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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A President "Above the Law"

James B. Stewart, a columnist at The New York Times, staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,draws on documents and interviews with FBI, Justice Department, and White House officials to tell the st



The Making of Brett Kavanaugh

This week marks the one-year anniversary of Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court Justice, and the start of the new session. New York Times reporters Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly talk about his life and his confirmation process and their new book The Educa



The Cambridge Analytica Whistle-Blower

Christopher Wylie, the whistleblower from inside Cambridge Analytica, and author of Mindf*ck: Cambridge Analytica and the Plot to Break America, talks about his new book, promising revelations about partisan data misuse.



New Rent Laws Expected to Worsen Rent Overcharge Backlog

Josefa Velasquez, senior reporter for The City, and Aaron Carr, founder and executive director of the Housing Rights Initiative, talk about the backlog at DHCR in investigating rent overcharge claims, which has only gotten worse since the new rent reform



Almost Time to Vote: When and On What

With New York's new early voting, you don't have to wait until November to cast your ballot on the proposed charter revisions. Gail Benjamin, chair of the 2019 NYC Charter Revision Commission and former director of the New York City Council Land Use Divi



Breast Cancer in America

Kate Pickert, journalism professor at Loyola Marymount University, former staff writer for Time Magazine, and the author of Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America, shares her survival story and reports on the scientific ad



Turkey, Syria and the Trump Administration

Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs writer for The Washington Post, talks about the rising tensions in the Middle East as Turkey weighs potentially invading Syria. Watching the US relationship with the Kurds since the first Gulf War has been very embarrassin



Social Media: The Wisdom and the Wiseguys

Andrew Marantz, editorial staffer at The New Yorker and the author of Antisocial: Online Extremists, Techno-Utopians, and the Hijacking of the American Conversation, tells the story of the development of social media with its promise of democratizing the



Preet Bharara's Task Force

Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and host of the podcast “Stay Tuned With Preet,” discusses the work of the National Task Force on Rule of Law & Democracy that calls on Congress to protect scientific research



Impeachment Inquiry Updates

Wendy Sherman, former U.S. undersecretary of state for political affairs, professor of practice and public leadership and director of Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership and author of Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Powe