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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.

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  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Gloria Steinem; #BlackandIVF; & Marilyn Mosby

    Mar 22 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. A Place for Women's Activism (with Gloria Steinem) (First) | L. Joy Williams on Black Women and Infertility (Starts at 20:53) | Baltimore's State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby (Starts at 40:40) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • The Future of Recycling

    Mar 22 2019

    Since China has stopped accepting as much recycled materials from the U.S., the cost for cities to recycle has gone up dramatically, leading to many cities to give up. Michael Corkery, New York Times business reporter, explains more of what's behind the story and Cole Rosengren, senior editor of Waste Dive, an industry publication, talks about NYC's progress toward "zero waste."  New York is ahead of other cities, but 2019 will be a "turbulent year for recycling" nationwide.

  • Racial Resentment and Public Health

    Mar 22 2019

    Jonathan Metzl, professor of sociology and psychiatry at Vanderbilt University and director of its Center for Medicine, Health, and Society and the author of Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America's Heartland (Basic Books, 2019), argues that right-wing policies are adversely affecting the health of their supporters. "Many of the problems I encountered were caused by Democratic administrations, ...but these policies of rejecting health care reform, allowing f...more

  • Legal Roundup: Jury Selection and Juvenile Justice

    Mar 22 2019

    Jami Floyd, host of WNYC's All Things Considered and legal analyst, shares her analysis of some important recent legal decisions, including Justice Thomas' first question in years in a case on race and jury selection, plus the news that the Supreme Court will hear a case to determine whether the then-teenager convicted in the D.C. sniper case deserves a new sentence. →EVENT:  Jami Floyd interviews WNYC's Matt Katz tonight at the JCC Harlem, "Reporting On Hate: Shabbat and Conversation."  Ticket ...more

  • Ask the Mayor: Congestion Pricing; Specialized High Schools; Feeding Birds & Squirrels

    Mar 22 2019

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including a push for congestion pricing, diversity at NYC's specialized high schools, police training, his upcoming trip to the AIPAC conference, and listener calls on field trips for seniors and a proposed rule to prohibit feeding birds and squirrels in the parks.   .@BrianLehrer says there was clear split between Manhattan folks (for) and outerboro/burbs folks (against) congestion pricing“I don't thi...more

  • Rent Subsidy to Prevent Homelessness

    Mar 21 2019

    New York Assembly Member (D-28th District, Forest Hills), Andrew Hevesi, and New York State Senator (D-Manhattan, 28th district), Liz Krueger, who is chair of the Senate Finance Committee, talk about Home Stability Support, a bill that would provide subsidies to renters facing homelessness, and why it should be included in the April 1 budget. 

  • Nassau County Says No to Pot

    Mar 21 2019

    Nassau County Executive Laura Curran talks about why she's recommending Nassau County opt out of legal pot sales, if New York State were to legalize recreational marijuana. @BrianLehrer I also CONGRATULATE Supervisor Curran for having the courage to correct the previously unfair Nassau County system for assessing property for taxes. — Lynda Adams (@MyRebut1) March 21, 2019 anyone on #LongIsland who wants marijuana can get it now, this is abundantly clear.costs of it being illegal are far g...more

  • South Carolina & Nevada Lift Power of Nonwhite Voters

    Mar 21 2019

    In the 2020 presidential race, after Iowa and New Hampshire make their choices, the more ethnically diverse states of Nevada and South Carolina hold their primaries.  Hugh Jackson, editor of the Nevada Current, and Gavin Jackson, host of the South Carolina Lede podcast, talk about the early campaigning in their states.

  • How Social Media Propagates Hateful Ideology

    Mar 21 2019

    Charlie Warzel, New York Times Opinion writer at large, discusses the terror attacks on a New Zealand mosque and the use of social media platforms to spread hateful ideologies.

  • Be a Better Patient

    Mar 20 2019

    Sana Goldberg, registered nurse, public health advocate and the author of How to Be a Patient: The Essential Guide to Navigating the World of Modern Medicine (Harper Wave, 2019), offers consumers clear-cut advice on dealing with today's healthcare system.

  • Elizabeth Warren's Sprawling Progressive Platform

    Mar 20 2019

    From calling for the end of the electoral college to universal childcare to breaking up Facebook, Elizabeth Warren has been churning out a progressive policy platform.     Alyssa Mastromonaco, former assistant to President Obama, co-host of Crooked Media's Hysteria Podcast, and author of So Here's the Thing . . . Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut Twelve (March 5, 2019), and Perry Bacon Jr., senior writer for FiveThirtyEight, tick through Warren's progressive platform, and...more

  • Pot and Social Justice in NY and NJ

    Mar 20 2019

    As the New Jersey legislature gets ready to vote on recreational marijuana legalization, New York continues to work on it. WNYC New Jersey reporter, Karen Rouse, and Amol Sinha, executive director of ACLU New Jersey, talk about how each state is approaching social justice issues like record expungement and who gets a license to sell.

  • Gov. Cuomo Talks NYS Budget and More

    Mar 20 2019

    Ahead of the April 1 deadline, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo talks about key parts of the New York State budget, including criminal justice reform, and other statewide news.

  • Brazil President's Ties to Violent Paramilitary Gangs

    Mar 19 2019

    Ahead of President Trump's meeting with Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro, Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, former constitutional law and civil rights litigator and author of No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State (Picador, 2015), examines the ties between Bolsonaro and Brazil’s violent paramilitary gangs. Brazilian's PM "Bolsonaro has modeled himself rhetorically and politically after Trump, although there are some really fundamental dif...more

  • Two NY Public Schools Close in Proximity, But Far Apart in Resources

    Mar 19 2019

    The public high school in Jericho, New York is just miles apart from the one in Westbury, but it spends thousands more dollars on each pupil per year. Leslie Brody, Wall Street Journal Greater New York education reporter, talks about the resource gap between neighboring public schools and how such disparities are playing into a debate in Albany over how much New York should spend on education, and how to allocate aid fairly. "Sabrina, at Jericho, had her pick of 30 AP classes, 50 extracurricula...more

  • #BlackAndIVF: Opening Up About Infertility

    Mar 19 2019

    L. Joy Williams, president of the Brooklyn National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP) and creator and host of “Sunday Civics” podcast, talks about starting the IVF process, why she thinks too many women still suffer in silence regarding fertility, especially black women, and takes calls. "When I would talk to women they could quote to me dates of their miscarriages.. still quote the date from the 70s and 80s of their first loss. I discovered a sorority of women who have exp...more

  • Parking Placards and Their Knock-Offs

    Mar 19 2019

    Kate Hinds, WNYC planning editor, discusses parking placard abuse and the many ways in which others are illegally taking up precious New York City parking spaces. "There’s 125,000 parking placards in the New York City right now, split between NYPD, Department of Education and DOT. You can park in metered spots without paying, pretty much anywhere there is a no parking sign as long it’s not no standing and they get abused," says @katehinds. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 19, 2019 "Th...more

  • Fighting White Supremacist Terror on Social Media

    Mar 19 2019

    Jane Lytvenenko, BuzzFeed News reporter, talks about the difference in how social media platforms respond to Islamophobic hate speech versus other forms of extremism and Ryan Mac, a senior tech reporter for BuzzFeed News, and Michael German, a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program, and former FBI special agent countering domestic terrorism, look at the extent to which social media sites can and want to police hate content. "One of the communities rec...more

  • A Place for Women's Activism

    Mar 18 2019

    Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, Pamela Shifman, executive director of the NoVo Foundation, and Miyhosi Benton, member of the Women's Building advisory circle and an associate at the Women & Justice Project (WJP), a non-profit organization that centers the leadership of women directly impacted by incarceration, talk about the transformation of the former Bayview Correctional Facility in Chelsea into The Women's Building, which they envision as a hu...more

  • Students Walk Out to Protest Climate Inaction

    Mar 18 2019

    Varshini Prakash, executive director and a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a grassroots movement that is demanding immediate action from the United States Congress to address the climate change crisis, talks about the student climate strike, organized to protest inaction around climate change. Students Alexandria Villaseñor, Fridays for Future school striker in solidarity with Greta Thunberg and organizer for the global strikes that Fridays For Future calls for, Olivia Wohlgemouth, Climate S...more

  • Rethinking the BQE

    Mar 18 2019

    New York City comptroller, Scott Stringer, offers his proposal for repairing and re-imagining the BQE into a trucks-only highway with a park on top. "This BQE plan is the new model, we can make renovations, we can get cars off the BQE by putting forth congestion pricing… it’s a new paradigm about how to think about developing in our communities by integrating transportation," says @NYCComptroller. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 18, 2019 "When congestion pricing is implemented, when ...more

  • Republicans Break Ranks With the President

    Mar 18 2019

    David Graham, staff writer at The Atlantic, who covers U.S. politics and global news, talks about the latest national political news, including how the Republicans in Congress broke ranks on three separate votes with President Trump last week — as well as Beto O'Rourke's entry into the 2020 presidential campaign. "One hand a lot of Republicans saying there should be protections for Mueller… you also have powerful Trump allies who keep blocking it… there’s a tension between the hardest line Trum...more

  • White Supremacy and the New Zealand Shooter

    Mar 18 2019

    Jane Coaston, senior politics reporter at Vox, talk about the white nationalist ideas that influenced the alleged New Zealand shooter, and the connections to similar acts of violence in the United States and around the world. "Manifestos like those created by the Christchurch shooter or Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber… are created with the purpose of creating more people like themselves. This isn’t a diary, it’s written with the purpose of sharing it will millions of people on the internet," @cjan...more

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: CUNY President, Young Socialists, Signs of Spring!

    Mar 15 2019

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. City University Names New President (First) | The New Young Socialists (Starts at 26:05) | Signs of Spring! (Starts at 1:11:38)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • How the College Admissions Scandal Runs Deeper into America's High Schools

    Mar 15 2019

    Autumn Arnett, author of Let's Stop Calling It an Achievement Gap: How Public Education in the United States Maintains Disparate Educational Experiences for Students of Color  (Information Age Pub Inc, 2019), Libby Nelson, news editor at Vox.com and former education reporter, and Ed Boland, former executive at Prep for Prep, former admissions officer at Fordham and Yale, and the author of The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School (Grand Central Publishin...more

  • PB & J, Every Day

    Mar 15 2019

    Joe Pinsker, staff writer at The Atlantic, who covers families and education, talks about why some people eat basically the same food every day — why they like it and how they do it.

  • Freddie Gray, Baltimore and Big City Policing

    Mar 15 2019

    Marilyn Mosby, State's Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland, discusses tackling the Baltimore’s rising crime and big city policing in an era of reform. "It’s incredibly important for folks to think about the root causes as to why crimes take place... When we talk about the concentration of poverty in New York and Baltimore it’s very different," says @MarilynMosbyEsq. pic.twitter.com/jDmfBq0lrO — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 15, 2019 "There’s no public safety value in prosecuting marijua...more

  • New York Reflects on the New Zealand Mosque Shooting

    Mar 15 2019

    Imam Khalid Latif, university chaplain for New York University, and executive director of the Islamic Center at NYU, talks about how the Muslim community is reacting to the shooting at a New Zealand mosque, and takes calls from Muslim listeners ahead of Friday prayers. "People like this are individualized and spoken about in terms of mental health issues and being lone wolfs. The reality is we have a deep problem with white supremacist terrorism… it’s not only an issue of ethics and morality, i...more

  • #AskTheMayor: Protecting Places of Worship, Resiliency Work, High School Admissions Letters

    Mar 15 2019

    Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including protecting places of worship, storm resiliency work and when the high school admissions letters will go out. "NYPD is reinforcing Muslim community centers and mosques, you’ll see a lot of NYPD presence," says @NYCMayor on NYC response to New Zealand shooting. "I’m reaching out today to Muslim community leaders to let them know that we will have their back and we will support them." — Brian ...more

  • Restorative Justice for Violent Crime

    Mar 14 2019

    Danielle Sered, restorative justice advocate, founder of the Brooklyn-based Common Justice and the author of Until We Reckon: Violence, Mass Incarceration, and a Road to Repair (The New Press, 2019), argues that the restorative justice process offers a better solution to violent crime than mass incarceration. "More than half of people locked up in the United States are locked up for crimes of violence, so we will not see transformative reductions… if we don’t take on violence. We know mass inca...more

  • City University Names New President

    Mar 14 2019

    Félix V. Matos Rodríguez, president of Queens College and chancellor-designate of The City University of New York, discusses his vision for the future of the nation’s largest urban public university system and one of the country’s most potent engines of social mobility. "New Yorkers should be proud that their children and working adults can attend institutions of the greatest quality at a very affordable price and we’re very proud of that," says @CUNY Chancellor-designate @FelixVMatosRod1. — Br...more

  • Senator Stewart-Cousins and the NYS Budget

    Mar 14 2019

    State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-35) talks about the New York State Senate Democrats' priorities for the budget as negotiations get serious ahead of the April 1 deadline. On her April 1st budget:"We did include additional funding for the tenant protection unit but our Republican colleagues never wanted to fund it. There will be 94 new positions and we’re letting them look at tenant protection outside of NYC as well," says @AndreaSCousins. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer)...more

  • The Sentencing (and New Charges) of Paul Manafort

    Mar 14 2019

    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC, and Jennifer Rodgers, former federal prosecutor and lecturer at Columbia Law School, break down the latest sentencing of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. "We did not know about Ukrainian oligarchs at this time, we didn’t know about secret accounts in Cyprus and the Grenadines, all we knew was that there was this pattern of New York real estate purchases that raised suspicions," says...more

  • Fighting the 'War on Journalism'

    Mar 13 2019

    David McCraw, deputy general counsel for the New York Times, talks about his new book, Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight for Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts (All Points Books, 2019). "The First Amendment that protects us to do world class journalism also protects speech that’s hateful... we have people who don’t know where that line is and we’ve brought in police at times to deal with the increasing amount of threats our reporters receive," says @davidmccraw. — Brian Lehrer Sho...more

  • The Border Through the Eyes of a Border Patrol Agent

    Mar 13 2019

    Francisco Cantú, former border patrol agent, writer and the author of The Line Becomes a River (Riverhead, 2019), talks about the people he met while policing the border, and comments on the immigration and border debates now in the news. "No matter what version of hell you implement on the border people are going to cross and endure it in order to get to the other side. Especially if there’s… security of safety from certain death or violence that you’re fleeing in home country," says @_francis...more

  • NYC's New Public Advocate

    Mar 13 2019

    Jumaane Williams, recently-elected NYC public advocate and former NYC council member for the 45th District, talks about his new role as NYC public advocate and his plans for the office. "I was just happy because I was always told I was too much of an activist and I had to choose… I was always told I had to change my message… and it turns out people were receptive to it," says @JumaaneWilliams on his wide-margin victory for Public Advocate. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) March 13, 2019 "I ...more

  • The New Young Socialists

    Mar 13 2019

    Sean McElwee, contributor to The Nation and co-founder of Data for Progress, Sarah Leonard, executive editor of The Appeal and Waleed Shahid, communications director for the Justice Democrats, talk about the politics, ideals and policies of the socialist movement that's catching on among the young left. "There’s a reason that our most famous moderates in this country are billionaires… you’ve never heard of a moderate working class hero, because for people who are struggling, radical change is n...more

  • Taking Down The Elites At Davos And Fox News

    Mar 12 2019

    After causing a stir at Davos for demanding the world’s richest people pay more taxes, Rutger Bregman, journalist and author of Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World (Little, Brown and Company 2017), was invited on Fox News to bash the liberal elite. Instead he came for Fox host Tucker Carlson, suggesting that he too was a pawn of the billionaire class. He explains why, when it comes to addressing global income inequality, the terms "liberal" and "conservative" don’t have much va...more

  • After Second Crash, Is the Boeing 737 Max Safe?

    Mar 12 2019

    George Hamlin, aviation consultant, and Gerry Shih, Washington Post Beijing correspondent, talk about concerns over the safety of the Boeing 737 Max after a second crash in five months leads some countries to ground the airplanes and about China's decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 planes. "Chinese officials have said this nothing to do with trade. They’ve asked Boeing and the FAA... since the October crash in Indonesia, for more information about what really is going on with this model ai...more

  • Breakthroughs & Setbacks in Latest HIV/AIDS News

    Mar 12 2019

    Oriol R. Gutierrez Jr., editor-in-chief of POZ, joins to discuss the latest developments around HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention work, including news that a second HIV-positive person enters remission after a rare treatment and how the Trump administration plans to end HIV/AIDS at the same time as proposing to cut Medicare and Medicaid. Listeners: We want to hear from you about the latest news surrounding HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention work. What do you think? Tweet or call now at 212-433-9...more

  • Somali-American Community Check-In

    Mar 12 2019

    Ibrahim Hirsi, Somali-American journalist who has covered immigrant communities in Minnesota , talks about the history of the Somali community in Minnesota, how Somali-Americans are interpreting recent news over the surge in American airstrikes in Somalia plus Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s current controversy.