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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Millionaires Urge Higher Taxes on Themselves


Morris Pearl, chair of the Patriotic Millionaires and former managing director at the investment firm BlackRock, talks about his group's call for higher taxes on the ultra-rich. "And we tried to explain that the people who move because of tax rights move


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Presidents' Day Politics: 2020 Roundup


Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine national correspondent, talks about how the candidates for president reacted to the news that Amazon is cancelling coming to Queens, and talks to listeners who were Bernie 2016ers about how they're feeling about Ber


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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Black Migrations 2, Mo Rocca


Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Mayor Buttigieg on America's Future (First) | Black Migrations 2 (Starts at 33:58) | Mo Rocca Asks, 'Where Did They Go?' (Starts at 1:08:55)   If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehr


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What's In a Word?


Ardent language lovers Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett, co-hosts and producers of "A Way With Words," a show about language and linguistics airing on WNYE, discuss the latest in linguistic news, and take calls about slang, new words, old sayings and wh


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Oscar Docs 2019: Minding the Gap


Filmmaker Bing Liu talks about his feature-length documentary "Minding the Gap" — nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. Tune in NOW for #OscarDocs2019: @bingliu89, director of @MindingGapFilm, talks about his feature-length documentary "Minding th


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Why Did Amazon Renege on the Deal?


After months of protests, detractors have gotten their way: Amazon will not be coming tothe Big Apple. Vocal Amazon critic NYC City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer (26th Queens) talks about what it took to keep the tech giant from his district and takes


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Rep. Jeffries on Democrats in the House


U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D NY-8, Central Brooklyn plus parts of Queens), talks about the latest on the federal budget deal and the ongoing investigations, plus local issues — including the Amazon news, affordable housing and criminal justice


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#AskTheMayor: Amazon Deal Autopsy


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. "Why did they even bother to choose NYC if they didn't want to actually be a part of NYC and do the work it takes to be a good neighbor?," @NYCMayor says on @Br


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Oscar Docs 2019: Free Solo


Directors Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin talk about "Free Solo," their feature-length documentary nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary. "There was absolutely no margin for error, not only on Alex’s part but on ours," says Elizabeth Chai


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Mayor Buttigieg on America's Future


Pete Buttigieg, mayor of South Bend, Indiana, talks about his possible run for president in 2020 and his new book, Shortest Way Home: One Mayor's Challenge and a Model for America's Future (Liveright, 2019). "I can tell we’ve hit a nerve, not only with a


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