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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:

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... 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 helps WNYC morning host Brian Lehrer learn more about speakers and headphones. 

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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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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.

This Week in Politics: Heat and Ice

Saturday, January 04, 2014

WNYC

After the overheated rhetoric of the mayoral inauguration, temperatures turned frigid--literally--and snow blanketed the region, presenting Bill de Blasio with his first test as mayor. He came out...um..shoveling. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein, Beth Fertig and Brian Lehrer break down a very manic week.

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Election Night Special Coverage Hosted by Brian Lehrer

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Brian Lehrer hosts a politics special with all the results, speeches, and analysis of what comes next for the region and the country.

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On-Demand Video: WNYC's Brian Lehrer Talks Climate Change and Survival

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watch WNYC host Brian Lehrer's historic conversation in The Greene Space with four of the country's top experts on environmental science and policy: physicist and visionary environmental scientist Amory Lovins; Chairman of Energy and Finance for New York State, Richard Kauffman; Margot Anderson, Executive Director of the Energy Project for the BiPartisan Policy Center; and Guy Nordenson, structural engineer and professor of architecture appointed by Mayor Bloomberg to the New York City Panel on Climate Change.

 

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Brian Lehrer: Why Mike Bloomberg Surprised Me

Thursday, October 10, 2013

WNYC

Michael Bloomberg won't be remembered as the anti-asthma mayor, as he will the anti-smoking, anti-obesity and anti-murder mayor. But he's done a lot more to fight the disease than I ever imagined he would.

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"Write. Rewrite. Stop." Brian's Advice to Writers

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

I recently got a chance to speak at the presentation of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, put on by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Here are my remarks, with advice for writers young and old.

I was asked to choose some words of advice to give to young writers. I have three words: write, rewrite and stop.

If you want to make it at something, do it all the time. If you love to write and want to be a writer, write along with your life. Write about the mundane things that happen in your day and you'll wind up finding meaning in them that you didn't know was there until the writing made you start to think. I sometimes tell people I think with my fingers, meaning give me a keyboard, any keyboard, when I want to really think something through. So write along with your life. Then write about things outside your life.

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Legacy

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New York City will soon be electing a new mayor, but the city's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has left an indelible mark on the nation’s largest city. After 12 years and three terms, he will move on in January 2014. Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's legacy. 

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Spitzer Looks for Comeback With Run for NYC Comptroller

Monday, July 08, 2013

In New York, a once-disgraced politician is trying to be the next comeback kid. Last night, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his candidacy for New York City Comptroller. Governor Spitzer discussed his candidacy on our co-producer WNYC's program, The Brian Lehrer Show, earlier today. Brian Lehrer joins us to discuss these candidates looking for a comeback.

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What Do You Broadcast When There's Nothing to Say?

Friday, April 19, 2013

After the initial surge of news on Monday, we hit a news lull, so many outlets filled their air with recycled video, speculation, sorrow on the scene, pundits, consultants and blather. We asked the best call-in host we know, WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, what you're supposed to say on-air when there isn't new information but people still want to tune in. 

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WNYC Covers the Storm

Monday, December 31, 2012

When a deadly and historic storm struck New York and New Jersey in late October, WNYC Radio became the hearth for a shell-shocked community to share needs, demand answers to pressing questions and get vital information.

On that evening of Oct. 29, WNYC lost electric service along with the rest of Lower Manhattan, but managed to stay on the air with generator power, austerity, and the sheer will of a dispersed staff. In a city without subways and tunnels, hosts, reporters and producers walked in the dark to reach our studios, and improvised to report from far-flung storm-ravaged areas.

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China and US: Five First Thoughts

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

Five American journalists went on a one week trip to China sponsored by the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese-Americans founded by I.M. Pei, Yo-Yo Ma and others with a foot in both worlds who are dedicated to having our two countries understand each other better. They conduct and sponsor tours like this for journalists each year. I want to start by thanking the C-100 for leading an ambitious and supremely organized trip, introducing us to so many many top people in different walks of life, and exposing us to so many different points of view about China (and us!) It was a very rich experience and I'm sure it will add great value to all our readers/viewers/listeners through the more sophisticated understanding we will now have of China (and us.)

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China and US: Brian's Slideshow

Friday, December 07, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

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Last Chance Foods: How WNYC Celebrates Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WNYC host Brian Lehrer, WQXR host Terrance McKnight, and On the Media co-host Brooke Gladstone talk about how they celebrate Thanksgiving and share some of their favorite holiday recipes.

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That's My Issue: Draft Ambivalence

Friday, August 24, 2012

A new draft makes sense to my notions of fairness, smart decision-making and national unity. But I have a hard time getting too passionate about imposing a draft.

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Brian Lehrer on the End of War

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Back in February The Brian Lehrer Show, which appears on our co-producing station WNYC, began a series. It was called “The End of War,” and it featured conversations about whether or not war is inevitable. On the last day of the series, we’re talking with host Brian Lehrer and John Horgan, the author of “The End of War,” the book that inspired the series.

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The Greene Space

The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

10:00 AM

Watch the live webcast on Wednesday, June 13th at 10am.  The Brian Lehrer Show concludes their in-depth series, End of War.