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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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Susan Page on Nancy Pelosi

Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief and the author of Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Twelve, April 2021), talks about the role of Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker and her impact on national politics.


Manhattan DA Race Heats Up

Rachel Holliday Smith, reporter for The City, and Gwynne Hogan, reporter for WNYC and Gothamist, talk about the latest news from the campaign trail for Manhattan district attorney.


The Climate Emergency

On Earth Day: Laura Helmuth, editor-in-chief of Scientific American, Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, professor and chair in Earth Sciences, Life & Environmental Sciences Department at the University of California-Merced, and Sir David King, founder and chair of the Centre for Climate Repair, talk about the climate emergency we're living in, and where we go from here.


Covering Climate Now: The Plight of Climate Refugees

Climate change is changing migration patterns and forcing people to move for survival. Abrahm Lustgarten, senior reporter investigating climate and our response to a rapidly changing environment, at ProPublica, talks about how this should inform policy here in the United States, and how it affects the politics of immigration.


How People are Reacting to the Guilty Verdict

Jamil Smith, senior correspondent for Vox, reacts to the guilty verdict of Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin, and talks about how it fits into the movement for racial justice.


Historian and Rutgers Pres. Holloway on the Chauvin Guilty Verdict -- and the Vaccine Mandate

Jonathan Holloway, president of Rutgers University and the author of The Cause of Freedom: A Concise History of African Americans (Oxford University Press, 2021), puts the guilty verdict for Derek Chauvin in historical context, plus talks about the news that Rutgers will require COVID-19 vaccinations for students returning to campus in the fall.


Chauvin Found Guilty on All Counts

Jami Floyd, senior editor for race and justice at WNYC, offers legal analysis of the guilty verdicts in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the police officer who killed George Floyd last year.


Larry Krasner's 'Progressive Prosecution'

Larry Krasner, Philadelphia district attorney, former civil rights and defense attorney, and author of the new book, For the People: A Story of Justice and Power (One World, 2021), talks about his approach to prosecution, as a means to criminal justice reform.


Waiting for a Verdict in the Chauvin Trial

Jami Floyd, senior editor for race and justice at WNYC, offers legal analysis of the Chauvin trial, as the jurors deliberate, plus talks about the makeup of the jury, and the instructions they were given from the judge on how to apply the law to the facts of the case.


Covering Climate Now: Rooftop Solar

Seth Blumsack, professor of Energy and Environmental Economics and International Affairs and director of the Center for Energy Law and Policy at Penn State University, talks about the status of rooftop solar panels and the power grid. Plus, Tim Cawley, president and chief executive of Con Edison, talks about one program to install solar panels on the roofs of some NYCHA buildings while providing job training to residents, and the role of rooftop solar panels and other renewable energy in...


The Latest COVID News

Wafaa El-Sadr, MD, MPH, MPA, university professor of epidemiology and medicine at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and director of ICAP at Columbia University, talks about the latest COVID news and shares her thoughts on outdoor masking, the safety of travel, case rates and more.


Monday Morning Politics: Refugee Cap, Gun Violence & More National Politics

Philip Bump, national correspondent for The Washington Post, talks about the latest national political news, including the news that President Biden will raise the refugee cap, police gun violence and more national political news.


Covering Climate Now: Electric Vehicles

Steven Mufson, business of climate change reporter at The Washington Post, talks about the role of EVs in meeting the U.S. climate goals, President Biden's proposed boost to the industry in his infrastructure plan, and the practicalities of shifting from gas-powered vehicles to electric ones. Plus, Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish and his newest, The Climate Diet: 50 Simple Ways to Trim Your Carbon Footprint (Penguin Books, 2021), shares his experience with an electric vehicle in...


Ask the Mayor 'Tryouts': Raymond McGuire

Raymond McGuire, former Citigroup executive and mayoral hopeful, takes calls from listeners about his campaign and the issues facing the City.


24 Days on a Bus: The Torturous World of Prison Transport

Every Tuesday evening through May 4th, The Greene Space and the non-profit advocacy organization Worth Rises are holding virtual panel discussions about the business side of the prison industry, asking: who profits when people get put away? We're previewing those discussions with a weekly segment here on The Brian Lehrer Show. Today: Private transportation companies that contract with jails and prisons are often paid by the mile, which can incentivize longer routes, avoiding stops and...


Brian Lehrer Weekend: The Chauvin Trial Continues; Fighting the Pandemic Through Global Cooperation; The Stories Our Clothes Tell

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. The Chauvin Trial Continues (First) | Fighting Pandemics Through Global Cooperation (Starts at 29:15) | The Stories Our Clothes Tell (Starts at 57:45) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.


Who Is Reopening Restaurants?

Restaurant owners and workers call in to share what reopening has been like and to comment on how dining has changed during the pandemic.


Ask the Mayor: Open Streets After COVID, Reopening City Offices & More

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including the continuation of Open Streets and Open Restaurants initiatives, crisis housing in the wake of a Jackson Heights fire, and the timeline on reopening NYC government offices.


Volcanic Destruction on St. Vincent

Robin George Andrews, volcanologist turned science journalist, talks about the eruptions from the La Soufrière volcano on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent, and whether scientists predict the worst is over or more destruction is on the way. Plus, Nikkole Decaul, community organizer, on how to help donate supplies to the region. Please share. #SVGEruption2021 April 9, 2021


Corporations and Voting Rights

Rashad Robinson, president of Color of Change, talks about how corporate America is reacting to legislation that generally restricts voting rights — and what more he thinks they could be doing.