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Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.

The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."

The New York Times called Lehrer a "master interviewer." Time magazine called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the internet. Guests range from politicians such as Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker, to cultural figures such as Werner Herzog, Penn Jillette, David Lynch, DJ Spooky and Margaret Atwood, to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to New York City middle school students.

Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, ABC World News Now, and NY1. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, The New York Sun and Slate.com. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "BrianLehrer.tv" featuring issue-oriented web video.

In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.

Lehrer was a questioner in the 2006 televised campaign debates for U.S. Senate and Governor of New York, and in the televised New York City Mayoral Debates in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.

He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.

Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.

 

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Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Emily Bazelon, Comedian Mo Amer and the Hosts of Indivisible Radio

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Watch Brian's broadcast from The Greene Space, featuring Gorsuch commentary, an Indivsibile Radio roundtable, and a Muslim comedian's story of sitting next to Eric Trump on a plane.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Jamil Smith, Ana Marie Cox, Yvette Clarke and More

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch video of the show's live broadcast with guests Jamil Smith and Ana Marie Cox of MTV News, U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY9), Slate's Fred Kaplan and NPR's Anya Kamenetz.

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Indivisible: The Trailer

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Why are we producing 100 days of live radio? Listen to find out. Indivisible premieres on January 23rd from WNYC, MPR and The Economist. 

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The Mood of New York, From Control Room 2

Monday, January 16, 2017

From 2008 to 2016, the feelings of New Yorkers slid from dancing in the streets to cascades of tears. Brian Lehrer reflects on the Obama years through the lens of his call-in show.

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Call-In Special: Pass the Politics

Friday, November 18, 2016

With less than a week before Thanksgiving, Brian Lehrer takes calls and counsel on how to handle potentially charged discussions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live with Bill Moyers, Brooke Gladstone, Chris Hayes and Christina Greer

Friday, November 04, 2016

Watch live as Brian talks with veteran journalist Bill Moyers, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone and Fordham University political professor Christina Greer and more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Joy Reid and Marina Abramović.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Watch as Brian talks with Mayor Bill de Blasio, MSNBC's Joy Reid and performance artist Marina Abramović.   

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live at The Greene Space

Friday, October 14, 2016

With guests Neil deGrasse Tyson, New York Liberty's Swin Cash and Tina Charles, NPR's Peter Sagal, Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post and comedian and writer Ashley Nicole Black.

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Bernie and Hillary Compete for 'New Yorker' Status

Friday, April 01, 2016

The Democratic race is heating up in New York weeks ahead of the state primary, as Clinton and Sanders attempt to show who the true New Yorker is in the polls. 

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Encryption Apps and the Paris Attacks

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

In this quick explainer, Manoush Zomorodi breaks down why technology that's easily found in our pockets and our living rooms is perceived by some as a national security threat. 

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Years of Talk in One Conversation

Friday, July 17, 2015

One year after the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, there's been a big push for a national conversation on race and policing. WNYC's Brian Lehrer actually hosted one. 

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WNYC's Resident Yankees Expert on the Ethics of Cheering A-Rod's Comeback

Friday, June 19, 2015

With Alex Rodriguez reaching yet another milestone, lifelong Yankees fan Brian Lehrer offers up his take on the team's tainted slugger.

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Fear of a Muslim Planet

Friday, May 08, 2015

Who speaks for Islam, and is Islamophobia a uniquely present-day problem? Hear Brian Lehrer’s RadioLoveFest conversation with six people from across the political and religious spectrum.

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Brian's Tribute to David Carr

Friday, February 13, 2015

By our count, David Carr was a guest on the Brian Lehrer Show fourteen times. We collected four examples that celebrate one of his greatest qualities: an ability to make policy personal.
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Mario Cuomo: A Liberal 'Mugged' by Crime Rates

Friday, January 02, 2015

WNYC's Brian Lehrer remembers former New York governor Mario Cuomo, who died Thursday at the age of 82.

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America: A Place of Liberty and Justice for Some?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The death of Eric Garner and the failure to indict the NYPD officer who used a chokehold to restrain him is a painful reminder of the recent events in Ferguson.

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Video, Chat, and Transcript: President Obama Address on ISIS

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

President Obama addressed the country about how the U.S. would lead a coalition to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" ISIS in Syria and Iraq. Read the transcript, watch the video.
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How To Be Smarter About... The Brian Lehrer Edition; Nina Simone; Wildcat! Wildcat! Plays Live

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In this episode: Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series -- about addressing musical blind spots -- continues with WNYC host Brian Lehrer, who tells us a musical topic he’d like to know more on – and we help to fill in the gaps.

Then: Claudia Roth Pierpont discusses her new essay for the New Yorker which explored Nina Simone’s complicated relationship with the civil rights movement and with her own racial self-identification. Pierpont tells Soundcheck about how these issues influenced both the singer’s public persona and works like her perceptive song “Four Women.”

And: Hear the infectious, expansive synth pop of Wildcat! Wildcat! as the L.A. band performs songs from its debut, No Moon At All, in the Soundcheck studio.

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How To Be Smarter About... Brian Lehrer's Home Audio

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this special edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck hel...

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The Greene Space

Brian Lehrer Live: Your Privacy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

10:00 AM

Join The Brian Lehrer Show for a live broadcast with several guests, lots of interaction, and various takes on a single topic: your privacy. We'll discuss what you want to share, what you don’t, and how much of your personal information you’re willing to trade for online conveniences.

This live event has been canceled. You can still hear the conversation live on The Brian Lehrer Show on this date at 10AM on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820.