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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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

Artist Ramiro Gomez and Expanding the Frame

Because writer Lawrence Weschler has written so often about the artist David Hockney and his depictions of Southern California fine living, he took note of the work of L.A. artist Ramiro Gomez whose paintings include the immigrant gardeners and pool clea


 2016-04-19  9m

Don't Forget: You're Voting on Delegates in the Primary Too

It's been all about the candidates, but don't be surprised to see many more names on your ballot tomorrow. New Yorkers will head to the polls to vote in the New York primary, choosing both candidates and New York delegates to send to the July convention.


 2016-04-19  23m

New Energy-Efficient Streetlights Causing Sleepless Nights

The good news is that NYC is transitioning to newer, energy-efficient streetlights. But some people complain the light is not only too bright, but also too far on the blue end of the spectrum, causing glare and sleep disruptions. Justin Davidson, archite


 2016-04-18  13m

An Iraq Interrogator's Story

Eric Fair, an Army veteran who worked in Iraq as a contract interrogator in 2004, shares his story, from Rust Belt childhood through his time in Iraq as a contract interrogator at Abu Ghraib who witnessed and carried out "enhanced" interrogations and how


 2016-04-18  12m