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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A New Era for Immigration Policy

David Nakamura, Washington Post reporter, and Muzaffar Chishti, immigration lawyer and director of the Migration Policy Institute's office at NYU Law School, discuss the Department of Homeland Security's new guidance about immigration enforcement and the


 2017-02-22  34m

A View of Politics from The Greene Space

Jamil Smith, senior national correspondent for MTV news and Ana Marie Cox, senior political correspondent for MTV News, founder of the blog Wonkette and contributor to The New York Times Magazine discuss the latest political developments and offer their


 2017-02-21  59m

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke on the Democratic Resistance

Local Congress is taking the week to meet with their constituents Yvette Clarke, U.S. Representative for the 9th Congressional District of New York, discusses the virtues of being an opposition congressperson in a Republican-controlled government, and pr


 2017-02-21  22m

In the Classroom: A Panel of New York and New Jersey Teachers

Anya Kamenetz, NPR's lead digital education correspondent, discusses the impact of issues teased out in the DeVos confirmation hearing with a panel of six teachers from across New York and New Jersey. This interview was a part of our live show in The Gre


 2017-02-21  22m

#OneBookNY: 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'

Julie Menin, commissioner of Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, discusses the city's new campaign to host the largest community read program and how it will increase traffic to booksellers and libraries and Junot Diaz, professor at MIT, fiction e


 2017-02-20  22m

President Trump’s Place in Presidential History

David Greenberg, historian of American politics and a professor of history and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and the author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016), and


 2017-02-20  37m

Finding Solace in Presidential Biographies

Alexis Coe, writer and historian and author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (Pulp/Zest Books, 2014) with a forthcoming George Washington biography, and a host of the podcast "Presidents Are People Too!", talks about her latest piece in the


 2017-02-20  23m

Oscar-Nominated Documentaries: 'Life, Animated'

This interview is part of the Brian Lehrer Show's yearly tradition of speaking with the directors of Oscar-nominated documentaries. See the entire series here. Documentary filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams, talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary, "Life


 2017-02-20  20m

The Case for Trump's EPA Pick

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute where he focuses on energy, the environment and antipoverty policy, discusses the national political news of the day, including President Trump's contentious nominee for the head of the Environmental Pr


 2017-02-17  26m

The Problem With Asking Trump About Antisemitism

Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward, and Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, founder and editor in chief of Ami Magazine, an Orthodox Jewish weekly based in Brooklyn, discusses how the Trump administration could respond to the wave of anti-Semitic threat


 2017-02-17  27m