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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.


Oscar-Nominated Documentaries: 'Life, Animated'  

This interview is part of the Brian Lehrer Show's yearly tradition of speaking with the directors of Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Documentary filmmaker, Roger Ross Williams, talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary, "Life, Animated," about a little boy who was suddenly unable to speak at 3 years old, and how he re-gained his ability to talk and connect with people.


Finding Solace in Presidential Biographies  

Alexis Coe, writer and historian and author of Alice + Freda Forever: A Murder in Memphis (Pulp/Zest Books, 2014) with a forthcoming George Washington biography, and a host of the podcast "Presidents Are People Too!", talks about her latest piece in the New York Times Magazine on presidential biographies.

#OneBookNY: 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao'  

Julie Menin, commissioner of Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, discusses the city's new campaign to host the largest community read program and how it will increase traffic to booksellers and libraries and Junot Diaz, professor at MIT, fiction editor at Boston Review, discusses his novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Trade Paperbacks, 2008), which is one of five books up for the community read.

President Trump’s Place in Presidential History  

David Greenberg, historian of American politics and a professor of history and of journalism and media studies at Rutgers University and the author of Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency  (W. W. Norton & Company, 2016), and Terry Madonna, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin and Marshall College, discusses presidential history and where President Donald Trump fits into it.


Oscar-Nominated Documentaries: 'Fire At Sea'  

This interview is part of the Brian Lehrer Show's yearly tradition of speaking with the directors of Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Director Gianfranco Rosi, discusses his Oscar-nominated documentary "Fire At Sea," a film about refugees arriving on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.

The Case for Trump's EPA Pick  

Oren Cass, senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute where he focuses on energy, the environment and antipoverty policy, discusses the national political news of the day, including President Trump's contentious nominee for the head of the Environmental Protection Agency. 

The Problem With Asking Trump About Antisemitism  

Jane Eisner, editor-in-chief of The Forward, and Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter, founder and editor in chief of Ami Magazine, an Orthodox Jewish weekly based in Brooklyn, discusses how the Trump administration could respond to the wave of anti-Semitic threats that are unsettling many American Jews.


#AskTheMayor: Rising Housing Costs Amid Stagnant Wages and NYC's Immigration Raids  

Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including plans to address the affordable housing crisis by increasing wages and responds to breaking news from the AP on how the City might stand to President Trump's roundup of undocumented immigrants.

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Homecoming for Congress; An Insomniac in NYC; Immigrants in Love  

Hear three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Homecoming for Congress (First) | An Insomniac in NYC (Starts at 27:39) | Immigrants in Love (Starts at 47:20)

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NYC Comptroller Stringer's Big To-Do List  

Scott Stringer, New York City comptroller, breaks down city budget news and the roaster is big. 

"I’m the watchdog... my chartered authority is to root out fraud," says Stringer on holding Mayor Bill de Blasio accountable on issues such as the NYPD's body camera contracts and more. 

Oscar-Nominated Documentaries: '13th'  

This interview is part of the Brian Lehrer Show's yearly tradition of speaking with the directors of Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Van Jones, CNN political commentator, former ‘green jobs’ advisor to President Barack Obama and the author of several books, talks about the filmmaker Ava DuVernay's Oscar-nominated documentary "13th," which he appears in, as well as national political news.


Oscar-Nominated Documentaries: 'OJ: Made in America'  

This interview is part of the Brian Lehrer Show's yearly tradition of speaking with the directors of Oscar-nominated documentaries.

Ezra Edelman, director, talks about his Oscar-nominated documentary, the 8-hour-long film "OJ: Made in America."

Politics, Media and President Trump  

After a decade as one of the top anchors on Fox News, Greta Van Susteren left the cable news channel late last year to go on and host "For the Record" on MSNBC, but despite the physical move, a shift in partisan ideology has never been a problem.

"People assign some sort of ideology to me but I call each issue as it comes," says Van Susteren. Hear her talk about partisan politics and partisan media in the age of President Trump.

Up All Night: New York Through an Insomniac's Lens  

As someone who never sleeps, New York seemed like the perfect place to move. Bill Hayes, recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction and the author of Insomniac City: New York, Oliver, and Me  (Bloomsbury USA, 2017), describes being an insomniac in New York, taking pictures and developing a relationship with Oliver Sacks.

Members of Congress Come Home  

Along with the school kids, Congress is on break next week — and many members will be holding town hall events in their home districts. Nancy Solomon, managing editor of New Jersey Public Radio, John O'Connor, WNYC Washington correspondent, and Emily Ellsworth, former Congressional staffer for Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), now a writer and marketer who wrote a guide to effectively contacting your Congressperson, discuss who's doing what, and how you can participate.

What's the State of Your Block?  

Many listeners called in to give us their thoughts on Mayor Bill de Blasio's State of the City address. Now, we turn it over to the listeners who share their State of their Block address and share the unique needs of their communities and families.

Russian Ties Continue to Dog Trump Administration  

David Graham, staff writer at The Atlantic where he covers U.S. politics and global news, discusses the revelation that President Trump’s campaign aides had repeated contact with Russian intelligence during the presidential election.

Immigrant Love Stories  

Maeve Higgins, Irish comedian, host of the podcast “Maeve in America” and author of Off You Go: Away from Home and Loving it. Sort of.  (Hachette Books Ireland, 2015), and an immigrant herself, talks about her new podcast, filled with stories of immigrants and shares some immigrant love stories  — and hears yours — for Valentine's Day.

The Trump Era of Immigration Enforcement Raids Begins  

Liz Robbins, immigration reporter for The New York Times' Metro section and Caitlin Dickerson, New York Times national reporter, discuss the recent raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, which resulted in the arrests of 600 people across the U.S. and more than 40 people in the New York City area.

The Trump-Russia Story Resurfaces  

David Corn, Washington bureau chief of Mother Jones and MSNBC analyst, unpacks the latest national politics news coming out of D.C. which includes the resignation of National Security adviser, Michael Flynn, amid speculation that the Trump administration may have communicated with the Russian government after the election.

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