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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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Prison Healthcare Was Always Bad. Then Came COVID-19.

A year after returning home from prison, formerly incarcerated people have a mortality rate nearly four times the national average. Dr. Homer Venters, clinical associate professor at NYU College of Global Public Health and also newly appointed member of the Biden/Harris COVID 19 Health Equity Task Force, and Bianca Tylek, Worth Rises’s executive director, describe how the for profit healthcare system within jails and prisons often fail patients by ignoring preventative care and neglecting...


The Stories Our Clothes Tell

Emily Spivack, artist, author of Worn in New York: 68 Sartorial Memoirs of the City Harry N. Abrams, 2017) and now creator of the Netflix docu-series "Worn Stories," talks about her new series, which explores the special meaning people give to certain clothes that they wear.


Ask the Mayor 'Tryouts': Shaun Donovan

Shaun Donovan, 2021 mayoral hopeful and former official in both the Bloomberg and Obama administrations, takes calls from listeners about his campaign and the issues facing the City, including affordable housing, racial equity and making up for a year of remote learning, and racial equity.


How the 'Pause' on the J&J Shot Will Affect the Vaccination Campaign

The public health community has been clear that the best vaccine is the first one available to you, but today, federal health officials called for a "pause" on using the J&J vaccine after several recipients developed a blood clotting disorder. S. Mitra Kalita, co-founder of URL Media and CEO and publisher of Epicenter-NYC, and Mark Horowitz MD, family medical practitioner in lower Manhattan, talk about the scientific differences in the shots, and how this news will affect the distribution...


What Would a Global Corporate Minimum Tax Mean for the US and Abroad?

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has called for a global corporate minimum tax. Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group and GZero Media and the author of Us vs. Them: The Failure of Globalism (Portfolio, 2018), talks about how that would affect the US economy, and looks abroad to who it would help, and who it would hurt.


Families Share Why They're Sticking With Remote Learning

About 650,000 kids will continue to learn remotely for the rest of the school year. Parents call in to share why they are keeping their kids home, even after the New York City schools gave one last chance to opt-in for this year, and why fear of racism and bullying might play into some parents' decisions.


A Lifeline for Undocumented Workers in New York

Anu Joshi, vice president of policy at the New York Immigration Coalition, details the Excluded Workers Fund and other components in the newly passed state budget that will have an impact on New York's immigrants. More information here.


Monday Morning Politics with Jason Johnson

Jason Johnson, MSNBC contributor, author, professor of Politics and Journalism at Morgan State University and host of the new Slate political podcast A Word … with Jason Johnson, talks about the latest news coming out of Washington, including Biden's commission to study the Supreme Court, relief for Black farmers and Amazon's union fight.


Ask the Mayor: Coney Island; State Budget; Schools; & More

Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC news, including the change to the "2-case rule" that frequently shut down city schools due to COVID-19 cases, the recently-passed state budget, gun violence and more.


Quitting Social Media During COVID

Jia Tolentino, staff writer at The New Yorker, talks about the recent trend of people who have recently quit, or taken a break from, social media platforms and takes calls from listeners about their experiences.


Reimagining Vaccine Passports

Leana Wen, MD, emergency physician, professor at George Washington University, contributing columnist for The Washington Post, CNN medical analyst, and former Baltimore Health Commissioner and the author of the forthcoming book Lifelines: A Doctor's Journey in the Fight for Public Health (Metropolitan Books, 2021), shares her thoughts on how to re-frame vaccine passports so they are less divisive, and explains how she believes proof of vaccination can give people more freedom, not less....


Brian Lehrer Weekend: Vaccine Passports; Vaccine Access; NYC Demographics

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Vaccine Passports (First) | Vaccine Access Assistance (Starts at 35:20) | Joe Salvo & NYC's Demographics (Starts at 1:10:00) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Biden's Limited Executive Actions on Guns

Champe Barton, reporter at The Trace, a non-profit news site covering gun violence, talks about Pres. Biden's executive actions on preventing gun violence and their impact in New York and New Jersey.


Watching the Demographic Ebbs and Flows

Joe Salvo, just-retired chief demographer at NYC Department of City Planning, talks about which groups of people have come and gone and stayed over the course of his career.


What's in New York's $212 Billion Budget

On Tuesday, New York State’s leaders announced that they had reached a deal on a $212 billion budget. Jimmy Vielkind, reporter for The Wall Street Journal covering Albany, talks about what proposals made it in from taxing the rich to funding for undocumented workers.


NYC Schools Update: The Opt-In Period and a Complicated New Four-Case Rule

Jessica Gould, WNYC education reporter, brings the latest NYC public school news. NYC Pub School Parents - Two case closure rule is being replaced on Monday by a new rule that says four cases can cause closure IF it can be traced to a known exposure in school. Individual classrooms will still quarantine for 10 days per case. April 8, 2021


When Vaccine Passports and Politics Mix

While public health experts and (mostly-Democratic) politicians say COVID vaccine passports are key to safely getting back to everyday activities, others are worried about data privacy and equity. Dan Diamond, national health reporter at The Washington Post, talks about how they'd work, the politics of the system and more.


Understanding Puerto Rico’s 'Existential Crisis'

Alana Casanova-Burgess, host of La Brega, and reporter and producer for WNYC's On the Media, and Yarimar Bonilla, professor of Puerto Rican Studies and Anthropology at the City University of New York, monthly columnist at El Nuevo Día, and incoming director of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, talk about how Puerto Ricans are weighing the many options for a new political future of the island. → EVENT: Alana and Professor Bonilla will be in a virtual discussion with...


Ask the Mayor 'Tryouts': Scott Stringer

Scott Stringer, New York City Comptroller and 2021 mayoral hopeful, takes calls from listeners about his campaign and the issues facing the City.


Needed: A New Way to Cover Mass Shootings

Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of the Columbia Journalism Review, talks about the journalism "summit" he convened to seek a new way to cover mass gun violence.