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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City's Fight to Retain Recyclables From Scavengers Gets Messy

New York City Councilmember Antonio Reynoso, representing New York City's 34th district (Williamsburg Bushwick, and Ridgewood, Queens), discusses the city's fight to retain recyclable items, which are often collected by individuals who exchange these ite


 2016-03-28  15m

Shirley Chisholm's Dream of a Woman President

Ellen Fitzpatrick, professor of history at the University of New Hampshire and the author of The Highest Glass Ceiling: Women's Quest for the American Presidency (Harvard University Press, 2016), looks at the other American women who have run for preside


 2016-03-28  18m

The Books Most Frequently Assigned By College Professors

The Open Syllabus Project is a collection of over 1 million syllabi from English-language colleges, revealing what books are most frequently assigned to students. Plato’s Republic comes in at #2 and The Communist Manifesto at #3. The #1 work of fiction t


 2016-03-28  20m

Albany Budget Hung Up on $15 Minimum Wage

Jimmy Vielkind, Capital New York's Albany bureau chief, talks about final budget negotiations as the April 1 deadline approaches. "Things are hung up on minimum wage," explained Vielkind. Governor Cuomo has put the vast majority (if not all) of his polit


 2016-03-28  16m

Sanders' Impressive Caucus Wins and Other Political News

A suicide bomber's attack on a playground in Lahore, Pakistan left at least 69 people dead. It's being reported that the attack was carried out by a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, and it intentionally targeted Christians. This tragedy sheds lig


 2016-03-28  39m

Race, Class, and Child's Play

Tamara Mose, associate professor of sociology at Brooklyn College, and the author of The Playdate: Parents, Children and the New Expectations of Play (NYU Press, 2016), talks about her field studies of NYC playdates as a lens to the changes in parenting


 2016-03-25  22m

Bahraini's 'Highly Functional Unjustice System'

Maryam al-Khawaja, co-director of the Gulf Center for Human Rights, talks about her sister, imprisoned with her fifteen-month-old child, on the 5-year anniversary of a Saudi military intervention in defense of the Sunni minority rulers of the majority Sh


 2016-03-25  9m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Edward Snowden on Coming Home, Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker, Family Myths

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Edward Snowden on Coming Home (First) | A Lawyer Talks About Snowden's Case (Starts at 23:17) | Hulk Hogan vs. Gawker (Starts at 44:03) | Family Myths (Starts at 1:07:41) If you don't


 2016-03-25  1h24m

Spotlight on Investigative Reporting

The movie "Spotlight" won Best Picture at this year's Oscars. It tells the true story of a group of investigative journalists at The Boston Globe who uncovered child abuse allegations against priests in Boston and ultimately revealed a decades-long cover


 2016-03-25  23m

The U.S. Charges Iranian Hackers Over Cyberattacks

The U.S. has charged 7 Iranian hackers over cyber-attacks on American banks and a dam in Rye Brook, New York. Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist and the author of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War (Simon & Schuster, 2016), and E


 2016-03-25  33m