Alana Casanova-Burgess is a native New Yorker whose childhood was split between Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Samana peninsula in the Dominican Republic. She went (slightly) north to study at SUNY-Binghamton and stayed put to earn an M.A. from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and work as a freelance reporter. She is living the intern-turned-staff dream since starting as a graduate school intern with the show in 2010.
Brian Lehrer hosts a politics special with all the results, speeches, and analysis of what comes next for the region and the country.
The Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days" looks at the key issues in the New York City mayoral and New Jersey governor's races. This year, we've grouped the conversations into focused weeks - see the (tentative) schedule below. Audio posted once a segment has taken place.
Also, join us every Friday for a #30IssuesChat on Twitter. At 2pm every Friday until election day, we'll discuss the issues that matter and use the conversation to set our 30 Issues segments the following week.
In 1992, former ABC anchor Carole Simpson became the first woman and first African American to moderate a presidential debate — the first town hall-style format. Twenty years later, she tells WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show that she’s disturbed that male moderators are still given the important debate assignments.
President Obama's "Buffett Rule," requiring at least a 30 percent effective tax rate on millionaires, was introduced in the Senate on Wednesday. Here's what your tax return could look like if he—or any of the other candidates for president—has his way.
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The election that will determine the next mayor of New York City may not be for two years still, but the fundraising has already begun. As the races heat up, one huge player in New York City election financing will be the public matching funds program. But what is that program exactly?
It's A Free Country breaks down the massive undertaking that is the New York City Campaign Finance Board's public matching funds program.
A long history of political sex scandals precedes the recent bout of admissions. The timeline shown below lists the most prominent scandals of the past 30 years.
Today’s fight over immigration is contentious and has the power to derail the agendas of politicians who wade into the issue. Yet federal legislation has been minimal and usually results in short-term solutions, so much so that many states have resorted to creating their own immigration-control laws.
In the past thirty years, the U.S. has gone through a rapid expansion of globalization, and cycles of economic recession and booms, which has resulted in a huge upswing in immigrants, mainly from Latin America, coming to the U.S. to find work. But the story isn't a new one.
Check out the interactive timeline of subtly changing statements about Egypt by US officials.
-- Jeremy Travers on The Brian Leher Show