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Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

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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 ter...

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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 Comptrolle...

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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 ...

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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.

Preview of the new Brian Lehrer Show series "End of War"

Monday, May 28, 2012

Is war inevitable? That question has been put to professionals from all backgrounds in the new Brian Lehrer Show series "End of War," which questions the conventional wisdom behind ex...

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Super Tuesday with It’s A Free Country

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

8:00 PM

Join political reporter Anna Sale as she hosts our Super Tuesday event brought to you by It’s a Free Country. Author and comedian Baratunde Thurston will share the stage with Anna as will a stellar cast of contributors to It's a Free Country, including WNYC's Brian Lehrer.

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State of the Union Watch Party

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

7:15 PM

Once again, It's A Free Country invites you to watch the State of the Union address with your fellow politics junkies. Brian Lehrer will be there along with others from the It's A Free Country team and WNYC fans from left, right and center.

Subscribe to It's A Free Country: The Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2011

Brian Lehrer and Caitlin Thompson welcome you to the podcast -- launching on January 11th.

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Brian Lehrer Live Engagement Party

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

10:00 AM

Join Brian Lehrer live for two special hours. In hour one, the issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. And in hour two, Brian will lead a public brainstorm session on how to turn around the city's low voter turnout.  Come and participate.

Video Club: Are Secret Committees as Good as they Sound on The West Wing?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sometimes political truth is stranger than political fiction, but the fiction is always more fun. For that reason, It's A Free Country brings you Video Club with Brian Lehrer, in whi...

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Video Club: The Impasse was More Fun on The West Wing

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Sometimes political truth is stranger than political fiction, but the fiction is always more fun.

For that reason, It's A Free Country brings you Video Club with Brian Lehrer, in which our veteran analyst looks at the fun-house mirrors of our government's (in)action: television and the silver screen. What did the writers get right, and where did they flop? Why were the fictional characters more sympathetic, or more detestable? How did the political theater play out in real life? More often than not, it's the reality that looks funny.

To launch our new club, Brian watches the budget debacle unfold on The West Wing Season Five in an episode called "Shutdown." Then, Brooke Gladstone, co-host and managing editor of WNYC's On the Media,  gives her take. You'll get a chance to weigh in as well. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show: Regime Change and the Aftermath

Friday, February 11, 2011

10:00 AM

The Brian Lehrer Show and It’s A Free Country are calling a meeting.  The agenda:  understanding revolution.  We’re inviting people with first-hand experience of revolution from all over the world for an in-depth conversation about what happens after an uprising.