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

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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

"Brian Lehrer Weekend: Dems' Climate Deal, Monkeypox, Chinese-American Playwright"

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Bill McKibben on the Climate Bill (First) | In the City and State, Monkeypox is a Public Health Emergency (Starts at 28:03) | A Playwright's Journey From Hand Laundry to the Stage (Starts at 1:02:23) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

"Brian Lehrer Weekend: Dems' Climate Deal, Monkeypox, Chinese-American Playwright"

Long-term Loss of Smell from COVID

According to a meta-analysis of COVID data by the British medical journal The BMJ, approximately 5 percent of people with a confirmed case of coronavirus have suffered from a long-term loss of smell or taste. Zara Patel, MD, professor of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine who specializes in smell disorders, discusses this health issue and responds to listeners affected by loss of smell.

Your TV Pilot Elevator Pitch

Listeners share their ideas for the TV pilots and screenplays in their back pockets.

51 Council Members in 52 Weeks: District 31, Selvena Brooks-Powers

The majority of the New York City Council members are new and are part of a class that is the most diverse and progressive in city history. Over the next year Brian Lehrer will get to know all 51 members. This week, Councilmember Selvena Brooks-Powers, talks about her priorities for District 31, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Arverne, Brookville, Edgemere, Far Rockaway, Laurelton, Rosedale, and Springfield Gardens. CM Brook-Powers picked the new Idlewild Environmental Center as her district's "show and tell". Catch up with all the interviews here.

Call Your Senator: Sen Gillibrand on The Climate Bill, Veterans' Health And More From Congress

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) talks about her work in Washington and this week's passage of burn pits legislation, and more.

Call Your Senator: Sen Gillibrand on The Climate Bill, Veterans' Health And More From Congress

A 'Feminism of Disempowerment'

Lux Alptraum, writer, podcaster and author of Faking It: The Lies Women Tell about Sex--And the Truths They Reveal (Seal Press 2018), discusses her guest essay in The New York Times, "Women, the Game Is Rigged. It's Time We Stop Playing by the Rules," which argues for a new type of feminism that rejects the approval and validation of an unjust system.

Checking in on Mayor Adams' Approach to Homelessness

Mayor Adams has been in office for about eight months, and since then the homeless population has risen. David Brand, senior reporter and editor covering housing and homelessness at City Limits, checks in on what the administration is doing to address the lack of space in safe shelters, the street homeless population and talks about the asylum seekers who the mayor says are adding to the crisis.

A Playwright's Journey From Hand Laundry to the Stage

Alvin Eng, playwright, educator and author of his new book, Our Laundry, Our Town: My Chinese American Life From Flushing to the Downtown Stage and Beyond, shares his journey from his childhood in Queens to a career as a playwright, with help from Our Town.

Pandemic Purchases You Regret... and Those You Don't

Houses, outdoor heaters, crafting supplies...a recent article in Vox listed pandemic impulse purchases people came to regret. Listeners call in to talk about the pandemic purchases they regret...and those they don't.

'Embedded' With the Police in Yonkers

Kelly McEvers, creator and host of NPR's Embedded podcast and Dan Girma, co-host and producer of Embedded, talk about their reporting (with The Marshall Project) on the police department in Yonkers, and its attempts at reform.