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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 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.


Pregnancy in the Time of COVID-19

Sascha James-Conterelli, President of the New York State Association of Licensed Midwives, lecturer at the Yale School of Nursing, and co-chair of Governor Cuomo’s Maternal Mortality and Racial Disparities Task Force and Elisabeth Benjamin, Vice President of Health Initiatives at the Community Service Society and co-founder of the Health Care for All New York Campaign, share advice for expecting mothers on best health practices and how to navigate health insurance in the midst of the...


The New York State Budget 2020

With lawmakers and the governor focused on the coronavirus crisis, Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette and co-host of the Max & Murphy podcast, and Karen DeWitt, Capitol bureau correspondent for New York State Public Radio, talk about the New York State budget.


Masks for All?

As calls mount for a change in official guidelines on masks for non-healthcare workers, science journalist Roxanne Khamsi discusses the reasons for (and against) everyone wearing masks to protecting themselves and others against COVID-19 and Amy Wilson, a Jersey City-based artist who teaches in the Visual and Critical Studies department at the School of Visual Arts and maker of "political crafts," talks about some of the patterns and considerations for making them at home. →Roxanne Khamsi's...


Rep. Meng on Elmhurst Hospital and the Federal Response

Grace Meng, U.S Representative (D NY 6), talks about the situation in her district, which includes Elmhurst Hospital, and the federal response to the COVID-19 crisis.


Census 2020: The Count Begins

As of today, every home in the United States will have received an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Michael C. Cook Sr., chief of the Public Information Office at the U.S. Census Bureau, talks about national observation of Census Day and how the COVID-19 epidemic may impact the count.


Jonathan Karl Covering the White House

Jonathan Karl, ABC News chief White House correspondent and the author of Front Row at the Trump Show (Dutton, 2020), talks about today's news and the president's overall response to the pandemic, plus his new book. Check out Jonathan Karl in a livestream book event on Thursday, 4/2 at 8pm -- everyone is welcome.


So You Want to Donate or Manufacture PPE?

Peter Hatch, COVID-19 Public-Private Partnership Czar, talks about the work being done with private and philanthropic partners to aid the city’s response to the pandemic, and what to do if you want to donate or manufacture medical gear to give to healthcare workers on the front line. For more information on what to do if you need COVID-19 related assistance or want to help: go here.


Coronavirus on Long Island

Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive, and Laura Curran, Nassau County executive, talk about how Long Island is coping with the COVID19 pandemic.


How To Care for Yourself (And Others)

Jaimie Meyer, infectious disease physician at Yale, as well as assistant professor of medicine, and assistant clinical professor of nursing at the Yale School of Medicine, gives advice on how listeners who suspect they may have COVID-19 can take care of themselves, and loved ones, at home.


Patrick Foye on Keeping Transit Moving

Patrick Foye, chairman and CEO of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority , talks about the MTA's finances, the new reduced schedule, and protecting transit workers from infection.


Grocery Shopping in the Time of COVID-19

Tara Parker-Pope, columnist and founding editor of Well, the consumer health site at the New York Times, shares lessons learned from her reporting on best practices for grocery shopping in the midst of the coronavirus crisis.