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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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How to Protest with DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson, co-founder of Campaign Zero, host of the podcast "Pod Save The People," and author of On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope (Penguin Books 2019) talks about his longtime involvement with #BlackLivesMatter protests and offers advice.


Rep. Jeffries Talks Policing, Protests and Politics

U.S. Representative (D NY-8th, Brooklyn and Queens) Hakeem Jeffries talks about his bill to make chokeholds illegal and the latest on protests and COVID-19.


Ask The Mayor

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


The Uprisings, COVID and Re-Opening Risks

Dr. Leana Wen, an emergency physician and public health professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, and former health commissioner of Baltimore, talks about the health side effects of protests, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, plus looks ahead to New York City entering phase 1 of its re-opening.


Thursday Morning Politics

Robert Costa, national political reporter at The Washington Post and moderator of Washington Week on PBS, talks about the latest national news - including the president's handling of the protests, Gen. Mattis' criticism of the president and more.


Police Corruption in Mount Vernon, NY Exposed

Police officers in Mount Vernon, NY revealed widespread corruption, including framing people for crimes they didn't commit, on secretly recorded tapes. George Joseph, WNYC/Gothamist reporter, talks about his reporting and the crimes and culture on the Westchester police force plus, Murashea “Mike” Bovell, Mount Vernon police officer and whistleblower in George Joseph's story calls in.


Parenting and Protest

Clint Smith, writer, author of the poetry collection Counting Descent and the forthcoming nonfiction book How the Word Is Passed (Little, Brown 2021), talks about how his activism has changed since having children, and takes your calls on how parenting informs how you protest.


Politics, Protest and COVID in NYC

Mara Gay, New York Times editorial board member, talks about the mayor's handling of this week's protests in the city, policing of the protests, and how the pandemic is affecting the crowds (or not).


The Research on Policing Protests

Jamiles Lartey, a New Orleans-based staff writer for The Marshall Project, looks at what research shows works best for policing protests, and when over-policing leads to more violence.


High Schoolers in Canarsie Take on Environmental Racism

After months of deliberation, a pandemic, and thousands of submissions, meet the winners of the 2020 NPR Student Podcast Challenge! Students Jaheim Birch Gentles and Joshua Bovell talk about their winning podcast, The Flossy Podcast: Climate Change & Environmental Racism, which takes on environmental racism and their frustration with the lack of black climate activists. They're joined by their teacher and mentor Mischaël Cetoute, a restorative justice coordinator who helps run the Men in...


How an American Protest Has Gone Global

Ishaan Tharoor, columnist in The Washington Post newsroom and author of Today's WorldView, the Post's international affairs newsletter, talks about how protests on police brutality and George Floyd look around the world.


Rep. Espaillat's 'Harlem Manifesto'

Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Representative (D, NY-13), talks about his Harlem Manifesto, a set of policies he's advocating to end police brutality.


The Race (and Struggle) for Vaccines

Peter Staley, HIV/AIDS activist, former member of ACT-UP NY and founder of the Treatment Action Group, traces the link between the race to find a COVID-19 vaccine and the long term struggle develop a vaccine for AIDS.


A New York Legislator's Take on the Protests

Zellnor Myrie, New York State Senator (D-20), talks about his experience getting pepper sprayed at a protest last weekend, and discusses laws he hopes to pass that would help change the justice system and reform policing.


How New Yorkers Will Vote -- and Get Their Votes Counted

Brigid Bergin, WNYC City Hall and politics reporter, talks about the challenges facing the Board of Elections -- and the voters -- for this month's New York primary.


Politics and Protest

Jason Johnson, professor at Morgan State University, political contributor at MSNBC, contributor to The Grio and Sirius XM, and Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast FAQNYC, politics editor at The Grio and the host of The Aftermath on Ozy , talk about the uprisings happening across the country, and the political ramifications.


Primary Preview: Contested House Races

Emily Ngo, NY1 political reporter, and Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette and co-host of the Max & Murphy podcast, talks about the House primary races to watch as New Yorkers go to the polls, or mail in their ballots, this month.


We Want to Talk About Race

Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. The list of unarmed black people killed by the police and other armed white people keeps getting longer. Ijeoma Oluo author of So You Want to Talk About Race (Seal Press, 2019) and the forthcoming MEDIOCRE: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America (Seal Press, 2020) talks about how Americans can have honest conversations about these killings, and race, racism and white supremacy.


One City, Under Protest

Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President, talks about the protests in New York City following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody.


Making Sense of the Nationwide Protests

Jamil Smith, senior writer at Rolling Stone talks about the weekend's uprisings to protest police brutality and racism across the country.