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 Underestimate Animal Intelligence

Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, professor of primate behavior at Emory University and author of many books, including Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? (W. W. Norton &


 2016-04-25  18m

The Campaign Finance Laws that Sparked the De Blasio Probe

Mayor de Blasio is under investigation for his fundraising apparatus. Is this unsavory politics as usual or is it illegal, unsavory politics as usual? Laura Nahmias, who reports on City Hall for POLITICO, discusses the state laws that have brought into q


 2016-04-25  21m

GOP Delegate Rules Have Always Been Rigged

Elizabeth Drew, veteran journalist and the author of Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon's Downfall (The Overlook Press, 2014), discusses the nuts and bolts of getting primary votes to getting delegate vote at the party conventions.


 2016-04-25  32m

Headlines That Got Lost in the NY Primary Shuffle

Last week, we were pretty preoccupied. We had the rare opportunity to cover a local primary that actually mattered for the first time in several presidential election cycles. So now we want to look back at some of the stories in the news that we may have


 2016-04-25  19m

30 Issues | Week 2 Recap: Who Should Pay How Much in Taxes?

"Read my lips: no more taxes." Those iconic words were uttered by then-presidential candidate George H. W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention. This week on #30Issues, we're asking: who should pay how much in taxes? But before we get into what


 2016-04-22  47m

Evolving Kosher

Just in time for Passover, Roger Horowitz, food historian, director of the Center for the History of Business, Technology, and Society at the Hagley Museum and Library in Delaware and the author of Kosher USA: How Coke Became Kosher and Other Tales of Mo


 2016-04-22  11m

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Tubman on the $20, Liang’s Downgraded Conviction, Sharon Olds' Poetry

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Tubman on the $20 (First) | Liang’s Downgraded Conviction (Starts at 32:16) | Sharon Olds’ Poetry (Starts at 50:18) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can


 2016-04-22  1h6m

Everyday Acts of Sexism

Laura Bates, founder of the Everyday Sexism Project and the author of Everyday Sexism (A Thomas Dunne Book for St. Martin's Griffin, 2016), started gathering women's stories of the daily encounters that left them feeling diminished by sexism. Four years


 2016-04-22  16m

30 Issues | Comparing the Presidential Candidates' Tax Plans

How would your taxes change under a Trump presidency? Tony Nitti, partner at WithumSmith and Brown and a contributor to, focusing on tax policy, court decisions and planning opportunities, walks us through the tax plans of each of the presiden


 2016-04-22  16m

Mayor de Blasio Says East New York Won't Turn Out Like Bushwick

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio talks about the new housing plan for East New York and other city news. When asked about the investigations into the Board of Elections and the recent suspension of a chief clerk, the Mayor expressed his frustration and


 2016-04-22  21m