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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A Legal Guide to Marriage

Now that marriage exists as a constitutional right between Americans of all sexual orientations,Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Florida attorney specializing in LGBT family law and the author of Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New P


 2016-10-04  16m

30 Issues | The Candidates on Immigration

Sarah Wheaton, White House reporter for POLITICO, and Karthick Ramakrishnan, co-author of the new book Framing Immigrants: News Coverage, Public Opinion, and Policy  (Russell Sage Foundation, 2016), compare Donald Trump's and Hillary Clinton's very diffe


 2016-10-04  22m

The Giant Loopholes in Our Tax Code

David Cay Johnston, Daily Beast columnist and author of The Making of Donald Trump (Melville House, 2016), explains how Donald Trump managed to use existing tax laws to declare a $916 million dollar loss and avoid paying federal income taxes for many yea


 2016-10-04  31m

Is the Scary Clown Craze a Harmless Hoax or No Laughing Matter?

For the past few months, creepy clowns have been terrorizing America, with sightings of actual clowns in at least 10 different states and the mass hysteria is causing extreme reactions. After eight such sightings, York College sent out a safety alert to


 2016-10-04  25m

Colombians Reject Peace Deal, What Happens Next?

Washington Post Latin America correspondent, Nick Miroff, talks about the surprise vote against the peace deal negotiated with the rebel group FARC and the Colombian government. 


 2016-10-03  14m

The 'Collateral Damage' of Gun Deaths in America

On an average day in America, seven children and teens will be shot dead. Gary Younge, columnist for The Guardian and The Nation and author of Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives (Nation Books, 2016), profiles the ten youn


 2016-10-03  16m

Hoping to Vote Immigrants Face Backlog in Citizenship Process

Nearly one million legal immigrants have applied to become American citizens this year, creating a backlog in the immigration application process. Julia Preston, National Immigration Correspondent for The New York Times, discusses her story about the bac


 2016-10-03  26m

A Preview of the New Supreme Court Session

Elie Mystal, an editor for Above the Law and the legal editor for WNYC's podcast More Perfect, previews the upcoming Supreme Court session — which begins Monday — from the top three most interesting cases to the political machinations surrounding the ope


 2016-10-03  20m

Good Business Isn't Good Patriotism

The New York Times reported over the weekend that Donald Trump claimed a $916 million loss on his 1995 tax returns which may have allowed Trump to avoid paying any income tax for nearly two decades. Is Donald Trump just taking advantage of tax codes? The


 2016-10-03  33m

30 Issues | Week 25 Recap: The 'Rigged' Economy

Catch up on what we learned during Week 25 of #30 Issues... Hit "play" above to hear about the so-called rigged economy, and how the presidential candidates plan on, well, "unrigging" it. You'll hear: Is the Economy Rigged? A Brief History of the 'Rigged


 2016-09-30  1h0m