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.
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Our Amendments: The 1st

This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words... and music. Jad Abumrad, the host of More Perfect and founder and co-host of Radiolab, reviews one: the 1st.

30 Issues: Education

Randi Weingarten, president of American Federation of Teachers, explains what kinds of changes to education policy people can expect if Democrats win the House in November and characterizes the fight over education with Secretary of Education Betsy Devos at the helm.

Vote, For Bradley Whitford

Actor and political activist Bradley Whitford talks about his efforts, with his West Wing cast members, to get out the vote ahead of the midterms. @BrianLehrer the reason the show is still popular is because even today the same issues are relevant — Katie (@chaskat35) October 22, 2018 .@BrianLehrer Bradley Whitford played Magnus Hirschfeld on Transparent, and I'd like to thank him for that and to ask him to comment on yesterday's revelation in the NYTimes that Trump is trying to legally redefine gender as equal to biological sex at birth. — Halloween-related pun ​that rhymes with my name. (@Maxtropolitan) October 22, 2018

Pussy Riot's Rules for Revolution

Nadya Tolokonnikova a founding member of Pussy Riot, the punk/art protest group, draws on her life of activism, including time in jail for a protest performance in Moscow, in her book Read & Riot: A Pussy Riot Guide to Activism (HarperOne, 2018), and offers her ten "rules for revolution" — starting with one: be a pirate. Listening to @BrianLehrer say "Pussy Riot" over and over on @WNYC and it's making me laugh and appreciate him all over again. (Also it's pledge week at WNYC, donate now!) — Negin Farsad (@NeginFarsad) October 22, 2018

Monday Morning Politics: Cold War-era Nuclear Treaty Abandoned & Khashoggi's Ripple Affect

The New Yorker's Susan Glasser writes the weekly online column, "Letter from Trump's Washington." In today's show, she discusses how U.S. withdrawal from a Cold War-era nuclear treaty might embolden Russia and why the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, by the Saudi Arabia government, has pushed some Republicans to break publicly with President Trump.

Monday Morning Politics: Cold War-era Nuclear Treaty Abandoned & Khashoggi's Ripple Affect

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Alexa, Senator Ben Sasse, Senator Bernie Sanders

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. A Long-Term Relationship With Your Smart Speaker (First) | Nebraska Sen. Sasse: Polarization as Rootlessness (Starts at 20:34) | 30 Issues: Medicare For All (Starts at 35:31) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

Our Amendments: The 26th

This season, the Radiolab spin-off More Perfect is exploring all 27 Constitutional Amendments in words. . . and music. More Perfect producer Sarah Qari explores one: the 26th, which lowered the voting age to 18. A lot of people were upset during the Vietnam War that they could be drafted to fight, but not allowed to vote. It led to the slogan "Old enough to fight, old enough to vote," says @sarqari. The 26th Amendment was ratified as a result of that political pressure. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

The Week in National Politics: Not-so 'Mad Dog' Mattis; Bolton vs Kelly; Jamal Khashoggi

Katie Rogers, New York Times White House correspondent, talks about the week's national political news, from Trump's stance on the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi to the latest on what's happening at the Mexican border. .@katierogers: For all the goodwill work Melania Trump did on her Africa trip, her comments (including about Trump's reported s-hole countries statement) show that she's much more in line with him than people tend to want to believe. "She is no resistance figure." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

The Week in National Politics: Not-so 'Mad Dog' Mattis; Bolton vs Kelly; Jamal Khashoggi

Andy Borowitz on Today's News

Andy Borowitz, comedian and creator of The New Yorker's "The Borowitz Report" column, gives his signature satirical take on today's news. .@BorowitzReport: Donald Trump Jr announced on Twitter that he is 50% Idiot, in an effort to silence haters calling him a total idiot. He misspelled DNA in the tweet.https://t.co/JNiooHHXJ6 — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

30 Issues: Labor

Robert Reich, professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, Senior Fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies, and former Secretary of Labor, discusses the future of American labor if the Democrats take control of the House. .@RBReich: "A ban on stock buybacks makes a lot of sense."Says buybacks hurt workers bc employers choose to raise stock value instead of worker pay, and most workers don't have much by way of stock. Says 80% of stock market is owned by richest 10% of Americans. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) October 19, 2018

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