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 Retired NY Judge Looks at Sotomayor's Dissent

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a scathing dissent in the court's ruling on stop-and-frisk in Utah v. Strieff. The Honorable Shira Scheindlin, who in a 2013 ruling found that the New York Police Department had resorted to a “policy of indirec


 2016-06-23  18m

#AskTheMayor: Bill de Blasio Takes Calls From Brooklyn

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from Brooklyn listeners and talks about the latest news, including WNYC's latest investigations into the Brooklyn voter purge. He also addressed a report on broken windows and quality of life from the Inspec


 2016-06-23  34m

The Mexican Tourism Minister Takes On Misconceptions

Enrique de la Madrid, Mexico’s Minister of Tourism, discusses the rhetoric used in the presidential campaign, as it relates to Mexico, and how this portrayal of Mexico differs from his view of the nation he represents on a national stage. He spoke of the


 2016-06-22  11m

How a Young Abraham Lincoln Became a Master Politician

Sidney Blumenthal, journalist, former assistant and senior adviser to President Bill Clinton, senior adviser to Hillary Clinton and the author of A Self-Made Man: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln Vol. I, 1809 - 1849 (Simon & Schuster, 2016), off


 2016-06-22  20m

30 Issues | The 'Manic' History Between the U.S. and China

America and China share a confusing, conflicting and competitive history. How much are the two countries in each other's way? Click above to hear an audio history of U.S.-China relations. Orville Schell, the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-Chi


 2016-06-22  25m

Christie’s New Plan For the Kids

With Governor Chris Christie's new plan to give each Garden State school district the same amount of state aid, NJ Spotlight’s founding editor John Mooney discusses the proposal, which is aimed at alleviating property taxes. Gov. Christie’s School-Fundin


 2016-06-22  17m

Trump's No Campaign, Campaign

Donald Trump's campaign faces the greatest money deficit in modern presidential politics, entering June with nearly 40 million dollars less than Hillary Clinton's. With historically little cash at hand, some reporters wonder whether Trump's campaign coun


 2016-06-22  34m

The Dark Underbelly of Competitive Tickling

David Farrier, entertainment reporter, actor and documentary filmmaker, set out to write a quirky story about "competitive endurance tickling," but as he delved deeper he came up against fierce resistance and found that the world of tickling is much dark


 2016-06-21  13m

Imagining the Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days

Tavis Smiley, host of PBS's Tavis Smiley and PRI's "The Tavis Smiley Show" and the co-author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson's Last Days (Little, Brown and Company, 2016), talks about his book. → Hear more: Smiley has a


 2016-06-21  14m

Hispanic Voters Disproportionately Purged from Voter Rolls

A WNYC analysis of the illegal purging of 120,000 voters from the rolls just before the New York primary has found that it disproportionately affected Hispanic voters. WNYC’s City Hall reporter Brigid Bergin, who first broke the story, along with WNYC's


 2016-06-21  24m