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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.

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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‘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.


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.


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.


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.


Beyond Winning in November 2020

Dan Pfeiffer, co-host on Pod Save America, White House communications director under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior adviser to the president (2013-2015) and the author of Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Twelve, 2020), argues progressive Democrats need to look beyond winning in November to bolster democracy. →EVENT: Dan Pfeiffer will be in conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 92nd Street Y. Ticket info here.


Speak to the Speaker: Homelessness, Rezonings, School Lunches and More

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson talks about the latest news in New York City.


The Wrongful Convictions in Malcolm X's Murder

Producer Shayla Harris and executive producer/co-director Rachel Dretzin talk about their Netflix docuseries "Who Killed Malcolm X?" which raises questions about the 1966 convictions of three men for the assassination and has led the Manhattan district attorney’s office to review the case.


New Bill to Legalize (and Limit) Gestational Surrogacy

New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan, 28th district), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, explains and takes questions on her new bill that would legalize gestational and genetic surrogacy, while tracking and regulating the practice to avoid the exploitation of the women who give birth. She also comments on the Senate's proposed changes to bail reform (not supported by the Assembly Speaker) and the possibility, that after 5 years of work, cannabis might be legalized this term.


Post-Presidency Politics

As we observe Washington's birthday, Jonathan Horn, former White House presidential speechwriter (George W. Bush) and the author of Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle (Scribner, February, 2020), talks about his years after the presidency. Myth tells us he returned to farming, but history reveals a deep involvement with the country's politics, plus other former presidents' political activities.


Checking the Campaign Coffers

Maggie Severns, POLITICO reporter covering money in politics, discusses the latest political news and talks about how the campaigns are poised to move past the early states and on to Super Tuesday.