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 Importance of City Squares Around the World

Catie Marron, chairman of the board of directors of Friends of the High Line and the editor of City Squares: Eighteen Writers on the Spirit and Significance of Squares Around the World (Harper, 2016), and Alma Guillermoprieto, journalist, MacArthur fello


 2016-05-09  16m

The Feminist Case for Decriminalizing Sex Work

Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine staff writer and panelist on Slate's Political Gabfest, talks about the growing movement to decriminalize prostitution as a feminist issue.


 2016-05-09  26m

L Train Repairs Call for Shutdowns

The MTA is in a tough spot. Vital repairs are needed on the L train tunnel under the East River, but many riders rely on that line. The two options: full closure of the tracks in both directions for 18 months, or keeping one track open for limited two-wa


 2016-05-09  14m

The Republican Break-Up Scorecard

Republican leaders are starting to peel off into different camps. There are those who support Donald Trump, like casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, those who aren’t endorsing, like both former President Bushes, and some in between. Slate staff writer Jim Newe


 2016-05-09  41m

30 Issues | Week 3 Recap: Should Paid Family Leave Be A Right in America?

Good News / Bad News / Best News The good news is: you can hit "play" above to hear all of our #30Issues segments from this week on paid family leave back-to-back! You'll hear: A (Lack of) History of Paid Family Leave Paid Family Leave Around the World Yo


 2016-05-06  1h17m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: The History of Paid Family Leave, When the 1% Leaves Town, Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The History of Paid Family Leave (First) | When the 1% Leaves Town (Starts at 36:28) | Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green (Starts at 56:54) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehr


 2016-05-06  1h19m

Mothers By Not-Birth, How Did You Get to 'Mom'?

There’s a phrase that almost every mother knows, and that’s the “birth story.” It’s the story of the day you gave birth — the day you definitely became a mother. But there are many mothers who did not give birth. They adopted, became stepmoms or god moms


 2016-05-06  12m

Young Introverts: "Quiet" for Kids

It seems like, at one time, everyone was reading Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Now, she's written a book specifically about introverted teens. It's called Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introve


 2016-05-06  17m

Playing with Guns

Accidental shootings by curious preschoolers are happening at a rate of about 2 per week. Jack Healy, national correspondent for the New York Times, joins us to discuss the frequent tragedies that happen when toddlers get their hands on a legally registe


 2016-05-06  26m

30 Issues | A Heated Debate: Is Paid Family Leave A Job Killer?

Is paid family leave good or bad for business? Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which among several things would prevent employers from firing an individual for taking 12 unpaid weeks off to care


 2016-05-06  21m