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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: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 16:02:38 -0400

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Meet the Winners of the Historical Fiction Challenge

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:22:41 -0400

In the year of alternative facts and fake news, The Brian Lehrer Show presented a historical fiction challenge. Much like the climate of the news today, the genre of historical fiction is a mixture of hard fact and artistic license.

Five weeks and fifty submissions later, Christopher Bram, author of nine novels and The Art of History: Unlocking the Past in Fiction and Nonfiction (Graywolf Press, 2016), presents the winners of WNYC's Historical Fiction ChallengeKatherine LloydTisha Hamilton and Dr. Robert Marraccino.

#AskTheMayor: 'The Spirit and the Letter of the Law'


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Parsing the Mayor's Fundraising Non-Indictments

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 11:12:26 -0400

Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette, Laura Nahmias, reports on City Hall for POLITICO, and Brigid Bergin, City Hall and politics reporter at WNYC, parse the recent news that New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio will not be charged in state and city probes into his fundraising practices.

"This has been hanging over city government," said Max. "This is not only really significant for the mayoral race, it's also significant for the city."

 

 

Parsing the Mayor's Fundraising Non-Indictments


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#AskTheMayor About Non-Indictments; Getting Trump's Tax Returns; Tell Us Things We Don't Already Know

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses news that he and his staff will not be facing charges after state and federal probes into his fundraising practices during the mayor's 2013 run.
  • Ben Max, executive editor of Gotham Gazette, Laura Nahmias, reports on City Hall for POLITICO, and Brigid Bergin, City Hall and politics reporter at WNYC, parse the recent news that New York City's mayor Bill de Blasio will not be charged in state and city probes into his fundraising practices.
  • David Cay Johnston, editor and founder of DC.org and author of The Making of Donald Trump (Melville House, 2016), discusses his disclosure of Trump's 2005 federal income tax return.
  • Inspired by his podcast "Tell Me Something I Don't Know," Stephen Dubner, host of WNYC's Freakonomics and the host of the “Tell Me Something I Don't Know” podcast, journalist and author of many books, grills listeners who call in to share an interesting fact worth knowing — whether the results of a new scientific study, a cultural curiosity or a fact from history. Plus: Sean Rameswaram, WNYC and More Perfect reporter, serves as official fact checker.



Planned Parenthood Under Proposed GOP Healthcare

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:12:09 -0400

Jamila Taylorsenior fellow at the Center for American Progress with expertise in domestic and international women's health and reproductive justice, and Dr. Anne Davis, consulting medical director for Physicians for Reproductive Health, join us to talk about funding for Planned Parenthood.

Planned Parenthood Under Proposed GOP Healthcare


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Is There a Point to Calling Out Privilege?

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:09:10 -0400

Phoebe Maltz Bovy, author of The Perils of Privilege: Why Injustice Can't Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage  (St. Martin's Press, 2017), discusses the ambiguities of the word "privilege" as its currently used to call out anyone with any advantage, and wonders whether acknowledging it really serves any purpose.

Is There a Point to Calling Out Privilege?


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The Case for Blue-State Secession

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 11:06:34 -0400

Kevin Baker, journalist, novelist and author of America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World (Artisan, 2016), discusses his essay in the New Republic, "Bluexit: A Modest Proposal for Separating Blue States from Red," which points out that despite the federalist bluster of red state Republicans, they would be in a state of financial ruin if Democratic blue states seceded.

The Case for Blue-State Secession


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Understanding the Role of U.S. Attorneys

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 10:47:01 -0400

Last week, President Trump ordered 46 Obama-appointed U.S. attorneys to immediately resign. Paul Fishman, former United States Attorney for the district of New Jersey, discusses the timing of the order, which he called “abrupt and shocking,” and how transitions work during new presidential administrations.

Understanding the Role of U.S. Attorneys


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The Role of U.S. Attorneys; A Case for Blue-State Secession; The Future of Planned Parenthood Under AHCA; Calling Out Privilege

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Paul Fishman, former United States Attorney for the district of New Jersey, joins us to discuss his former role as New Jersey's U.S. Attorney and how transitions work during new presidential administrations.
  • Kevin Baker, journalist, novelist and author of America the Ingenious: How a Nation of Dreamers, Immigrants, and Tinkerers Changed the World (Artisan, 2016), discusses his essay in the New Republic, “Bluexit,” which points out that despite the bluster of red state Republicans, they would be in a state of financial ruin if Democratic blue states seceded.
  • Jamila Taylor, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress with expertise in domestic and international women's health and reproductive justice, joins us to talk about funding for Planned Parenthood.
  • Phoebe Maltz Bovy, author of The Perils of Privilege: Why Injustice Can't Be Solved by Accusing Others of Advantage (St. Martin's Press, 2017), discusses the ambiguities of the word "privilege" as its currently used to call out anyone with any advantage, and wonders whether acknowledging it really serves any purpose.



Snow Much Fun

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:58:03 -0400

As winter storm Stella blankets the Northeast, listeners call in to share how they're spending their snow day.

Snow Much Fun


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Shifts in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 14:42:14 -0400

Will Evans, reporter for Reveal covering labor and workplace issues, and Elisabeth Subrin, writer and director of the new film “A Woman, a Part” (open at the IFC Center March 22-28), talk about how the reshuffling at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency of the United States Government that enforces the federal employment discrimination laws, might play into ongoing discrimination investigations and cases.

 

Shifts in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


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Trolling the Press Corps

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:20:26 -0400

Andrew Marantz, editorial staffer at The New Yorker, joins us to discuss his recent piece "Is Trump Trolling the White House Press Corps?"

Trolling the Press Corps


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Iran After the Revolution

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 12:03:50 -0400

Laura Secor, writer and author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran (Riverhead Books, 2017), talks about the activists, politicians, artists, journalists and religious thinkers who have made waves in Iran since the theocratic revolution in 1979.

Iran After the Revolution


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Councilman Ulrich on the State of the City

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:05:44 -0400

Councilmember Eric Ulrich (representing District 32 of Queens) discusses his potential run for mayor as well as major issues affecting New York City, including homelessness and the impact of President Trump on the city.

Councilman Ulrich on the State of the City


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Trump Trolling; Councilman Ulrich on the State of the City; Shifts in the EEOC; Iran Since 1979

Tue, 14 Mar 2017 00:00:00 -0400

Coming up on today's show:

  • Andrew Marantz, editorial staffer at The New Yorker, joins us to discuss his recent piece "IS TRUMP TROLLING THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS CORPS?"
  • Eric Ulrich, New York City Council member representing District 32 of Queens, discusses his potential run for mayor as well as major issues affecting the city, including homelessness and the impact of President Trump on the city.
  • Will Evans, reporter for Reveal covering labor and workplace issues, and Elisabeth Subrin, writer and director of the new film “A Woman, a Part” (open at the IFC Center March 22-28), talk about how the reshuffling at the EEOC might play into ongoing discrimination investigations and cases.
  • It's a citywide snow day! Listeners call in to share how they're spending the day off.
  • Laura Secor, writer and author of Children of Paradise: The Struggle for the Soul of Iran (Riverhead Books, 2017), talks about the activists, politicians, artists, journalists and religious thinkers who have made waves in Iran since the theocratic revolution in 1979.



Persecution of Religious Minorities in Pakistan

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 12:09:44 -0400

Farahnaz Ispahani, global fellow with the Wilson Center and the author of Purifying the Land of the Pure: A History of Pakistan's Religious Minorities  (Oxford University Press, 2017), discusses how Pakistan has moved away from its secular and roots and how that has affected religious minorities in the country.

Persecution of Religious Minorities in Pakistan


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AARP on Changes to the ACA

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:41:14 -0400

Beth Finkel, AARP New York state director, talks about AARP's response to proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act.

AARP on Changes to the ACA


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