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The Brian Lehrer Show



Brian Lehrer leads the conversation about what matters most now in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives.



Last Build Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:17:22 -0400

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America Is 'Purple Like A Bruise'

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 14:17:22 -0400

Sarah Kendzior, reporter, op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail, and the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books, 2018), shares what she learned about America while reporting on the Midwest for Al Jazeera that led to her early prediction of a Trump victory.

→Sarah will be reading at Housing Works Bookstore Café in conversation with Amy Siskind on Wednesday, April 25 at 7:00pm.

America Is 'Purple Like A Bruise'


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Trump, Inc.; How Democrats Could Squander the Blue Wave; Between Identities; Heartland in Distress

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

 

On today's show...

  • Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC news and co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast, Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter and co-host of Trump, Inc., and Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of Trump, Inc., discuss their podcast and the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

  • Jonathan Alter, former editor of Newsweek, analyst for MSNBC, co-host of Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, Daily Beast columnist and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, reprint 2014), argues that Democrats should support moderates over more liberal candidates in order to win in this year's midterms -- as he writes, "in Trump’s America, pragmatism is a moral imperative."
  • Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s "The Circus," contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, and the author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, 2018), reflects on identity and belonging as she explored a mystery in her own mixed race ancestry.

  • Sarah Kendzior, reporter, op-ed columnist for The Globe and Mail, and the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America (Flatiron Books, 2018), shares what she learned reporting on the Midwest for Al Jazeera that led to her early prediction of a Trump victory.




Reconciling Ancestry and Identity

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:41:58 -0400

Alex Wagner, co-host of Showtime’s The Circus, contributor to CBS News and The Atlantic, and the author of Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and the Secret to Belonging (One World, 2018), reflects on identity and belonging as she explored a mystery in her own mixed race ancestry.

→ You can also catch Alex Wagner live in conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates on Thursday, April 26 at 92nd St Y at 7 pm and on Monday, April 30 at the Powerhouse Arena in Brooklyn at 7 pm.

 

Reconciling Ancestry and Identity


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How Democrats Could Squander the Blue Wave

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 11:40:33 -0400

Jonathan Alter, former editor of Newsweek, analyst for MSNBC, co-host of Sirius XM Alter Family Politics, Daily Beast columnist and the author of The Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies (Simon & Schuster, reprint 2014), argues that Democrats should support moderates over more liberal candidates in order to win in this year's midterms -- as he writes, "in Trump’s America, pragmatism is a moral imperative."

 

How Democrats Could Squander the Blue Wave


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Michael Cohen's Associates

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 10:38:23 -0400

Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC news and co-host of the Trump, Inc. podcast, Eric Umansky, deputy managing editor of ProPublica and editor of the Trump, Inc. podcast, and Ilya Marritz, WNYC reporter, discuss their podcast Trump Inc and the business dealings of Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Michael Cohen's Associates


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How the Early Eighties Changed New York City's Culture

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:48:32 -0400

Hanya Yanagihara, editor-in-chief of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and author of A Little Life (Anchor, reprint edition, 2016), reflects on how three years in the early 1980s -- from early 1981 until late 1983 -- shaped and changed the culture of New York -- and the world.

How the Early Eighties Changed New York City's Culture


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Talking About Racism

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:19:36 -0400

George Yancy, Emory University philosophy professor and the author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), talks about the response to his 2015 column for The New York Times section The Stone entitled, "Dear White America" and the racist vitriol it elicited and asks where we go from here.

Talking About Racism


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Meet the Candidates: NYS 37th

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 13:55:25 -0400

Shelley Mayer, Democratic candidate for NYS Senate 37th district (Westchester) and Julie Killian, Republican candidate for NYS Senate to represent the 37th District (Westchester), discuss their campaigns. 

Meet the Candidates: NYS 37th


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Monday Morning Politics; Meet the Candidates: NYS 37th; Talking About Racism; How the 80s Changed NYC

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith and Darren Samuelsohn, senior White House reporter at POLITICO, talk about the latest in national news, and take your calls.
  • Democrat Shelley Mayer and Republican Julie Killian discuss their campaigns for NYS Senate 37th district (Westchester).
  • George Yancy, Emory University philosophy professor and the author of Backlash: What Happens When We Talk Honestly about Racism in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2018), talks about the response to his 2015 column for The New York Times' The Stone entitled, "Dear White America" and the racist vitriol it elicited and asks where we go from here.
  • Hanya Yanagihara, writer and editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine and author of A Little Life (Anchor, reprint edition, 2016), reflects on how three years in the early 1980s -- from early 1981 until late 1983 -- shaped and changed the culture of New York -- and the world.



Monday Morning Politics: DNC Lawsuit, James Comey, Rudy Giuliani

Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:56:34 -0400

Ben Smith, editor-in-chief of Buzzfeed, and Darren Samuelsohn, senior White House reporter for POLITICO, talk about the latest in national political news.

Monday Morning Politics: DNC Lawsuit, James Comey, Rudy Giuliani


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Brian Lehrer Weekend: Overdue Recognition of Black Artists, NYC's Book Club is Back, Cecile Richards

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:00:00 -0400

In case you missed them, hear three of our favorite segments from the week:

Overdue Recognition of Black Art in Elite Spaces (First) | The City’s Book Club is Back (Starts 28:12) | Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Talks About 'Making Trouble' (Starts 58:25)

If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Overdue Recognition of Black Artists, NYC's Book Club is Back, Cecile Richards


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Gregory Pardlo: Father, Son & Poetry

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:02:53 -0400

Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, April 2018), reflects on race, fatherhood and addiction. 

Gregory Pardlo: Father, Son & Poetry


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Ask the Mayor; Power in Puerto Rico; National Politics and Comey's New Book; Father, Son & Poetry

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.
  • Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor to Latino Victory Fund and Power 4 Puerto Rico and former City Council Speaker, talks about the latest on Puerto Rico's recovery from Maria and this week's island-wide power outage.
  • David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, discusses his interview with former FBI director James Comey.
  • Gregory Pardlo, winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry and author of Air Traffic: A Memoir of Ambition and Manhood in America (Knopf, April 2018), reflects on race, fatherhood, and addiction.



David Remnick on Comey's New Book

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 11:53:09 -0400

New Yorker Editor David Remnick discusses his interview with former FBI director James Comey.

David Remnick on Comey's New Book


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The Ongoing Crisis in Puerto Rico

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:01:43 -0400

Melissa Mark-Viverito, senior advisor to Latino Victory Fund and Power 4 Puerto Rico and former City Council Speaker, talks about the latest on Puerto Rico's recovery from Hurricane Maria, this week's island-wide power outage and the ongoing fiscal crisis on the island.

Writers of the World: Grading the Resistance


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National Politics; Policing & Mentally Ill; PEN World Voices; Bill of Rights

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:00:00 -0400

On today's show:

  • Gabriel Debenedetti, New York Magazine national political correspondent, talks about the latest national political news;
  • DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, and Michael Biasotti, former president of New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the current head of its Untreated Severe Mental Illness committee, on services for the mentally ill beyond police response;
  • PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel and Patrisse Cullors, Black Lives Matter co-founder, preview the PEN World Voices Festival, a gathering of writers from around the world, in the cause of protecting free speech and human rights; 
  • Constitutional scholar Linda R. Monk talks about the history of the Bill of Rights and the individuals who fought for its enforcement.



Treating, Not Policing, the Mentally Ill

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:03:09 -0400

In light of last week’s fatal shooting of Saheed Vassell by NYPD officers, DJ Jaffe, executive director of Mental Illness Policy Org, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author of Insane Consequences: How the Mental Health ­Industry Fails the Mentally Ill (Prometheus Books, 2017), and Michael Biasotti, former president of New York State Association of Chiefs of Police and the current head of its Untreated Severe Mental Illness committee, argue Kendra's Law is misunderstood and under-utilized and that in general, services for those suffering serious mental illness are lacking, leading to more, and more fraught, encounters with the police.  

 

Treating, Not Policing, the Mentally Ill


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Ryan Steps Aside

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 10:54:04 -0400

New York Magazine national political correspondent Gabriel Debenedetti talks about the decision by House Speaker Paul Ryan (R WI) not to seek reelection in November, and more.

 

Ryan Steps Aside


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New York's Sex Trade

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 15:11:56 -0400

Rachel Swaner, managing research director, Center for Court Innovation, Elise White, principal research associate and "Jay," research assistant (and former sex worker), discuss their research on the sex work industry in New York City.

Navigating Force and Choice: Experiences in the New York City Sex Trade and the Criminal Justice System’s Response” (Center for Court Innovation, pdf)

 

New York's Sex Trade


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Nassim Taleb on the Need to Have 'Skin in the Game'

Wed, 11 Apr 2018 12:07:01 -0400

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, trader, NYU Tandon School of Engineering professor and author of The Black Swan, discusses his recent book Skin in the Game: Hidden Asymmetries in Daily Life (Random House, 2018) -- the distrust of expertise and "monocultures" that result in abstract fields, like journalism or sociology, when peers confer status.

→EVENT: Hear more at his Barnes & Noble Business Breakfast on Thursday, April 12 at 7:30am at the Fifth Avenue B&N, 555 Fifth Avenue between 45th & 46th Streets.  Reservations info here

Nassim Taleb on the Need to Have 'Skin in the Game'


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