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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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Jane Sanders on the Campaign, Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Dreams, Talking to Teen Girls About Sexuality

A few of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Jane Sanders on the Campaign (First) | Shirley Chisholm’s Presidential Dreams (Starts at 44:03) | Talking to Teen Girls About Sexuality (Starts at 1:07:41) If you don't subscribe to t


 2016-04-01  1h1m

Why Busing Failed to Desegregate Our Schools

Matthew Delmont, associate professor of history at Arizona State University and the author of Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016), digs into the history of busing as a


 2016-04-01  18m

$15 Minimum Wage Coming (Gradually) to New York State

Most people would say today is April 1st. But in New York State, it's March 32nd. That's what some people call it in Albany, when the governor and the state legislature almost get a budget passed in time for the April 1st start of the new fiscal year, bu


 2016-04-01  16m

Democrats Become 'New Yorkers' in Latest Rallies

The Democrats have officially brought their campaigns to our backyard! Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for Politics & Policy for WNYC News who was at Hillary Clinton's rally in Harlem, and Brigid Bergin, the City Hall and politics reporter for WNYC w


 2016-04-01  37m

Good Intentions Make Bad Foreign Policy

Michael Mandelbaum, director of American Foreign Policy at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and the author of Mission Failure: America and the World in the Post-Cold War Era (Oxford University Press, 2016), argued th


 2016-04-01  19m

The Double-Edged Sword of "Curing" His Asperger's

John Elder Robison, author of the memoir Look Me in the Eye and Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening (Spiegel & Grau, 2016), talks about what changed, for good and for ill, when he participated in a successful neurological st


 2016-03-31  13m

Walk Here, Stand There: Coming to Times Square

Tim Tompkins, president of the Times Square Alliance, follows up on Wednesday's City Council hearing and explains his proposed plan to designate specific areas of the Times Square plaza for different stakeholders, from those seeking tips for being photog


 2016-03-31  18m

Trump's Call for Abortion 'Punishment' and a Likely Brokered Convention

Donald Trump's latest comments on abortions (that women who get them deserve "some form of punishment") has many pro-choice advocates up in arms, even though he later recanted his statement. Letitia "Tish" James, the new New York City Public Advocate, sa


 2016-03-31  40m

Ted Cruz vs. Bill Bratton on the Cryptic NYPD Demographics Unit

First, let's catch you up to speed. In the immediate aftermath of the Brussels attacks on March 22, 2016, Ted Cruz issued a statement: "We will do what we can to help them fight this scourge, and redouble our efforts to make sure it does not happen here…


 2016-03-31  16m

Fixing Big Ag

Is lab-grown meat the future? Jayson Lusk, professor of Agricultural Economics at Oklahoma State University and the author of Unnaturally Delicious: How Science and Technology are Serving Up Super Foods to Save the World (St. Martin's Press, 2016), makes


 2016-03-30  13m