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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

  • Pussy Riot's Rules for Revolution

    Oct 22 2018

    Nadya Tolokonnikova a founding member of Pussy Riot, the punk/art protest group, draws on her life of activism, including time in jail for a protest performance in Moscow, in her book Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism (HarperOne, 2018), and offers her ten "rules for revolution" -- starting with one: be a pirate. Listening to @BrianLehrer say “Pussy Riot” over and over on @WNYC and it’s making me laugh and appreciate him all over again. (Also it’s pledge week at WNYC, donate now!) ...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Cold War-era Nuclear Treaty Abandoned & Khashoggi's Ripple Affect

    Oct 22 2018

    The New Yorker's Susan Glasser  writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump’s Washington."  In today's show, she discusses how U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty might embolden Russia and why the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by the Saudi Arabia government, has pushed some Republicans to break publicly with President Trump. 

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Alexa, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Bernie Sanders

    Oct 19 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. A Long-Term Relationship With Your Smart Speaker (First) | Nebraska Sen. Sasse: Polarization as Rootlessness (Starts at 20:34) | 30 Issues: Medicare For All (Starts at 35:31) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Andy Borowitz on Today's News

    Oct 19 2018

    Andy Borowitz, comedian and creator of The New Yorker's "The Borowitz Report" column, gives his signature satirical take on today's news. .@BorowitzReport: Donald Trump Jr announced on Twitter that he is 50% Idiot, in an effort to silence haters calling him a total idiot. He misspelled DNA in the tweet.https://t.co/JNiooHHXJ6 — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

  • Our Amendments: The 26th

    Oct 19 2018

    This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words. . . and music. More Perfect producer Sarah Qari explores one: the 26th, which lowered the voting age to 18. A lot of people were upset during the Vietnam War that they could be drafted to fight, but not allowed to vote. It led to the slogan "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote," says @sarqari. The 26th Amendment was ratified as a result of that political pressure. — Brian Lehrer Show (@Br...more

  • The Week in National Politics: Not-so 'Mad Dog' Mattis; Bolton vs Kelly; Jamal Khashoggi

    Oct 19 2018

    Katie Rogers, New York Times White House correspondent, talks about the week's national political news, from Trump's stance on the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the latest on what's happening at the Mexican border. .@katierogers: For all the goodwill work Melania Trump did on her Africa trip, her comments (including about Trump's reported s-hole countries statement) show that she's much more in line with him than people tend to want to believe. "She is no resistance figure." — Brian Leh...more

  • 30 Issues: Labor

    Oct 19 2018

    Robert Reich, professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and former Secretary of Labor, discusses the future of American labor if the Democrats take control of the House. .@RBReich: "A ban on stock buybacks makes a lot of sense."Says buybacks hurt workers bc employers choose to raise stock value instead of worker pay, and most workers don't have much by way of stock. Says 80% of stock market is owned by rich...more

  • Ask the Mayor: Proud Boys, Voter Registration Warnings, Charter Schools

    Oct 19 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. Under-the-weather @NYCMayor: "I'm your spokesmodel today that you've gotta take care of yourself...It's a good time to get ahead of the flu." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

  • StoryCorps Makes "One Small Step"

    Oct 18 2018

    StoryCorps founder David Isay introduces and models his new project "One Small Step" that promotes conversations between Americans on opposite sides of today's political divides. .@daveisay says the '"One Small Step" project is the most difficult thing they're ever done on @StoryCorps. pic.twitter.com/9CWxZtXZkh — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 18, 2018

  • Our Amendments: The 13th

    Oct 18 2018

    This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words . . ..and music. Elie Mystal, executive editor of Above the Law and legal editor for WNYC's podcast More Perfect, offers his take on one: the 13th, which ended slavery. .@ElieNYC: The original constitution was a "racist and flawed document that was so broken that it led us to actual fighting. It's with the 13th and 14th and 15th that the constitution becomes anything more than a declaration of...more

  • 30 Issues: Medicare For All

    Oct 18 2018

    Defending Obamacare has become a uniting policy among Democrats running in the November midterms. United States Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders argues that, if Democrats take the House and Senate, Medicare for All is the right plan.  .@SenSanders says his opponents always claim that he wants to raise your taxes but they seem to forget, he says, “Bernie Sanders wants to do away with all of the private health insurance premiums that you are paying, do away with the deductibles and copayments ...more

  • Beyond "Never Trump"

    Oct 18 2018

    Max Boot, columnist at the Washington Post, senior fellow at The Council on Foreign Relations and the author of The Corrosion of Conservatism: Why I Left the Right (Liveright, 2018), talks about his defection from the Republican party following the election of Donald Trump. .@MaxBoot: With the passage of time, I'm willing to admit that the Iraq War was a "horrendous, costly mistake" and I was certainly complicit in that, along with a lot of other people. pic.twitter.com/j2NssPgGpU — Brian Lehre...more

  • Today's National Politics and Democrats' Prospects in 2020

    Oct 18 2018

    Dan Balz, chief correspondent covering national politics, the presidency and Congress at The Washington Post, talks about the political news of the day, and about the Democrats' prospects ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Was Khashoggi more of a villain than a victim in the Trump-Bannon worldview? Brian wonders if Trump is helping the Saudis get away with the death of Jamal Khashoggi, in order to send a message to intimidate journalists..@danbalz: "I would dearly hope that that is not th...more

  • Lizz Winstead on the Midterm Elections

    Oct 17 2018

    Comedian, writer, co-creator of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and founder of Lady Parts Justice, Lizz Winstead, gives her (comedic) take on the news of the day and the midterm elections, and talks about Lady Parts Justice's event "The Golden Probes," which takes aim at politicians who pose a threat to reproductive rights. Tickets and more information on "The Golden Probes" can be found here. .@lizzwinstead says The Golden Probes, from @LadyPJustice, highlights those politicians who have dedi...more

  • Our Amendments: The 27th

    Oct 17 2018

    This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words . . ..and music. More Perfect producer Kelly Prime reviews one: the 27th which took 200 years to ratify! .@kmarieprime: Every single amendment is a way we're trying to become a more perfect nation. pic.twitter.com/rnZTBysuZS — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

  • The Week Jeff Flake Was A Hero To Democrats

    Oct 17 2018

    This American Life producer Zoe Chace talks about her experience following and reporting on Senator Jeff Flake, and what she learned about partisan politics and celebrity. .@zchace says Jeff Flake was truly undecided about Kavanaugh and made up his mind in front of the whole country. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018 .@zchace: It's odd that a lot of Democrats think that, just because Jeff Flake is calling for a pause in intense fighting over rhetoric in our politics, that he...more

  • Nebraska Sen. Sasse: Polarization as Rootlessness

    Oct 17 2018

    Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator (R NE), former president of Midland University in Fremont, NE and the author of Them: Why We Hate Each Other--and How to Heal (St. Martin's Press, 2018) argues that loneliness is the underlying cause of America's extreme polarization and the solution lies in finding deepening rootedness. .@BenSasse: "We need to distinguish between good tribes and bad tribes." Political tribalism is a bad thing. Need to use tribe to talk about family, friendship, shared vocation, & wo...more

  • 30 Issues: DOJ Oversight

    Oct 17 2018

    Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative (D, NY-10) and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, talks about what, beyond Mueller, oversight of DOJ would entail if the Democrats take control of the House. Mass incarceration is largely a state problem, but @RepJerryNadler says the federal government can lead the way, by changing laws and allowing states to liberalize their laws. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 17, 2018

  • Fighting for American Democracy

    Oct 16 2018

    Greg Sargent, writer of The Plum Line blog at the Washington Post, comments on the current headlines and talks about his new book, An Uncivil War: Taking Back Our Democracy in an Age of Trumpian Disinformation and Thunderdome Politics (Custom House, 2018).  --> Greg Sargent will be at the Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law on Tuesday, October 30 at 12pm. Register on Eventbrite here.  .@ThePlumLineGS: The Republican embrace of counter-majoritarian tactics has to be seen as ex...more

  • 30 Issues: The Democratic Plan to Fix Infrastructure

    Oct 16 2018

    DNC Policy Director Kalen Pruss discusses the kind of policies around infrastructure to expect from Democrats if they take the House in November. .@kalhartp: Our party often talks about climate and energy policy, but we can't meet our clean energy goals without making major infrastructure investments. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018 In my opinion, if Trump was serious about governing the whole country and not just pleasing his base, he would have started with infrastructur...more

  • Science Vs Gentrification and Noise Complaints

    Oct 16 2018

    Wendy Zukerman, science journalist and host of Gimlet Media's podcast Science Vs, and producer Meryl Horn talk about the 311 data they analyzed to find out whether increased noise complaints really do go hand-in-hand with rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods. .@wendyzuk: Message we heard over and over again is, if you can, talk to your neighbor. Be a part of the community and find out what the community norms are. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 16, 2018 in dense urban neighborhoods, ...more

  • White House News, Midterms, and Impeachment

    Oct 16 2018

    Peter Baker, New York Times chief White House correspondent and contributor to Impeachment: An American History, talks about today's news in Washington and looks back at the Clinton impeachment. .@peterbakernyt: Democrats are ducking the impeachment issue, looking to appeal more broadly to electorate, but "there's such a hunger" in the Democratic base for impeachment, it's hard to imagine that the leadership doesn't do something to satisfy it--public inquiry or hearings — Brian Lehrer Show (@Br...more

  • A Long-Term Relationship With Your Smart Speaker

    Oct 15 2018

    As voice assistants like Alexa and Siri gain popularity, cultural critic and journalist Judith Shulevitz looks at the roles services like these may play for humans in the future. .@JudithShulevitz says she's fallen for her Google Assistant. She thinks of "him" as a chipper actor/waiter. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018

  • 30 Issues: How Would a Democratic Congress Change Immigration Policy?

    Oct 15 2018

    Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY 13), discusses the Democrats' plan for immigration policy if they win the house.  .@RepEspaillat expresses support for #AbolishIce: "We should have a law enforcement agency" that enforces immigration laws "with heart." Not concerned that it is a losing position for Democrats, though depends on how issue is framed. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15, 2018 Um, how about maybe just, I don’t know, uh FIX ICE with better management and overs...more

  • Did the NYPD Ignore the Violence of a Far-Right Group?

    Oct 15 2018

    Gothamist reporter Jake Offenhartz reports on Friday night's violence outside an Upper East Side Republican club after Gavin McInnes, the founder of the Proud Boys, a far-right group, spoke - and why no one from the group was arrested despite onlookers saying that they beat up protesters. We don't know who started the fight on Friday, but it is clear from video that it's something like a "30 on 2" mob, with protesters outnumbered, says @jangelooff. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 15,...more

  • Monday Morning Politics: Polling Pre-November, Jamal Khashoggi, Violent Rhetoric

    Oct 15 2018

    Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump talks about the national political news from the past few days, as well as the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. There is a historic number of women on the ballot who have made it past the primaries this year, but many in long-shot races. In most contested races, we're likely to see white men replaced by more white men, says @pbump. If we do see a more diverse House, it won't be by much. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLeh...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Warring Presidents, Climate Crisis, Affirmative Action

    Oct 12 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Presidents Going to War (First) | The UN Warns of a Looming Climate Crisis (Starts at 21:19) | 30 Issues: The Future of Affirmative Action (Starts at 1:01:17) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Could Nationalism Have Two Sides?

    Oct 12 2018

    John B. Judis, editor at large at Talking Points Memo and the author of The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalization (Columbia Global Reports, 2018), asks if there is a way to find a more equitable international order that avoids the extremes of dislocation and xenophobia. .@JohnBJudis: "Nationalism can have two sides." The problem isn't us having a national identity, but it's in how that identity is used. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

  • 30 Issues: Climate Change

    Oct 12 2018

    Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research, and Andrew Revkin, strategic adviser for environmental and science journalism for the National Geographic Society and author of (with Lisa Mechaley) Weather: An Illustrated History: From Cloud Atlases to Climate Change (Sterling, 2018), debate the effect the Trump administration’s policies will have on the environment. .@Revkin: The Bush administration deserves more credit for shifting the conversation to a "nudge" approac...more

  • Taylor Speaks Now, After Kanye's Late Registration With Trumpism

    Oct 12 2018

    New York Times opinion section staff editor Tariro Mzezewa discusses her most recent piece addressing the politics of Taylor Swift, Kanye West, and celebrities in general. .@tariro: "Because our president is a celebrity, it kind of makes celebrity culture part of our political discourse." pic.twitter.com/iSO6RIy32P — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018

  • Ask The Mayor: Climate, MTA, Homelessness, Rikers

    Oct 12 2018

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. Reminder that today is the last day to register for November in NY (and change party affiliation for 2019)!@NYCMayor: "Get in the game, have an impact, make your voice heard." And call 311 or visit https://t.co/8AjCKzwZfO for more info. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 12, 2018 Jason in BK concern that NYC not doing enough to combat climate change.@NYCMayor: "Respectfully, you don't have yo...more

  • 30 Issues: The Future of Affirmative Action

    Oct 11 2018

    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), and Roger Clegg, president and general counsel of the Center for Equal Opportunity, debate the future of affirmative action under President Trump.  .@TheJuanWilliams: "What you see here is an administration that plays to white grievance."Roger Clegg: "It's the Trump administration that is opposing racial discrimination...that is opposing the use...more

  • 30 Issues: Labor

    Oct 11 2018

    New York Times labor and workplace reporter Noam Scheiber, talks about the tensions between public sector workers and the Trump administration. What's behind Trump's move to forego pay raises?It can dovetail with long-term Trump and Trump-ally goals, such as the privatization of social security, while also sticking it to bureaucratic opponents in short term. (@noamscheiber adds there are some good reasons for reform.) — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 11, 2018

  • Limo and Party Bus Safety

    Oct 11 2018

    In light of this past weekend's fatal limousine crash in Upstate New York, where 20 people died, Richard Retting, director of safety/research at Sam Schwartz Transportation Consultants, gives tips on how to stay safe on the road in a large vehicle. And Anderson Araujo gives his perspective as a former limousine driver on how customers can vet the company before hiring a limo or party bus. The Department of Transportation site where you can check the safety record of companies can be found here.

  • The UN Warns of a Looming Climate Crisis

    Oct 11 2018

    Coral Davenport, energy and environment correspondent at The New York Times, talks about the new UN report on climate change, which issued dire warnings about the consequences of a warming planet, and the unprecedented scale of what would have to be done to change the course. Behind the UN report: World leaders commissioned a panel of scientists to find out what things would look like before the 3.6 degree Fahrenheit tipping point. The big takeaway is that 2.7 degrees looks a lot more like 3.6 ...more

  • 30 Issues: Immigration Under Trump

    Oct 10 2018

    David Miliband, president and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, details the various ways immigration policies have changed since Donald Trump took office. .@DMiliband: Turkey, Jordan, Bangladesh "Those countries don't know whether to laugh or cry when they hear Americans saying, 'Oh, it's a crisis to have 10 or 20,000 people arrive' because these are countries that have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people arriving." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 10, 2018

  • Canadian Conservative Talks American Refugee and Economic Policy

    Oct 10 2018

    Stephen J. Harper, economist, entrepreneur, former G-7 leader who served as Canada's 22nd Prime Minister, and the author of Right Here, Right Now: Politics and Leadership in the Age of Disruption (Signal, 2018), examines the global trends and the legitimate concerns of voters that led to the election of President Trump. Brian asks Harper to react to Trump policy to cut cap on refugees. Harper: "Where illegal or irregular immigration comes to dominate, public support for all types of immigration...more

  • "Ask A Reporter" About Murals

    Oct 10 2018

    WNYC reporter Yasmeen Khan explains how to get a mural on an empty wall in your neighborhood and answers other questions submitted by listeners. Don't forget: You can submit a question to "Ask a Reporter" reporter @yasmeenkhan here: https://t.co/D8yuGcOl6X pic.twitter.com/45keb4I3rz — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 10, 2018

  • Midterms Preview: New Jersey and Beyond

    Oct 10 2018

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, previews the contested races in the upcoming midterm elections for Congress and Senate in New Jersey, and Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit, host of podcasts United States of Anxiety and There Goes the Neighborhood and a columnist for The Nation magazine, discusses the midterm elections in the context of gender, MeToo, Brett Kavanaugh and the intersection of the patriarchy and white supremacy -- all of which is tackled...more

  • Presidents Going to War

    Oct 09 2018

    Michael Beschloss, presidential historian and author of Presidents of War (Crown, 2018) talks about his new book that looks closely at how U.S. presidents have made the decision to engage in armed conflict throughout history. .@BeschlossDC reminds how rare it is for an American president to ask Congress for permission to declare war, even though that power of Congress is constitutional: "When was the last time Congress declared war? It was 1942, if you can believe it." pic.twitter.com/phyMGb1J8...more