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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Don't Forget: You're Voting on Delegates in the Primary Too

It's been all about the candidates, but don't be surprised to see many more names on your ballot tomorrow. New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote in the New York primary, choosing both candidates and New York delegates to send to the July convention.


 2016-04-19  23m

New Energy-Efficient Streetlights Causing Sleepless Nights

The good news is that NYC is transitioning to newer, energy-efficient streetlights. But some people complain the light is not only too bright, but also too far on the blue end of the spectrum, causing glare and sleep disruptions. Justin Davidson, archite


 2016-04-18  13m

An Iraq Interrogator's Story

Eric Fair, an Army veteran who worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004, shares his story, from Rust Belt childhood through his time in Iraq as a contract interrogator at Abu Ghraib who witnessed and carried out "enhanced" interrogations and how


 2016-04-18  12m

Republicans Beat the Drum Ahead of the New York Primary

Alex Isenstadt, POLITICO reporter, and Heather Haddon, Wall Street Journal reporter, report on the Republicans' last efforts to win over New Yorkers before the primary. Both Isenstadt and Haddon agreed that the Republican candidates are largely looking a


 2016-04-18  26m

Burros Battle for the Boroughs: Democratic Primary Preview

With less than 24 hours before the polls open, hear how the Democrats are winding down their New York campaigning with POLITICO New York's Azi Paybarah, MTV News senior political correspondent Ana Marie Cox, and Slate's Jacob Weisberg. @BrianLehrer sande


 2016-04-18  35m

30 Issues | Week 1 Recap: Breaking Up the Big Banks

One week down, 29 to go! The Brian Lehrer Show is counting down to Election Day with #30Issues in 30 Weeks, a week-by-week exploration of important topics that are shaping your candidates and your vote. And we kicked it off with something light: is it ti


 2016-04-15  1h41m

What Happened at the Brooklyn Navy Yard Debate

The candidates made it clear that they're fighting for New Yorkers' votes at last night's tense (and at times loud) Brooklyn debate. We assembled an all-star team of local political reporters for a day-after breakdown: Errol Louis, political anchor and h


 2016-04-15  47m

Roll Up Your Sleeves: Blue-Collar Jobs Need More Vocational Training

As blue-collar jobs shift require more technical training, Katherine Newman, professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University and the co-author of Reskilling America: Learning to Labor in the Twenty-First Century (Metropolitan Books, 2016) argues for t


 2016-04-15  15m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: James Brown’s Legacy; A Poetry Assignment; A History of Big Banks

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. James Brown’s Legacy (First) | A Poetry Assignment (Starts at 13:50) | A History of Big Banks (Starts at 29:40) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do t


 2016-04-15  58m

30 Issues | Barney Frank (of Dodd-Frank) Explains Why Sanders' Plan Won't Work

To wrap up Week 1 of our #30Issues in 30 Weeks series, Barney Frank, a former U.S. Congressman (D-MA) and the author of Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015), looks back at The Dodd–Frank


 2016-04-15  31m