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 the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others.

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      Brian Lehrer Weekend: Total Eclipse of the Sun, Alternatives to 911 in Mental Health Crises, Legacy of Lynching in America


      In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

      Total Eclipse of the Sun  (First) | Alternatives to 911 in Mental Health Crises (Starts 24:34) | Legacy of Lynching in America (Starts 51:06)

       

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      Where Will You 'See' the Eclipse?


      Are you traveling to see it?  Do you have your special glasses yet? Josh Winter, physics instructor at BASIS Independent Brooklyn and a NASA-certified solar eclipse expert, answers your questions about Monday's eclipse, the first since 1991 to be visible to most of North America.


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      24m
       

      Reforming Criminal Justice, One Jail at a Time


      With criminal justice reform at the federal level stalled, advocates focus on state and local efforts. Glenn Martin, president and founder of JustLeadershipUSA and the co-founder of the #closeRikers campaign, talks about where campaigns like #closeRikers go from here.


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      How MS-13 Is Affecting Immigrant Communities


      In a 3-part series in partnership with NPR, Sarah Gonzalez, WNYC's youth and families reporter, reports on MS-13 on Long Island — how the gang targets people for violence, why the Trump administration blames the wave of unaccompanied minors who have settled in the area, even though police say they’re more likely to be victims than perpetrators of MS-13 gang violence.


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      As the Statues Fall, Where Do We Stand?


      Jamil Smith, journalist and Daily Beast contributor, and Emily Ngo, White House reporter for Newsday, discuss how the political scene is being wrenched by President Trump's reaction to Charlottesville, and John Gerzema, CEO of Harris Poll and social strategist, presents the findings of a new Harris Poll that shows Americans are divided over who is to blame over Charlottesville.

       

       

       


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      31m
       

      The Rundown With Robin Thede


      Robin Thede, former head writer of Comedy Central’s now-defunct The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, talks about her new show The Rundown with Robin Thede produced by comedian Chris Rock and what it takes to be a late-night host in the age of Trump. 


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      Trump Doubles Down: Blames 'Both Sides'


      On Tuesday President Trump said "there's blame on both sides" for the violence in Charlottesville, a remarkable reversal from the comments he made one day prior when Trump specifically called out the KKK, neo-Nazis and white supremacists in a choreographed statement read at the White House. 

      James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic, former speechwriter for President Carter and author of China Airborne (Vintage Reprint edition, 2013) discusses the president's remarks an...


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      The History of Gerrymandering and Voter Suppression


      Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee), explains the history of voter suppression and gerrymandering in America and callers tell stories of wanting to vote and not being able to. 


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      27m
       

      Charlottesville in NYC


      Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and a columnist for The Nation magazine, talks about why the conversation about Charlottesville is needed in New York as much as in the South.


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      A 'New Incarnation of the White Supremacy Movement'


      A.C. Thompson, ProPublica staff reporter, talks about what he calls the "new incarnation of the white supremacy movement" that was on display over the weekend in Charlottesville, and reacts to the president's remarks on the violence.  


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