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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#AsktheMayor: Child Protective Services, Rent Exemptions and JCOPE Subpoenas

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including investigations into child protection services in the case of Zymere Perkins's death, new efforts to increase awareness for New Yorkers that may q


 2016-10-06  32m

Bridgegate Trial Updates: Cuomo Accused of Stalling Investigation

Matt Katz, WNYC and New Jersey Public Radio reporter and the author of American Governor: Chris Christie's Bridge to Redemption (Threshold Editions, 2016), and Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, discuss the latest deve


 2016-10-05  11m

The American Happiness Paradox

Ruth Whippman, British documentary maker living in California and the author of America the Anxious: How Our Pursuit of Happiness is Creating a Nation of Nervous Wrecks (St. Martin's Press, 2016), explores the contradiction she noticed upon moving to the


 2016-10-05  14m

New Yorker Festival Preview

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker and host of the New Yorker Radio Hour, previews the upcoming New Yorker Festival, and takes listeners' questions for his upcoming interview with Bruce Springsteen.


 2016-10-05  21m

30 Issues | America's Immigration Story

Around 20 million immigrants came in through New York City from the 1850s to the early 1920s. Today, 40 percent of Americans have at least one ancestor who came in through Ellis Island, according to  We take a look at the history through aud


 2016-10-05  29m

Pence v Kaine: Who Won the VP Debate?

McKay Coppins, senior political writer for BuzzFeed, discusses the vice presidential debate and its potential impact on the election, and listeners weigh in on which candidate performed best.


 2016-10-05  30m

Penn Station and Port Authority Bus Terminal Reboot

On Tuesday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a fast-track plan to create a train hall in the General Post Office while renovating the passageways and platforms across the avenue at Penn Station. The plan would relieve congestion at Penn Station, which hou


 2016-10-04  13m

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