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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A Greenpeace Captain Tells His Story

Peter Willcox, environmental activist and Greenpeace captain and author of Greenpeace Captain: My Adventures in Protecting the Future of Our Planet (Thomas Dunne Books, 2016), talks about his work with Greenpeace, including attacks by the French military


 2016-04-21  10m

Investigating the NYC Board of Elections

Brigid Bergin, the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC, follows up on her reporting of the big drop in registered Democratic voters in Brooklyn and whether there's more to the story than the Board of Election's claim of "routine maintenance." → Catc


 2016-04-21  20m

Honoring Harriet Tubman and Other Historic Women

Harriet Tubman will be honored on the front of the $20 bill, as announced by the Treasury Department. Cokie Roberts, political commentator for NPR and for ABC News and author of Capital Dames: The Civil War and the Women of Washington, 1848-1868 (Harper


 2016-04-21  31m

The Primary and the City

Ester Fuchs, professor of public affairs and political science and director of the urban and social policy program at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and former advisor to Mayor Bloomberg, reflects on what the primary res


 2016-04-20  12m

Syrian Voices

Robin Yassin-Kassab, commentator on Syria and the Middle East and the author of the novel The Road From Damascus, and Leila Al-Shami, human rights activist in Syria, co-authors of Middle East Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War (Pluto Press, 2


 2016-04-20  17m

Liang Verdict and Sentence: Increased Accountability or Racial Bias?

A judge has downgraded former NYPD officer Peter Liang's conviction from second-degree manslaughter to criminally negligent homicide, meaning he'll serve no time in jail for the shooting death of Akai Gurley. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson, who 


 2016-04-20  18m

What the Bernie Sanders Coalition Wants

Sarah Leonard, senior editor for The Nation, and Slate columnist Michelle Goldberg discuss the future of the Bernie Sanders coalition, a group of people who largely supported the Occupy Wall Street movement and are now at the forefront of he fight for na


 2016-04-20  20m

With Over 125,000 Voters Purged, Plans to Audit the BOE

There you have it: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump took the New York primary last night. But keep in mind how many more Democrats there are in New York. Clinton garnered the most votes state-wide, followed by Bernie Sanders, followed by Trump. Andrea Be


 2016-04-20  40m

An Informal, Unofficial, Thoroughly Unscientific Primary Day Exit Poll

Have you been to the polls yet? (Find your polling site here!) Listeners call in to our annual, informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific Primary Day exit poll. Hear from New Yorkers all over the state as they begin to cast their ballots. Tweet @Bria


 2016-04-19  1h6m

Back to Pluralism in the Middle East

President Obama is headed to Saudia Arabia this week. Nicolas Pelham, The Economist's Middle East affairs correspondent who has covered the Arab region for New York Review of Books, BBC, Financial Times, and the author of Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism i


 2016-04-19  24m