The Brian Lehrer Show-logo

The Brian Lehrer Show


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.


New York, NY




Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.






WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013 212-433-9692


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

Bill de Blasio, New York City Mayor, 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.


The Legacy of the Cross-Bronx and a Future Without Environmental Racism

Nilka Martell, founder and director of the community-based non-profit organization Loving the Bronx, and Peter Muennig, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, discuss a proposal to cap portions of the Cross-Bronx Expressway in favor of new green spaces and housing.


Fighting Pandemics with Science and Global Cooperation

Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine and the author of Preventing the Next Pandemic: Vaccine Diplomacy in a Time of Anti-science (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2021), answers questions about Covid-19 vaccines and argues for science and not forgetting the pandemic is global in scope.


Indoor Venues Report on How Reopening Is Going

Julie Kim, co-owner of Littlefield, a performance and arts space in Gowanus, Brooklyn, and Michael Dorf, founder and CEO of City Winery, and John Abbamondi, CEO of BSE Global, the parent company of the National Basketball Association’s Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, talk about how reopening their venues has been going, what COVID safety precautions they are taking and more on what it's like reopening amidst the ongoing pandemic.


Biden's New Global Agenda

President Biden announced he will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by or before September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks. David Sanger, White House and national security correspondent for The New York Times, talks about how world leaders and national security experts are reacting to the news. We're talking about America's withdrawal from Afghanistan with @SangerNYT. Call in if you've been if you’ve been stationed in the region since 9/11 or have family in...


Should We Be Worried About Inflation?

Emily Stewart, senior business and politics reporter at Vox, breaks down the latest news surrounding inflation.


Another Police Killing Near Minneapolis as the Chauvin Trial Continues

Paul Butler, professor at Georgetown Law and the author of Chokehold: Policing Black Men (The New Press, 2017), joins to talk about what's happening in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer on trial for the murder of George Floyd, while nearby, people are protesting after a Black man named Daunte Wright was shot and killed by the police during a traffic stop.


Ask the Mayor 'Tryouts': Kathryn Garcia

Kathryn Garcia, 2021 mayoral hopeful and former commissioner of the New York City Department of Sanitation, takes calls from listeners about her campaign and the issues facing the City, including maintaining public housing facilities, NYPD reform and traffic safety policy.


Public Health, Personal Health and Vaccines

Krutika Kuppalli, MD, infectious disease and global health specialist and assistant professor of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases at the Medical University of South Carolina, answers questions about vaccines, in light of the J&J "pause" following reports of a dangerous, but extremely rare, reaction in some recipients.


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.