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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

  • The Uprisings, COVID and Re-Opening Risks

    Jun 05 2020

    Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former health commissioner of Baltimore, talks about the health side effects of protests, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, plus looks ahead to New York City entering phase 1 of its re-opening.

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Global Protest, Police Best Practices, Vaccine Struggles

    Jun 05 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. An American Protest Goes Global (First) | Best Practices for Policing (Starts at 27:50) | What the Struggle for an HIV/AIDS Vaccine Taught Us (Starts at 54:15)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • How to Protest with DeRay Mckesson

    Jun 05 2020

    DeRay Mckesson, co-founder of Campaign Zero, host of the podcast "Pod Save The People," and author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope (Penguin Books 2019) talks about his longtime involvement with #BlackLivesMatter protests and offers advice.

  • Rep. Jeffries Talks Policing, Protests and Politics

    Jun 05 2020

    U.S. Representative (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens) Hakeem Jeffries talks about his bill to make chokeholds illegal and the latest on protests and COVID-19.

  • Ask The Mayor

    Jun 05 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. 

  • Thursday Morning Politics

    Jun 04 2020

    Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS, talks about the latest national news - including the president's handling of the protests, Gen. Mattis' criticism of the president and more. 

  • Parenting and Protest

    Jun 04 2020

    Clint Smith, writer, author of the poetry collection Counting Descent and the forthcoming nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed (Little, Brown 2021), talks about how his activism has changed since having children, and takes your calls on how parenting informs how you protest.

  • Police Corruption in Mount Vernon, NY Exposed

    Jun 04 2020

     Police officers in Mount Vernon, NY revealed widespread corruption, including framing people for crimes they didn't commit, on secretly recorded tapes. George Joseph, WNYC/Gothamist reporter, talks about his reporting and the crimes and culture on the Westchester police force plus, Murashea “Mike” Bovell, Mount Vernon police officer and whistleblower in George Joseph's story calls in. 

  • Politics, Protest and COVID in NYC

    Jun 04 2020

    Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board member, talks about the mayor's handling of this week's protests in the city, policing of the protests, and how the pandemic is affecting the crowds (or not).

  • Rep. Espaillat's 'Harlem Manifesto'

    Jun 03 2020

    Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY-13), talks about his Harlem Manifesto, a set of policies he's advocating to end police brutality.

  • The Research on Policing Protests

    Jun 03 2020

    Jamiles Lartey, a New Orleans-based staff writer for The Marshall Project, looks at what research shows works best for policing protests, and when over-policing leads to more violence.

  • High Schoolers in Canarsie Take on Environmental Racism

    Jun 03 2020

    After months of deliberation, a pandemic, and thousands of submissions, meet the winners of the 2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge! Students Jaheim Birch Gentles and Joshua Bovell talk about their winning podcast, The Flossy Podcast: Climate Change & Environmental Racism, which takes on environmental racism and their frustration with the lack of black climate activists.  They're joined by their teacher and mentor Mischaël Cetoute, a restorative justice coordinator who helps run the Men in Co...more

  • How an American Protest Has Gone Global

    Jun 03 2020

    Ishaan Tharoor, columnist in The Washington Post newsroom and author of Today's WorldView, the Post's international affairs newsletter, talks about how protests on police brutality and George Floyd look around the world.

  • The Race (and Struggle) for Vaccines

    Jun 02 2020

    Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS activist, former member of ACT-UP NY and founder of the Treatment Action Group, traces the link between the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine and the long term struggle develop a vaccine for AIDS.

  • A New York Legislator's Take on the Protests

    Jun 02 2020

    Zellnor Myrie, New York State Senator (D-20), talks about his experience getting pepper sprayed at a protest last weekend, and discusses laws he hopes to pass that would help change the justice system and reform policing.

  • How New Yorkers Will Vote -- and Get Their Votes Counted

    Jun 02 2020

    Brigid Bergin, WNYC City Hall and politics reporter, talks about the challenges facing the Board of Elections -- and the voters -- for this month's New York primary.

  • Politics and Protest

    Jun 02 2020

    Jason Johnson, professor at Morgan State University, political contributor at MSNBC, contributor to The Grio and Sirius XM, and Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast FAQNYC, politics editor at The Grio and the host of The Aftermath on Ozy , talk about the uprisings happening across the country, and the political ramifications.

  • Primary Preview: Contested House Races

    Jun 01 2020

    Emily Ngo, NY1 political reporter, and Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette and co-host of the Max & Murphy podcast, talks about the House primary races to watch as New Yorkers go to the polls, or mail in their ballots, this month.

  • We Want to Talk About Race

    Jun 01 2020

    Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. The list of unarmed black people killed by the police and other armed white people keeps getting longer. Ijeoma Oluo author of So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press, 2019) and the forthcoming MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal Press, 2020) talks about how Americans can have honest conversations about these killings, and race, racism and white supremacy.    

  • One City, Under Protest

    Jun 01 2020

    Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, talks about the protests in New York City following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.

  • Making Sense of the Nationwide Protests

    Jun 01 2020

    Jamil Smith, senior writer at Rolling Stone talks about the weekend's uprisings to protest police brutality and racism across the country.

  • Love in the Time of COVID

    May 29 2020

    Dating is hard. Dating during a pandemic? Well, it's hard and complicated. We open the phone lines to hear how New Yorkers are (or aren't) dating using online platforms with Lane Moore, comedian, creator of the Tinder Live comedy show, and author of How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don't (Atria Books, 2018).

  • #AskTheMayor: Justice for George Floyd

    May 29 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.  How can he justify not firing Pantaleo and NYPD's acts of violence on Union Square yesterday when he said what happened in Minnesota was unacceptable? I believe a huge part of our dissatisfaction is that he seems to be all talk, no or contradictory action. — Daniel (@bydanielatlas) May 29, 2020 What's the @NYCMayor doing to ensure "open streets" are actually open & safe for pedestrians & bik...more

  • David Brooks on Second Acts

    May 29 2020

    David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times and the author of The Second Mountain: The Quest for a Moral Life (Random House, 2019), now out in paperback, talks about his book which examines the lives of people who respond to a crisis by shifting their priorities from themselves to their communities, newly relevant during the COVID-19 crisis, plus offers his take on the national news.

  • State Sen. Benjamin Talks False Accusations and Budgets

    May 29 2020

    New York State Senator (D, 30th district) Brian Benjamin talks about a new bill he introduced this week that would criminalize falsely reporting someone to the police, inspired by the incident in Central Park where a white woman falsely reported a black man was threatening her life. Plus, his "Rainy Day Fund" budget legislation he introduced and the city's current budget troubles.

  • Pro Sports Plan a Comeback

    May 28 2020

    Professional sports leagues are busy planning how to salvage their current seasons that were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Jane McManus, director of Marist's Center for Sports Communication and New York Daily News sports columnist, talks about what's on deck, whether it's safe and all the other considerations the leagues are dealing with.

  • Reentry During COVID-19

    May 28 2020

    The Fortune Society president and CEO JoAnne Page talks about the challenges of prison reentry during the shutdown and how to access services. →The Fortune Society

  • Are You Paying Rent?

    May 28 2020

    Another month, another rent deadline. Your calls if you are unable to pay rent, if you're on a COVID-19 rent strike, or if you're a landlord receiving less than you're owed The @BrianLehrer is talking about Rent Forgiveness on 93.9 FM @WNYC We're hosting a Town Hall on Rent Forgiveness at 1pm today.#saveourspaces pic.twitter.com/5CMnko045X — LITNY (@indietheaternyc) May 28, 2020

  • "Ballot Harvesting" Explained

    May 28 2020

    Amber Phillips, reporter at the Washington Post's The Fix, explains ballot "collecting" and why President Trump points to the practice as grounds to resist expanding vote-by-mail.

  • Your Re-opening Anxieties

    May 27 2020

    For so long we've been told to isolate, and stay inside if we can. As states move to reopen, it's only natural to feel some anxiety about leaving the house. George Bonanno, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and author of The Other Side of Sadness: What the New Science of Bereavement Tells Us About Life After Loss takes your calls on feeling anxious about going back to work, and expanding your circle. 

  • Pres. Trump and American Democracy

    May 27 2020

    David Frum, Atlantic staff writer, former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, and the author of Trumpocalypse: Restoring American Democracy (Harper 2020), offers his take on the president's leadership in this crisis and in general.   Event: "P&P Live with David Frum," Wednesday May 27th, 8 PM

  • A Harm Reduction Model for COVID-19

    May 27 2020

     All 50 states are now in various stages of reopening. Dr. Leana Wen , emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, argues that the United States needs to move to the public health strategy of harm reduction. 

  • How Schools are Exploring Safely Reopening

    May 27 2020

    Schools are trying to figure out how they'll be able to reopen safely. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, talks about what school might look like in the fall.

  • The Latest COVID-19 News

    May 26 2020

    Dr. Howard Koh, professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and former assistant secretary for health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (2009-2014), talks about the latest COVID-19 news.

  • NYS Legislature Back at Work

    May 26 2020

    Robert Jackson, NYS Senator (D 31st, West & Upper Manhattan), talks about the return to session for the legislature, plus his recent hearing on COVID-19's disparate impact on minorities.

  • Reimagining Education Post-COVID

    May 26 2020

    Earlier this month, Governor Cuomo appointed an advisory panel to “reimagine education.” Noliwe Rooks, professor of literature and of Africana Studies, as well as the director of American Studies, at Cornell University and the author of Cutting School: Privatization, Segregation, and the End of Public Education (The New Press, 2017)  talks about her concerns for what should, and shouldn't change and Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, shares what she's heard from teachers, parents and students.

  • The President's RNC Threats

    May 26 2020

    Politico reporter Alex Isenstadt talks about President Trump's threats to move the Republican National Convention from North Carolina if the governor can't guarantee the event will be able to move forward at full capacity.

  • National Politics with Senator Booker

    May 26 2020

    U.S. Senator (D, NJ), Cory Booker, talks about the latest national political news.