital.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: #MeToo on Wall St, Trump, Immigration & SNAP, Peter Sagal

    Dec 07 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. MeToo on Wall St (First) | Trump, Immigration & SNAP (Starts at 33:31) | Run, Peter Sagal, Run (Starts at 57:58)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The Seven Political 'Tribes' of America, Part 2

    Dec 07 2018

    Research from the new book, Hidden Tribes shows that Americans are divided into seven separate tribes with their own beliefs and norms, but most still think we can find common ground. Two of the co-authors, Míriam Juan-Torres, senior researcher at More in Common, and Daniel Yudkin, associate director of research at More in Common and a postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology Department at Yale, review these findings and its implications. → You can take the quiz here. "The 'politically disenga...more

  • Fighting for Fair Elections in Georgia

    Dec 07 2018

    CEO of Fair Fight Georgia Lauren Groh-Wargo talks about voter suppression efforts in Georgia, and her organization's lawsuit aimed at stopping them.

  • Wisconsin GOP’s Lame-Duck Powerplay

    Dec 07 2018

    Lame-duck Wisconsin Republicans are voting to weaken the incoming Democratic governor's power. Charlie Sykes, contributing editor at The Weekly Standard, MSNBC contributor, and author of How the Right Lost Its Mind (St. Martin's Press, October, 2017) talks about why the move, in addition to being grossly undemocratic, would be bad for the Republican party. "He’s taking time to put things in the public record, the court record, that is going to be very hard to ignore." 2/2 https://t.co/7xQuJ1mBG...more

  • #AskTheMayor: Marijuana Tax, NYCHA, Going Cashless

    Dec 07 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including how to fund to the MTA (especially if marijuana is legalized), Councilmember Ritchie Torres's bill to ensure businesses continue to take cash and much more.

  • The Seven Political 'Tribes' of America

    Dec 06 2018

    Research from the new book, Hidden Tribes shows that Americans are divided into seven separate tribes with their own beliefs and norms, but most still think we can find common ground. Two of the co-authors, Míriam Juan-Torres, senior researcher at More in Common, and Daniel Yudkin, associate director of research at More in Common and a postdoctoral researcher in the Psychology Department at Yale, review these findings and its implications. → You can take the quiz here.

  • The State of Natural Birth in New York

    Dec 06 2018

    Journalist Julie Satow, author of The Plaza: The Secret Life of America's Most Famous Hotel (Twelve, forthcoming), discusses her reporting on the closing of the Mt. Sinai birthing center and why New York lags so far behind when it comes to providing safe and healthy natural birth care. →Why New York Lags So Far Behind on Natural Childbirth (New York Times, 11/30/2018) I was terrified of having a C-section, and in the end gave natural birth in 20 minutes in triage at NYU Langone. Apparently if y...more

  • The Right to Pay Cash

    Dec 06 2018

    New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres (15th District - Central Bronx) and Alexa Tsoulis-Reay, writer for New York Magazine, talk about issues surrounding going cashless and CM Torres' proposed legislation to prohibit businesses from only accepting credit and debit cards. Andrew Rigie, executive director of the New York City Hospitality Alliance, also joins briefly.  

  • How #MeToo is Affecting Work Life on Wall Street

    Dec 06 2018

    Bloomberg reporters Katia Porzecanski and Gillian Tan discuss their reporting on how the #MeToo movement has made men who work on Wall Street feel like they need to adjust their behavior to avoid women, so they aren't accused of (or don't commit) any wrongdoing. → Wall Street Rule for the #MeToo Era: Avoid Women at All Cost (Bloomberg, 12/3/18)   @BrianLehrer I think what this conversation is missing is that an interaction between a man and a woman in a prof setting can be TOTALLY innocent but ...more

  • Finding Their Way to a Home

    Dec 05 2018

    Susan Greenfield, professor of English at Fordham University and editor of Sacred Shelter: Thirteen Journeys of Homelessness and Healing, shares the stories of 13 people who were once homeless. She's joined by two people she profiles: James Addison and Dennis Barton.   EVENT:  December 9th at 1:30 PM at Middle Collegiate Church, a more in depth discussion of homelessness and healing.

  • An Islamophobia Update, Two Years Into Trump

    Dec 05 2018

    Rowaida Abdelaziz, Reporter for Huffpost covering civil rights issues facing Muslims in the U.S., talks about the state of Islamophobia two years after the Trump-imposed travel ban and takes your calls. 

  • Trump Administration Proposes Public Charge Changes

    Dec 05 2018

    Proposed changes by the Trump administration would make it harder for families who use public benefits to secure legal status. Steven Banks, commissioner of NYC's Department of Social Services, and Bitta Mostofi, commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, discuss the changes and how they would affect New Yorkers.

  • The Yellow Vest Protests in France

    Dec 05 2018

    Alissa Rubin, New York Times bureau chief in Paris, talks about the deadly Yellow Vest protests in France, and whether world leaders can take necessary steps to address global warming without imposing overly harsh economic burdens on hard-working citizens.  

  • 10 Things That Scare Us

    Dec 04 2018

    Paula Szuchman, vice president of on-demand content at WNYC Studios, and WNYC producer Amy Pearl talk about their new WNYC podcast, 10 Things That Scare Me, where people (both famous and not) reveal their greatest fears.

  • Middle Eastern Christians

    Dec 04 2018

    Janine di Giovanni, a senior fellow at Yale University's Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and the author of The Morning They Came For Us: Dispatches from Syria (Liveright, 2016), talks about her reporting for Harper's Magazine on Christian communities under siege in the Middle East.

  • Speak to the Speaker: NYCHA, Amazon HQ2, Public Advocate's Race

    Dec 04 2018

    Speaker of the New York City Council, Corey Johnson, talks about issues facing the City Council and takes calls from listeners. "If people saw the images yesterday of residents of the Patterson Houses," getting water from fire hydrants, says @NYCSpeakerCoJo. "It’s shocking and it’s something you wouldn’t think would happen in New York City." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 4, 2018 "What we really need from Lynne Patton is to secure some federal dollars from the Trump administration...more

  • President Bush’s Place in Presidential History

    Dec 04 2018

    Amidst the deserved praise for the late former president, David Greenberg, historian of American politics and a professor of history and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and the author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency, Eleanor Clift, columnist for The Daily Beast, and 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 (PublicAffairs, 2018), look at some of his action...more

  • Peter Sagal, Midlife Crisis Runner

    Dec 03 2018

    Host of NPR's Wait, Wait… Don't Tell Me! and author of The Incomplete Book of Running (Simon & Schuster 2018) Peter Sagal talks about the moments that have changed the way he sees the relationship between life and sport.

  • The Cognitive Dissonance of Victoria's Secret

    Dec 03 2018

    After the airing of the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show, New York Times fashion director and chief fashion critic Vanessa Friedman talks about how the lingerie brand’s lingering popularity represents a dissonance between the "body positivity movement" and what society actually expects of women. Victoria's Secret has been trying to spin this as a show about female empowerment, taking control of your bodies. But it's very hard to see the corsets and bows and think that is empowering, says @...more