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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Obama's Foreign Policy Legacy

Derek Chollet, former Obama administration assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, now a counselor and senior adviser at The German Marshall Fund of the United States, talks about his new book The Long Game: How Obama Defied Wa


 2016-06-27  14m

Meet the Candidates: NY 10 Primary

The two Democratic candidates in District 10's upcoming primary – incumbent Representative Jerrold Nader (NY-10) and challenger Oliver Rosenberg– sit down with Brian to make their cases to the voters.


 2016-06-27  22m

Brexit Regrets, NYC Pride and Other Monday Morning News

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, talks about the latest news about Brexit, Buzzfeed and the Trump campaign and Buzfeed's new voter registration efforts. Always fun to be on the radio with @brianlehrer, where I'll be talking about #turnuptovote htt


 2016-06-27  36m

30 Issues | Week 11 Recap: America's Complicated Relationship with China

Catch up on what we learned during Week 11 of #30Issues... America and China: is this world big enough for the two of us? Hit "play" above to hear all of our #30Issues segments from this week about America's very complicated history with China and what ea


 2016-06-24  41m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: How to Help Refugees, Michael Jackson’s Last Days, Sotomayor's Dissent

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. How to Help Refugees (First) | Michael Jackson’s Last Days (Starts at 20:25) | Judge Scheindlin on Sotomayor's Stop-and-Frisk Dissent (Starts at 34:50) If you don't subscribe to the B


 2016-06-24  53m

The Impact of Brexit on the Global Market

The US markets woke up to the news that Britain has decided to leave the European Union - that is, to "Brexit." What does this mean for global markets? WNYC's Business and Culture Editor Charlie Herman explains.


 2016-06-24  10m

New Criminal Justice Initiatives

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance discusses several new initiatives aimed at preventing crime, improving access to services for victims, and increasing options to divert youth from the criminal justice system. He also weighed in on yesterday's Supreme


 2016-06-24  22m

What's Next for Britain and the EU After Brexit?

What's next for Britain, now that it has voted to leave the European Union? Listeners from the UK and other parts of Europe call in to share their thoughts. And Steven Erlanger, the London bureau chief for The New York Times, discusses what might happen


 2016-06-24  32m

Meet the Candidates: NY District 13

Representative Charlie Rangel, who has served in the House continuously since 1971, is retiring. Which means there's an open seat in District 13. Hear from eight of the nine candidates running for Rangel's seat: New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat (


 2016-06-24  45m

The Supreme Court Rules on Affirmative Action and Immigration

The Supreme Court passed down two rulings this morning, upholding the University of Texas' affirmative action plan and effectively killing Obama's immigration plan with a tied vote. WNYC's Jami Floyd and Justin Driver, a professor at the University of Ch


 2016-06-23  24m