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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 Eights | 1978 and the Rise of Modern Feminism

    May 21 2018

    Gail Collins, New York Times op-ed columnist and the author of When Everything Changed: The Amazing Journey of American Women from 1960 to the Present (Little, Brown and Company, 2014), continues our series "The Eights" by looking at the rise of second-wave feminism circa 1978.   Collins talks about the Equal Rights Amendment and Phyllis Schlafly, the woman who brought it to "a screeching, screeching halt."  In 1978, the Democrats were moving left on social issues as Republicans shifted right.  ...more

  • Atlas Obscura Highlights: The Macabre and Morbid

    May 21 2018

    Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura's senior editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing Company, 2016), joins us each day during the pledge drive to talk about some of her favorite hidden gems from the Atlas Obscura trove. Today: the macabre and morbid.  Today's global pick: Antarctica’s Blood Falls  Today's local find: Brooklyn’s Most Holy Trinity Cemetery     

  • The Politics Behind the State Party Conventions

    May 21 2018

    Errol Louis, political anchor of NY1 News and host of Inside City Hall, untangles the news from this week's state party conventions and other state and local politics.  The Democratic and Republican parties meet this week.  The Working Families Party concluded their convention this weekend, endorsing Cynthia Nixon for governor and leaving room for either Letitia James or Zephyr Teachout to run for Attorney General on their party line.  Louis says of a much-speculated Preet Bharara run for A.G. d...more

  • Rep. Nadler on Mueller Investigation

    May 21 2018

    U.S. Rep Jerrold Nadler(D, NY-10), ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, talks about the Mueller investigation and the president's tweeted demand for "the Department of Justice look into whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes."  Rep. Nadler maintains that demand violates norms and is in itself obstruction of justice through intimidation.

  • The Eights | 1968

    May 19 2018

    The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8.  Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans saw themselves and each other in 1968: The Eights: Alienation in America (First) |  Racial Tension in 1968 (Starts 30:12)| Democrats' Dysfunction (Starts 59:07) | The Eights | 1968 Presidential Primaries and Nixo...more

  • The Eights | 1968 in Media and Music

    May 18 2018

    Robert Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and trustee professor of media studies at Syracuse University, takes a look back at the media and music that made 1968. @SyracuseU prof. Robert Thompson recounts so many moments on TV in 1968 that became iconic: Johnson saying he wouldn't run, Cronkite on Vietnam, assassinations of Dr. King + RFK; Dem national convention. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 18, 2018 In Sept. of 1968, PBS came out wit...more

  • Atlas Obscura Highlights: Rope + Wire; Traditions + Rituals

    May 18 2018

    Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura's senior editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing Company, 2016), joins us each day during the pledge drive to talk about some of her favorite hidden gems from the Atlas Obscura trove. Today's themes are rope and wire, traditions and rituals. Ella recommends:Near: The Manhattan EruvFar: Q'eswachaka Rope Bridge over Apurimac Canyon in Peru

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Christiane Amanpour; Juuling & Keith Hernandez

    May 18 2018

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Christiane Amanpour (First) | How Juul Became Cool (Starts at 16:16) | Keith Hernandez (Starts at 40:05) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • What Mueller Has Accomplished So Far

    May 18 2018

    Jill Wine-Banks, legal analyst, MSNBC contributor and former Watergate special prosecutor, offers analysis on the latest from the special prosecutor's investigation. "There is no such crime as collusion, it's conspiracy with a foreign power" that's a crime, says @JillWineBanks. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 18, 2018 "It was a perfectly legitimate thing for them to do; that's what happens: if you commit a crime, or you are suspected of committing a crime, you are investigated," says @...more

  • Ask the Mayor: Disparities in Marijuana Arrests; Transportation Options + More

    May 18 2018

    Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in New York City news, including questions on racial disparities in marijuana arrests, legalization of sports betting, different methods of transportation and infrastructure and more.  @NYCMayor on racial disparities in marijuana arrests: "I don't accept disparity in policing." And he says if enforcement is different because of demographics in different neighborhoods, "we've got to fix that." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehr...more

  • Atlas Obscura Highlights: Corporal Interests

    May 17 2018

    Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura's senior editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing Company, 2016), joins us each day during the pledge drive to talk about some of her favorite hidden gems from the Atlas Obscura trove. Today's theme is...corporal. Today's recs: Near: New York Academy of Medicine Rare Book LibraryFar: La Specola Anatomical Collection in Florence, Italy Plus, a local event, coming up on Saturday, June 2: The Forgotten Ga...more

  • The Eights | 1968 Presidential Primaries and Nixon's Brand of Populism

    May 17 2018

    Cokie Roberts, NPR commentator and the author of Ladies of Liberty: The Women Who Shaped Our Nation (Harper Perennial, Reprint 2009), and Elizabeth Drew, the journalist, contributing editor to The New Republic and the author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall (The Overlook Press, 2014), discuss the 1968 presidential primaries by looking at Nixon's opponents, and how Richard Nixon won the election with his brand of populism. @ElizabethDrewOH says the Nixon of...more

  • New Revelations on the 1st Anniversary of the Mueller Investigation

    May 17 2018

    David Corn, Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones and MSNBC analyst and Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent, Yahoo News, and the co-authors of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve, 2018), discuss latest developments -- of which there are many -- in the Mueller probe.  @DavidCornDC says the biggest problem for Trump, revealed in the past few days, is the discrepancy in his financial disclosures over the reimburseme...more

  • Ask a Native New Yorker: Dogs on Subways; Mets or Yanks + More

    May 17 2018

    Gothamist publisher Jake Dobkin answers listeners' questions from his perspective as a lifelong New Yorker. Check out the "Ask a Native New Yorker" column archive. In talking about how often ppl are bringing dogs on the subway lately, @jakedobkin says nowadays we see all kind of animals on the subways...including pythons + toucans. "It gets pretty crazy down there." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 17, 2018

  • Atlas Obscura Highlights: Hell and Earth

    May 16 2018

    Ella Morton, Atlas Obscura's senior editor and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorer's Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders (Workman Publishing Company, 2016), joins us each day during the pledge drive to talk about some of her favorite hidden gems from the Atlas Obscura trove. Today's recs: near: the New York Earth Room, and far: The Gates of Hell, in Turkmenistan. Plus: Here's a link with some info about the Chernobyl trip Ella recommended on the air.  Today's destination: "The Gates of Hell...more

  • The Eights | 1968 and the Democrats' Dysfunction

    May 16 2018

    Lawrence O'Donnell, host of "The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell" on MSNBC and the author of Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics (Penguin Press , 2017), looks back at the Democrats' dysfunction in 1968, which paved the way for Nixon's election. He'd lost his grip + understanding of American politics, says @Lawrence of LBJ in '68. He + society were seeing things they'd never seen before. Boys w/ponytails, music revolution, pot smoking. It was just "...more

  • Christiane Amanpour's Global News Perspective

    May 16 2018

    Christiane Amanpour, CNN chief international correspondent and host of CNN International's and PBS's nightly global affairs program, discusses the latest international news -- plus, she talks about the plans for her new, hour-long PBS news show. @camanpour says she's been doing this a while: she's been on the ground in Israel + Palestinian territories, she's spoken to people on both sides, she's been through the various peace processes...and she always tries to hold both sides to account. — Bri...more

  • Connecting the Dots in the Trump Orbit

    May 16 2018

    NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson reports on the latest national political news. @MaraLiasson says what's new in today's Senate Judiciary Committee doc dump is there was communication between Trump's team to get their stories straight re: Don Jr's mtg w/Russian lawyer -- could be "standard operating procedure, or not." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 16, 2018 @MaraLiasson says w/r/t ZTE, it certainly is "off brand and off message" for Donald Trump to be helping a Chin...more

  • Bernie Lost the Nomination, But Did He Win the Party?

    May 15 2018

    Jeff Weaver, Bernie Sanders' former campaign manager, now senior political adviser to the senator and author of How Bernie Won: Inside the Revolution That's Taking Back Our Country--and Where We Go from Here (Thomas Dunne Books, 2018), makes the case that Sanders voters will control the Democratic Party in 2020.   Wonder what @BernieSanders has been up to? Jeff Weaver says he's been trying to keep the grassroots mobilized; he has been raising $$ for down-ballot Democrats + he's been campaigning...more

  • The Eights | Racial Tension in 1968

    May 15 2018

    Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy and professor of history and public affairs at the University of Texas-Austin, discusses the progress and backlash associated with the civil rights movement in 1968 and how those factors contributed to the election of President Richard Nixon. Plus: Raymond Brown, partner at the Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis law firm and student leader of the Student Afro-American Society protests at Columbia University in 196...more

  • Katie Couric Turns 'America Inside Out'

    May 15 2018

    Katie Couric, journalist, podcaster, documentary filmmaker and correspondent and executive producer of her new Nat Geo series "America Inside Out," which looks at gender inequities across industries, outrage and so-called "PC culture" on college campuses, and other big cultural, political and social issues of today. Now: @katiecouric is here talking about her new @NatGeo series #americainsideout. Tune in @WNYC. pic.twitter.com/4OpOmioHtA — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 15, 2018

  • BuzzFeed's Ben Smith Talks National Politics

    May 15 2018

    BuzzFeed editor-in-chief Ben Smith analyzes the national political news of the day -- plus, how BuzzFeed is doing since the president's infamous assessment of the site as a "failing pile of garbage." @BuzzFeedBen: “I think when you look at what actually brings down leaders...it is often the cash in the bag...you see that happening all over the place right now.” pic.twitter.com/fJDNHDNQsK — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May 15, 2018

  • Keith Hernandez on His Career and Baseball's Future

    May 14 2018

    Keith Hernandez, former Major League Baseball first baseman with the Mets and other teams, Mets analyst for SNY, WPIX, and MSG and a member of the FOX Sports MLB postseason studio team, author of I'm Keith Hernandez: A Memoir (Little, Brown and Company, 2018), reflects on his life, career and the state of baseball today.   @keithhernandez is here telling stories on his time in the minor leagues, sabermetrics in the game and more: pic.twitter.com/hFdhdiOWyM — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) May...more

  • Ehud Barak's Israeli Life

    May 14 2018

    Ehud Barak, former prime minister of Israel and the author of My Country, My Life: Fighting for Israel, Searching for Peace (St. Martin's Press, 2018), talks about his life, from his younger days in the Israeli military to his political accomplishments and challenges as prime minister of Israel -- plus gives his take on the news today that the U.S. is moving its embassy to Jerusalem and the violence and protests in response.

  • The Eights | Alienation in America

    May 14 2018

    Michael D'Antonio, executive editor of The Harris Poll, and the co-author (with John Gerzema) of The Athena Doctrine: How Women (and the Men Who Think Like Them) Will Rule the Future (Jossey-Bass, 2013), and John Gerzema, Harris Poll CEO, social scientist, and New York Times best-selling author, examine the historic Harris Poll Alienation Index, which has measured how alienated Americans feel since 1966, and introduce a new Brian Lehrer Show Harris poll.

  • Nat'l Politics: US Embassy in Jerusalem; John Kelly on Immigration

    May 14 2018

    Karen Tumulty, political columnist for The Washington Post, talks about the latest in national politics, including the news surrounding the United States officially moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, John Kelly's comments on immigration and more. Caller Lou says John Kelly's remark on immigration "is not just offensive, but in a deeper sense, it is saddening." And "these people have to remember this country was built by people who had nothing other than the desire to build something." —...more

  • The Eights from Brian Lehrer Show 1948 & 1958

    May 12 2018

    The Brian Lehrer Show, in conjunction with The Harris Poll, looks at the history of the American Culture Wars in our lifetimes, as seen through years that end with the number 8.  Catch up on this week's archival audio and conversations with listeners and experts to explore how Americans saw themselves and each other in 1948 and 1958: The Eights: 1948 and the Rise of Globalism (First) | 1948 and the Start of the Civil Rights Movement (Starts 25:37)| 1948 in TV, Music and 'Consensus Culture' (Star...more

  • The Eights | 1958 and The Civil Rights Commission

    May 11 2018

    Mary Frances Berry, professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania, former chairwoman of the US Commission on Civil Rights, and the author of History Teaches Us to Resist: How Progressive Movements Have Succeeded in Challenging Times (Beacon Press, 2018), looks back on race and the first year of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, which was also the subject of her 2009 book And Justice For All: The United States Commission On Civil Rights And the Struggle For Freedom in America.  

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Schneiderman and Sexual Violence; Consent on Campus; Chancellor Carranza

    May 11 2018

    In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week: 'All They Want Is Control' (First) | Consent and the 'Gray Zone' on Campus (Starts 33:32) | Meet the New Schools Chancellor (Starts 57:41) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Protecting NYC's Forests Against Climate Change

    May 11 2018

    Sarah Charlop-Powers, executive director of the Natural Areas Conservancy, explains her new plan to protect the city's forest areas in the face of climate change. Marielle Anzelone, botanist and urban ecologist, joins the show from her bike ride around Manhattan with a mini forest in tow. Marielle Anzelone with her mobile forest (Marielle Anzelone)  

  • The Generation That Vaped Before It Smoked

    May 11 2018

    New Yorker staff writer Jia Tolentino looks at the rise of vaping and whether it's the answer to smoking's problems or just a different kind of vice.

  • Ask The Mayor: SVU, DOE, Taxis, Trash Collection

    May 11 2018

    Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses the week in NYC, including how the NYPD is handling special victims cases, the plight of taxi drivers, and discriminatory patterns in schools and trash collection.

  • The History of TRussia

    May 10 2018

    Seth Hettena, investigative reporter and the author of Trump / Russia: A Definitive History (Melville House, 2018), traces the history of Donald Trump's interactions with Russia, from 1984 through the campaign.

  • Consent and the 'Gray Zone' on Campus

    May 10 2018

    Jessica Bennett, gender editor at The New York Times, and Daniel Jones, editor of The New York Times Modern Love column, talk about their new collection of stories from college students that examine sexual consent, so-called "gray-zone sex" and other related issues.

  • The Eights | 1958 and the Culture War Rumblings

    May 10 2018

    Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of 1959: The Year Everything Changed (2010) and Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Simon & Schuster, 2016), discusses the political and cultural climate of 1958.

  • Thursday Morning Politics: Michael Cohen, Haspel Hearing, North Korea Prisoners

    May 10 2018

    Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest national political news of the day, including Michael Cohen's business dealings, the newly-released American prisoners from North Korea, the Haspel hearings for CIA director, and more.

  • Medical Guide to Treating Opioid Addiction

    May 09 2018

    Adam Bisaga, MD, an addiction psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Columbia University and the author of Overcoming Opioid Addiction: The Authoritative Medical Guide for Patients, Families, Doctors, and Therapists (The Experiment, 2018), offers advice from his new book.

  • The Eights | 1948 in TV, Music and 'Consensus Culture'

    May 09 2018

    Robert Thompson, founding director of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture and trustee professor of media studies at Syracuse University, takes a look back at how the role of television in cultural hegemony and the cultural divides in music in 1948.

  • The President's 'Really Insane Decision'

    May 09 2018

    Jarrett Blanc, senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and former deputy lead coordinator and State Department coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation at the U.S. Department of State under President Obama, talks about President Trump's announcement that the U.S. would pull out of the Iran nuclear deal.

  • 'All They Want Is Control'

    May 09 2018

    Alexis Grenell, co-founder of Pythia Public, a political and public affairs firm, and a frequent contributor to the Daily News, and Liz Roberts, deputy CEO at Safe Horizon, an organization offering support to victims of domestic violence, follow up on the Schneiderman domestic violence story, and talk to listeners who have had their own experiences with intimate partner violence, or who know someone who may be in trouble.

  • 'I Don't Want to See Another Man in This Position for 20 Years'

    May 08 2018

    Jane Mayer, New Yorker staff writer and the author of Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right (Doubleday, 2016), talks about the abuse allegations she reported (with Ronan Farrow) against New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, prompting him to resign. Then, Alexis Grenell, co-founder of Pythia Public, a political and public affairs firm, and a frequent contributor to the Daily News, puts the resignation in context and discusses what com...more