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, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, and many others.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Council Speaker Adams, Women in Con. Law, NYC Retirees

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Speaker Adams on the State of the City (First) | Women's Work: Constitutional Law (Starts at 32:53) | NYC Retirees Speak Out About Health Plan Changes (Starts at 47:20) 

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The TikTok CEO Went to Congress

TikTok's CEO Shou Chew testified before Congress Thursday in an adversarial hearing. Louise Matsakis, tech reporter for Semafor, recaps the hearing and talks about why members of Congress are so concerned about the wildly popular app.



Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation in Uganda

The Ugandan parliament has passed a law which would ban identifying as LGBTQ+ and imposes lengthy prison sentences or even the death penalty for some acts. Neela Ghoshal, senior director of law and policy at Outright International, explains how the new law builds on existing legislation and how it connects to homophobia around the world...



When Your College is the NCAA Cinderella Story

Princeton. St. Peter's. Fairleigh Dickinson. None of these schools are basketball powerhouses, but in the past couple years, all have been Cinderella stories in the men's NCAA tournament. Listeners call in to talk about what it means to cheer for a team at schools like this, where sports were never the main focus (and fans of the sports powerhouses call in, too). Plus: they discuss their mixed feelings on college sports.



Comptroller Lander Talks NYPD OT, the City's Economy and More

New York City Comptroller Brad Lander talks about his recent report on NYPD overtime, the city's economy and his priorities for the state budget.



Women's Work: Constitutional Law

As part of Women's History Month, we're sharing stories of the women who moved into traditionally-male professions. Today, Elizabeth Wydra, president of the Constitutional Accountability Center, talks about the field of constitutional law, especially relevant less than one year after Roe v Wade was overturned, and 100 years after the Equal Rights Amendment was introduced (but never adopted).



Case Studies in Humane Policing

Neil Gross, sociology professor at Colby College in Maine, former police officer, and author of Walk the Walk: How Three Police Chiefs Defied the Odds and Changed Cop Culture (Metropolitan Books, 2023), argues police culture can become more humane and effective using the examples of three departments whose chiefs made it happen—in Stockton, California; Longmont, Colorado; and LaGrange, Georgia.



NYC Retirees Speak Out About Health Plan Changes

New York City municipal retirees are speaking out against a plan that would force them to enroll in a Medicare Advantage plan run by Aetna. Marianne Pizzitola, president of the NYC Organization of Public Service Retirees and FDNY EMS Retirees, explains why the retirees are furious and what they'd like to see happen instead.



France's Controversial Pension Reform Moves Ahead

After a surviving two no-confidence vote against French President Emmanuel Macron’s government, Roger Cohen, Paris bureau chief for The New York Times and author of several books, most recently, An Affirming Flame: Meditations on Life and Politics (Knopf, 2023), discusses what's next for France's pension reform which would raise the age of retirement from 62 to 64 for most workers.



What the Bank Collapses Mean for Tech

Jeanna Smialek, reporter covering the Federal Reserve and the economy for The New York Times and the author of Limitless: The Federal Reserve Takes on a New Age of Crisis ( Knopf, 2023), and Cara Eisenpress, senior tech reporter at Crain's New York, join to discuss how the continued fallout after the Silicon Valley and Signature Bank collapses might impact the tech sector.