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The Brian Lehrer Show

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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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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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Solid, reliable podcast

By lazarillo de tucson - Nov 08 2018
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Not always the most fascinating, but certainly has its moments.

Someone you can trust!

By CeylonZ - Jul 13 2018
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A balanced point of view! Such a pleasure to listen to

iTunes Ratings

677 Ratings
Average Ratings
545
44
41
24
23

Solid, reliable podcast

By lazarillo de tucson - Nov 08 2018
Read more
Not always the most fascinating, but certainly has its moments.

Someone you can trust!

By CeylonZ - Jul 13 2018
Read more
A balanced point of view! Such a pleasure to listen to

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Updated 9 days ago

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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.

NYC's Flavored E-Cig Ban

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NYC Councilmember Mark Levine (7th, Northern Manhattan) talks about yesterday's City Council vote to ban flavored e-cigarettes in NYC.

Nov 27 2019

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How Long Island Remains Segregated

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Arthur Browne, Newsday project editor, and Keith Herbert, Newsday investigative reporter, talk about Newsday's investigative story into how the discriminatory practices of real estate agents on Long Island keep the suburbs racially segregated. Plus, Steve Bellone, Suffolk County executive, and Laura Curran, Nassau County executive, react to the story's findings and talks about what their offices are doing to combat housing discrimination on the Island.

Nov 22 2019

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Veterans React to the President's Interference in a Navy SEAL's Fate

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After President Trump interfered in the Navy's effort to punish a SEAL convicted of misconduct, Allison Jaslow, former executive director of IAVA, Iraq war veteran and advocate for veterans, talks about what the president's actions mean for members of the armed forces, and how veterans are reacting to the whole messy affair.

Nov 27 2019

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The Case Against Donald Trump

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Neal Katyal, Georgetown professor of national security law, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and author of Impeach: The Case Against Donald Trump (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019), argues for the impeachment of the president.

Nov 26 2019

37mins

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Joe Biden's Childhood Stutter

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From the start of his campaign, commentators have criticized former VP Joe Biden for his verbal miscues, non sequiturs and gaffes. John Hendrickson, a senior editor on The Atlantic’s politics team, argues that a speech impediment is partly to blame. Plus listeners call in and talk about their own speech struggles and whether being a smooth talker is important to being president. 

Nov 25 2019

30mins

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A Case Against Impeachment

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Rich Lowry, editor of the National Review and the author of The Case for Nationalism: How It Made Us Powerful, United, and Free (Broadside Books, 2019), argues that impeachment would be bad for U.S. democracy and that nationalism makes it stronger. 

Nov 27 2019

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Now What?

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Michael Isikoff, chief investigative correspondent for Yahoo News, host of the podcast Conspiracyland, co-host of the Skullduggery podcast and co-author of Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin's War on America and the Election of Donald Trump (Twelve, 2018), talks the weekend developments in the impeachment inquiry.

Nov 25 2019

36mins

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The 2020 Presidential Race, 5 Debates In

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Terrell Jermaine Starr, senior reporter at The Root, and Elena Schneider, national political reporter at POLITICO where she covers the 2020 Democratic presidential primary and general election, recap Wednesday’s 2020 debate and discuss the state of the 2020 presidential debate.

Nov 22 2019

22mins

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Buttigieg's Campaign for Black Votes

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Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC’s narrative unit and host of podcasts “The Stakes,” “United States of Anxiety” and “There Goes the Neighborhood," talks about 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg and his difficulty finding support among African Americans.

Nov 26 2019

28mins

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Impeachment Recap

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Tim Mak, NPR political reporter who covers national security and politics, talks about the past week of impeachment testimony, and what’s next in the probe.

Nov 22 2019

28mins

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The Steele Dossier's Origin Story

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Co-founders of Fusion GPS Glenn Simpson, former senior reporter for The Wall Street Journal, and Peter Fritsch, former reporter and bureau chief for The Wall Street Journal, the co-authors of Crime in Progress: Inside the Steele Dossier and the Fusion GPS Investigation of Donald Trump (Random House, 2019), talk about their new book

Dec 10 2019

31mins

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How Money Is Dividing 2020 Dems

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Amanda Terkel, Washington bureau chief at HuffPost, discusses fundraising and money in the 2020 presidential election.

Dec 10 2019

24mins

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Democrats Unveil Articles of Impeachment

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After weeks of impeachment hearings, House Democratic leaders released two articles of impeachment on Tuesday, charging the president with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. Annie Karni, White House correspondent for The New York Times, breaks down the articles, the White House response, and takes your calls.

Dec 10 2019

32mins

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When Strangers Go Above & Beyond

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We were inspired by Ashley Patrick's Gothamist tale of how a purse she lost on the Q train, made its way back home. WNYC listeners call in to share their stories of the times a stranger acted with complete kindness. 

Dec 06 2019

18mins

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Stories From the Forgotten Borough

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Claire Jimenez, longtime Staten Island resident, current PhD student at the University of Nebraska and author of Staten Island Stories (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019), discusses her new book and life as a Staten Islander.

Dec 06 2019

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Kirsten Gillibrand's Concern for U.S. Troops

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Kirsten Gillibrand, United States Senator from New York (D), talks about the latest impeachment news plus her legislation to restore Congress's role over the nation's war powers.

Dec 06 2019

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Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Kavanaugh Impeachment Connection; Radio Rookies & #ShopListener

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Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

How Impeachment Connects with Kavanaugh (First) | When Did You Realize You Were Black? (Starts at 39:37) | #Shop Listener Gift Guide (Starts at 47:34)

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

Dec 06 2019

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It's Official. Pelosi Says Impeachment Articles Coming

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Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House, 2019), discusses what's next in impeachment proceedings, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she's directing Democrats to move forward with drafting articles of impeachment and another hearing is scheduled for Monday.

Dec 06 2019

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#AskTheMayor: Newark Sues NYC, Rikers Suicide, Cats and Rats

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

On the death of Nicholas Feliciano-- who was trying to kill himself at #RikersIsland while guards looked on--@NYCMayor says the investigation is early, but he does find the case disturbing. "This is just not accepted,"BdB tells @BrianLehrer, saying there will be "consequences."

— David Cruz (@CWEBCRUZER) December 6, 2019

@BrianLehrer n.b. Re feral cats for rat problem. Recent Chicago visit found residents there very pleased w neighbors feeding neutered and vaccinated feral cats to control vermin.

— Stephen Rathe (@steverathe) December 6, 2019

Deeply twisted up that @NYCMayor blames Newark for "demonizing the poor" when his administration is relocating homeless people there to keep NYC rich. @BrianLehrer I can't wait until his administration is over.

— Jess H (@hock_jess) December 6, 2019

Deeply twisted up that @NYCMayor blames Newark for "demonizing the poor" when his administration is relocating homeless people there to keep NYC rich. @BrianLehrer I can't wait until his administration is over.

— Jess H (@hock_jess) December 6, 2019

Dec 06 2019

32mins

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The 2019 #ShopListener Gift Guide

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It's that time of the year! Listeners, we want to hear about which small businesses you are supporting this holiday season. Where are you spending your holiday dollars? Or maybe you're small business owner in our listening area and want to shout out your business? You can even think of this as a FREE classifieds for listeners. 

Comment below or tweet using the hashtag #ShopListener to tell us about the small businesses you're supporting this holiday season and we'll post them on this page.

Some of the small businesses mentioned in the segment include:

You can follow the #ShopListener on social media for more suggestions.

Dec 05 2019

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What Happened to Kamala's Campaign?

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Aimee Allison, founder and president of She the People, a national network aimed at empowering women of color as voters and candidates, and Gabriel Debenedetti, National Correspondent for New York Magazine, discuss the unraveling of Kamala Harris' presidential campaign. Plus, your calls: if you were a Harris supporter, who are you supporting now?

Kamala's campaign ended for the same reasons that Beto's campaign ended: it's not enough to be cool and likable. You must have a clear point of view and stick with it. Sadly, I don't feel she brought that.

— Jen Daniele (@jen_daniele) December 5, 2019

@BrianLehrer I was all in with @KamalaHarris because her #forthepeople message resonated -- she wasn't talking middle-class this or that, but everyone. And she reflects real America. Now I'm adamantly supporting @JulianCastro for the same reason. #nomorewhitemalepresidents

— Regina Schrambling (@gastropoda) December 5, 2019

@BrianLehrer I was also really moved and excited by Harris to Biden that night. But I was really disappointed over the next few days when it became obvious that she didn't have clear policy ideas about busing herself.

— Dorian Zimmerman (@Dzim1N) December 5, 2019

Dec 05 2019

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How Impeachment Connects with Kavanaugh

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Ruth Marcus, columnist at the Washington Post and deputy editor of its editorial page and the author of Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover (Simon & Schuster, 2019), talks about the impeachment hearings, plus her new book about the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh.  She says in many ways "impeachment is Kavanaugh 2.0."  

Dec 05 2019

29mins

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Impeachment News: Judiciary Committee & The Speaker's Announcement

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Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast Politics and Polls, and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020), discusses the latest news on impeachment, including Speaker Pelosi's announcement.

Dec 05 2019

33mins

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NATO: Divided or Brain Dead?

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Frida Ghitis, writes a weekly columnist for the World Politics Review and is a regular contributor to CNN and The Washington Post.

Dec 03 2019

27mins

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Impeachment Advances to Key Committee

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Nicholas Fandos, New York Times reporter covering congress, previews tomorrow's impeachment hearings in the House Judiciary Committee.

Dec 03 2019

36mins

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When Did You Realize You Were Black?

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Growing up in Senegal, Radio Rookie Arame Sene never thought about race. Then she moved to America. In her story she questions if she can identify as black and examines the disconnect she feels between African immigrants and black Americas. 

Plus,Veralyn Williams, Radio Rookies producer, commemorates Radio Rookie's 20th year, and looks back at her time as a Rookie (the show is responsible for launching her career in journalism).

Dec 03 2019

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Speak to the Speaker: Streets Plan in Action, Bans on Receipts and More

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Corey Johnson, speaker of the New York City Council, talks about the latest news in New York City, including former Mayor Michael Bloomberg's run for president and City Council hearings that will seek to ban BPA- and BPS-coated receipts.

Tune in NOW to #SpeaktotheSpeaker! @NYCSpeakerCoJo joins us now to talk about his Master Streets Plan, banning BPA/BPS-coated receipts and much more. https://t.co/JE6GnVgu5p pic.twitter.com/dPe5c430b8

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) December 3, 2019

Dec 03 2019

26mins

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Protest for Democracy: Haiti

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Vania André, publisher and editor in chief of the Haitian Times, discusses the current civil unrest in Haiti.

Dec 02 2019

15mins

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Protests for Democracy: Colombia

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Dr. Noam Lupu, political science professor at Vanderbilt University and Associate Director of the Latin American Public Opinion Project, breaks down what's driving political unrest in Colombia.

Dec 02 2019

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Protest for Democracy: Iran

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After protests engulfed Iran last month, the regime has cracked down on civilians by blocking access to mobile phones and the internet. Farnaz Fassihi, award-winning Iranian-American journalist who writes about Iran for the New York Times, breaks down the latest news.

Dec 02 2019

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