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 Life of an Undercover Cop

Stevie Stryker is a retired NYPD detective. Rocco Parascandola is the New York Daily News police bureau chief. Together they wrote GUNZ AND GOD: The Life of an NYPD Undercover (Lulu Publishing Services, 2016). They talk about Stryker's upbringing in Broo


 2016-06-01  19m

A Greek Mayor Welcomes Refugees

Yiannis Boutaris, the current mayor of Thessaloniki, discusses Greece's role in accepting refugees from ailing countries. Boutaris, who was chosen as 'The Best Mayor of the World' for the month of October by the City Mayors Foundation in 2012, said these


 2016-06-01  10m

The World Science Festival Comes Back to Town

The World Science Festival is back in town! Brian Greene, co-founder of the festival and professor of mathematics & physics at Columbia University, and Sylvia Earle, oceanographer, explorer, former chief scientist of NOAA, and National Geographic Soc


 2016-06-01  24m

30 Issues | The Political History of Infrastructure

Brian Pallasch, managing director of Government Relations and Infrastructure Initiatives for the American Society of Civil Engineers, discusses some of the biggest infrastructure projects in America’s history and the politics and politicians behind these


 2016-06-01  24m

Examining Safety at Zoos

Many people are outraged that zookeepers at the Cincinnati Zoo shot a gorilla after a toddler fell into its enclosure. Ed Hansen, CEO of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, talks about what conversations have been sparked at other zoos about safety,


 2016-06-01  32m

Bugs Bunny Inspired A Generation of Opera Stars

It turns out Bugs Bunny inspired a generation of opera-singers with his Wagner-inspired “Kill the Wabbit” cartoon. At least, that's what members of the Washington National Opera cast of Wagner's Ring Cycle told the Wall Street Journal about Elmer Fudd an


 2016-05-31  14m

Negin Farsad Knows How to Make White People Laugh

Negin Farsad, American comedian, actor, filmmaker, and now author of How to Make White People Laugh (Grand Central Publishing, 2016), combats anti-Muslim prejudice through humor. She also gave an update on her lawsuit against the MTA for barring an ad ca


 2016-05-31  17m

Libertarians Choose a Candidate

The Libertarian Party picked its presidential ticket on Sunday: former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld. Libertarians called in to talk about the party's picks and what "Libertarian" means to


 2016-05-31  19m

Mount Sinai CEO Says 800-Bed Hospitals Are Not the Future of Healthcare

Kenneth L. Davis MD, president and chief executive officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, talks about the future of Beth Israel Hospital after its Union Square building closes and it relocates to a much smaller location. Dr. Davis took issue with last


 2016-05-31  25m

Clinton Could Clinch in New Jersey

Patrick Murray, the director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, talks about national politics with an eye on New Jersey voters. First, let's clear up an important misconception: if you are an unaffiliated voter in New Jersey (that is, you have


 2016-05-31  34m