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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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Radiolab's 'The Other Latif"

Radiolab producer Latif Nasser talks about the 6-part series 'The Other Latif’ that explores the life of the Guantanamo Bay detainee who shares his name.


The New Electoral Map

Charlie Mahtesian, senior politics editor at Politico, talks about how the electoral map has shifted since the last presidential election, and how that's playing out in how candidates are campaigning this year.


Justice and Trump

Quinta Jurecic, managing editor of Lawfare, talks about the new pardons and the tumultuous week in the Justice Department.


Dividing the Chores

Listeners call in to share how they divide domestic duties equitably in their households.


When a Young Teenager Is Charged With Murder

A fourteen-year-old boy has been charged as an adult in the December 2019 murder of Barnard student Tessa Majors in Morningside Park. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, offers legal analysis of the case, as well as Harvey Weinstein's trial, where jurors have just started deliberations.


Jamelle Bouie on Bloomberg, Racism, History & the News

New York Times Jamelle Bouie talks about how certain events in the news today are steeped in, and affected by, America’s racist history. Plus, he comments on the 2020 presidential campaign.


Beyond Winning in November 2020

Dan Pfeiffer, co-host on Pod Save America, White House communications director under President Obama (2009-2013) and senior adviser to the president (2013-2015) and the author of Un-Trumping America: A Plan to Make America a Democracy Again (Twelve, 2020), argues progressive Democrats need to look beyond winning in November to bolster democracy. →EVENT: Dan Pfeiffer will be in conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco tomorrow night at 7:30 at the 92nd Street Y. Ticket info here.


Speak to the Speaker: Homelessness, Rezonings, School Lunches and More

New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson talks about the latest news in New York City.


The Wrongful Convictions in Malcolm X's Murder

Producer Shayla Harris and executive producer/co-director Rachel Dretzin talk about their Netflix docuseries "Who Killed Malcolm X?" which raises questions about the 1966 convictions of three men for the assassination and has led the Manhattan district attorney’s office to review the case.


New Bill to Legalize (and Limit) Gestational Surrogacy

New York State Senator Liz Krueger (D-Manhattan, 28th district), chair of the Senate Finance Committee, explains and takes questions on her new bill that would legalize gestational and genetic surrogacy, while tracking and regulating the practice to avoid the exploitation of the women who give birth. She also comments on the Senate's proposed changes to bail reform (not supported by the Assembly Speaker) and the possibility, that after 5 years of work, cannabis might be legalized this term.


Post-Presidency Politics

As we observe Washington's birthday, Jonathan Horn, former White House presidential speechwriter (George W. Bush) and the author of Washington's End: The Final Years and Forgotten Struggle (Scribner, February, 2020), talks about his years after the presidency. Myth tells us he returned to farming, but history reveals a deep involvement with the country's politics, plus other former presidents' political activities.


Checking the Campaign Coffers

Maggie Severns, POLITICO reporter covering money in politics, discusses the latest political news and talks about how the campaigns are poised to move past the early states and on to Super Tuesday.


All Crime, No Consequences for America's Elite

Michael Hobbes, senior reporter for HuffPost, co-host of You're Wrong About podcast, and author of The Golden Age of White-Collar Crime, talks about how lawbreaking by America's elite is a threat to society.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Robert Krulwich's Radio Legacy, Lead Free in NYC?, Pretend You Know Me

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Radiolab Cohost Krulwich Reflects on His Radio Legacy (First) | Can NYC Ever Be Lead Free? (Starts at 27:35) | Pretend You Know Me (Starts at 53:29) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Your Wackiest First Date Stories

On Valentine's Day, listeners share stories from first dates gone awry.


Albany Politics Update

Josefa Velasquez, senior reporter for The City, talks about the latest from Albany, including Gov. Cuomo's meeting with President Trump over the ban on New Yorkers using Global Entry, the attempts by some lawmakers to roll back the bail reform law and more.


Two Takes on the Week at DOJ

U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries (NY-8), Judiciary Committee member and House Democratic caucus chairman, reacts to the latest from the Justice Department and looks ahead to the attorney general’s upcoming testimony before the Judiciary committee. Then, Katie Benner, New York Times reporter covering the Justice Department, talks about the Stone sentencing re-recommendations, the attorney general's comments about the president's tweets, and whether this week's actions by the president and...


Radiolab Cohost Krulwich Reflects on His Radio Legacy

Robert Krulwich, co-host of Radiolab, looks back on his long career, from network news to NPR to WNYC.


City Council Passes Bill to Get 'Reckless Drivers' Off the Streets

Brad Lander, Brooklyn City Council member representing Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington, talks about the Dangerous Vehicle Abatement Law which would pilot a program that could result in the impoundment of a dangerous driver's car. He explains the law, how drivers can avoid losing their cars, plus talks about the plastic bag ban that goes into effect March 1, which he has long advocated for.


The Latest on the 2020 Campaigns

Joan Walsh, The Nation's national affairs correspondent and a CNN political contributor, talks about the latest news in the 2020 campaign, including why she thinks the other Democrats should welcome Michael Bloomberg to the debate stage next week.