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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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@BrianLehrer

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English

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


Episodes

#CoveringClimateNow: #PlasticChallenge Wrap-Up

9/20/2019
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Did you join us in The Brian Lehrer Show #PlasticChallenge this week and notice/document/forgo the single-use plastic in your life? Judith Enck, visiting professor at Bennington College, founder of Beyond Plastics and former EPA Region 2 administrator, joins us once again to wrap up this week's challenge and understand more about our use of plastics. Caller Natasha offered that she'd figured out ways around washing clothes and her hands without relying on soap sold in plastic containers,...

Duration:00:28:34

Seeing Poetry

9/20/2019
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Designer and author Warren Lehrer and journalist and poet Dennis Bernstein talk about their new book of poems, Five Oceans in a Teaspoon (Paper Crown Press, 2019), which was written by Dennis and "visualized" by Warren. →EVENTS: Art Book Fairwith Paper Crown Press, 56 E 1st Street.Reservations here "Knitting Club" animation: "Knitting Club"— animated poem from “Five Oceans in a Teaspoon” from EarSay Inc on Vimeo. →More animations and information at the project website.

Duration:00:19:37

Friday Morning Politics: 3 Challenges to Checks & Balances

9/20/2019
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Washington Post national correspondent Philip Bump discusses the anonymous whistleblower complaint and two other recent cases of challenges to checks & balances by the Trump administration: the Manhattan DA's subpoena of the president's tax returns and the Corey Lewandowski's testimony to Congress.

Duration:00:24:40

Ask the Mayor: Ending His Presidential Bid, Bike Lanes, 911 Operators, Climate Strike

9/20/2019
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the news that he's ending his presidential bid - "I had contributed what I could to the national discussion and it just wasn't my time," adding, "I don't regret taking a try...if you don't make it, at least put some ideas out there and contribute to the discussion." Plus: Bike lanes, 911 operators, FDNY response times, the climate strike & DOE

Duration:00:34:17

Is It Recyclable?

9/19/2019
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A very special Brian Lehrer game show. What's recyclable? What's not. Do you know? More to the point, does contestant and WNYC news anchor Sean Carlson? Christiné Datz-Romero, executive director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, joins to add insight and recycling advice to the fun and games.

Duration:00:21:05

How Can the Media Cover Climate Change Better?

9/19/2019
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Mark Hertsgaard, environmental reporter and creator of Covering Climate Now, and Genevieve Guenther, founder and director of EndClimateSilence.org talk about how the media covers climate change — and where it falls short.

Duration:00:26:35

Thousands Plan to Take Part in Youth-Led Climate Strike

9/19/2019
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Clarisa Diaz, interaction designer and reporter for Gothamist and WNYC, talks about her recent reporting on climate change in New York and the surrounding areas. Jade Lozada, core committee member of Fridays For Future, Vic Barrett, fellow with the Alliance for Climate Education, and some of the youth climate activists join Brian to talk about Friday's Climate Strike, Juliana v. United States lawsuit, and their hopes for the future of Planet Earth.

Duration:00:36:28

A Just and Resilient Climate

9/19/2019
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Nicole Scott-Harris, organizer of New Jersey Environmental Justice Alliance, and Eddie Bautista, executive director of the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance discuss justice and resiliency efforts to protect communities most vulnerable to climate change.

Duration:00:26:53

#CoveringClimateNow: Changing Car Culture

9/18/2019
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New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson has a plan to make streets friendlier to cyclists, pedestrians and public transit. He'll discuss it with Brian and Nicole Gelinas, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute and contributing editor to City Journal.

Duration:00:28:54

Remembering Cokie Roberts

9/18/2019
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Award-winning journalist, broadcaster and political analyst, Cokie Roberts, passed away on Tuesday due to complications from breast cancer. She was 75. Two of her colleagues — NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson and All Things Considered anchor Mary Louise Kelly — discuss her legacy.

Duration:00:32:30

Political Stans and Internet Scams

9/18/2019
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New York Times critic-at-large Amanda Hess discusses how online fandoms and meme makers are reshaping democracy.

Duration:00:19:45

Israeli Elections and the Palestinians

9/18/2019
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Rami Khouri, a Jordanian-Palestinian national is a senior public policy fellow at the Issam Fares Institute at the American University of Beirut and a senior fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School. He breaks down the too-close-to-call Israeli elections, as well as recent developments in the Saudi-Yemeni conflict.

Duration:00:28:52

Imagining Booker's White House Office on Racism

9/17/2019
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PolicyLink founder in residence Angela Glover Blackwell and Living Cities president and CEO Ben Hecht discuss a policy recently raised by 2020 presidential candidate Corey Booker to create a White House office on dismantling racism.

Duration:00:33:30

#CoveringClimateNow: Naomi Klein on the Green New Deal

9/17/2019
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Naomi Klein, syndicated columnist for The Nation, senior correspondent for The Intercept and the author of author of Shock Doctrine, No Logo and most recently, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal (Simon & Schuster, 2019), explains why she thinks the behemoth proposal is a crucial and urgent necessity.

Duration:00:25:45

Anti-Semitism in the City

9/17/2019
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Bari Weiss, staff writer and editor for the opinion section of The New York Times, and the author of How To Fight Anti-Semitism (Crown, 2019), warns American Jews that the threat of Antisemitism is real and present.

Duration:00:24:33

The Cost of Climate Resilience

9/17/2019
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Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer discusses the proposed East Side Coastal Resiliency Project, which would close the East River Park for a few years in hopes of creating climate resiliency buffers for the Lower East Side.

Duration:00:23:31

How Influential Are Social Media Influencers?

9/16/2019
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Last week, an NY Mag essay about social media "influencer" Caroline Calloway raised questions about what exactly makes social media influencers so... influential. Constance Grady, a staff writer at Vox, wrote about it, and speaks about it on The Brian Lehrer Show.

Duration:00:13:26

#CoveringClimateNow: Jonathan Safran Foer on Food

9/16/2019
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As part of our continuing #CoveringClimateNow coverage, we discuss the way we eat, and how it impacts the environment. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast, argues saving the planet will require changing our food habits.

Duration:00:35:07

Gov. Cuomo Announces Emergency Ban on Flavored E-Cigarettes

9/16/2019
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Governor Andrew Cuomo discusses the latest news out of Albany and around the state, including his recent push to ban flavored e-cigarette products.

Duration:00:23:37

Jerry Nadler Talks Investigations, Impeachment Rules

9/16/2019
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The House Judiciary Committee voted last week along party lines to approve a resolution that lays out some ground rules for moving forward on possible impeachment proceedings against President Trump. The rules are preliminary, and largely procedural ⁠— it allows some hearings to be designated, "impeachment hearings," allows committee staff to question witnesses, and describes how the President's lawyers may respond to public testimony. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary...

Duration:00:36:39