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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.


New York, NY




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






WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013 212-433-9692


The Legacy of Senator Sanders's Movement

Yesterday, Bernie Sanders announced he's suspending his presidential campaign. Gabriel Debenedetti, national correspondent at New York Magazine, talks about what that means for Joe Biden, and Democrats going forward, as the 2020 campaign continues.


National News and Politics Roundup

Susan Page, Washington bureau chief of USA TODAY, discusses the latest from the Trump administration's COVID-19 response, including the decision to fire Glenn Fine, inspector general of the Department of Defense and chair of the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee.


Speak to the Speaker

Corey Johnson, New York City Council Speaker, talks about the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and the City's response, as well as the proposed budget cuts and how the City Council will conduct business while staying socially distanced.


Census 2020: Frequently Asked Questions

Julie Menin, director of NYC Census 2020 and executive assistant corporation counsel for NYC law department, talks about NYC's efforts to get everyone counted in the 2020 Census and answers listeners' frequently asked questions.


Together Separately for Passover

Faith Joy Dantowitz, rabbi at Temple B'nai Abraham in Livingston, New Jersey, talks about how to celebrate Passover during this pandemic, as listeners call in with their plans.


New York City's COVID-19 Food Czar

Kathryn Garcia, commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation and the Mayor's COVID-19 Food Czar, discusses the city's efforts to ensure sufficient food supply for the city and vulnerable populations during the COVID-19 crisis.


COVID-19 Update

Irwin Redlener, professor of pediatrics and director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University, co-founder of the Children's Health Fund, and the author of The Future of Us: What the Dreams of Children Mean for Twenty-First-Century America (Columbia University Press, 2017), talks about the latest on the COVID-19 pandemic and issues of testing, medical volunteers and disparities in outcomes by sex, age, income and race.


How to Keep Your Relationship Healthy During Quarantine

You're trying to stay healthy by quarantining, but will your relationship survive? John Tierney, contributing editor to City Journal, and Roy Baumeister, social psychologist at the University of Queensland, co-authors of The Power of Bad: How the Negativity Effect Rules Us and How We Can Rule It (Penguin Press, 2019), talk about how to avoid the number one relationship killer -- negativity.


The Issues Facing the Disabled During COVID-19

Susan Dooha, executive director of the Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York (CIDNY), discusses the unique issues and challenges disabled persons are facing during the COVID-19 crisis.


Distance Learning Week Three

As schools begin the third week of distance learning, Jessica Gould, WNYC reporter, and Alex Zimmerman, education reporter at Chalkbeat New York, report on how it's going, including the news that the Department of Education will prohibit the use of Zoom after reports of insecure connections on the popular video chat site.


City Councilmember Torres on Covid-19 in The Bronx

New York City Council Member Ritchie Torres (15th District - Bronx), talks about his district's experience with COVID-19 and how his own recovery is progressing.


How Hospital Chaplains Are Offering Care and Comfort

The Rev. Dr. Beth Glover, an Episcopal priest who serves as corporate director of Pastoral Care and Education (CPE) for the NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital system, talks about the role of hospital chaplains in the pandemic, as families are barred from visiting and critical patients are isolated on respirators.


How Viruses Like COVID-19 May Work

Siddhartha Mukherjee, physician and author of several books including The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer (Scribner, 2010), and most recently, The Gene: An Intimate History (Scribner, 2016), and executive producer — with filmmaker Ken Burns — of a new documentary film series airing on PBS April 7 and 14 called THE GENE, talks about what we know, and don't know yet, about COVID-19.


Your Unemployment Questions Answered

Ten million people have filed for unemployment over the last two weeks. Richard Blum, member of The Legal Aid Society’s Employment Law Unit, whose practice focuses on wage and hour law and discrimination law, takes questions from listeners about how best to navigate the overburdened system, and gives advice on how to get the assistance you need.


With the Worst Ahead, 'Signs of Hope'

White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, Jonathan Lemire talks about the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including guidelines and relief proposals, and the latest on the 2020 elections.


How to Self-Isolate at Home When You Have COVID-19

Joseph Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and author of the forthcoming Healthy Buildings: How Indoor Spaces Drive Performance and Productivity (Harvard University Press, April 2020), talks about how to keep other families members or roommates healthy when one member of the household is sick with COVID-19.


The Art of the Pandemic

Listeners share the art projects they're working on through the COVID-19 outbreak: whether they're making do with materials at hand, directly addressing the pandemic or finding a way to take their focus elsewhere. Some examples: @BrianLehrer Listening in Illinois and loving the extra time to paint #markthetime April 3, 2020 @BrianLehrer April 3, 2020 @BrianLehrer COVID-19 Evening Distancing Walk, Bay Ridge, April 1st....


Social Distancing as The New Culture Wars

McKay Coppins, staff writer at The Atlantic and the author of The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House (Little Brown, 2015), talks about how some Conservatives and Republicans are defying social distancing measures as a political act.


Ask The Mayor: Rent Freezes During Pandemic, Equipment Donation, Crowded Public Transportation

New York City Mayor, Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in the city including a proposal to freeze rent for rent controlled apartments, how listeners can donate equipment like ventilators and masks and what to do if your train or bus is crowded.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Masks for All; Lessons From China for New York; The Census Begins

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Masks for All? (First) | Lessons From China for New York (Starts at 28:04) | Census 2020: The Count Begins (Starts at 58:40) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.