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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

  • 30 Issues: New York Health Act

    Sep 25 2018

    Since 1992, a bill that would give New Yorkers universal health care passed the state Assembly five times, including the last four years in a row, but it has always died in the Republican-controlled State Senate. Could that be about to change? Now that the State Senate is teetering on the edge of becoming Democrat, could The New York Health Act be about to see its day? Pete Harckham, former Westchester County Legislator Majority Leader and Democratic Candidate for the New York State Senate in th...more

  • 'It's The Actions That Follow The Words': Trump And Civil Rights

    Sep 25 2018

    As Pres. Trump addresses the UN, Juan Williams, cohost of FoxNews Channel's "The Five" and columnist at The Hill, comments on national politics and talks about his new book, What the Hell Do You Have to Lose?: Trump's War on Civil Rights (PublicAffairs, 2018).  .@TheJuanWilliams: The Sessions DOJ has been pulling back efforts to reform criminal justice, reduce discrimination, "rather than stepping forward and saying, This is a country where all men are created equal." — Brian Lehrer Show (@Bria...more

  • Trump's 'America First' U.N. Speech

    Sep 25 2018

    Heather Hurlburt, columnist at New York Magazine's Daily Intelligencer, director of the New Models of Policy Change Project at New America, former head of the National Security Network, and former White House and State Department official under Bill Clinton, offers analysis of the president's speech at this week's United Nations General Assembly in New York. .@natsecHeather: The president doesn't really believe in values except insofar as they are convenient shorthand for the white Christian ma...more

  • Catching Landlords in Inaccurate Reporting

    Sep 25 2018

    Ritchie Torres, New York City Council Member and Chair of the Council’s Committee on Oversight and Investigations, and Aaron Carr, founder and executive director of the Housing Rights Initiative, discuss a new report that used public records to find where the city failed to note that landlords did not accurately report information about the presence of rent-protected tenants in their building. .@RitchieTorres: "The state rent stabilization law is riddled with loopholes that are meant to favor t...more

  • 30 Issues: Rent Laws

    Sep 24 2018

    In the first week of 30 Issues in 30 Days, Brian examines New York issues that may be in play if the State Senate flips to the Democrats, and that have previously been blocked by a Republican majority and the IDC. First up: New York’s Rent Laws. Since 1993 New York City has lost over 152,000 rent-regulated apartments because of changes to laws that have made it easier for landlords to bring their rent-regulated apartments into the open market.  “We’ve seen the rent laws gutted every single time ...more

  • 'Ask A Reporter' About Local Politics

    Sep 24 2018

    WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan talks about her "Ask a Reporter" project and how listeners can participate. The constantly breaking national news may make County Committees seem small, but @yasmeenkhan says there's value in taking care of what's in front of you. And as earlier caller suggested, local action can have broader impact. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 24, 2018

  • Adventures in Imagination for Kids

    Sep 24 2018

    Dylan Thuras, co-founder and creative director of Atlas Obscura, a world-traveling database, and co-author of The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid (Workman Publishing Company, 2018), talks about some of the best places in the world for kids to have adventures and explore in their imaginations.

  • Monday Morning Politics: New Kavanaugh Allegations

    Sep 24 2018

    Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington," and Tarini Parti, White House reporter for BuzzFeed News, talk about the latest on the Kavanaugh hearings and other national politics news. according to @tparti's reporting, Republicans say they did not know beforehand about the second accusations against Kavanaugh, but it's pretty clear some Senate Dems did. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 24, 2018

  • Ask the Mayor: School Bus Fiasco, District 15, Post Primary Politics

    Sep 21 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. Mayor Bill de Blasio, on WNYC: "I think with a Democratic State Senate, we will finally have an historic moment in 2019 this coming spring to solve the MTA funding crisis once and for all." — Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@emmagf) September 21, 2018 As opposed to an “appropriate” criminal history? 🤔 — jenjaye 🏖 (@jenjaye24) September 21, 2018 Raising the minimum wage would be great but what do you do with...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Doris Kearns Goodwin, Subways, Antigone in Ferguson

    Sep 21 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Doris Kearns Goodwin: Learning Leadership (First) | The Post-Primary State of the Subway (Starts at 33:35) | 'Antigone in Ferguson' (Starts at 53:59) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • "Teetering on Revolution": The American Story

    Sep 21 2018

    Jill Lepore, professor of American History at Harvard University, staff writer at The New Yorker, and the author of many books, including her latest, These Truths: A History of the United States (W. W. Norton & Company, 2018), talks about her new take on the full scope of U.S. history -- an exploration of how well American democracy has satisfied the three "self-evident" truths in the Declaration of Independence. Prof Jill Lepore: "It is in fact a right to revolution that's inscribed in our...more

  • Kavanaugh Hearings: Will They or Won't They?

    Sep 21 2018

    Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump talks about the day's national political news and the latest regarding the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

  • 'Antigone in Ferguson'

    Sep 20 2018

    Bryan Doerries, director and translator of Antigone and artistic director of Theater of War, NYC community activist Marcelle Davies Lashley and Latricia Allen, a St. Louis police lieutenant, talk about the new play "Antigone in Ferguson," which gives voice to police violence through the lens of Sophocles' Greek tragedy.   

  • National News We Missed

    Sep 20 2018

    While the Kavanaugh hearings demand attention, Politico national political reporter Daniel Strauss talks about the stories we might be missing, including new tariffs on Chinese goods, a declassification in the Russia investigation and the Trump administration's new record-low cap on refugees allowed in the country.

  • Missing: Your Kid's School Bus

    Sep 20 2018

    Ben Chapman, education reporter at The New York Daily News, discusses his reporting on the problems NYC DOE is having with school buses this year: missed stops, long rides, and lack of vetting of drivers.

  • 1991 and Today: Latest in Kavanaugh Hearings

    Sep 20 2018

    Kate Zernike, political reporter at The New York Times covering women in politics, speaks about the latest on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, and the extent to which Anita Hill's testimony at the 1991 confirmation hearings of Clarence Thomas are influencing Republicans and Democrats on the Judiciary Committee today.

  • Overdose Deaths in New York City Climb, But at a Slower Pace

    Sep 19 2018

    Kassandra Frederique, New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance, breaks down a report from the Department of Health that reveals that though overdoses are still climbing, the pace is slower than in past years. The report also shows that for the first time in a decade, African Americans are experiencing more overdoses than whites in New York City. @Kassandra_Fred says the overdose rate went up 25% in the past year for people in the highest poverty neighborhoods; she says that means res...more

  • The Case for Cooperative Businesses

    Sep 19 2018

    Nathan Schneider, journalist and professor of media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder and the author of Everything for Everyone: The Radical Tradition That Is Shaping the Next Economy (Nation Books, 2018), explains why cooperative businesses are a feasible alternative to traditional economic models. Saduf Syal, coordinating director at the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC), talks about the local picture for coops, including house cleaning, homecare, childcare, c...more

  • Our Divided Government

    Sep 19 2018

    Ibram X. Kendi, director of The Antiracist Research and Policy Center at American University, columnist at The Atlantic and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books, 2016), talks about his essay in the Atlantic's special issue dedicated to the question "Is Democracy Dying?" where he writes that our government "cannot endure, permanently half racist and half antiracist...Only a renewed commitment to antiracist policies can save the ...more

  • SHSAT and Its Discontents

    Sep 19 2018

    Madina Touré, New York City education reporter for Politico New York, and Clara Hemphill, founder of InsideSchools at the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs, discuss proposals to change admissions policies at NYC’s specialized high schools. On the new schools chancellor Richard Carranza's talk about integration, @madinatoure says people are impressed but are wondering when there will be a citywide integration plan. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 19, 2018 The underrepr...more

  • The Post-Primary State of the Subway

    Sep 18 2018

    John Raskin, executive director of the Riders Alliance, and Aaron W. Gordon, transportation reporter and author of the weekly subway newsletter Signal Problems, discuss the future of NYC's deteriorating subway system in light of last week's primaries.  Now: @RidersNY exec director John Raskin (l) & @A_W_Gordon (r) talk subway problems (there were issues EVERY DAY in August except ONE). pic.twitter.com/QWMDiHFXLe — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 18, 2018 John Raskin says there ...more

  • Storm Update From North Carolina

    Sep 18 2018

    As North Carolina residents are dealing with catastrophic flooding, Brakkton Booker, a reporter and producer for NPR's Washington desk, gives an update on the damage from Florence, and takes calls from listeners with connections to the area. Want to help? Sending money is almost always the most efficient way to help in a disaster, according to the Center for International Disaster Information, part of the United States Agency for International Development. You can find a list of charities active...more

  • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Learning Leadership

    Sep 18 2018

    Doris Kearns Goodwin, historian, political commentator, and author of Leadership: In Turbulent Times (Simon & Schuster, 2018) draws on her deep knowledge of American presidents to offer advice for leaders at all levels in dealing with crises (empathy is key). → Event: Doris Kearns Goodwin will be at the 92 Street Y Thursday 9/20 at 7pm. More info here.  @DorisKGoodwin says leaders like FDR, Lincoln and LBJ were able to use divisions and ferment, to pull us together and come out stronger. — ...more

  • Kavanaugh on Shaky Ground

    Sep 18 2018

    Elana Schor, congressional reporter for Politico, talks about the latest national political news, especially Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, which is now in jeopardy after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her back when they were both in high school. @eschor points out that Dr. Ford, the woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, hasn't yet agreed to testify on Monday. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 18, 2018 @eschor says to most Senators, what matt...more

  • The Financial Crisis Is Not Yet Over for Most Americans

    Sep 17 2018

    New York Times columnist David Leonhardt argues that the financial crisis is not over, despite what standard economic measurements show, and points to alternative ways to measure GDP. We see all kinds of ways the aftereffects of the financial crisis are still with us - leading @DLeonhardt to question our economic indicators. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 17, 2018 @DLeonhardt says what we have is: stagnant or slow-growing incomes for the majority and rapidly growing incomes for ...more

  • An Argument Against 'The Administrative State'

    Sep 17 2018

    Peter Wallison, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and author of Hidden in Plain Sight: What Really Caused the World's Worst Financial Crisis and Why It Could Happen Again and Judicial Fortitude: The Last Chance to Rein In the Administrative State (Encounter Books, 2018), argues that the executive branch has encroached on Congressional powers, plus looks back at lessons learned from the 2008 global financial crisis. Peter Wallison: "We have to preserve our democracy, where the r...more

  • New York's November Ballot

    Sep 17 2018

    Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, argues New York's elections are in need of reforms. Plus, Gloria Pazmino, politics reporter at Politico New York, offers analysis on who may be on the ballot in the November election, and how it may affect the political makeup of the New York State Senate. Lerner asks that anyone who experienced issues voting should email nyoffice@commoncause.org and they'll try to get to the bottom of these issues. On Cuomo downplaying the anti-IDC win...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Kavanaugh and Manafort

    Sep 17 2018

    Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, discusses the latest in national political news -- including what Paul Manafort's plea deal and cooperation agreement with Mueller could mean for President Trump, and whether a woman's accusation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted her when they were both teenagers could scuttle his nomination.  @SusanPage on this accusation against Kavanaugh: his nomination is now in some peril; there's already talk in GOP circles that he may b...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Uighurs; Voter Suppression; Public Infrastructure

    Sep 14 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. China's Muslim Persecutions (First) | The Realities of Voter Suppression (Starts at 22:57) | Libraries for the People (Starts at 43:29) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Rutgers Anti-Jewish Bias Case, Reopened

    Sep 14 2018

    Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward, talks about the news that the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights reopened a case at Rutgers claiming discrimination against Jewish students, and the department's framing of Judaism as an ethnicity. .@Jane_Eisner: Still not sure why Zionist org of America had standing in case that happened on college campus. Important point, many of these disputes abt free speech & hate speech on campus are fueled by people outside, not inside....more

  • How Infectious Disease Shaped NYC

    Sep 14 2018

    Dr. Rebecca Jacobs, co-curator of the exhibit "Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis" at the Museum of the City of New York, and WNYC reporter Amanda Aronczyk preview the new exhibit which explores the history of New York through infectious disease and the desire to contain them. Now: Dr. Rebecca Jacobs and @aronczyk talk #GermCity @MuseumofCityNY. pic.twitter.com/vqQeYEEr3J — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 14, 2018

  • Ten Years After the Crash

    Sep 14 2018

    Rob Cox, global editor at Reuters Breakingviews, discusses how the financial world has and has not changed since the start of the Great Recession in 2008. @rob1cox: You had two movements, both outraged for the same reasons. One coalesced into Tea Party, now here we are with Donald Trump. On other side, didn't coalesce into political movement (tho could point to Bernie Sanders wing). Barney Frank's "drum circles" not entirely wrong — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 14, 2018 Listener...more

  • Primarily New York: WFP Results & NYC Comptroller

    Sep 14 2018

    Bill Lipton, New York State director of the Working Families Party, and Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party national director, review the results of the New York primary and look ahead to November. Then New York City comptroller Scott Stringer reviews the results of the primary and talks about his recent reports. Could Cynthia Nixon and Jumaane Williams remain on WFP party line?@BillLipton: Decision not made.Did Nixon endorse Cuomo and will she campaign for him?@BillLipton: That's not what...more

  • The Results, Live

    Sep 14 2018

    As the results of the primary races for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, State Senate, and more come in, Brian Lehrer covers it in real time, checking in at the candidates' headquarters to hear how they're reacting. He is joined by WNYC reporter Fred Mogul, Mara Gay of the New York Times editorial board, WAMC NYS Capitol correspondent Karen Dewitt, and more.

  • NY1 on NY Primary

    Sep 13 2018

    Co-hosts of the new podcast Off Topic On Politics -- Juan Manuel Benítez, Spectrum News NY1 Noticias reporter and co-host of Pura Politica, Spectrum News NY1 statehouse reporter Zack Fink, and Spectrum News NY1 political reporter Grace Rauh -- offer analysis on New York's state primary. Couldn’t vote this am bc 5 and 3 yo are too invested after canvassing w me. Voting after work/school for @CynthiaNixon @JumaaneWilliams @ZephyrTeachout and @Julie4NYSenate can’t wait to vote! — JGH (@Jgh2618) Se...more

  • FAQ for the Primaries

    Sep 13 2018

    As New Yorkers vote in their parties' primaries, Azi Paybarah, co-host of the political podcast FAQ NYC, Harry Siegel, another co-host, Daily Newscolumnist and Daily Beast senior editor, & Christina Greer, another FAQ co-host and an associate professor of political science at Fordham University, talk about the contests and hear from listeners. "We in the press corps may laugh at a Nicki Minaj endorsement," but that's the first voice that many people will hear, @Azi says, on the power of end...more

  • A Trio of Scandals on Primary Eve

    Sep 12 2018

    Ahead of New York's primary election on Thursday, Greg David, director of the business and economics reporting program at The Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism (CUNY), a Crain's New York Business columnist and the author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City (Palgrave Macmillan Trade, 2012), talks about the promises Gov. Cuomo made when he was first elected, which ones he kept, and which promises fell by the wayside. Plus, freelance journalist Jake Shore talks about his ...more

  • The Realities of Voter Suppression

    Sep 12 2018

    Carol Anderson, professor of African-American studies at Emory University and the author of White Rage, talks about her new book, One Person, No Vote: How Voter Suppression Is Destroying Our Democracy (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2018). The parties are so different in terms of demographics that partisan gerrymandering becomes effectively equal to racial gerrymandering, says @ProfCAnderson. pic.twitter.com/XdyffrwrOf — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) September 12, 2018

  • China's Muslim Persecutions

    Sep 12 2018

    Chris Buckley, correspondent covering China for The New York Times, and Josh Rogin, global opinions columnist who covers foreign policy and national security for the Washington Post, detail China's brutal crackdown on the Uighur Muslim minority, and how the Trump administration is weighing sanctions to address the human rights violation. Internment camps just the latest in long series of practices directed against Uighurs and other minority groups in China. This is part of effort to control w/i...more