The Brian Lehrer Show

Newsmakers meet New Yorkers as host Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC Studios cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events and what matters most in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

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What to Expect from the Democratic Candidates in Next Week's Presidential Debates

The stage is set for the first Democratic debates this month, John Nichols, national-affairs correspondent for The Nation, weighs in on the winners and losers from the scheduled lineups.  Great discussion today with @BrianLehrer on @WNYC about the D deba



'Concentration Camps' at the Border?

Andrea Pitzer, journalist and author of One Long Night: A Global History of Concentration Camps (Back Bay Books, 2018), and Jack Holmes, politics editor at Esquire, discuss why the camps of detained asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border may be conside



U.S. Cyber Battles with Russia

David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and the author of The Perfect Weapon: War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age (Crown, 2018), talks about his reporting (with Nicole Perlroth) on U.S. cyber-strategy against the Russian



Albany Final Countdown: Driver's Licences, Marijuana, Surrogacy

With the Albany legislative deadline looming, Fred Mogul, WNYC state government and politics reporter, updates us on where the legislature stands on key issues like legalizing marijuana and issuing driver’s licenses to undocumented people.



Measles Update with Gwynne Hogan

Gwynne Hogan, associate producer at All Things Considered and reporter for WNYC, and Blima Marcus, oncology nurse practitioner at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a member of the ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, discuss the l



Pride Month Call-In: What is Masculinity to You? What is Femininity to You?

We asked gender fluid listeners to tell us what masculinity and femininity mean to them. Love that this question is being explored and shared on @NPR 💗— ste”F” is 4 Feminist (@ShoshiBee16) June 17, 2019 @BrianLehrer wonderful segment on Trans people, y



SCOTUS Update with Jami Floyd

Jami Floyd, WNYC's host of All Things Considered and legal analyst, talks about the "double jeopardy" opinion and others announced today.  these 5-4 decisions are making some interesting bedfellows — Rachel (@argica11) June 17, 2019



Chancellor Carranza Tackles Segregation in New York City Schools

Richard Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor, talks about the next steps in the city's efforts to diversify and desegregate city schools.    I am doing everything in my power not to scream at my desk listening to @BrianLehrer this morning. 7, SEVEN



Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill on Transportation Efforts for NY/NJ and Impeachment; and Listener Calls

Mikie Sherrill, U.S. Representative (D NJ-11), questions Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s ability to give an unbiased evaluation of projects presented to the Department of Transportation. There have been reports the department gave special treatmen



Brian Lehrer Weekend: Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections; Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach; Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us"

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections (First) | Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach (Starts at 27:46) | Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us" (Starts at 1:02: