'I'm Proud of My Son': Fighting Addiction Stigma with Pride

In the first presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden declared he was proud of his son despite using drugs. To many viewers with a family member struggling with addiction, it was a powerful moment. Kassandra Frederique, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a national nonprofit that works to end the war on drugs, talks about Biden's changing views on drug policy, and takes your calls if that moment resonated with you too. @BrianLehrer I am the father of an opioid addicted son who is today in recovery. I am grateful beyond words and as proud a papa as could be to recognize the hard work my son continues every day. — Steven CF Anderson (@SCFAnderson) October 29, 2020 the @BrianLehrer segment rn on @WNYC about addiction, in the context of biden's unconditional love for his son hunter, captures everything about how difficult it is to be human — todd cole (@tcole1000) October 29, 2020

Meet the 'Geniuses'

We wrap up our series with the local 2020 MacArthur geniuses. Today: New York's Fred Moten, 2020 MacArthur Fellow, cultural theorist, poet and professor in the department of performance studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, who received the honor for "creating new conceptual spaces to accommodate emerging forms of Black aesthetics, cultural production, and social life."

Thursday Morning Politics: The Candidates' Closing Acts

Jonathan Lemire, White House reporter for the Associated Press and political analyst for MSNBC/NBC News, talks about the latest political news, including the candidates' sprint to the finish line, and the congressional hearings on social media and disinformation.

30 Issues: COVID-19 Relief Bill and the Election

Kelsey Snell, NPR congressional correspondent, talks about the fate of the next COVID-19 relief package and what's at stake in the election for what's included.

What it Means When Jared Kushner Says Black People Have to 'Want to be Successful'

Earlier this week President Trump's adviser (and son-in-law) Jared Kushner used a racist trope when he said Black people have to "want to be successful" in order to be successful. Kai Wright, host and managing editor for the WNYC show The United States of Anxiety, talks about how this line of thinking has permeated the Republican Party.

What it Means When Jared Kushner Says Black People Have to 'Want to be Successful'

Meet the Candidates: New York's 2nd Congressional District

With Rep. Peter King's retirement, there's an open race for his Long Island South Shore seat in Congress. First, Democrat Jackie Gordon, combat veteran and educator, and then, Republican Andrew Garbarino, New York Assembly Member, make their cases to the voters.

Hours-Long Lines, Confusion and Huge Turnout for Early Voting in NY So Far

Over 300,000 New York City residents have already voted early, but it's not without its problems. Brigid Bergin, WNYC City Hall and politics reporter, talks about how the notoriously hapless Board of Elections is handling the surge of voters in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and why some polling places have hours-long lines, and some have no lines at all.

Hours-Long Lines, Confusion and Huge Turnout for Early Voting in NY So Far

30 Issues: The Disparate Impact of COVID-19

Mary Bassett, director of the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University, as well as professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, talks about how to fight the disparate impact in who gets sick, and who dies, from COVID-19.

Cautionary Lessons from Mussolini's March on Rome

On the anniversary of Mussolini's 1922 March on Rome that signaled the start of Fascist rule, Kenneth C. Davis, author of the "Don't Know Much About History" series and most recently, Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy (Henry Holt, 2020), examines that history for lessons for today.

Comptroller Stringer Runs for Mayor

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer talks about the long lines at polling sites, preparing NYCHA for winter, and his run for mayor.

Community Groups That Keep Us Going

Listeners call in to shout out a group they know or admire that works to improve their community's well-being.

30 Issues: How to Balance the Toll of the Virus and Economic Pain

Jim Tankersley, New York Times reporter covering economics and tax policy and author of The Riches of This Land: The Untold, True Story of America's Middle Class (PublicAffairs, 2020), talks about the Democratic and Republican approaches to threading the needle between controlling the virus and keeping the economy going.

A New Justice for SCOTUS

Aziz Huq, professor of law at the University of Chicago School of Law, talks about how Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation will shift the balance of the Supreme Court, including how it could affect the upcoming election.

Pete Buttigieg on Rebuilding Trust

Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, one of the candidates in the Democratic presidential race, and the author of Trust: America's Best Chance (Liveright, 2020), talks about his new book, Amy Coney Barrett, and the election.

Europe Locks Down Ahead of the Holidays

Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post columnist and author of Today's WorldView, the Post's international affairs newsletter, talks about how countries in Europe are responding to rising numbers of COVID-19 cases ahead of the holiday season and why some countries are preemptively shutting down.

New Jersey's COVID Surge And The Latest On Mail-In Voting

Nancy Solomon, managing editor for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, answers questions about New Jersey's vote-by-mail system and talks about the uptick in COVID-19 cases.

30 Issues: Schools and COVID-19

As schools around the country grapple with in-person and remote learning, Emily Oster, economics professor at Brown University, author of several books and creator of the website COVID-Explained, talks about what's at stake in the presidential election on questions of how to balance health concerns against the need for in-person instruction, the federal government's role in guiding school policies and the COVID-19 School Response Dashboard she helped create to capture data in the absence of action on the part of the Trump administration.

Monday Morning Politics: Final Countdown

It's the last full week before election day. Amber Phillips, reporter for The Washington Post's The Fix, discusses the latest in politics, polls, COVID and SCOTUS, and takes your calls. Was just on @WNYC @BrianLehrer talking about voting. Two articles of mine we talked about:1. Get a primer on the secretaries of state who might be in the news after Election Day as we try to figure out who won in these major swing states https://t.co/eFNWtrxyDL — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) October 26, 2020 2. Why the Supreme Court is already giving voting-rights advocates heartburn (they're concerned that conservative justices, even before Amy Coney Barrett on the court) are ready and willing to overturn voting rights practices https://t.co/ynrfHz9ROU — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) October 26, 2020 And sign up for my weekday afternoon politics newsletter, a rundown and analysis of the day's biggest political stories: https://t.co/mWloopmZvH — Amber Phillips (@byamberphillips) October 26, 2020

Brian Lehrer Weekend, Meet the 'Geniuses': N. K. Jemisin, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Nanfu Wa...

This week, hear our segments from our "Meet the Geniuses" series, in case you missed them. N. K. Jemisin (first) | Cécile McLorin Salvant (Starts at 08:00)| Nanfu Wang (Starts at 14:50) | Jacqueline Woodson (Starts at 23:00) | Mohammad Seyedsayamdost (Starts at 31:00) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

Brian Lehrer Weekend, Meet the 'Geniuses': N. K. Jemisin, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Nanfu Wa...

Meet the 'Geniuses'

All this week, meet one of the local 2020 MacArthur geniuses. Today: Scientist Mohammad R. Seyedsayamdost, 2020 MacArthur Fellow and associate professor in Princeton University's department of chemistry, who received the honor for "investigating synthesis of novel molecules with therapeutic properties and expediting discovery of new antibiotics."

Ask the Mayor: Vaccine Rollout, Voter Safety, And More

Your questions and Brian's for Mayor Bill de Blasio. This week, questions about New York City's vaccine rollout plan and efforts to prevent voter intimidation on election night.

30 Issues: The Great Vaccine Race

Biden has expressed concerns that the vaccine approval process could be politicized under Trump. Trump counters that those comments cast doubt on vaccines, and that's bad for everybody. Caroline Chen, health care reporter for ProPublica, talks about the feasibility of distributing a vaccine before the end of the year, and whether politics is playing too big a role in determining a distribution timeline.

Final Debate Analysis With Donna Brazile

Donna Brazile, Fox New analyst, former Democratic National Committee chair and author of Hacks: The Inside Story of the Break-ins and Breakdowns That Put Donald Trump in the White House (Hachette, 2017), offers analysis of last night's debate between Pres. Trump and his Democratic challenger, former vice president Joe Biden. Plus her lessons from the contested 2000 election.

Second Debate Recap

Clare Malone, senior political writer for FiveThirtyEight, breaks down the highlights of the second presidential debate.