Launching #PriceCheckNYC

WNYC, in partnership with Gothamist and Clear Health Costs, is launching a new community health sharing tool which will give listeners a chance to compare the costs of their medical procedures. Jeanne Pinder, founder and CEO of Clear Health Costs, and Caroline Lewis, lead reporter of Price Check NYC and regular contributor to Gothamist, join to break down how it works. Read Caroline Lewis's story about the project on Gothamist—for instance, ClearHealthCosts found that a cholesterol test at a lab in the Bronx costs $21 cash—but a hospital charged $1,294. Got a story of your own to share? Email the team with your healthcare costs at // var chc_widget_hash = "IZFVQBRC" // Your browser doesn't support iFrames.

David Remnick on the Impeachment Hearings

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, staff writer and host of the "New Yorker Radio Hour," breaks down the first round of televised Trump impeachment hearings, and takes your calls.

'Sesame Street' Turns 50

Ben Lehmann, 'Sesame Street' executive producer, and Leslie Carrera-Rudolph, puppeteer who plays the character Abby Cadabby on 'Sesame Street,' talk about how the landmark children's television show is celebrating its 50th birthday.

2020 and Impeachment (& Deval Patrick?)

Clare Malone, senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, on how the public is taking in the impeachment probe, what that could mean for the probe in Congress, and how it all factors in to the 2020 presidential election.

The Brian Lehrer Show Call-In Special: The First Impeachment Hearings

For the first time, the public got to hear firsthand from people involved in the Ukrainian intrigue at the heart of the inquiry. Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, co-host of the podcast Trump Inc, and author of the forthcoming book, American Oligarchs: The Kushners, the Trumps, and the Marriage of Money and Power, and Jonathan Lemire, AP White House reporter, break down the public testimony from William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian affairs. Plus, U.S. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney, who who sits on the House Intelligence Committee and questioned the witnesses, brings an inside look. Airs tonight at 8 on 93.9 FM and AM 820.


Jami Floyd, WNYC's legal editor and host of All Things Considered, and Beth Fertig, WNYC senior reporter covering courts and legal affairs, team up to discuss the Supreme Court arguments challenging the Trump administration's decision to end DACA. One of cases originated in New York.

More Trump and Russia with Malcolm Nance

Malcolm Nance, national security and counterterrorism analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, talks about his new book The Plot to Betray America: How Team Trump Embraced Our Enemies, Compromised Our Security, and How We Can Fix It (Hachette Books, 2019).

Jessica Ramos on NYPD Arrest of "Churro Lady"

Last week police arrested a churro vendor at the busy Broadway Junction subway station in Brooklyn, and a bystander's video of the encounter went viral and sparked protests. New York State Senator Jessica Ramos (D-13, Queens: Elmhurst, Jackson Heights, Woodside, Corona and parts of Sunnyside and Astoria) talks about the incident and the legislation she introduced in Albany to lift the cap on the number of vendor permits the city can issue.

Impeachment News

Julian Zelizer, professor of history and public affairs at Princeton University, CNN political analyst, co-host of the podcast "Politics and Polls," and author of Burning Down the House: Newt Gingrich, the Fall of a Speaker, and the Rise of the New Republican Party (Penguin Press, 2020), discusses the latest developments in the impeachment inquiry.

A Timeline of Ukraine, From 2014 to Now

Philip Bump, Washington Post national correspondent, talks about his recent reporting on the years-old roots of the Ukraine scandal, and why the timeline of events matters.

Nobel Prize for Poverty

Esther Duflo, recipient of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Economics, professor of poverty alleviation and development economics at MIT, and co-author of Good Economics for Hard Times (PublicAffairs, 2019), discusses the work which led to her recent Nobel Prize award in economics.

The Shinnecock's Generations Long Fight to Reclaim Land

Treva Wurmfeld, director and producer of Conscience Point, and Shane Weeks, member of the Shinnecock Nation and cultural consultant, discuss the new PBS documentary on the Shinnecock Tribe's fight to reclaim Hamptons land on Long Island.

Veterans: What Does Victory Look Like?

After 18 years of war in the Middle East, what does victory look like? A call in for Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans on the definition of victory, and Trump as commander in chief.

Would You Vote for Bloomberg?

Listeners call in to share whether or not Bloomberg has their vote and Juan Manuel Benitez, reporter for NY1 Noticias and host of Pura Política, joins to discuss his reporting on the Bloomberg era in New York and how the former mayor may fare on the national stage. Concerned about splintering the vote for candidates that am already inclined towards.What is his basic platform?It will be a hard choice, if it will be said that he's the 'only one' who could beat Trump. — Anubis and Sekhmet (@NYCASR) November 8, 2019 @BrianLehrer Bloomberg is arrogant to think we need another old white guy in the race. He needs to sit down and shut up. — ReMaines (@remaines) November 8, 2019

Impeachment, Today

Natasha Bertrand, POLITICO's national security correspondent, runs down the latest impeachment headlines and previews the first week of public hearings in the House.

Veterans and the Trump Administration

David Shulkin, former secretary of Veterans Affairs under Presidents Obama and Trump, doctor and former president and CEO of New York's Beth Israel Medical Center and the author of It Shouldn't Be This Hard to Serve Your Country: Our Broken Government and the Plight of Veterans (PublicAffairs, 2019), talks about the Trump administration's efforts to privatize the VA and what it means for veterans.

#AskTheMayor: Minority Contracting, Commercial Rent, New Police Chief & Eradicating Lead

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.

#AskTheMayor: Minority Contracting, Commercial Rent, New Police Chief & Eradicating Lead

Your Kid's Brain on Screens

Perri Klass, pediatrician, New York Times health columnist, professor of journalism and pediatrics at New York University, national medical director of Reach Out and Read and the author of The Mercy Rule: A Novel (Mariner Books, 2009), talks about the latest findings of a study which shows the negative impact screen time can have on young minds.

Singing Chinese-American Foreign Policy

David Henry Hwang, playwright (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face), talks about the musical-within-a-play, Soft Power, with music by Jeanine Tesori, that explores U.S. foreign policy toward China, from the Chinese perspective. Plus, Francis Jue, actor (M. Butterfly, Yellow Face), talks about his long working relationship with playwright David Henry Hwang and his work in Soft Power.

All The Presidents' Lawyers' Lawyers

Lanny Davis, the lawyer who formerly represented Michael Cohen in his testimony before Congress, formerly a spokesman for the Clinton White House's anti-impeachment efforts, talks about his time in the Clinton White House coordinating anti-impeachment efforts, and compares it to Trump's current legal and message strategy.

Medicare For All: Warren vs. Sanders

Adrianna McIntyre, health policy writer at the Incidental Economist and health policy researcher at Harvard, explains Senator Elizabeth Warren's healthcare plan and compares it to Senator Bernie Sanders's version.

How Women Can Beat the 'Likeability' Trap

Alicia Menendez, MSNBC anchor host of the "Latina to Latina" podcast, former co- host of "Amanpour and Company" on PBS, and the author of The Likeability Trap: How to Break Free and Succeed as You Are (HarperBusiness, 2019), explains the downside to "likeability" – especially for women seeking leadership roles – and how to move past it.

Global Demonstrations

Cal Perry, NBC News international correspondent, and Luciani Gomes, BBC News South America producer, discuss international unrest across Chile, Iraq and Lebanon.

Public Advocate Jumaane Williams on Election Results and More

NYC Public Advocate Jumaane Williams talks about the results of Tuesday's elections and the police presence in the subways.