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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NYC's Eighth Graders Face Pressure to Make the Right Choice

Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and, talks about her forthcoming reporting on themed high schools in New York City and the imperfect application process that eighth grade students and their parents find hard to navig


 2016-11-01  12m

Here's to the Losers

Curt Menefee, host of Fox NFL Sunday and the author (with Michael Arkush) of Losing Isn't Everything: The Untold Stories and Hidden Lessons Behind the Toughest Losses in Sports History (Dey Street Books, 2016), shares stories of sports figures' biggest l


 2016-11-01  21m

Who Gets to Push the Nuclear Button?

Annie Karni, political reporter for POLITICO covering the Hillary Clinton campaign, gives us her take on the political landscape as we enter the final week of the campaign, including both candidates "scaring voters to the polls" over who should have acce


 2016-11-01  23m

The Race to Watch: Meet the Candidates of NY's 3rd Congressional District

Thomas Suozzi, former Nassau County Executive (D) and New York State Senator Jack Martins (R), make their cases as they vie for Long Island’s 3rd congressional district.


 2016-11-01  21m

Who To Trust One Week Before E-Day

At one week before Election Day, Amy Davidson, staff writer at The New Yorker, talks about the FBI's renewed investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, the latest emails from the Clinton camp made public by the WikiLeaks dump and how that


 2016-11-01  30m

This Year's Election in... Halloween Costumes

The dedicated listeners of the Brian Lehrer Show share how this year's election inspired their Halloween costumes this year and Sean Rameswaram, reporter for WNYC's More Perfect, joins to discuss a time-honored WNYC Halloween tradition. Who wore their co


 2016-10-31  14m

Republican Party Survival Guide

Evan Siegfried, Republican strategist and commentator and the author of GOP GPS: How to Find the Millennials and Urban Voters the Republican Party Needs to Survive (Skyhorse Publishing, 2016), says the groups Republicans have relied on, baby boomers and


 2016-10-31  19m

Protections for the Gig Economy

The City Council just passed the Freelance Isn't Free Act to protect freelancers from wage theft. Brad Lander, city councilman from Brooklyn, and Sara Horowitz, founder and executive director of Freelancers Union and the co-author of The Freelancer's Bib


 2016-10-31  21m

Legal Marijuana Ballot Initiatives Are at an All-Time High

Christopher Ingraham, reporter for the Washington Post's Wonkblog, discusses a potentially groundbreaking year for drug policy, as several states will be voting on ballot initiatives for the legalization of recreational and medicinal marijuana.


 2016-10-31  20m

The Latest October Surprise Rattles the Clinton Campaign

MTV News reporters Ana Marie Cox and Jamil Smith, discusses the ways the latest October surprise — the FBI's announcement that it found new emails (on former Congressman Anthony Weiner's computer) to review as part of it's investigation into Hillary Clin


 2016-10-31  34m