The Brian Lehrer Show Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC, New York Public Radio cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events.
The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brian Lehrer Show

From WNYC Radio

Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC, New York Public Radio cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events.

Most Recent Episodes

Earth Week: Recycling in NYC

Bridget Anderson, DSNY deputy commissioner for recycling and sustainability, responds to callers' questions all about how NYC diverts organic and recyclable waste from what goes to landfills. Plus, Martin Robertson, facilities manager at Strivers Gardens and member of the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board, talks about how building managers can facilitate tenants' recycling and composting (and avoid fines). Here is the guideline from Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB) and more information on DSNY's Building Maintenance Training Program.

Transforming Abandoned Spaces

Dan Barasch, co-founder of The Lowline and the author of Ruin and Redemption in Architecture (Phaidon Press, 2019), shares his interest in transforming and re-imagining abandoned spaces in New York.

AG Letitia James on the SCOTUS 2020 Census Arguments

New York Attorney General, Letitia James, talks about Tuesday's Supreme Court oral arguments on New York's lawsuit to block the Trump administration from asking about citizenship on the 2020 census.

Wiping Away America's Student Loans

Julie Margetta Morgan, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute and Lindsey M. Burke, director of the Center for Education Policy at the Heritage Foundation, debate the economic benefits of presidential candidate, Senator Warren's proposal to cancel student loan debt for 95 percent of Americans.

Supreme Court Hears LGBTQ Work Discrimination Case

The Supreme Court agreed to hear two LGBTQ workplace discrimination cases. Gabriel Arkles, senior staff attorney at the ACLU, talks about the significance of these cases and specifically the case of Aimee Stephens, a transgender woman who was fired when her employer learned she was trans.

Earth Week: Air Pollution Still Kills

As part of a series of conversations related to Earth Week, environmental journalist, Beth Gardiner, talks about her new book Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution (University of Chicago Press, 2019).

Updates from Sri Lanka

After the coordinated bombings on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka that left at least 290 people dead, Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs writer for The Washington Post and Sri Lanka expert at the International Crisis Group, Alan Keenan talk about the emerging terror threat in the country. And Sri Lankan listeners in New York weigh in on how their community is dealing with the tragedy.

'The Stakes' A New Podcast about Social Change

Kai Wright, editor and host of WNYC's narrative unit, host of podcasts, United States of Anxiety and There Goes the Neighborhood and a columnist for The Nation magazine, talks about his new podcast called The Stakes. It's a show that seeks to understand why we live the way we do (and why it matters) and recaps his conversation with Eric Holder, the former attorney general of the United States.

Child Welfare Family Separations

Yasmeen Khan, WNYC reporter for crime and policing, talks about her reporting about the city's Administration for Children's Services use of "emergency powers" to remove children from their parents. →"Family Separations in Our Midst" (WNYC, 4/17/19)

Earth Day with Bill McKibben

On earth day, Bill McKibben, author, educator, environmentalist, and co-founder of 350.org, talks about his work on climate change and his new book Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out? (Henry Holt and Co., 2019)

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