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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Chancellor Carranza Tackles Segregation in New York City Schools

Richard Carranza, New York City Schools Chancellor, talks about the next steps in the city's efforts to diversify and desegregate city schools.    I am doing everything in my power not to scream at my desk listening to @BrianLehrer this morning. 7, SEVEN



Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill on Transportation Efforts for NY/NJ and Impeachment; and Listener Calls

Mikie Sherrill, U.S. Representative (D NJ-11), questions Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s ability to give an unbiased evaluation of projects presented to the Department of Transportation. There have been reports the department gave special treatmen



Brian Lehrer Weekend: Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections; Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach; Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us"

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Albany Passes Historic Rent Protections (First) | Reasons the Democrats Are Slow to Impeach (Starts at 27:46) | Context and a Movie: Ava DuVernay’s "When They See Us" (Starts at 1:02:



Fatherhood and Masculinity

A father’s day call in for dads about how notions of masculinity in parenting have changed from grandfather to son and from son to grandson.



Hot Spots: Hong Kong and Iran

Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs writer for The Washington Post, talks about the rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran and between pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong and the mainland-backed government.



We Need to Talk About Nepotism

Dahlia Lithwick, covers courts and the law for Slate and hosts the podcast Amicus. She argues that from Jared Kushner to Elaine Chao and Amy Chua, the elites in charge need to be called out for letting family ties inform who gets power.



#AsktheMayor: Helicopter Traffic, Taxi Drivers, Rent Regulation, Standardized Tests, School Integration

Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. @BrianLehrer the trash can issue is huge. Same in sunset park - we don’t have trash cans on 6th and 7th avenues so there is always garbage — kelly anderson (@



FIFA Women's World Cup

Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress and co-host of Burn It Down podcast, discusses the U.S. women's soccer team's amazing start to FIFA World Cup and their class-action gender discrimination lawsuit against the U.S. Soccer Federation.



Stories of Coming Out

Listeners call in to share their experiences of getting the courage to come out as part of the LGBTQ community. Plus, folks outside of the community share their experiences of when they realized it was okay to be gay. Omg Mora coming out to us is making



Why is the Mayor so Unpopular?

According to a Siena College Research Institute poll released on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio is just as unpopular as President Donald Trump among New Yorkers. Listeners call in to share why they think the Mayor is so unpopular. @BrianLehrer Mayor appear