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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Is There A Liberal and Conservative Way to Fight a Pandemic?

Avik Roy, president of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity (FREOPP) discusses balancing the risks of reopening against the risks of community spread of COVID-19. Then, Leana Wen, M.D., emergency physician and public health professor at Georg



How We're Voting

Myrna Pérez, director of the Brennan Center's Voting Rights and Elections Program, and Ari Berman, senior reporter at Mother Jones, covering voting rights and author of Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights in America, talk about how



Colin Quinn's Take on the Not-So-United States

Colin Quinn, stand-up comedian, writer, performer and the author of Overstated: A Coast-to-Coast Roast of the 50 States (St. Martin's Press, 2020), offers his distinctive observations on the crazy-quilt design of this country and the contradictions and c



(Some) Students With Disabilities Go Back to School

Lori Podvesker, director of disability and education policy at INCLUDEnyc, talks about the special challenges students and families in NYC's District 75, which services students with disabilities, face as the new school year begins.



Tuesday Morning Politics

Amber Phillips, Washington Post political reporter and author for The 5-Minute Fix, and Errol Louis, political anchor on Spectrum News NY1, host of Inside City Hall on NY1, host of the podcast You Decide and New York Daily News columnist, discuss the lat



Second Wave of COVID-19 and Lockdowns Ahead?

Ramanan Laxminarayan, economist, epidemiologist and founder and director of the Center for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP), talks about how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in India, which is on track to surpass the United States as



The Politics of Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Replacement

Since Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death late last week, Republicans have vowed to push through her replacement before the election. Sabrina Siddiqui, national politics reporter at The Wall Street Journal and political analyst at CNN, talks about the Republican



What RBG Meant to You

Listeners call in to share what Ruth Bader Ginsburg meant to them—to their lives, careers, families and relationships.



The Life and Legacy of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Jami Floyd, senior editor for race & justice and legal editor at WNYC, talks about the life and legacy of the late, legendary Supreme Court justice.



The Black Vote and the Democratic Party

Theodore Johnson, senior fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice, talks about how and why despite holding diverse political opinions, Black Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats.