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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

  • Composting Now

    Jul 10 2020

    With curbside organic waste pick-up over, what are the composting options for apartment dwellers? Christiné Datz-Romero, executive director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, reviews the options.

  • Ask the Mayor: Schools Reopening, Police Oversight, More

    Jul 10 2020

    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including his new proposal for a partial in-person learning model in which students would attend school on site part of the week and attend remote learning on the other days of the week, plus the NYS AG's proposal for police oversight. “idiotic,” de Blasio tells @BrianLehrer of analysis that he is afraid of police unions. Mayor says sometimes he sees the political discourse in this town & just scra...more

  • The State of Business in NY and NJ

    Jul 10 2020

    Greg David, contributor covering fiscal economic issues for THE CITY and director of the business and economics and Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program at the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, and Daniel Munoz, politics, government and economic development reporter for NJBIZ, discuss the various states of businesses in New York and New Jersey, including recent lawsuits from the movie theater and gym industries, as well as the latest unemployment numbers.

  • The Stakes of Remote College for International Students

    Jul 10 2020

    Nicole Agu, vice chair for international student affairs University Student Senate of CUNY, and Dan Berger, partner at Curran, Berger & Kludt, specializing in academic immigration, discuss the response to a new ICE policy requiring international college students in the U.S. to attend in person classes in the fall in order to remain in the country.

  • Fixing Liberalism

    Jul 09 2020

    Zerlina Maxwell, MSNBC political analyst, senior director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM and the co-host of Signal Boost, talks about the day's political news and her new book, The End of White Politics: How to Heal Our Liberal Divide (Hachette Books, 2020).

  • A History of Alt-Media and Political Junkyism

    Jul 09 2020

    Claire Potter, professor of history at the New School and executive editor of Public Seminar, talks about her new book, Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy (Basic Books, 2020).

  • All The President's Tax Returns

    Jul 09 2020

    On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that while a sitting president does not need a subpoena to meet a special standard, Congress can only get access to President Donald Trump's tax returns and other business records if they complete a four-factor test in the lower courts. Andrea Bernstein, WNYC senior editor, co-host of WNYC's and ProPublica's podcast Trump Inc., and the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, The Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W.W. Norton and Company, 2020), ...more

  • N.Y.C. Schools Will Not Fully Reopen in Fall

    Jul 09 2020

    Elizabeth Kim, senior editor for Gothamist, and Sophia Chang, reporter for Gothamist, talk about the latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic in New York.

  • An American in France: I'm Watching the U.S. Lose to COVID-19

    Jul 08 2020

    Thomas Chatterton Williams, contributing writer at The Atlantic and The New York Times Magazine and author of Losing my Cool and Self-Portrait in Black and White, talks about how France tamed the new coronavirus and the differences between France and the U.S. on COVID-19 and race.

  • A Doctor's Story

    Jul 08 2020

    Michele Harper, emergency room physician and the author The Beauty in Breaking: A Memoir (Riverhead Books, 2020), talks about her work as an emergency room physician at Lincoln Hospital in The Bronx as a Black woman and reflects on that work in the current time.

  • What Does the Census Do?

    Jul 08 2020

    Julie Menin, director of NYC Census 2020 and executive assistant corporation counsel for NYC law department, and Lurie Daniel Favors, interim executive director of the Center for Law and Social Justice at CUNY’s Medgar Evers College, explain how the 2020 Census will impact schools, hospitals and policing for the next decade to come. Once you have all your information, you can fill out the census here. 

  • Sen. Gillibrand: The Next Relief Package

    Jul 08 2020

    U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about the Senate's response to the public health and economic crisis.

  • Who Gets to See NYPD Body Camera Footage?

    Jul 07 2020

    A new policy requires New York City police to release all body camera footage of shootings and other instances when force is used and injury or death occurs. Jennvine Wong , staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society's Cop Accountability Project, talks about the NYPD's short history of using body cameras, why the footage has been so closely guarded, and whether the new policy will increase transparency and cop accountability.

  • NJ Primary Day: Voting Reports

    Jul 07 2020

    As callers share their choices in our unofficial, thoroughly unscientific exit poll, David Cruz, NJTV News senior correspondent, reports on the ins and outs of voting during the pandemic in New Jersey.

  • The History Behind The Rise Of The Modern Republican Party

    Jul 07 2020

    Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls, and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020), talks about his new book and offers historical context for today's news.

  • Speak to the Speaker: The New Budget

    Jul 07 2020

    Corey Johnson, New York City Council Speaker, takes calls from listeners and discusses the new City budget.

  • Trump Suspends Some Foreign Worker Visas Through January

    Jul 06 2020

    Anu Joshi, vice president of policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, talks about the latest immigration news, including President Trump's suspension of new work visas until the end of the year.  

  • Monday Morning Politics: Dr. Christina Greer on Racist Mascots and the NYPD

    Jul 06 2020

    Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast "FAQNYC," politics editor at The Grio and author of Black Ethnics (Oxford University Press, 2013), talks on local and national politics, including Trump's July 4th rally, racist mascots, and defunding the NYPD.

  • Trump's China Policies

    Jul 06 2020

    Curtis Ellis, policy director with America First Policies and a senior policy advisor with the Donald J. Trump presidential campaign in 2016, talks about President Trump's China policies.

  • #PriceCheckNYC: Insurance and COVID-19

    Jul 06 2020

    WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of PriceCheckNYC and regular contributor to Gothamist, check in on some of the new issues of the COVID-19 era, including insurance and COVID-19 care. For more information, to share your story or read Caroline's reporting, go t...more

  • James Baldwin for Today; MMT, Explained; Poet Elizabeth Alexander on Raising Black Sons

    Jul 02 2020

    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. James Baldwin for Today (First) | MMT, Explained (Starts at 25:00) | Poet Elizabeth Alexander on Raising Black Sons (Starts at 50:00)  If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

  • Is COVID-19 Changing How You Travel?

    Jul 02 2020

    Callers tell us how they’re dealing with summer travel while coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country.

  • The Science of Unconscious Bias

    Jul 02 2020

    Pragya Agarwal, behavioral scientist and the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias (Bloomsbury Sigma, 2020), explains the neuroscience behind unintended bias and how to use it to combat it.

  • #PriceCheckNYC: Back to the Doctor's Office?

    Jul 02 2020

    WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of PriceCheckNYC and regular contributor to Gothamist, check in on some of the new issues of the COVID-19 era, including seeking non-COVID-19 medical care. For more information, to share your story or read Caroline's reporting...more

  • COVID-19 Caseload Hits Record High Ahead of July 4th

    Jul 02 2020

    Health officials are urging Americans to rethink their holiday plans as virus case levels reach new highs. Dr. Ashwin Vasan, physician, epidemiologist, and professor at Columbia and CEO of Fountain House, a community-based mental and public health organization, talks about which states are now setting single-day reporting records, and takes your calls.

  • James Baldwin for Today

    Jul 01 2020

    Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton's African-American studies department and the author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Crown, 2020), talks about his new book. Event: Eddie Glaude will be in conversation with Cornel West tonight at 7pm. More info here. 

  • Why Working From Home Might Not Work

    Jul 01 2020

    David Streitfeld, tech reporter for the New York Times, discusses how work from home setbacks from the past inform telecommuting decisions in the future.

  • Maybe the 'Toughest' NYC Budget Ever

    Jul 01 2020

    Sally Goldenberg, City Hall bureau chief at POLITICO New York, ticks through the final details of the city budget, and takes your calls. The city and state budget desperate to do anything but make our many million and billionaires pay their fair share. — Kris N (@KrsJams) July 1, 2020 Listening to what is cut in the city's budget I'm heartbroken about the composting of course, but all the cuts and shift of NYPD to DOE is just so wrong. To not think of putting more money into our children's ed...more

  • New Jersey Primary Preview

    Jul 01 2020

    Nancy Solomon, managing editor for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, and Karen Yi, WNYC reporter covering New Jersey, talk about progressive challengers in some of New Jersey's congressional primaries, and other contentious races throughout the state.

  • The 'Trayvon Generation's' Trauma and Celebration

    Jun 30 2020

    Elizabeth Alexander, poet, educator, memoirist, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, talks about raising Black sons, and how they and their generation are coping with the trauma of watching police violence against Black people, caught on video.

  • Israeli Annexation of the West Bank

    Jun 30 2020

    Yousef Munayyer, political analyst, writer and scholar and non-resident fellow at the Arab Center in Washington DC, talks about U.S. and Israeli policy when it comes to the annexation of the West Bank.

  • Jobs, Guaranteed

    Jun 30 2020

    Pavlina R. Tcherneva, associate professor at Bard College and research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and the author of The Case for a Job Guarantee, talks about the Modern Monetary Theory and why it allows for full employment at a living wage -- even now.

  • Slashing $1B From NYPD Budget

    Jun 30 2020

    On the day of the budget deadline Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter at NY1 and host of PuraPolítica, discusses Mayor's and NYC City Council's plan to slash $1 billion from NYPD.

  • SCOTUS Update: Abortion Access Ruling, and More

    Jun 29 2020

    The Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving abortion access in Louisiana, with the "liberal" justices joined by Chief Justice Roberts to uphold the lower court ruling that the restrictions were not constitutional. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, explains the ruling and what it means going forward.

  • What Americans Don't Get About Systemic Racism

    Jun 29 2020

    A moment at the Senate Judiciary Hearing on policing reform underscored a persistent misunderstanding about implicit bias and how it impacts American society. Eugene Scott, The Washington Post political reporter covering identity politics for The Fix, breaks it down. 

  • What We Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open

    Jun 29 2020

    As summer begins, Anya Kamenetz, education correspondent at NPR, and Joseph G. Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity (Harvard University Press, 2020), talk about whether schools should open in September, and look to lessons on how to do it safely from child care centers that stayed open du...more

  • Worker Protections in Phase II and Beyond

    Jun 29 2020

    Charlene Obernauer, executive director at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), talks about what kind of safety precautions employers are required to put in place as more business open amid the pandemic.

  • The Future of the Protest Movement

    Jun 26 2020

    Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, talks about the change his organization is pushing for, and where he sees the Black Lives Matter protest movement going from here.