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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

  • Geo-Quiz: Staten Island

    Oct 22 2021

    James Oddo, Staten Island Borough President (R), quizzes listeners on how well they know Staten Island.

  • The Questions on the Ballot

    Oct 22 2021

    Before early voting starts this weekend, David Cruz, WNYC/Gothamist news editor, explains the 5 questions on the ballot and why they matter.

  • Friday Morning Politics: Budget Reconciliation Bill Latest

    Oct 22 2021

    Luke Broadwater, congressional reporter in the Washington bureau of the New York Times, breaks down the latest on the budget reconciliation bill talks and how the House has voted to find Stephen Bannon in criminal contempt of Congress for obstructing the investigation into the January 6th insurrection.

  • COVID News on Mixing and Matching Booster Shots, Vaccines for Children Under 12, and More

    Oct 22 2021

    Céline Gounder, infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist at NYU and Bellevue Hospital, host of the podcasts Epidemic and American Diagnosis, and member of the Biden-Harris Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board, discusses latest COVID news including an FDA decision on booster shots and the White House plan to roll out vaccines to children ages 5-11.

  • 8-Minute Explainer: Kenneth Davis on Halloween History

    Oct 21 2021

    For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief explainer on a different topic each day. Today, Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About History and Don't Know Much About Mythology, explains the pagan origins and evolution of Halloween traditions. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Sean Ono Lennon on 'Imagine' at 50; Andy Borowitz on Jane Goodall; Spacing Out With Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Oct 21 2021

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Sean Ono Lennon, musician and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, discusses the cultural impact of the song "Imagine," 50 years later (First) | Andy Borowitz, author, comedian, and creator of The New Yorker's “Borowitz Report,” on his recent interview with Jane Goodall (starts around 14:40) | Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, talks about space tr...more

  • Geo-Puzzle: Westchester

    Oct 21 2021

    Will Shortz, NPR's puzzlemaster and The New York Times' crossword puzzle editor, offers word puzzle challenges all about Westchester County to the listeners.

  • Your (Early) Holiday Gift Guide

    Oct 21 2021

    Supply chain issues mean that people should get a jump on their holiday gift shopping and ordering if they can. Maxine Builder, editor-in-chief of The Strategist, offers advice on where to start this season and listeners chime in with their own ideas.

  • Iconic at 50: John Lennon's 'Imagine'

    Oct 21 2021

    Sean Ono Lennon, musician and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, discusses how John Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.

  • NYC Mayoral Debate Recap

    Oct 21 2021

    Brigid Bergin, WNYC's senior political correspondent and Elizabeth Kim, senior editor for Gothamist, recap the NYC mayoral debate between Republican Curtis Sliwa and the Democratic nominee Eric Adams.

  • 8-Minute Explainer: Dion Rabouin on NFTs

    Oct 20 2021

    For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief "explainer" on a different topic each day. Today, Dion Rabouin, Wall Street Journal reporter, explains what NFTs are and how they work as investment tools in the economy. 

  • Your Workplace Politics

    Oct 20 2021

    All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and money. Today, Karla L. Miller, columnist for The Washington Post, offers advice on listener's workplace dramas and traumas.

  • Andy Borowitz on Jane Goodall

    Oct 20 2021

    Andy Borowitz, author, comedian, and creator of The New Yorker's “Borowitz Report,” a satirical news column, recaps his New Yorker festival interview with Jane Goodall.

  • Geo-Quiz: New Jersey

    Oct 20 2021

    U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D, NJ), a former mayor of Newark, quizzes listeners on how well they know the Garden State.  ...Where is E Street?

  • World Politics Roundup, And A Climate Summit Preview

    Oct 20 2021

    Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist and author of Today's WorldView and the Post's international affairs newsletter joins to talk about the latest in world news, including a preview of the global COP26 summit on climate change.

  • Tuesday Morning Politics: Congress Investigating Jan. 6, Biden Pushing 'Build Back Better' Agenda

    Oct 19 2021

    Claudia Grisales, congressional reporter at NPR, brings the latest national political news, including Trump's lawsuit against the Jan. 6 Select Committee and the National Archives, and Biden's efforts to convince Congress to move on his legislative priorities.

  • Spacing Out With Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Oct 19 2021

    Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History, a host of the StarTalk Radio podcasts, one of the authors of A Brief Welcome to the Universe: A Pocket-Sized Tour (Princeton University Press, 2021), and the author of Cosmic Queries: StarTalk's Guide to Who We Are, How We Got Here, and Where We're Going (National Geographic, 2021), talks about space travel and the need for science education.

  • Geo-Quiz: Long Island

    Oct 19 2021

    Larry Levy, vice president of Economic Development and Professional Studies and executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, quizzes listeners on how well they know Long Island.

  • Are You In a Cooking Rut?

    Oct 19 2021

    All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and money. Today, Melissa Clark, New York Times food columnist and cookbook author, answers listener's cooking questions and ingredient quandaries.

  • 8-Minute Explainer: SallyAnn Mosey on Weather Forecasting

    Oct 19 2021

    For this membership drive, we'll feature a brief explainer on a different topic each day. Today, meteorologist SallyAnn Mosey explains what goes into creating a weather forecast.

  • Rep. Schiff on Monday Morning Politics

    Oct 18 2021

    U.S. Representative Adam Schiff (D, CA-28), who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, talks about his new book Midnight in Washington: How We Almost Lost Our Democracy and Still Could (Random House, 2021), in which he looks back at his experience as chief prosecutor in President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Plus, the latest news on Capitol Hill as negotiations continue over the Build Back Better agenda.

  • Is the End of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Sight?

    Oct 18 2021

    Leana Wen, emergency physician, professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, CNN medical analyst, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner and the author of Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, 2021) talks about what public health tools it will take to end the pandemic -- which she says is getting closer as the delta surge recedes.

  • Geo-Quiz: The Bronx

    Oct 18 2021

    Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. quizzes listeners on how well they know The Bronx.

  • Financial Therapy With Michelle Singletary

    Oct 18 2021

    All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like parenting, creativity and etiquette. Today, Michelle Singletary, personal finance columnist for The Washington Post and author of the new book What to Do with Your Money When Crisis Hits: A Survival Guide (Mariner Books, 2021), answers listener questions on finances, from how much to put away each week to how to invest ethically.

  • 8-Minute Explainer: Amy Davidson Sorkin on the Supply Chain

    Oct 18 2021

    For this membership drive, we'll feature a ten-minute explainer on a different topic each day. Today, Amy Davidson Sorkin, staff writer at The New Yorker explains the global supply chain and what's causing it to struggle. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Paul Krugman, Tracy K. Smith, Alt.Latino

    Oct 15 2021

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Paul Krugman Says Things Are Getting Better | Tracy K. Smith Reads 'The Best American Poetry 2021' (starting around 12:30) | Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month With NPR's Alt.Latino (starting around 20:30) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Tracy K. Smith Shares Poems From Her New Collection

    Oct 15 2021

    Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021) shares poems from her new collection.

  • Jad Abumrad on Radiolab's Latest and Greatest

    Oct 15 2021

    Jad Abumrad, founder and co-host of WNYC's Radiolab, discusses new episodes from the Radiolab team and how the podcast has changed over time.

  • Geo-Quiz: Queens

    Oct 15 2021

    Dennis Walcott, CEO and president of the Queens Public library system, quizzes the listeners on how well they know his home borough.

  • Friday Morning Politics with Ayesha Rascoe

    Oct 15 2021

    Ayesha Rascoe, White House correspondent for NPR, brings the latest national political news, including a preview of President Joe Biden's trip to the Vatican and updates on the infrastructure deal.

  • Ask the Mayor: Gifted & Talented No More, Rikers Crisis Continues

    Oct 15 2021

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the end of a separate Gifted and Talented program, the ongoing crisis at the Rikers Island jail facility, and more.

  • Tracy K. Smith Picks the Best Recent Poetry

    Oct 14 2021

    Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry (including her own) to end the show.

  • Science News Roundup: The Merck Pill, Vaccine Cross-Boosters and... William Shatner?

    Oct 14 2021

    Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, joins for a roundup of the latest science-related news, including a closer look at the Merck pill, which could become the first oral antiviral COVID treatment ...and William Shatner's trip to space.

  • Paul Krugman Says Things Are Getting Better

    Oct 14 2021

    Paul Krugman, Nobel laureate in economics, New York Times columnist, distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center, and the author of (now in paperback) Arguing with Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020) talks about the debt ceiling, the long-term economic picture and more.

  • How Do I Help My Kid With Their Vaccine Needle Phobia? And Other Parenting Qs.

    Oct 14 2021

    All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today Jamilah Lemieux, co-host of Slate's weekly parenting podcast, "Mom and Dad Are Fighting," answers listener questions about parenting, from what to do if your kid is afraid of shots to how to talk about Instagram and body image. 

  • Geo-Quiz: Brooklyn

    Oct 14 2021

    Play along with the Brooklyn Geo-Quiz, with guest quiz leader Jacqueline Woodson, the author of many books, in prose and poetry, for adults and children, including the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2014), Another Brooklyn (Amistad, 2016) and her latest book, Before the Ever After (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2020).

  • Tracy K. Smith Reads 'The Best American Poetry 2021'

    Oct 13 2021

    Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems(Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry to end the show.

  • Recapping NJ's Second Gubernatorial Debate

    Oct 13 2021

    Michael Hill, WNYC Morning Edition host and Nancy Solomon, reporter and editor in the WNYC newsroom talk about the second gubernatorial debate in New Jersey (which Michael moderated), between incumbent Governor Phil Murphy, a Democrat, and former Assembly member Jack Ciattarelli, a Republican.

  • National Politics With Jane Mayer

    Oct 13 2021

    Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer and chief Washington correspondent, talks about the latest in national politics.

  • Geo-Quiz: Manhattan

    Oct 13 2021

    Gale Brewer, current Manhattan Borough President (who won the June primary for her old City Council seat) quizzes listeners on how well they know Manhattan.

  • Cheryl Strayed on How to Get Started

    Oct 13 2021

    All during the fall pledge drive, Brian is talking to some of our favorite professional advice givers on thorny issues like relationships, money and etiquette. Today, Cheryl Strayed, bestselling author of Wild, Tiny Beautiful Things, and Brave Enough takes questions from listeners on how to get started on that creative project, push through writer's block, and just keep going.

  • Why Taxi Drivers Are Protesting The City's Medallion Relief Program

    Oct 12 2021

    Earlier this year, New York City announced a $65 million taxi relief fund, but medallion owners say the package doesn't go far enough. Bhairavi Desai, president and founding member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, a union representing taxi drivers in New York City, joins to discuss why more aid money might be necessary to help indebted drivers.

  • Vaccine Mandate Loophole

    Oct 12 2021

    Christine Chung, Queens reporter for The City, talks about New York City's vaccine mandate for performance and sports venues that exempts visiting teams and performers.

  • Tuesday Morning Politics: Debt Limit, Biden's Agenda, and More

    Oct 12 2021

    Amanda Terkel, Huffington Post Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest national political news including continuing negotiations in Congress over the debt limit and crucial legislation related to physical and social infrastructure.

  • As Language Evolves with John McWhorter

    Oct 12 2021

    John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast, opinion writer at The New York Times, and the author of the forthcoming Woke Racism: How a New Religion Has Betrayed Black America (Portfolio, 2021), talks about how words evolve, as listeners share words and phrases they now embrace or avoid as their meaning has shifted. →Event: New York Times subscribers can hear more from John McWhorter in a free virtual event exploring the evolving role of language...more

  • Meet the Candidate for New Jersey Governor: Phil Murphy

    Oct 11 2021

    New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy talks about his reelection campaign.

  • Indigenous Peoples' Day: Spotlight on Lenapehoking

    Oct 11 2021

    The land between present-day New York City and Philadelphia, including all of New Jersey and some parts of Delaware, once belonged to the Indigenous Lenape tribe and was called Lenapehoking. Curtis Zunigha, co-director of The Lenape Center in New York City and enrolled member of the Delaware Tribe of Indians in Oklahoma, who are the modern-day descendants of the Lenape, shares the area's history in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

  • How Do You Manage a Wide Range of Abilities in One Classroom?

    Oct 11 2021

    Elementary school teachers who already work in schools with no gifted and talented programs, talk about the challenges and rewards of having a classroom with diverse abilities.  Elementary school teachers: how do you feel about the phase out of the Gifted and Talented program? And for those who already teach in non G&T schools, how do you deal with a classroom with diverse abilities? 646-435-7280 — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2021

  • America's Negligible Child Care Spending

    Oct 11 2021

    Bryce Covert, an independent journalist who covers the economy and a contributing writer at The Nation, discusses the lack of public spending for early child care and the how the reconciliation package would affect it.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Freedom to Write; What Does the Label 'Asian-American' Really Mean?'; Kevin Young on Poetry and Bunk

    Oct 08 2021

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Wole Soyinka, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, on the Freedom to Write (First); Jay Caspian Kang, opinion writer for The New York Times, on the label 'Asian-American' (Starts at 21:52); Kevin Young, New Yorker Poetry Editor, on his new collection (Starts at 41:22) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.