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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Farewell, President Obama

President Obama gave an optimistic and emotional presidential farewell speech in Chicago last night. Listeners react, share their memories of Obama and say their own goodbyes. Does anyone else have an #ObamaMemento like this kicking around? Send us a pic


 2017-01-11  41m

Confirmation Hearings Continued

Nicole Austin-Hillery, director and counsel of the Washington, D.C. Office of the Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.


 2017-01-10  14m

This Is What a Crunk Feminist Looks Like

Brittney C. Cooper, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers, author of the forthcoming Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press), Susana Morris, ass


 2017-01-10  20m

The Debate on Racially-Biased Policing

In a preview of an Intelligence Squared debate, Gloria Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former civil rights attorney argues that yes, policing is racially biased, while Harry


 2017-01-10  18m

There's No 'Linear March Towards Progress'

Slate's chief political correspondent, Jamelle Bouie, discusses President Obama's legac, which he wrote about in his latest article: "The Obama Paradox."  


 2017-01-10  23m

What To Know About Senator Jeff Sessions

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is President-elect Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing with him this morning. Emily Bazelon, staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and a s


 2017-01-10  33m

One Down, Five to Go: Cuomo's State of the State Analysis

A deeper dive into the first (out of six) State of the State addresses that Governor Andrew Cuomo is slated to deliver this week. Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette, sticks around for analysis.


 2017-01-09  8m

State of the State Preview and Speech

Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette, previews Governor Cuomo's State of the State speech. And then — in case you missed it — hear New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deliver his annual State of the State address, including early voting, same-day votin


 2017-01-09  53m

A Republican Congress Begins Painting the Town Red

Jennifer Haberkorn, senior health care reporter for POLITICO Pro, previews the Republican-led Congress' new agenda, which includes confirmation hearings for Trump appointees and Obamacare replacement talks.


 2017-01-09  15m

Trump on the International Stage

Yesterday on "Fox News Sunday," Reince Priebus, President-elect Donald Trump's White House chief of staff, said that Trump "accepts the fact that this particular case was entities in Russia," regarding Russia's involvement in the Wikileaks hack of Hillar


 2017-01-09  35m