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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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Should a Remote Option or Vaccine Mandate Be Part of School Reopening?

WNYC education reporter Jessica Gould and Allison Hoffman, professor at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law specializing in health care law and policy, follow up on last week's Democratic mayoral candidates' debate and the questions of whether a remote option or a vaccine mandate should be part of the fall school reopening plan.


Remote Learning: Privacy and the Internet

Robert Squillace Ph.D., professor in the School of Liberal Studies at New York University, teaches us about the data sale business model of companies like Facebook and Amazon and how Apple's new update threatens their infrastructure.


NYC's Next Mayor? Economy & Equity: Ray McGuire

Raymond McGuire, former Citigroup executive and mayoral hopeful, talks about his plans for the City's economy, both in recovering from the pandemic losses and in addressing pre-existing inequality.


Monday Morning Mask Politics: The CDC's Rapid Reversal On Indoor Masking

Nsikan Akpan, WNYC's health and science editor, and Annie Linskey, Washington Post national reporter covering the White House, talk about the CDC's change to its indoor mask guidance, including the political forces at play, and what it means for people's health.


Cicadas Are Having Their Own 'Hot Vax Summer'; April's Unexpected Jobs Report; Summer with Your (Unvaccinated) Kids

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Cicadas Are Having Their Own 'Hot Vax Summer' (First) | April's Unexpected Jobs Report (Starts at 15:27) | Summer with Your (Unvaccinated) Kids (Starts at 49:02) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


The CDC Updates Mask Guidance

The CDC updated mask guidance for vaccinated people, saying they can go maskless in most indoor and outdoor settings. Stephanie Silvera, epidemiologist at Montclair State University, talks about how this affects unvaccinated people, especially those who can't get it yet, like kids.


Ask The Mayor: Crisis Mental Health, Green City Vehicles & Closing Rikers

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including services for people experiencing mental health crises, closing the jail on Rikers Island and how to transition the city's fleet of vehicles to green energy sources.


Recapping the First Democratic Mayoral Debate

Elizabeth Kim , senior editor for Gothamist, and Josefa Velásquez, senior reporter for THE CITY, recap the first official Democratic mayoral debate. Re-watch the debate here: </p>


Your FAQs About Kids and the Vaccine

Ages 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the FDA and the CDC say. S. Mitra Kalita , co-founder of URL Media and CEO and publisher of Epicenter-NYC, and Dr. Victor Peralta, a private practice pediatrician in Jackson Heights and a member of SOMOS Community Care, answer questions about where to get your child vaccinated and address concerns about health and safety.


What You Can't Say on the Radio

John McWhorter, Columbia University linguistics professor, host of the Lexicon Valley podcast at Slate and the author of Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever (Avery, 2021), joins to discuss his new book on profanity, where swear words come from and why they hold so much power.


NYC's Next Mayor? Economy & Equity: Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President and 2021 mayoral hopeful Eric Adams, talks about his plans for the City's economy, both in recovering from the pandemic losses and in addressing pre-existing inequality.


How Was Ramadan This Year?

Imam Khalid Latif, university chaplain for New York University, and executive director of the Islamic Center at NYU, talks about this year's celebration of Eid Al Fitr as Ramadan 2021 comes to a close and hears from listeners about how their holiday plans.


Thursday Morning Politics: Rep. Rice on the GOP Leadership Shakeup & Wind Farms

United States Representative Kathleen Rice (NY 4th, Long Island) talks about the latest news from Washington, including the development of offshore wind farms, and the ouster of Liz Cheney as a GOP party leader.


Honoring Those Who Died Over Twenty Years in Afghanistan

As the Biden Administration works on the planned withdrawal from Afghanistan, Paul Rieckhoff, activist and veterans advocate, founder and president of Righteous Media, host of Independent Americans podcast, founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and frequent contributor on CNN and MSNBC, and Allison Jaslow, adjunct professor at the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University, Iraq war veteran and former executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA)...


NYC's Next Mayor? Economy & Equity: Kathryn Garcia

Kathryn Garcia, 2021 mayoral hopeful and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation, talks about her plans for the City's economy, both in recovering from the pandemic losses and in addressing pre-existing inequality.


Cicadas Are Having Their Own 'Hot Vax Summer'

Gene Kritsky, dean of the School of Behavioral and Natural Sciences at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and author of Periodical Cicadas: The Brood X Edition (Ohio Biological Survey 2021), talks about the coming of trillions of cicadas from underground into parts of the Northeast and Midwest and the science behind why they only emerge every 17 years.


What April's Unexpected Jobs Report Tells Us About the Labor Market

April's jobs report was a huge disappointment as many expected hundreds of thousands more jobs to be added than the report showed. Jim Tankersley, New York Times White House correspondent with a focus on economic policy, talks about all the issues at play that might have led to the jobs numbers.


The Cost of a Year Without Cancer Screenings

Duaa Eldeib, investigative reporter for ProPublica, talks about her reporting that avoiding healthcare settings during the worst of the pandemic has led in some cases to cancers being found at later stages when treatment options are more limited. She is joined by Pam Khosla, MD, chief of hematology oncology at Chicago's Mount Sinai Hospital where she chairs the cancer committee and associate professor of internal medicine at Rosalind Franklin University of Health Sciences, who shares what...


Your Perfect WFH to Office Ratio

As more and more offices are setting return dates for their employers, workers are hoping to bring some freedom and flexibility back from the pandemic with them. Amanda Mull, staff writer at The Atlantic, talks about why she thinks "two" is the perfect number of WFH days a week, and takes listener calls.


Mayoral Campaign Update From the Field

Gwynne Hogan, reporter for WNYC and Gothamist, reports from the latest on the mayoral campaign trail, including the news that The New York Times editorial board has endorsed Kathryn Garcia, and previews this week's Democratic candidate debate.