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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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

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Going Cashless, Black and Autistic, Peter Singer

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Going Cashless (First) |  Black and Autistic (Starts 13:55) | Peter Singer Talks Everyday Ethics (Starts 26:20) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do t


 2016-09-30  45m

Makers in the Making

John Keefe, WNYC senior editor for data news and the author of Family Projects for Smart Objects: Tabletop Projects That Respond to Your World (Maker Media, Inc, 2016), spent a year making something new every week and culled the list to 11 projects for n


 2016-09-30  11m

Inside President Putin's Circle

Mikhail Zygar, editor in chief of the only independent TV station in Russia, Rain TV (Dozhd) and the author of All the Kremlin's Men: Inside the Court of Vladimir Putin (PublicAffairs, 2016), offers his insight into the world leader so admired by Donald


 2016-09-30  14m