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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Brian Lehrer Weekend: The History of Paid Family Leave, When the 1% Leaves Town, Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The History of Paid Family Leave (First) | When the 1% Leaves Town (Starts at 36:28) | Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green (Starts at 56:54) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehr


 2016-05-06  1h19m

Mothers By Not-Birth, How Did You Get to 'Mom'?

There’s a phrase that almost every mother knows, and that’s the “birth story.” It’s the story of the day you gave birth — the day you definitely became a mother. But there are many mothers who did not give birth. They adopted, became stepmoms or god moms


 2016-05-06  12m

Young Introverts: "Quiet" for Kids

It seems like, at one time, everyone was reading Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking. Now, she's written a book specifically about introverted teens. It's called Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introve


 2016-05-06  17m

Playing with Guns

Accidental shootings by curious preschoolers are happening at a rate of about 2 per week. Jack Healy, national correspondent for the New York Times, joins us to discuss the frequent tragedies that happen when toddlers get their hands on a legally registe


 2016-05-06  26m

30 Issues | A Heated Debate: Is Paid Family Leave A Job Killer?

Is paid family leave good or bad for business? Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Family and Medical Insurance Leave (FAMILY) Act, which among several things would prevent employers from firing an individual for taking 12 unpaid weeks off to care


 2016-05-06  21m

#AskTheMayor: Your (New) Weekly Hotline to Mayor de Blasio

This is the start of something new: Mayor Bill de Blasio will appear on our show every week, generally on Fridays at 10am. You can use the hashtag #AskTheMayor anytime (even during the week) to submit a question you'd like him to answer. He commented on


 2016-05-06  32m

NY and Off-Shore Medical Schools in Race for Clinical Clerkships

Should off-shore medical schools be allowed to pay American hospitals for their students to learn from doctors? Hear from Neal Simon, president of the Caribbean-based American University of Antigua College of Medicine. And Jo Wiederhorn, president and Ch


 2016-05-05  16m

Laughing at Culture Clash

Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the sitcom "Little Mosque on the Prairie" for Canadian television and the author of Laughing All the Way to the Mosque (Virago, 2016), talks about her new memoir and her long-running sitcom that featured a Muslim family. What's of


 2016-05-05  17m

30 Issues | Your Back-to-Work After Motherhood Stories

After a woman has a baby in the United States, the time for rest, bonding, and recovery is often determined not by tradition, or even by a doctor’s recommendations, but by the new mother’s employment situation. Jessica Shortall, a writer based in Dallas 


 2016-05-05  15m

Former NYC Public Advocate Mark Green Tells All

Mark Green, a former NYC public advocate, host of the syndicated weekend radio show "Both Sides Now" and the author of Bright, Infinite Future: A Generational Memoir on the Progressive Rise (St. Martin's Press, 2016), traces the arc of his public service


 2016-05-05  23m