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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No Prison Time for Peter Liang


Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is not seeking prison time for former New York City police officer Peter Liang who was convicted in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man in a housing project in East New York. Eugene O'Donnell, profess


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 2016-03-24  17m
 
 

SNAP Change for Single Adults


Changes to SNAP food stamp eligibility will take effect on April 1st, which could mean big changes for single “able-bodied” adults. Which is why Margarette Purvis, president and CEO of Food Bank for New York City, is expecting a big spike in soup kitchen


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 2016-03-24  14m
 
 

Wrestling With the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Privacy Ruling


Retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in damages in an invasion of privacy lawsuit against Gawker.com over a sex tape. Okay, so maybe that's a weird place to plant a First Amendment flag, but what does the ruling mean for other gossip-type


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 2016-03-24  24m
 
 

Can Food Be Racist?


Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's The Sporkful podcast and author of Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, 2014), discusses the line between culinary cross-pollination and cultural appropriation. Ashok Kondabolu, a.k.a.


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 2016-03-23  15m
 
 

Life in Putin's Russia


Anne Garrels, former foreign correspondent for NPR and the author of Naked in Baghdad and Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), reports on life in Chelyabinsk from the fall of the Soviet Union through the rise o


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 2016-03-23  19m
 
 

The Link Between Multilinguals and People Skills


Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, discusses her study, which found that children who are exposed to multiple languages are better at understanding other people's perspectives and are therefo


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 2016-03-23  17m
 
 

Counterterrorism After the Brussels Attacks


If one failed shoe-bombing attempt at an airport prompted a widespread rule to remove shoes during security screenings, what will we take away from the terror attacks in Brussels? Michael Weiss, senior editor at the Daily Beast and co-author of ISIS: Ins


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 2016-03-23  29m
 
 

Sanders Takes Western States, With Clinton Maintaining Her Delegate Lead


Results are in from last night's voting in Arizona, Utah and Idaho. Bernie Sanders took 2 of the 3 states by wide margins; but Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both won in Arizona, keeping them ahead of the pack on delegates. Abby Phillip, National Polit


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 2016-03-23  27m
 
 

American Family Myths: Still Not True


Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families and the author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the N


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 2016-03-22  16m
 
 

What We Know About Brussels So Far


Jones Hayden, Brussels bureau chief for Bloomberg, gives us an update on the situation in the Belgian capital, where three explosions killed at least 34 people and wounded more than 180 early on Tuesday morning. One explosion has been reported as a suici


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 2016-03-22  9m