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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30 Issues | Three Climate Change Solutions

Bill McKibben, founder of the environmental activism group and author of several books, including Oil and Honey: The Education of an Unlikely Activist (Times Books, 2013), offers his top 3 solutions to climate change. McKibben said the most salie


 2016-05-19  11m

What Happened in Nevada?

Philip Bump, writer for The Washington Post's politics blog The Fix, and Anna Merlan, a staff reporter at Jezebel, discuss what happened in the Nevada convention and whether the continuation of the Sanders campaign will undermine the party’s attempt to m


 2016-05-19  15m

#AskTheMayor: On Deed Restrictions and Dirtbikes

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio take calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC. First question from @BrianLehrer, why isn't @BilldeBlasio attending State Senate hearing in lower Manhattan on mayoral control — Brigid Bergin (@brigidbergin) Ma


 2016-05-19  19m

The History of Dating

Before people balked at Tinder, they were balking at joyrides and blind dates. Moira Weigel, Brooklyn-based author of Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), traces the history of dating, from the late Victorians to toda


 2016-05-18  17m

Trump Card for Unindicted Bridgegate Co-Conspirators?

WNYC and NYPR's Matt Katz, creator of The Christie Tracker and the author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption (Threshold Editions, 2016), and Kurt Flehinger, criminal defense and civil rights attorney, discuss the judicial role Do


 2016-05-18  16m

Wild About NYC: Glass Eels

Every day during the Spring Pledge Drive, we're exploring some of the submissions to the #WildNYC photo project. Today: Chris Bowser, an educator with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservations's Hudson River Estuary Programs and nation


 2016-05-18  7m

30 Issues | The Changing Climate Change Debate

Andrew Revkin, New York Times writer for the Dot Earth blog and professor at Pace University, reviews the history of climate change policy in the U.S. Revkin explains the difference between Hillary Clinton's stance – she wants to reduce carbon emissions


 2016-05-18  14m

Amy Davidson Offers a Close Read of the Paul Ryan-Donald Trump Meeting

Amy Davidson, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses the news of the day including the fraught relationship between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton's two-front battle for the White House. Paul Ryan wants to really, truly become one with


 2016-05-18  16m

Ralph Nader Says It's Time to Break Away from 'Two-Party Tyranny'

Amid talk of third party candidacies for voters unhappy with the Democratic and Republican choices, Ralph Nader, political activist and author of Return to Sender: Unanswered Letters to the President, 2001-2015 (Seven Stories Press, 2015) talks about the


 2016-05-17  14m

Moby Made It Here

Moby, singer-songwriter, musician, DJ, photographer and the author of Porcelain: A Memoir (Penguin Press, 2016), tells his New York story of failure and success in the 80s and 90s club scene. → Hear more: Catch Moby in conversation with John Shaefer toni


 2016-05-17  12m