The Brian Lehrer Show

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Newsmakers meet New Yorkers as host Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC Studios cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events and what matters most in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios

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Callers tell us how they’re dealing with summer travel while coronavirus cases continue to rise across the country.
Pragya Agarwal, behavioral scientist and the author of Sway: Unravelling Unconscious Bias (Bloomsbury Sigma, 2020), explains the neuroscience behind unintended bias and how to use it to combat it.
WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, offers a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of ClearHealthCosts, and Caroline L
Health officials are urging Americans to rethink their holiday plans as virus case levels reach new highs. Dr. Ashwin Vasan, physician, epidemiologist, and professor at Columbia and CEO of Fountain House, a community-based mental and public health organi
Eddie Glaude, chair of Princeton's African-American studies department and the author of Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own (Crown, 2020), talks about his new book. Event: Eddie Glaude will be in conversation with Cor
David Streitfeld, tech reporter for the New York Times, discusses how work from home setbacks from the past inform telecommuting decisions in the future.
Sally Goldenberg, City Hall bureau chief at POLITICO New York, ticks through the final details of the city budget, and takes your calls. The city and state budget desperate to do anything but make our many million and billionaires pay their fair share. —
Nancy Solomon, managing editor for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, and Karen Yi, WNYC reporter covering New Jersey, talk about progressive challengers in some of New Jersey's congressional primaries, and other contentious races throughout the state.
Elizabeth Alexander, poet, educator, memoirist, scholar and president of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, talks about raising Black sons, and how they and their generation are coping with the trauma of watching police violence against Black people, caugh
Yousef Munayyer, political analyst, writer and scholar and non-resident fellow at the Arab Center in Washington DC, talks about U.S. and Israeli policy when it comes to the annexation of the West Bank.
Jobs, Guaranteed June 30, 2020
Pavlina R. Tcherneva, associate professor at Bard College and research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute and the author of The Case for a Job Guarantee, talks about the Modern Monetary Theory and why it allows for full employment at a living wage -
On the day of the budget deadline Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter at NY1 and host of PuraPolítica, discusses Mayor's and NYC City Council's plan to slash $1 billion from NYPD.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of preserving abortion access in Louisiana, with the "liberal" justices joined by Chief Justice Roberts to uphold the lower court ruling that the restrictions were not constitutional. Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and h
A moment at the Senate Judiciary Hearing on policing reform underscored a persistent misunderstanding about implicit bias and how it impacts American society. Eugene Scott, The Washington Post political reporter covering identity politics for The Fix, br
As summer begins, Anya Kamenetz, education correspondent at NPR, and Joseph G. Allen, assistant professor of exposure assessment science, director of the Healthy Buildings program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health and co-author of
Charlene Obernauer, executive director at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH), talks about what kind of safety precautions employers are required to put in place as more business open amid the pandemic.
Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, talks about the change his organization is pushing for, and where he sees the Black Lives Matter protest movement going from here.
This year's LGBT Pride Parade can't happen in the streets, so we're having our own on the airwaves. LGBT listeners call in with their thoughts, feelings and stories about what makes them proud to be LGBT, and Jacob Tobia, artist, producer, self-described
Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the call from activists to defund the NYPD and redistribute the funds to public services.