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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How a Feminist's Fight for Her Rights in Iran Became a Global Cause

Shirin Ebadi, Iranian Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, human rights activist and the author of Until We Are Free: My Fight For Human Rights in Iran (Random House, 2016), shares the story of her dismissal as a judge in Iran after the Islamic revolution, the le


 2016-03-17  12m

Former Head of NSA and CIA, No Second-Guessing

Recently, Trump backed down on his original comment that he would order U.S. military personnel to break the law by torturing or killing terrorist's family members. And part of why he backed down was because retired United States Air Force four-star gene


 2016-03-17  31m

Listen to a Long Interview With Edward Snowden

From the buzz in the room, you'd think it was a sporting event, or a homecoming party for a war hero. But the crowd in Brooklyn was going wild for a live video link of Edward Snowden. .@Snowden's here. #PoitrasSnowden — BAM (@B


 2016-03-17  1h37m

Sanders Camp to the Country: "It's Not Over Yet"

This week's primaries may have given Sanders a wide margin to overcome, but his camp is optimistic that his best states lie ahead of him. "The second half of the calendar is much more favorable to Bernie Sanders," said Jonathan Tasini, labor activist, pr


 2016-03-17  32m

Edward Snowden Won't Tell You Who He's Voting For (That's Private!)

This interview was recorded as part of RadioLoveFest, produced by WNYC and BAM. It's an excerpt from a long, live discussion held at BAM in Brooklyn on March 11, 2016, where Brian interviewed Edward Snowden and journalist/filmmaker Laura Poitras. Click h


 2016-03-17  20m

Zardulu, Viral Hoaxes, and Pizza Rats

Hey, we just stumbled upon this amazing video of a rat carrying a slice of pizza!   Okay, clearly we're kidding. The infamous "pizza rat" video was uploaded to YouTube in September of 2015 and has since been viewed over 9 million times. But what if it wa


 2016-03-17  13m

Obama Nominates Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Over objections from the majority Republicans in the Senate, President Obama has nominated Merrick B. Garland to the Supreme Court. WNYC's All Things Considered host Jami Floyd, an attorney by training who has vetted judges for the Clinton administration


 2016-03-16  53m

A Teenage Murder and the Question of 'Normal' Masculinity

Ken Corbett, clinical assistant professor at the New York University postdoctoral program in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy and the author of A Murder Over a Girl: Justice, Gender, Junior High (Henry Holt and Co., 2016), draws on his expertise with iss


 2016-03-16  9m

The Making of a Trump Voter

Chad Kiewiet de Jonge, political scientist and senior research analyst at Langer Research Associates, a leading survey research and analysis firm, breaks down Tuesday’s primary and explains the results with research he has conducted about voters in the 2


 2016-03-16  30m

Kasich Won Ohio Because of College-Educated Voters

Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities project, a collaboration including The Wall Street Journal, NBC News, and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics, and culture in a time of change, offers analysis on Tuesday’s primary results,


 2016-03-16  10m