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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Big Data as a Threat to Democracy

Cathy O’Neil, former Wall Street "quant," data scientist, author of the blog and the author of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy (Crown, 2016), says giving algorithms the responsibility fo


 2016-09-08  19m

Harlem Heat Project: What the City Provides

The latest studies show that there are one hundred thousand seniors in New York City without air-conditioners," says WNYC's reporter Julia Longoria. She talks about the continued joint WNYC/I See Change/Adapt NY project of tracking the effects of one of


 2016-09-08  14m

30 Issues | What's So Good – or Bad – About Common Core?

Diane Ravitch, historian, research professor of education at New York University and author of The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education (Basic Books, 2011), discusses whether or not the Comm


 2016-09-08  32m

Takeaways From the Candidates' First Joint Appearance

Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War  (Simon & Schuster, 2016), analyzes Hillary Clinton's and Donald Trump’s stances on national security, military affairs and veterans’ issues


 2016-09-08  29m

Obama's Conciliatory Legacy Tour Continues in Laos

Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations, contributor to The Atlantic, and author of A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA (Simon & Schuster), discusses President


 2016-09-07  12m

The Narratives of Betrayal That Shape Politics

Mark Lilla, professor of the humanities at Columbia University and author of the forthcoming, The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction (New York Review Books, 2016), helps us understand the enduring power of historical narratives of betrayal to shape


 2016-09-07  16m

Long Island University's Labor Day Lockout

After a contract fight with the faculty union, Long Island University's administration told professors not to come to work this fall and replaced them with an entirely new staff. Scott Jaschik, editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed, and Melissa Antin


 2016-09-07  24m

The Candidates Transition to the Oval Office

Max Stier, president of the Partnership for Public Service, talks about his work bringing awareness to the need for a pre-election start for presidential candidates to transition to the Oval Office. An early start to the process could help ensure that th


 2016-09-07  17m

After Roger Ailes, Fox News Reaches Settlements

Gabriel Sherman, national affairs editor at New York Magazine and the author of The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News — and Divided a Country (Random House, 2014), talks about his latest reporting on the R


 2016-09-07  36m

After Violence, Listeners Respond With Next Steps for J'Ouvert Festival

Two students were killed at this morning's J'Ouvert Festival, the pre-dawn street procession that is a prequel to the day's West Indian Parade. West Indian listeners call in to respond to the continuing violence at the festival.   @BrianLehrer If gang vi


 2016-09-06  13m