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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Take Smokeless Tobacco Out of the Ball Game

New York City Councilmember Corey Johnson, representing District 3 covering Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea, the West Village, and parts of Flatiron, SoHo and the Upper West Side, talks about his bill to ban the use of smokeless tobacco (aka "dip") in New York C


 2016-03-24  13m

No Prison Time for Peter Liang

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson is not seeking prison time for former New York City police officer Peter Liang who was convicted in the fatal shooting of Akai Gurley, an unarmed man in a housing project in East New York. Eugene O'Donnell, profess


 2016-03-24  17m

SNAP Change for Single Adults

Changes to SNAP food stamp eligibility will take effect on April 1st, which could mean big changes for single “able-bodied” adults. Which is why Margarette Purvis, president and CEO of Food Bank for New York City, is expecting a big spike in soup kitchen


 2016-03-24  14m

Wrestling With the Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker Privacy Ruling

Retired wrestler Hulk Hogan was awarded $140 million in damages in an invasion of privacy lawsuit against over a sex tape. Okay, so maybe that's a weird place to plant a First Amendment flag, but what does the ruling mean for other gossip-type


 2016-03-24  24m

Can Food Be Racist?

Dan Pashman, host of WNYC's The Sporkful podcast and author of Eat More Better: How to Make Every Bite More Delicious (Simon & Schuster, 2014), discusses the line between culinary cross-pollination and cultural appropriation. Ashok Kondabolu, a.k.a.


 2016-03-23  15m

Life in Putin's Russia

Anne Garrels, former foreign correspondent for NPR and the author of Naked in Baghdad and Putin Country: A Journey into the Real Russia (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016), reports on life in Chelyabinsk from the fall of the Soviet Union through the rise o


 2016-03-23  19m

The Link Between Multilinguals and People Skills

Katherine Kinzler, associate professor of psychology and human development at Cornell University, discusses her study, which found that children who are exposed to multiple languages are better at understanding other people's perspectives and are therefo


 2016-03-23  17m

Counterterrorism After the Brussels Attacks

If one failed shoe-bombing attempt at an airport prompted a widespread rule to remove shoes during security screenings, what will we take away from the terror attacks in Brussels? Michael Weiss, senior editor at the Daily Beast and co-author of ISIS: Ins


 2016-03-23  29m

Sanders Takes Western States, With Clinton Maintaining Her Delegate Lead

Results are in from last night's voting in Arizona, Utah and Idaho. Bernie Sanders took 2 of the 3 states by wide margins; but Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both won in Arizona, keeping them ahead of the pack on delegates. Abby Phillip, National Polit


 2016-03-23  27m

American Family Myths: Still Not True

Stephanie Coontz, professor of history and family studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia WA, director of research and public education at the Council on Contemporary Families and the author of The Way We Never Were: American Families and the N


 2016-03-22  16m