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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The Music That Changed Musicians' Lives

Bob Boilen, host and creator of NPR’s All Songs Considered and Tiny Desk Concerts, shares reflections from artists and musicians on pivotal moments that inspired their work. Boilen has a new book out: Your Song Changed My Life: From Jimmy Page to St. Vin


 2016-05-23  17m

Obama's Hiroshima Visit: Acknowledgement but No Apology

Sheila Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015), talks about Obama's visit to Hiroshima last week, where he s


 2016-05-23  10m

Facebook Bias Reflects Our Own

Newsflash: Facebook has an algorithm to determine what posts you see, including news and opinion posts. (But is that really surprising?) Frank Bruni, New York Times Op-Ed columnist, talked about falling deeper into our own worldview on Facebook, where we


 2016-05-23  17m

Oklahoma Governor and Lawmakers Disagree on Abortion Bill

Last week, Oklahoma legislators approved a bill that would make it a felony for doctors to perform abortions. And on Friday, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin vetoed that bill, saying the language was too vague. Emily Bazelon, New York Times Magazine staff w


 2016-05-23  15m

30 Issues: 30 Issues | Week 6 Recap: How Do We Fight Climate Change?

Catch up on what we learned during Week 6 of #30 Issues... Hit "play" above to hear all of our #30Issues segments from this week about the history and politics of climate change, back-to-back. You'll hear: A History of the Climate Change Debate An Annotat


 2016-05-20  42m

Wild About NYC: The Forest and the Trees

Every day of the Spring Pledge Drive, we're diving into WNYC's #WildNYC photo project and focusing on a different aspect of our city wildlife. Today, Jessica Schuler, director of the Thain Family Forest at New York Botanical Garden, talks about trees. No


 2016-05-20  8m

The Food We Like to Talk About vs. The Food We Actually Make

Apparently in the kitchen, we're all talk and no action. Slate reporter Nicholas Hune-Brown recently wrote about the huge gap between the ultra-foodie recipes we like to talk about and the actual recipes we're searching for on sites like,


 2016-05-20  16m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Moby, The History of Dating, My Studio is Full of Eels

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Moby (First) | The History of Dating (Starts at 12:58) | My Studio is Full of Eels (Starts at 30:18) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


 2016-05-20  38m

Lobbying Corporations to Defund Trump

Rashad Robinson, the spokesperson of the PAC for the civil rights group Color of Change, discusses the growing momentum behind the group's campaign to pressure major corporations to protest Donald Trump by divesting from the Republican National Conventio


 2016-05-20  11m

A New Yorker Tells All About His Stint in ISIS

NBC News producer Ben Plesser discusses the story he helped produce about a 27-year-old man who joined ISIS and then fled the terrorist group after five months.


 2016-05-20  13m