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.
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.
I thought we might take the opportunity to take the president up on a challenge he posed in his speech in Tucson:
—President Barack Obama
From how Pres. Obama's party lost control of the House to why Sarah Palin isn't going away in 2012, listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah chew over the election results in this 2010 swan song edition of Digesting Politics.
In this anti-incumbent year, can Democrats turn out their base across the country and hold on to their advantage in the House? Listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest in key races in New York State and around the country.
From the NY Inspector General's report on the Aqueduct Entertainment Group's bidding process and what it says about Albany's dysfunction to Andrew Cuomo's tightly controlled campaign and its lack of speficity, eavesdrop on WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah as they catch up on the latest in politics.
From Gov. Chris Christie's pulling the plug on the ARC tunnel project to the guilty plea of former New York State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, listen as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and (a still anesthesized) Azi Paybarah discuss the action-packed week in local and national politics.
Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 10/06/10.
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WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein and Bob Hennelly discuss the widely shared video of gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino's confrontation with New York Post's Fred Dicker, the persistent challenge to reinvigorate the upstate economy, the pension fraud case of Alan Hevesi, and more.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest in local politics, including recent opinion polls that showed markedly different results in New York's gubernatorial race, the viability of Carl Paladino's proposals, and the issue of immigration in New York's statewide races.
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss New York's volatile political landscape now that political novice Carl Paladino, a salty, self-identified Tea Party candidate, clinched the Republican nomination for governor in this week’s primary, leaving his moderate Republican rival Rick Lazio at the top of the Conservative Party ticket.
Find out why GOP designee for New York governor Rick Lazio could lose next week's primary election to insurgent candidate Carl Paladino, what happened to Pres. Obama's "new patriotism" and why local Democrats running for office have not been associating themselves with the president, plus the latest un the Democratic primary race for NY attorney general as WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.
WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and WNYC News will host the Democratic Primary debate for New York State Attorney General. Brian Lehrer will host and moderate the debate – with participation from all five Democratic candidates – during the second hour of his program.
Every schoolyard argument seems to devolve to the exclamation that “It’s a free country.” “It’s a free country” usually ends a conversation, but here, it’s a conversation starter. Our mission here is twofold: to provide you lively political content and to partner with you to build a unique interactive community.
When voters go to the primary polls on Tuesday, they will use New York's new paper ballots for the first time. WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Azi Paybarah recently took the new ballot for a test drive.
How Cordoba Initiative's planned Islamic center and mosque in Downtown Manhattan is influencing the race for New York governor, the juggling for identity in the crowded field of Democratic candidates for New York attorney general, plus the latest on various local and national political stories as WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah talk politics over lunch.
Whether they are families of September 11 victims or just normal New Yorkers, a recent poll showed that the city is split over Park 51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque proposed a few blocks from Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are against it, and less than one-third in favor. Mid-term election candidates have made the center an election issue, with politicians defending it as a First Amendment right or demanding that the city prevent the construction by taking over the site via "eminent domain." With all the controversy, emotions are running high.
If you could decide whether or not the center were built at that location, how would you make your decision?
WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest on various local and national political stories.