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

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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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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Census 2020: The Count Begins

As of today, every home in the United States will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Michael C. Cook Sr., chief of the Public Information Office at the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about national observation of Census Day and how the COVID-19 epidemic may impact the count.


Jonathan Karl Covering the White House

Jonathan Karl, ABC News chief White House correspondent and the author of Front Row at the Trump Show (Dutton, 2020), talks about today's news and the president's overall response to the pandemic, plus his new book. Check out Jonathan Karl in a livestream book event on Thursday, 4/2 at 8pm -- everyone is welcome.


So You Want to Donate or Manufacture PPE?

Peter Hatch, COVID-19 Public-Private Partnership Czar, talks about the work being done with private and philanthropic partners to aid the city’s response to the pandemic, and what to do if you want to donate or manufacture medical gear to give to healthcare workers on the front line. For more information on what to do if you need COVID-19 related assistance or want to help: go here.


Coronavirus on Long Island

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive, and Laura Curran, Nassau County executive, talk about how Long Island is coping with the COVID19 pandemic.


How To Care for Yourself (And Others)

Jaimie Meyer, infectious disease physician at Yale, as well as assistant professor of medicine, and assistant clinical professor of nursing at the Yale School of Medicine, gives advice on how listeners who suspect they may have COVID-19 can take care of themselves, and loved ones, at home.


Patrick Foye on Keeping Transit Moving

Patrick Foye, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority , talks about the MTA's finances, the new reduced schedule, and protecting transit workers from infection.


Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

Tara Parker-Pope, columnist and founding editor of Well, the consumer health site at the New York Times, shares lessons learned from her reporting on best practices for grocery shopping in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.


AOC on Covid-19 and Relief for Tenants

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, U.S. Rep (D 14th, Qns & Bronx), talks about the federal relief package which is to include cash payments to everyone, as well as rent and mortgage relief, plus what social distancing means for the census.


'Processing' in the Time of COVID-19

Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for The New York Times, and Jenna Wortham, staff writer for New York Times Magazine and a host of the podcast “Still Processing,” talk about the new season of their New York Times podcast "Still Processing" and offer advice on how listeners can process self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.


Can You Become Immune to COVID-19?

Once you get the coronavirus are you immune to it? The answer is likely yes, but the science is out for how long. Apoorva Mandavilli, science journalist, frequent contributor to the New York Times, and the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Reporting, talks about the science community's frenzied research into COVID-19 immunity, and whether it's the key to the vaccine.


Lessons From China for New York

As New York attempts to tame the out of control coronavirus pandemic, Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and senior correspondent at CNBC and NBC News, reports from China on the differences between the Chinese and American approaches.


Rep. Delgado on the $2T Relief Package

Antonio Delgado, U.S Representative (D NY 19), talks about the relief package passed by the House on Friday and how his district is coping with the COVID-19 crisis. "There's no surplus in Upstate," says @repdelgado on ventilator supply in New York State. Says that the state's response to the pandemic is the "canary in the coal mine" for the rest of the country. March 30, 2020 The dynamic between Downstate and Upstate New York is "always challenging," says @repdelgado. "What we have to do...


Helping Elders Connect

For older Americans unused to connecting with services and loved ones digitally, Meryl Picard, professor of occupational therapy at Seton Hall University offers an occupational therapist's perspective on how to help, and Etana Edelman, occupational therapy 3rd year graduate student at Seton Hall, shares her story of getting her grandmother set up with ordering groceries through an app.


Former CDC Director on COVID-19

Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.


Sen. Gillibrand on Federal COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about the Senate's response to the public health and economic crisis.


Ask The Mayor: Ventilators; Construction Halt; Crowded Parks; More

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC as the pandemic continues, including the need for federal action on PPE and ventilators, enforcing social distancing in the parks, and the newly announced halt to non-essential construction projects.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Handling Anxiety, Alison Roman, Social Distance Volunteer

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Managing Anxiety in the Pandemic (First) | Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic (Starts at 24:27) | Volunteering While Social Distancing (Starts at 48:38) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Attorney General James on Stopping Scams, Price-Gouging and More

Letitia James, Attorney General of New York, talks about her efforts to advocate for workers and combat scams, price gouging, anti-Asian bias during the COVID-19 crisis.


A Look At Anti-COVID Efforts Around the World

Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of Partners In Health, and Max Fisher, international reporter and columnist for The New York Times, talk about how countries around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and take international calls.


Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic

Alison Roman, New York Times food columnist and the author of Dining In (Clarkson Potter, 2017) and Nothing Fancy (Clarkson Potter, 2019), offers advice on pantry stocking and recipes to stay healthy and well-fed despite limited shopping opportunities. → Recipe for: #TheStew → Recipe for: #TheCookie Pepian, a Latin American stew that normally has meat but also works well with white beans and root vegetables. Mujadara, which is lentils, rice, & caramelized onions. Kimchi fried rice...