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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Earth Day with Bill McKibben

On earth day, Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and co-founder of, talks about his work on climate change and his new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (Henry Holt and Co., 2019) 



Child Welfare Family Separations

Yasmeen Khan, WNYC reporter for crime and policing, talks about her reporting about the city’s Administration for Children’s Services use of “emergency powers” to remove children from their parents.



How Did Politics Come up at Your Holiday Table?

Listeners call in and talk about how politics came up at their holiday meals.



Mueller's Obstruction Puzzle

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, FiveThirtyEight senior writer and David Marcus, The Federalist's New York correspondent, discuss the legal and political puzzle of presidential obstruction in special counsel Mueller's report.   



Brian Lehrer Weekend: The 'Central Park Jogger' Case, 30 Years Later; Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton'; David Brooks on Morality

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The 'Central Park Jogger' Case, 30 Years Later (First) | Broadway's 'Hillary and Clinton' (Starts at 24:00) |  David Brooks: 'Our Culture Equates Success with Love' (Starts at 42:00)



Reefer, Managed: The Future of Cannabis

Amanda Chicago Lewis, columnist at Rolling Stone, talks about what industry leaders and experts think will be the future of cannabis legalization in the country. Plus, Karen Rouse, WNYC New Jersey reporter, on why New Jersey's efforts to legalize recreat



Chairman Nadler on the Mueller Report

Jerrold Nadler, U.S. Representative and chair of the House Judiciary Committee, on why he subpoenaed the Justice Department for an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, as well as the underlying grand jury evidence and testimony.



Mueller Report Reactions

Susan Glasser, staff writer at The New Yorker who writes the weekly online "Letter from Trump’s Washington" column, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and host of the Trump, Inc. podcast at WNYC, offer analysis to the redacted Mueller report.



Pushing for Impeachment

In light of the release of the Mueller report (with redactions), Tom Steyer, Democratic party donor, activist and founder of the groups Need to Impeach and Next Gen America, talks about why he thinks President Trump should be impeached.



#Ask the Mayor: Mueller Report, Campaign Finance, Measles

Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. "We are the greatest city in the world but unfortunately we build the lamest skate parks," caller on @BrianLehrer, who rules. — Jake Offenhartz (@jangelooff)