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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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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.


#PriceCheckNYC: Surprises on 'Free Screenings'

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...


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.


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.


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).


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.


Raising the Stakes in Nevada

Alexandra Jaffe, Associated Press national political reporter, offers a recap and analysis of the debate and looks ahead to Saturday's Nevada caucuses.


Ask the Mayor: Commercial Rent, Congestion Pricing and Education in Southeast Queens

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.


Bloomberg and the NDAs

In last night's Democratic Senator Warren pushed former Mayor Bloomberg to allow people who had signed non-disclosure agreements with his company, over a hostile work environment or sexual harassment claims, out of the agreements. Julie Roginsky advocate, activist, co-founder of the nonprofit Lift Our Voices, talks about the the legal, ethical and political implications of the NDA's and Warren's take on them.


The New Electoral Map

Charlie Mahtesian, senior politics editor at Politico, talks about how the electoral map has shifted since the last presidential election, and how that's playing out in how candidates are campaigning this year.


Radiolab's 'The Other Latif"

Radiolab producer Latif Nasser talks about the 6-part series 'The Other Latif’ that explores the life of the Guantanamo Bay detainee who shares his name.


Justice and Trump

Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about the new pardons and the tumultuous week in the Justice Department.


Dividing the Chores

Listeners call in to share how they divide domestic duties equitably in their households.


When a Young Teenager Is Charged With Murder

A fourteen-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the December 2019 murder of Barnard student Tessa Majors in Morningside Park. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, offers legal analysis of the case, as well as Harvey Weinstein's trial, where jurors have just started deliberations.


Jamelle Bouie on Bloomberg, Racism, History & the News

New York Times Jamelle Bouie talks about how certain events in the news today are steeped in, and affected by, America’s racist history. Plus, he comments on the 2020 presidential campaign.