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


The Russian Hacks' Potential Delegitimization  

Over the weekend, Rep. John Lewis said, "I don't see this president-elect as a legitimate president," on "Meet the Press." Lewis continued, "I think there was a conspiracy on the part of the Russians and others that helped him get elected. That's not right. That's not fair. That's not the open, democratic process."

Joan Walsh, MSNBC political analyst and national affairs correspondent for The Nation, and Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin discuss Lewis' comments and the Russian hacks affecting the outcome of the presidential election. 

Excerpts From an Open and Honest MLK Day Conversation  
Highlights from the 11th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration commemorating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through open and honest conversation hosted by WNYC's All Things Considered local host Jami Floyd, WQXR's Terrance McKnight, and Brian Lehrer. This year's theme: Where Do We Go From Here?: MLK and the Future of Inclusion.  

You can watch the event here. And find more information here

Legitimate or Illegitimate?  

Over the weekend, Rep. John Lewis' affirmed his opposition to President-elect Donald Trump. Lewis explained that he doesn't think Trump is the legitimate president-elect. Listeners share their opinions on whether Trump is the legitimate or illegitimate president-elect.  

@BrianLehrer I wonder if Dems saying Trump is not legitimate is simply payback for Trump’s trying to delegitimize Obama.

— Dorian Benkoil (@dbenk) January 16, 2017

@BrianLehrer legitimate (a) in acc. w established rules, principles, or standards. Trump's election: legitimate. His behavior: illegitimate.

— Rebecca Segers (@RebeccaSegers) January 16, 2017
A Tale of Two (Birth) Deliveries  

Fred Mogul, healthcare and medicine reporter for WNYC, gives us a snapshot of the disparate childbirth experiences that New York City mothers face every day and offers advice. 



How Failing Banks 'Fail the Middle Class'  

Lisa Servon, professor of city and regional planning at the University of Pennsylvania and a former dean of The New School, discusses her new book, The Unbanking of America: How the New Middle Class Survives (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017).

"Banks are not doing right," says Servon. "These banks that are too big to fail are failing the middle class."

The Future of Trump and the Media  

Brian Stelter, CNN's host of ReliableSources, senior media correspondent and author of Unprecedented: The Election That Changed Everything (Melcher Media, 2016), talks about the relationship the media has with President-elect Donald Trump, especially after this week's news and combative press conference with PEOTUS.

Rikers Visitors Stripped of their Dignity  

Raven Rakia, journalist covering criminal justice and the environment, discusses her latest reporting for The Intercept which surveys the surprising and often violent strip searches that visitors to Rikers Island may face in order to see their loved ones. The reporting was produced in partnership with WNYC, that version is here.


Confirmation Hearings Continue for HUD and National Security Appointees  

Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter covering the intersection of real estate and politics, discusses the confirmation hearings for President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, and Fred Kaplan, Slate's War Stories columnist, discusses the hearings for General James Mattis for defense secretary and U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo for CIA director.

Obama's Spoken Words  

Joy-Ann Reid, national correspondent for MSNBC and the author of Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide  (William Morrow, 2016) and E.J. Dionne, Washington Post columnist, senior fellow at Brookings, government professor at Georgetown University, author of Why the Right Went Wrong  (Simon & Schuster, 2016), examine President Obama's speeches from 2002 through 2016, his place in history and editing their new book, We Are the Change We Seek: The Speeches of Barack Obama  (Bloomsbury USA, 2017).

Now: @EJDionne + @JoyAnnReid join us in listening to Obama's speeches and discussing his legacy.

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 12, 2017

@BrianLehrer @JoyAnnReid After Sandy Hook shooting his speech was touching and raw.

— RH (@Raamlife) January 12, 2017

@BrianLehrer @JoyAnnReid Obama's Tucson Memorial speech was pretty good.

— RH (@Raamlife) January 12, 2017
New York's Nuclear Option  

Rob Astorino, Westchester County Executive, discusses Governor Andrew Cuomo's agreement with the owner of the Indian Point nuclear power plant to shut down both its operating reactors by 2021 and what this means for his constituents.

What You Need to Know About Tillerson's Confirmation Hearing  

Anne Gearan, Political Correspondent for The Washington Post, discusses the latest from the confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

What Made News in Trump's News Conference  

Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for the Washington Post and host of the podcast Cape Up, reacts to President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference in 168 days, and the first one since the election.

Live Coverage of President-Elect Trump's Press Conference  

The Brian Lehrer Show covers President-elect Donald Trump's first press conference in 168 days.


Trump's Press Conference Preview With Brooke Gladstone  

Brooke Gladstone, host of WNYC's On The Media, joins to preview and then we cover the conference live.

The State of the State of the State Addresses  

Jenna Flanagan, host of WNET's MetroFocus, and Yancey Roy, Newsday's Albany Bureau Chief, assess Governor Cuomo's State of the State speeches delivered in Westchester and on Long Island, and what they offer for different constituencies.

Farewell, President Obama  

President Obama gave an optimistic and emotional presidential farewell speech in Chicago last night. Listeners react, share their memories of Obama and say their own goodbyes.

Does anyone else have an #ObamaMemento like this kicking around? Send us a pic!

— Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) January 11, 2017

"Seems like we both benefited from a failed basketball career."

Confirmation Hearings Continued  

Nicole Austin-Hillery, director and counsel of the Washington, D.C. Office of the Brennan Center for Justice, discusses the confirmation hearings for Donald Trump's pick for U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions.

This Is What a Crunk Feminist Looks Like  

Brittney C. Cooper, assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies at Rutgers, author of the forthcoming Race Women: Gender and the Making of a Black Public Intellectual Tradition (University of Illinois Press), Susana Morris, associate professor of English at Auburn University and co-founder of the Crunk Feminist Collective, and Robin Boylorn, assistant professor of Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication at The University of Alabama are the editors of The Crunk Feminist Collection (The Feminist Press, 2017). They will discuss their community, the Crunk Feminist Collective, which aims to "create a space of support and camaraderie for hip hop generation feminists of color, queer and straight, in the academy and without, by building a rhetorical community, in which we can discuss our ideas, express our crunk feminist selves, fellowship with one another, debate and challenge one another, and support each other, as we struggle together to articulate our feminist goals, ideas, visions, and dreams in ways that are both personally and professionally beneficial."

What to Know About Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions  

Republican Senator Jeff Sessions is President-elect Trump's nominee for U.S. Attorney General, and the Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a confirmation hearing with him this morning. Emily Bazelon, staff writer for the New York Times Magazine and a senior research fellow at Yale Law School, tells us what we need to know about the Alabama Senator, including why he was denied a federal judgeship back in 1986.

@BrianLehrer @JoyAnnReid @emilybazelon An enormous amount of gamesmanship happening here today.

— Michelle (@Mozadams) January 10, 2017

Stunning that ppl still need reminding that "I have black friends/colleagues" is not a definitive qualifier on subject of civil rights.

— Rashona (@Rashona) January 10, 2017

@BrianLehrer People are protesting Jeff Sessions verbally "No Trump, No KKK"

— April Snow (@april_s22) January 10, 2017
The Debate on Racially-Biased Policing  

In a preview of an Intelligence Squared debate, Gloria Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former civil rights attorney argues that yes, policing is racially biased, while Harry Stern, an attorney at Rains Lucia Stern and a former police officer, argues the opposite.

On Wednesday, January 11 at 6:45 PM, Intelligence Squared U.S. is hosting "Policing Is Racially Biased" at the Kaufman Center on 129 West 67th Street. If you're interested in the event, here is the link:

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