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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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

What We Know About Brussels So Far

Jones Hayden, Brussels bureau chief for Bloomberg, gives us an update on the situation in the Belgian capital, where three explosions killed at least 34 people and wounded more than 180 early on Tuesday morning. One explosion has been reported as a suici


 2016-03-22  9m

Obama to Cuba: It's Time to Lift the Embargo

President Obama is spending 3 days in Cuba in an attempt to bridge the relationship between the United States and Cuba after decades of closed communication. Listen to the president's speech in Cuba (or watch below). And skip ahead to 33:48 to hear NYU c


 2016-03-22  1h3m

Where the Candidates Stand on Israel

All 5 presidential candidates addressed U.S.-Israeli relations in speeches yesterday; everyone but Bernie Sanders spoke before AIPAC (The American Israel Public Affairs Committee). “Even within this one particular lobby, there’s a great diversity of Jews


 2016-03-22  19m

The Failures of US Counterterrorism and How it Led to ISIL

David Kilcullen, Senior Future of War Fellow at the New America Foundation, a former Australian professional soldier and chief counterterrorism strategist at the US state department and the author of Blood Year: The Unraveling of Western Counterterrorism


 2016-03-21  20m

Get Your Taxes Done Without Getting Scammed

Just hypothetically, let’s say you haven’t filed your taxes yet. They’re due April 18th -- you’ve got less than a month to go. And if you plan to download TaxAct or TurboTax, maybe think again: the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimates that fif


 2016-03-21  12m

New Painkiller Guidelines to Reduce Addiction Risk

In response to a significant increase in opioid overdose deaths, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidelines which recommend that doctors try pain relievers like ibuprofen before prescribing highly addictive medicati


 2016-03-21  22m

Mormon Voters Really Don't Like Donald Trump

Mormons are not buying what Donald Trump is selling. Even though Mormons are the most reliably Republican religious group in the country, it's been clearly demonstrated that Trump does very poorly with Mormon voters, says Buzzfeed News senior political w


 2016-03-21  30m

Elites vs Trump Voters

Jim Sleeper, author and lecturer in political science at Yale University, argues that party elites have created Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump, and Trump's popularity exposes a "vacuum" in American political discourse. Sleeper said there's a need to "ra


 2016-03-21  23m

Political Party with Keli Goff: Divided States of America?

Keli Goff explores how cultural and demographic shifts are changing the relationships between voters, politicians and presidential candidates in the 2016 elections, and beyond.


 2016-03-20  36m