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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Blurred Lines Between Clinton Foundation and State Department Under Hillary Clinton

A new trove of emails released on Tuesday shows a somewhat blurry line between Hillary Clinton’s role as secretary of state and her role in the Clinton Foundation. Eric Lichtblau, a New York Times reporter who won a 2006 Pulitzer Prize with James Risen f


 2016-08-11  23m

#AskTheMayor: The Future of NYC Hangs on Public Schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners about public schools and education. The latest test score results show math and reading scores are up throughout the society, but up substantially more in charter schools. Mayor de Blasio says


 2016-08-11  33m

Could Shaun Donovan Be NYC's Next Mayor?

Is Shaun Donovan eyeing a mayoral run? Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter for Politico, reports on efforts by an anti-de Blasio activist to interest Shaun Donovan, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, in running for mayor of New


 2016-08-10  9m

Neil Gaiman Gets Real

Best-selling author of short fiction Neil Gaiman, a Bard professor and the author of The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Nonfiction (William Morrow, 2016), looks back on the real life topics that engaged him, including free speech, the nightmare of t


 2016-08-10  16m

30 Issues | A History of the U.S.-Israel Relationship

Steven Simon, former diplomat, policymaker, visiting professor of history at Amherst College, former senior director of Middle Eastern and North African affairs for the Obama Administration and author of Our Separate Ways: The Struggle for the Future of


 2016-08-10  29m

NYC Parks Spotlight: Spike in Crime and the Bushwick Inlet Park 'Bait-and-Switch'

Geoffrey Croft, President and Founder of New York City Park Advocates, discusses the recent spike in major crime in parks across New York City and the movement of elected officials and residents pressuring Mayor Bill de Blasio to use eminent domain to se


 2016-08-10  14m

Neocons Fear Trump's Orders

Fifty prominent Republican national security officials have penned a letter calling Donald Trump a national security risk. Peter Beinart, senior political writer for The Daily Beast and senior fellow at the New America Foundation, discusses Trump's natio


 2016-08-10  39m

Are Liberals Becoming More Patriotic?

Did Khizr Khan take the constitution back for progressives when he waved it at Donald Trump at the Democratic Convention? In the context of the presidential campaigns we asked our listeners: has this political season brought out a progressive patriotism


 2016-08-09  17m

Brooklyn Bridge Expansion and Transportation Department Updates

The Brooklyn Bridge promenade, which is used by around 10,000 pedestrians and 3,500 cyclists on a typical weekday, could be getting an expansion. "It’s challenging to retrofit bridges," Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York Department of Transp


 2016-08-09  13m

President Obama, Race and Public Opinion

"Identity is the thing that all Americans have been thinking about since Obama," said Melanye Price, associate professor of Africana Studies and Political Science at Rutgers University and the author of The Race Whisperer: Barack Obama and the Political


 2016-08-09  22m