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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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Black History Reframed: Slavery and Medical History

As Black History Month comes to a close, we talk to some of the contributors to the New York Times' 1619 Project. Today, Linda Villarosa, a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine, talks about the racist beliefs that led to errors in medical science that continue to influence care today.


Lessons from a Watergate Prosecutor

Jill Wine-Banks, MSNBC contributor and legal analyst, former Watergate special prosecutor, and the author of The Watergate Girl: My Fight for Truth and Justice Against a Criminal President(Henry Holt and Co., 2020), talks about her time investigating Watergate, and gives analysis on the current administration. EVENT: Catch Jill Wine-Banks in conversation with professor and MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley at the Strand Bookstore tonight, Feburary 26th, at 7pm. Get tickets here.


The Filibuster Debate

Jim Newell, Slate’s senior politics writer, reviews the Senate filibuster rule and why some 2020 Democrats, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, are calling for it to end.


Bernie vs. Everybody

Jonathan Capehart, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and member of The Washington Post editorial board, breaks down the debate in South Carolina where front-runner Bernie Sanders endured attacks from all sides.


Ari Melber on Trump's Recusal Hypocrisy

The President wants two SCOTUS judges to recuse themselves because he thinks they don't like him. After firing his ally Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Mueller probe, we talk to Ari Melber about how Trump weaponizes conflicts of interest


Reframing Black History: Sugar and Slavery

As Black History Month comes to a close, we talk to some of the contributors to the New York Times' 1619 Project. Today: Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of history, race, and public policy at Harvard Kennedy School, director emeritus of the Schomburg Center and the author of The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America (Harvard University Press, 2010), talks about how sugar fueled the slavery trade.


We're Still in the Stop-and-Frisk Era

Yasmeen Khan, WNYC reporter covering crime and policing, talks about what’s changed about stop and frisk since the court ordered reforms, and how communities directly impacted by stop and frisk want more of a say in the reform process.


Rahm Emanuel: Why Mayors Run the World

Rahm Emanuel, former two-term mayor of Chicago and White House Chief of Staff for President Barack Obama and author of the just released book, The Nation City: Why Mayors Are Now Running the World (Knopf, 2020), argues city governments are at the forefront of national issues, like climate change. Plus, his centrist take on 2020 and what he sees as the risk of a Bernie Sanders candidacy.


The Weinstein Verdict

Jane Manning, former sex crimes prosecutor and current Director of the Women’s Equal Justice Project, talks about the Harvey Weinstein verdict from a #MeToo, and legal perspective.


Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney on Russian Interference and 2020 Control of Congress

U.S. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY 18), member of the House Intelligence Committee, talks about election security and reports of Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race. Plus, his support for Joe Biden and concern for what Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee would mean for maintaining control of Congress.


Monday Morning Politics: Nevada Results and What's Ahead

Beth Fouhy, senior politics editor at NBC News and MSNBC, discusses the latest politics news from Nevada and what's ahead this week.


Is Congestion Pricing Happening?

Christopher Robbins, reporter and editor for Gothamist, explains why New York’s ambitious plan to address traffic congestion in Manhattan is delayed (or maybe not even happening).


Reframing Black History: How Slavery is Taught in School

As Black History Month comes to a close, we talk to some of the contributors to the New York Times' 1619 Project. Today: Nikita Stewart, New York Times reporter covering social services and City Hall, talks about the challenge (we have mostly failed) of teaching the history of slavery in America's schools.


#PriceCheckNYC: 'Free Screenings' Surprises

WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and ClearHealthCosts, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Today, Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of PriceCheckNYC, talk about surprise billing for mammograms and colonoscopies. Links for more information: #PriceCheckNYC homepage Legislative Map at Dense Breast Info "Why Some Breast Cancer Screenings Come With...


Roger Stone and the Trumps

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News and co-host of the podcast Trump Inc. and the author of American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power (W. W. Norton & Company, 2020), talks about the latest news regarding President Trump’s longtime friend and adviser, Roger Stone, who was just sentenced to three years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering.


‘Sometimes I Just Watch’

Washington Post reporter Drew Harwell talks about how Americans are welcoming surveillance devices like Ring and Nest into their homes, and — as they can now watch their front doors, babysitters, children and pets all day long — how surveillance has become normalized.


Guns for Bodega Workers?

Ydanis Rodriguez, Council Member for the 10th District of the New York City Council, talks about his pitch to make it easier for bodega owners to obtain guns, following the murder of two Bronx deli workers in separate shootings in the span of a week.


2020 and Workers

Jane McAlevey, labor and environmental organizer, senior policy fellow at the University of California at Berkeley’s Labor Center, part of the Institute for Labor & Employment Relations and the author of A Collective Bargain: Unions, Organizing, and the Fight for Democracy (Ecco, 2020), talks about labor’s influence in the Nevada caucuses and how labor issues are playing out among the 2020 field.


Friday Morning Politics: DNI Firing; Nevada Caucuses: NPR Poll

Domenico Montanaro previews the Nevada caucuses and discusses other national political news, including reports in the Washington Post and New York Times on the firing of director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.


New York's Plastic Bag Ban 101

Sydney Pereira, reporter at Gothamist, breaks down the final version of regulations in New York State's imminent plastic bag ban.