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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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Helping Elders Connect

For older Americans unused to connecting with services and loved ones digitally, Meryl Picard, professor of occupational therapy at Seton Hall University offers an occupational therapist's perspective on how to help, and Etana Edelman, occupational therapy 3rd year graduate student at Seton Hall, shares her story of getting her grandmother set up with ordering groceries through an app.


Former CDC Director on COVID-19

Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.


Sen. Gillibrand on Federal COVID-19 Response

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about the Senate's response to the public health and economic crisis.


Ask The Mayor: Ventilators; Construction Halt; Crowded Parks; More

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC as the pandemic continues, including the need for federal action on PPE and ventilators, enforcing social distancing in the parks, and the newly announced halt to non-essential construction projects.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Handling Anxiety, Alison Roman, Social Distance Volunteer

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Managing Anxiety in the Pandemic (First) | Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic (Starts at 24:27) | Volunteering While Social Distancing (Starts at 48:38) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Attorney General James on Stopping Scams, Price-Gouging and More

Letitia James, Attorney General of New York, talks about her efforts to advocate for workers and combat scams, price gouging, anti-Asian bias during the COVID-19 crisis.


A Look At Anti-COVID Efforts Around the World

Joia Mukherjee, MD, MPH, chief medical officer of Partners In Health, and Max Fisher, international reporter and columnist for The New York Times, talk about how countries around the world are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, and take international calls.


Alison Roman's Guide to Cooking in a Pandemic

Alison Roman, New York Times food columnist and the author of Dining In (Clarkson Potter, 2017) and Nothing Fancy (Clarkson Potter, 2019), offers advice on pantry stocking and recipes to stay healthy and well-fed despite limited shopping opportunities. → Recipe for: #TheStew → Recipe for: #TheCookie Pepian, a Latin American stew that normally has meat but also works well with white beans and root vegetables. Mujadara, which is lentils, rice, & caramelized onions. Kimchi fried rice...


COVID-19 in New Jersey, the Federal Stimulus and More with Rep. Sherrill

U.S. Representative Mikie Sherrill (D, NJ-11) talks about the federal stimulus to address the crashing economy, and how her district in New Jersey is coping with the new coronavirus.


Can You Catch COVID-19 From a Cardboard Box?

Stephen Morse, professor of epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, explains what we know in terms of how long COVD-19 lives on various surfaces, and best practices to stay safe.


New York City Classrooms Go Online

Shumita Basu, WNYC host and reporter, Reema Amin, Chalkbeat reporter for NYC Public schools, on a new Chalkbeat and WNYC collaboration to crowdsource New York City public school's sudden shift to remote learning


NYC Comptroller on COVID-19 Budget Impact

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the loss of tax revenues from the outbreak and the impact of the new federal relief package.


The Relief Package and the Coronavirus Economy

As the economy crashes amid the coronavirus pandemic, Catherine Rampell, syndicated opinion columnist at The Washington Post, political/economic commentator at CNN and special correspondent at PBS Newshour, talks about the new federal government's relief deal, plus how the Defense Production Act could address manufacturing shortages of personal protective equipment and much-needed ventilators.


Volunteering While Social Distancing

Gary Bagley, executive director of New York Cares the city’s leading volunteer organization, talks about how the immediate needs of New York’s most vulnerable citizens can still be met during the COVID-19 epidemic, as well as how New Yorkers can best help their neighbors.


Covid-19 in Rikers

Almost forty cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed inside Rikers, a number that is expected to grow. Robert Cohen M.D., corrections health expert and member of the NYC Board of Correction, and Jose Saldana, director of the Release Aging People in Prison Campaign, discuss how the city should respond, including releasing inmates who are most vulnerable.


How New York Should Vote Now

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, today's Queens Borough President special election has been postponed, and many are calling for Gov. Cuomo to delay the presidential primary or switch to voting by mail. Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause New York, explains why she doesn't think that's an option here, but does have recommendations for making voting safe.


The Latest on Coronavirus and PAUSE in NYC

Gothamist senior editor Elizabeth Kim and reporter and editor Christopher Robbins talk about the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in New York.


Managing Anxiety in the Pandemic

Lori Gottlieb, psychotherapist, Dear Therapist columnist for The Atlantic and the author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), offers advice for handling anxiety as listeners share what's working for them. @BrianLehrer feeding the birds and planting seeds for the coming growing season is really helping me to see that nature is extraordinary and keeps moving forward. March 23, 2020 @BrianLehrer Re anxiety now: I’ve been doing sharing #OGT, one good...


The Politics of Crisis

USA Today Washington bureau chief Susan Page discusses how the White House and Congress are responding to the Coronavirus pandemic and the economic fallout.


How Brooklyn and Queens are Preparing for COVID-19

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Interim Queens Borough President Sharon Lee talk about how their boroughs are preparing to face the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.