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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Speaking on Behalf of NYC Tech


Julie Samuels, Executive Director of Tech:NYC, the new-established official advocacy group of New York City's tech sector, discusses the city's newly formed technology advocacy group, Tech:NYC. Samuel's said the main goal of Tech:NYC is to ensure that Ne


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 2016-05-02  15m
 
 

Restoring Social Mobility


F.H. Buckley, George Mason School of Law professor and author of The Way Back: Restoring the Promise of America (Encounter Books, 2016), argues the U.S. can borrow from socialism to restore social mobility through capitalism. When comparing Canada and Am


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 2016-05-02  20m
 
 

The Problem with Naïve Cynicism


Rebecca Solnit, author and contributing editor at Harper's magazine, talks about her new article, "The Habits of Highly Cynical People," and how naïve cynicism among Americans has led to complacency in lieu of activism. One form of this cynicism, Solnit


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 2016-05-02  16m
 
 

The Line on Campaign Fundraising


A panel discusses the ongoing investigation into Mayor de Blasio's fundraising and the extent to which his fundraising tactics and/or the investigation represent a departure from standard practice serving the public interest. Susan Lerner: executive dire


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 2016-05-02  28m
 
 

This Isn’t Normal: The Case Against Accepting Trump


Donald Trump's success has made this election cycle interesting, to say the least. Jonathan Chait, New York Magazine columnist, and Jamelle Bouie, senior political correspondent for Slate, talk about why they call it "unprecedented." Bouie thinks it's im


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 2016-05-02  28m
 
 

30 Issues | Week 3 Recap: What America Gets Wrong (and Right) About Healthcare


We're Launching a Newsletter! Sign up for our election series newsletter! Once a week, you'll get a recap of our #30Issues segments straight to your inbox, with exclusive content and Brian's insights into that week's topic. Plus, there'll be ways for you


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 2016-04-29  58m
 
 

Less Stuff, More Life


In their new documentary, Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things, bestselling authors Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, also known as The Minimalists, explore the many flavors of minimalism by taking the audience inside the lives of minim


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 2016-04-29  34m
 
 

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Andrew Solomon on the Importance of Travel, Tamir Rice’s Family Lawyer, Tracy K. Smith’s Poems


A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Andrew Solomon on the Importance of Travel (First) | Tamir Rice’s Family Lawyer (Starts at 36:28) | Tracy K. Smith’s Poems (Starts at 56:54) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer


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 2016-04-29  1h10m
 
 

The Civil Rights Era Roots of Mass Incarceration


This election cycle has largely been about the "ghosts of positions past." And one ghost that has haunted both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton is their support of the 1994 Crime Bill and the era of mass incarceration that followed it. Elizabeth Hinton


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 2016-04-29  16m
 
 

Could Facebook's Algorithm Influence Voters?


Beyond the echo chamber effect of only seeing the opinions of your Facebook "friends", Max Read, senior editor for New York Magazine and their new tech website Select All, discusses about the possibility that Facebook could influence political opinions t


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 2016-04-29  16m