The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.

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WQXR's Instrument Drive and the Film it Inspired

The WQXR Instrument Drive is back in action, now through April 17th! Graham Parker, General Manager of WQXR and Vice President of NYPR, discusses the ongoing WQXR instrument drive. And listeners call in to share their favorite instrument stories. The 201


 April 13, 2016  14m

30 Issues | The Democrats' Visions of 'Too Big To Fail'

Mike Konczal, a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute who blogs about economics at "Rortybomb," looks at how either democratic candidate would address the idea of "too big to fail" if elected president. Contrary to the takes, Sanders's Daily News answers on


 April 13, 2016  29m

Meet the Candidate: Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky

New York State Assemblyman Todd Kaminsky (D-20), representing the South Shore of Long Island, makes his case to fill the open seat previously held by recently convicted Republican Dean Skelos.


 April 13, 2016  10m

The Candidates Fight for New York

The most prominent piece of news in the 2016 election today comes from a non-candidate: Speaker Paul Ryan has clarified publicly (and emphatically) that no, he will not run for the GOP nomination. Anna Palmer, Senior Washington Correspondent for POLITICO


 April 13, 2016  38m

Library Awards Finalists

Jelani Cobb, awards judge, associate professor of history and the director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progr


 April 12, 2016  14m

Why Racism Lingers

Ibram Kendi, assistant professor of African American history at the University of Florida and the author of Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America (Nation Books, 2016), looks at the lives and thinking of prominent A


 April 12, 2016  17m

#ConvinceCat, Our Undecided Voter

Last week on the Brian Lehrer Show, a caller named Cat said she donated to both Bernie Sanders' and Hillary Clinton’s campaigns but she can’t decide who to vote for in the primary. Today, Cat’s back and she’s all ears! Listeners called in to convince Cat


 April 12, 2016  22m

Meet the Candidates: Assembly 65 (Replacing Sheldon Silver)

Meet the three candidates running in the April 19th special election to replace Sheldon Silver in the 65th Assembly District on the Lower East Side: Alice Cancel, from the Democratic County Committee Lester Chang, from the Manhattan Republican Party Yuh-


 April 12, 2016  28m

New Jersey Transit Eavesdrops on Your Commute

Your next conversation on a New Jersey Transit train might be recorded. New surveillance measures include adding video and audio recording devices to some light rail trains, intended to deter and track criminal behavior. Jeanne LoCicero, the deputy legal


 April 12, 2016  24m

Councilmember Ulrich for Kasich

This conversation is part of a series of interviews with representatives of each of the 2016 candidates. Click here to see more. One of the few Republicans on the City Council, Councilmember Eric Ulrich (R-32), is supporting Ohio governor John Kasich in


 April 11, 2016  14m