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, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, and many others.
Jelani Cobb, dean of the Journalism School at Columbia University and a staff writer at The New Yorker, talks about the 2023 duPont-Columbia Awards, being announced today, plus his new role as dean of the journalism school.
After Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned the new AP African American studies course from the state, the College Board released a revised version of the course that many are saying is missing key elements of history. Noliwe Rooks, department chair and professor of Africana studies at Brown University, reflects on what's in, and what students will be missing from the course as it now is.
Friday's jobs report was "jaw dropping" according to CNN, and "stunningly good" according to CNBC, even though major tech companies laid off thousands of workers. Listeners call in to share if they got a new job, or if they were laid off in the past month or so, and what they think it says about the direction of their industries.
U.S. Representative Mike Lawler (R, NY-17) and U.S. Representative Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-5), explain why they are against the congestion pricing plan, which would charge drivers heading into Manhattan below 60th Street.
Arva Rice, interim chair of the Civilian Complaint Review Board, explains the details of a new comprehensive report on the findings of NYPD misconduct during Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the summer of 2020.
Choire Sicha, editor at New York Magazine, discusses new modern etiquette rules for our socially confusing era. Listeners call in with their questions and stories about awkward scenarios and navigating them.
Troy Closson, New York Times reporter on the Metro desk covering education, talks about his recent reporting on the data showing a drop in the number of Black New Yorkers, especially children and teens.