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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The Most Powerful Man in the World Is Vladimir Putin

After accusations that the Kremlin hacked into email accounts owned by U.S. Democratic Party members in order to assist the election of Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been named Forbes's most powerful person (for the fourth year in a


 2017-03-13  31m

Do Strong Markets Point to a 'Trump Bump?'

Adam Davidson, a staff writer for The New Yorker and co-founder of NPR's Planet Money, talks about the Trump Organization's business dealings in Azerbaijan as well the market's relationship with Trump's presidency.


 2017-03-10  28m

On Beasts and Burdens

Sunaura Taylor, an artist and writer based in New York City and the author of Beasts of Burden: Animal and Disability Liberation (The New Press, 2017), discusses issues of disability and animal rights.


 2017-03-10  20m

How Steve Bannon Saved DACA — and Why

Adrian Carrasquillo, White House correspondent for BuzzFeed News, discusses the role White House chief strategist, Steve Bannon, played in preserving President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy and why Bannon sees i


 2017-03-10  24m

#AskTheMayor: Hyper-Local Housing for the Homeless

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his latest plan to address the homeless crisis by building 90 new shelters last week. The Mayor takes calls from New Yorkers about his new effort to house the homeless in their own neighborhoods. "I think ther


 2017-03-10  35m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: One Woman's Rise to Power in Africa, Linda Sarsour's Next Move, Promise of Deregulation Is Delivered

Hear three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. One Woman's Rise to Power in Africa (First) | Linda Sarsour's Next Move (Starts at 23:57) | Promise of Deregulation Is Delivered (Starts at 50:17) If you don't subscribe to the B


 2017-03-10  1h13m

Not Just 'Other' Anymore in the U.S. Census

In preparation for the 2020 census, the U.S. Census Bureau has been re-thinking how it asks people to categorize themselves in its question about race and ethnicity. The race question on the official U.S. 2010 census vs. the proposed changes (U.S. Census


 2017-03-09  25m

The Politics of Gentrification

Peter Moskowitz is a freelance journalist who has written for The Guardian, The New York Times, New Republic, Wired, Slate, Buzzfeed and many others. She is former staff writer at Al Jazeera America and author of How to Kill a City: Gentrification, Inequ


 2017-03-09  25m

Republicans Forge Ahead With Healthcare Bill Despite Criticism

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute where he focuses on energy, the environment, and antipoverty policy, discusses the House Republicans' Obamacare replacement healthcare bill. The bill is getting criticism from all sides, including from


 2017-03-09  24m

How the CIA Can Hack Smartphones (and so Much More)

On Tuesday, Wikileaks disclosed an alleged CIA surveillance program that has the capabilities to target security weaknesses in everyday electronics like smartphones, smart TVs and personal computers, and could even circumvent encryption on apps such as W


 2017-03-09  33m