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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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Nobel Peace Prize Winner To Warmaker: Ethiopia and Abiy Ahmed

Ethiopia appears to have quickly won a civil war in its northern most province of Tigray. Tom Gardner, Addis Ababa correspondent for the Economist goes over its timeline and what it means to the country's prime minister Abiy Ahmed, who won the Nobel Peace Prize just one year ago.


Progressives and the Biden Appointments

Karthik Ganapathy, progressive communications consultant who recently advised Charles Booker’s US Senate campaign, served as a spokesperson for Senator Bernie Sanders and Representative Keith Ellison, and the climate change campaign organization and Katrina vanden Heuvel editorial director and publisher of The Nation magazine, on Biden’s cabinet picks and where progressives go from here.


ICE Detention Issues in Three NJ Counties

Matt Katz, WNYC reporter, talks about his recent reporting on immigration detention centers in New Jersey: a COVID outbreak at the Elizabeth Detention Center, ICE detainees on hunger strike in Hackensack, and why Hudson County Democrats are reversing their stance to continue jailing NYC immigrants.


Meet the Candidate: Raymond McGuire

Raymond McGuire, former Citigroup executive and mayoral hopeful, talks about his now-official mayoral campaign.


The Thanksgiving Surge

Leana Wen, emergency physician, professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, CNN medical analyst, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner, talks about whether a post-Thanksgiving surge in virus cases is inevitable, and what we can do to prepare.


Community Well-Being: Mentoring Young Women in Newark

Allison James-Frison, founder and CEO of Girls; Live, Love, Laugh Inc. Youth Mentor Program and Commissioner on the Newark Commission on The Status Of Women (CSW), talks about how she uses the challenges she has faced to inspire and guide young women in Newark, NJ.


Will You Pay Rent This Month?

Millions of Americans face an eviction crisis as the federal and state moratorium is set to expire on New Year’s Eve. Judith Goldiner, attorney-in-charge at The Legal Aid Society’s Civil Law Reform Unit, talks about what lawmakers can offer residents now, and takes your calls.


Public Health vs Religious Freedom

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; First Edition April 9, 2019), talks about recent and upcoming court rulings regarding restrictions on religious gatherings, the census count, and election results in Pennsylvania.


Community Well-Being: Feeding Queens

Pedro Rodriguez, director of La Jornada NY service organization in Queens, talks about his work fighting poverty and hunger in Queens.


State Senate Democrats

New York State Senators Jessica Ramos (D, District 13 (Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, and parts of Astoria and Woodside in Queens) and Andrew Gounardes (D, District 22 (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Marine Park in Brooklyn) talk about their priorities for the next legislative session where it looks like the Democrats will have a "super" majority, meaning they could override any vetoes by the governor.


Amazon Warehouse Safety on Cyber Monday

On what is usually one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, Will Evans, reporter for Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting, covering workplace issues, revisits his reporting on injuries at Amazon warehouses.


John Podesta on Biden's Transition

John Podesta, former senior advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, talks about President-elect Biden's transition, including his cabinet appointments, and specifically, how the Biden administration will tackle climate change.


Monday Morning Politics: Some Republicans Admit Biden Won

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief, talks about the latest national political news, including why some GOP lawmakers are starting to acknowledge that Biden won, even as their voters reject it.


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Remembering Mayor Dinkins; Who Gets the Vaccine and When?; Shop Listener

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Remembering Mayor Dinkins (First) | Who Gets the Vaccine and When? (Starts at 29:19) | Shop Listener (Starts at 56:29) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Day-After-Thanksgiving Dive into History

In this year like no other in history, enjoy this excursion through some of our best interviews with historians from our history: Doris Kearns GoodwinTeam of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham LincolnRon ChernowGrantStuds TerkelStoryCorpsKevin YoungBunk: The Rise of Hoaxes, Humbug, Plagiarists, Phonies, Post-Facts, and Fake NewsSarah VowellLafayette in the Somewhat United StatesTed GioiaLove Songs: The Hidden History These interviews were edited slightly for time, the original versions...


Practicing Gratitude

Khalid Latif, university chaplain for New York University, and executive director of the Islamic Center at NYU, talks about the meaning of gratitude.


In Gratitude

Share the people, places and things you're grateful for, even -- and maybe especially -- in this year of pandemic and toxic politics. Tara Parker-Pope, columnist and founding editor of Well, the consumer health site at The New York Times reflects on giving thanks and her own gratitude practice.


Meet the Candidates: Kathryn Garcia

Kathryn Garcia, 2021 mayoral hopeful and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation, talks about her bid for NYC mayor.


The Biden Cabinet Foreign Policy Appointments

John Hudson, national security reporter for The Washington Post, talks about the establishment figures President-elect Biden is appointing to join his cabinet and the White House.


The Trump Campaign Is Still Trying to Overturn the Results of the Election

Zoe Tillman, senior legal reporter for BuzzFeed News, talks about how the Trump campaign is still trying to change the results of the election through the courts, and whether there is any chance they could succeed.