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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#AskTheMayor: Your (New) Weekly Hotline to Mayor de Blasio

This is the start of something new: Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear on our show every week, generally on Fridays at 10am. You can use the hashtag #AskTheMayor anytime (even during the week) to submit a question you'd like him to answer. He commented on


 2016-05-06  32m

NY and Off-Shore Medical Schools in Race for Clinical Clerkships

Should off-shore medical schools be allowed to pay American hospitals for their students to learn from doctors? Hear from Neal Simon, president of the Caribbean-based American University of Antigua College of Medicine. And Jo Wiederhorn, president and Ch


 2016-05-05  16m

Laughing at Culture Clash

Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie" for Canadian television and the author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque (Virago, 2016), talks about her new memoir and her long-running sitcom that featured a Muslim family. What's of


 2016-05-05  17m

30 Issues | Your Back-to-Work After Motherhood Stories

After a woman has a baby in the United States, the time for rest, bonding, and recovery is often determined not by tradition, or even by a doctor’s recommendations, but by the new mother’s employment situation. Jessica Shortall, a writer based in Dallas 


 2016-05-05  15m

Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green Tells All

Mark Green, a former NYC public advocate, host of the syndicated weekend radio show "Both Sides Now" and the author of Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise (St. Martin's Press, 2016), traces the arc of his public service


 2016-05-05  23m

What Should Your Candidate Do Next?

And then there were three. Sanders supporters, Clinton supporters, and Trump supporters call in to talk about what they'd like to see their candidate do next. If #Bernie2016 loses im voting for #Trump2016 @realDonaldTrump should chose @marcorubio to help


 2016-05-05  38m

A Community Grows in Yonkers

A new pilot program called "Let's Grow Together" brings officers from the Yonkers Police Department together with local foster youth in an effort to build community relationships. Here to talk about how the program is going:  Alan Mucatel, Executive Dire


 2016-05-04  15m

A Counter-Narrative to Bin Laden's Killing

Seymour Hersh, award-winning investigative journalist and the author of The Killing of Osama Bin Laden (Verso, 2016), first reported his version of tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden last year in the London Review of Books. He expands his story that


 2016-05-04  17m

The "Bag Bill" Gets a Vote

The City Council votes Thursday on a bill to require a 5-cent surcharge for "single-use" paper and plastic shopping bags. One of the sponsors of the bill City Councilman Brad Lander said that 5-cent fee is meant to incentivise shoppers to use reusable ba


 2016-05-04  14m

30 Issues: Paid Family Leave Around the World

If you're a new mom in Estonia you can bank on 25 weeks of paid maternity leave. Same in Italy. In the U.K. you can bet on 40 weeks. From Bulgaria? Go ahead take a year. But a US citizen? See you at work tomorrow. Danielle Kurtzleben, a political reporte


 2016-05-04  19m