The Brian Lehrer Show

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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.


30 Issues | Where the Candidates Stand on Gun Control  

Paul Barrett, senior feature writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, and the author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun (Broadway Books, 2013), discusses how gun control is playing out in the 2016 presidential election and the challenges the new administration will face next year.

The Hottest Race in the Country: Meet the Candidates of NY 19  

First Democrat Zephyr Teachout, then Republican John Faso, discuss their campaigns for the for the open congressional seat to represent New York's 19th district.

Trump and Clinton Agree: AT&T and Time Warner Merger Smells Bad  

In 2009, when Comcast announced it would acquire media conglomerate NBC Universal, it passed through the Justice Department and the FCC with few regulations. 

The recent AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, however, might not get through the government so easily — if at all. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have critiqued the deal, if not outright vow to strike it down. In the context of a campaign season, the deal could be the most important regulatory case to await the next administration.

Leslie Picker, reporter at the New York Times, discusses the proposed merger of giants AT&T and Time Warner, the stumbling blocks and potential effects for consumers.

Racism Knows No Borders  

"If we know victims of police brutality and racism in the U.S., we should know the names of the victims in Europe," says Rokhaya Diallo, French-Senegalese journalist and award-winning filmmaker. She joins to discuss her new film, "Not Yo Mama’s Movement," which delves into the similarities and differences regarding racial tensions in the U.S. and France.

Follow the Candidate, Not the Party Line  

Larry Bartels, political scientist, Vanderbilt University professor, co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government and author of the newly updated Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (Princeton University Press, 2016), shows inequality to be the result of policy choices, not structural changes, and how that has swayed voters' opinions.

How Hackers Are Getting Into Email (and Everything Else)  

Last week new evidence revealed that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's Gmail account was hacked by the same Russian hackers that targeted the Democratic National Committee. All the hacks were done using the same tool -- "malicious short URLs hidden in fake Gmail messages," which tricked recipients into clicking on them. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporter for Vice Motherboard, explains how hackers made a made a fatal mistake, leaving digital fingerprints within the bogus gmail message. 

Brian takes calls on the email hacks and the DDoS attack Friday which took major sights like Twitter and Paypal offline. 

Golf Club or Gun?  

Jo Ann Allen, host of All Things Considered at Colorado Public Radio and former WNYC host, shares her story of a disturbing encounter with a police officer when her golf clubs were mistaken for a rifle and what they both learned.

You Say 'Pop,' I Say 'Soda'  

Josh Katz, New York statistician and the author of Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), expanded his popular 2013 interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times to further explore geographic differences in American English.

@BrianLehrer Ah, pop vs soda! I grew up w/ "pop" in Ohio, but I switched to "soda." I get called out whenever I visit my family #PopTraitor

30 Issues | A History of Gun Control in the United States  

"History says you can regulate guns in any manner that you think is sane and sensible," says Robert Spitzer, political science professor at SUNY Cortland and the author of Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015). discusses the history of gun control legislation in the United States, from the early blanket laws that barred concealed carry, to law that aimed to curb Prohibition-era gun violence and up to today's Congressional stalemate over new gun control laws.

Entrepreneurs Like Trump  

Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, co-chair of Donald Trump's national fundraising committee and member of his economic policy council, as well as author of Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2016), talks about his new book and brakes down Donald Trump's economic policies.

Why 'Build It Back' Recovery Failed  

Matthew Schuerman,  WNYC senior editor and reporter, and Katie Honan, DNA Info reporter covering Queens, join Build It Back director Amy Peterson to discuss Mayor de Blasio's admission that the city will not be meeting its Build It Back deadline. As the four year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, the program has failed to meet its mission — the get New Yorkers back in their homes quickly.

The Prototype for a Happy Life  

Bill Burnett, executive director of the Design Program at Stanford and Dave Evans, lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, management consultant, co-founder of Electronic Arts, and co-author of lecturer in the Product Design Program at Stanford, management consultant, co-founder of Electronic Arts, and co-author of Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life (Knopf, 2016), show how to apply Stanford's famous design principles to finding your place in the world, as a recent graduate or mid-career.

Corruption Scandals Embarrass New York  

The Republican establishment of Nassau County was shaken Thursday when the highest elected official and a town supervisor were indicted on charges of bribery in connection with a businessman said to be seeking favors from the public officials. Republicans narrowly hold majority in the State Senate, but experts say these corruption charges may be enough to swing majority to the democrats

William K. Rashbaum, Senior Writer for the New York Times, talks about the arrest of Nassau County executive Edward Mangano and the continuing investigation into mayor Bill de Blasio's fundraising tactics.

Saving the Trump Brand  

Edward-Isaac Dovere, senior White House reporter for POLITICO, analyzes the latest political developments around the upcoming election and Sheelah Kolhatkar, New Yorker staff writer, talks about the impact of the election on the Trump brand.

The Case Against Hillary Clinton in Haiti  

Jonathan Katz, freelance journalist and regular contributor to the New York Times and author of The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster, discusses the state of affairs in Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew and the Clinton Foundation's role in previous humanitarian aid efforts in the country.

Bridgegate Update, plus Trump's Upstate Ad  

WNYC's own Andrea Bernstein joins us live from outside the Bridgegate trial for updates on Bridget Anne Kelly's testimony and the prognosis for Chris Christie. Plus, she talks about her new story that details how — in 2000 — Trump used a misleading advertisement to delay gambling in upstate New York.

Puzzled Once More  

John Chaneski, the "puzzle guru" for Ask Me Another, puzzle guy for A Way With Words and a content manager and host for TriviaNYC, stumps listeners - and Brian? - for the final day of his mind-bending puzzles.

Born to Write: What Bruce Springsteen's Words Tell Us About American Society  

Bruce Springsteen's new memoir got us thinking about what the Boss's words say about American politics and society. David Kamp, Vanity Fair contributing editor, digs into Springsteen's life, lyrics and values.

Krugman's Take on the Election  

Paul Krugman, New York Times opinion columnist, weighs in on the state of the presidential campaign with just over two weeks left before Election Day.


Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC.

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