Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Illegal Organ Trafficking

Friday, July 24, 2009

Along with the various public officials and religious leaders arrested yesterday, 58-year-old Levy Izhak Rosenbaum of Brooklyn was charged with trying to arrange a kidney donation for $160,000. Anthropologist Nancy Scheper-Hughes has investigated the illegal organ racket for almost a decade. She talks to Brian about how she blew the ...

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More on Caroline Kennedy's bow out from Senate run

Thursday, January 22, 2009

For more on the vacant U.S. Senate seat, WNYC's Brian Lehrer joins us in the studio for his take on Caroline Kennedy's withdrawal and what it means for New York and for Ms. Kennedy. Was it political blow-back that made her change her name? Or was it the possibility that she flubbed her job interview? Todd Zwillich, from Capitol News Connection, contributes his thoughts on the replacement process from Washington, D.C.

"I don't think it was because her Uncle Ted is sick, I think if anything that would have been an inspiration for her to try to get the seat to follow in the family tradition."
— WNYC's Brian Lehrer on Caroline Kennedy's decision to withdraw her name for consideration for the vacant New York senate seat


Incoming Governor David Paterson’s Swearing-In

Monday, March 17, 2008

Incoming Governor David Paterson is succeeding Eliot Spitzer as governor of New York. Leonard talks with WNYC’s Brian Lehrer and Elaine Rivera (from Albany) following Mr. Paterson's swearing-in ceremony.

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Gov. Spitzer's Resignation Speech

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Leonard talks with WNYC's Brian Lehrer and Andrea Bernstein about Gov. Eliot Spitzer's official resignation.

Weigh in: What did you think of Spitzer's resignation speech?

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Lorin Maazel & John Schaefer on The Brian Lehrer Show

Friday, February 29, 2008

On WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show, Lorin Maazel, the music director of the New York Philharmonic, and John Schaefer , the host of WNYC's Soundcheck and New Sounds, debrief after the New York Philharmonic's trip to North Korea.


John Edwards Quits the Race

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Tune in for live coverage of John Edwards's announcement that he's dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination. And WNYC hosts Leonard Lopate and Brian Lehrer talk about Edwards's speech, and what his absence could mean for voters and the remaining candidates.

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Commentary: Columbia Does the Right Thing with Ahmadinejad

Saturday, September 22, 2007

New Yorkers are choosing up sides over Columbia University’s plan to hold a forum on Monday with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says in his opinion, Columbia is doing the right thing.

Full disclosure: I’m a Columbia alum. That said, here are five reasons ...


A Listener's Guide to the Spitzer Scandal

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Politics and media junkies in New York have been obsessed this week with the scandal involving Governor Spitzer’s office trying to smear Senate Majority Leader Joe Bruno. But for non-junkies, the case can be a confusing mess. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer has this listener’s guide to ...


Commentary: Here's to Chertoff's Gut

Monday, July 16, 2007

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said this week that he has a gut feeling a terrorist attack may be coming inside the U.S. sometime this summer. WNYC's Brian Lehrer hopes Chertoff's gut is as off base as his judgment can sometimes be.

Chertoff's gut feeling made ...


Role Reversal

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Brian Lehrer, host of The Brian Lehrer Show, discusses his interview with Mayor Bloomberg at this morning's Crain's New York Business event at the Sheraton Hotel with guest host Errol Louis.

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What Does Bloomberg's Switch to Unaffiliated Mean?

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Mayor Michael Bloomberg took the stunning step of leaving the Republican party and switching to unaffiliated. This certainly heightened the speculation that he's joining the presidential race despite his repeated denials.


Brian Lehrer on Immigration

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

The US Senate has postponed a vote on its controversial immigration bill until next month, but the floor debate is in full swing and groups across the political spectrum are weighing in. On his show, WNYC's Brian Lehrer has spent the last couple of days ...


New Yorkers' "Unfair" Advantage When Judging Giuliani

Sunday, May 13, 2007

It’s been an interesting week for Rudy Giuliani in the presidential race. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says it should get more interesting before it gets dull.


Giuliani Defends Support for Abortion

Friday, May 11, 2007

Presidential candidate Rudolph Giuliani told an audience at a small Christian university in Houston to look past his support for abortion, and see the other issues that unite him to conservative Republican values. His defense of his long-held position marks a shift in strategy since ...


Commentary: City Council Special Elections

Saturday, March 10, 2007

A special election for New York City Council is being nullified, in part because of an interview on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show. Brian has some thoughts now on what happened in the Brooklyn race, and what should happen next.

LEHRER: The 40th City Council district ...


Commentary: MLK and Nonviolent Change

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Sunday Afternoon at the Brooklyn Museum, WNYC will be sponsoring an event called Looking for Martin: are Dr. King and His Dream still Relevant? WNYC’s Brian Lehrer will be one of the participants, and has these thoughts about one aspect of Dr. King’s legacy.



Commentary: Where is the Outrage?

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The police shooting in Queens one week ago this morning has caused outrage in New York’s Black community. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer wonders: where’s the outrage from other New Yorkers?

REPORTER: I don’t usually begin a commentary by stating my race. But in this case, I think ...


Commentary: Muted Voice in Affordable Housing Outcry

Sunday, October 22, 2006

When Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village were sold to the highest bidder this week, there was a loud outcry from those concerned with our area’s affordable housing shortage. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says one notable voice was a little more muted.

LEHRER: First, a little history. ...

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Commentary: Buzzing About the Wrong Thing

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

The New York media have been buzzing the last few days over the revelation that New York State Attorney General candidate Jeanine Pirro is being investigated by the federal government for a possible illegal wiretap of her husband. But WNYC’s Brian Lehrer says they’re buzzing ...


Brian Lehrer Commentary: Spitzer Says "Yes"

Sunday, July 30, 2006

This week, Elliot Spitzer and Tom Suozzi held the only scheduled debate in their Democratic primary campaign for governor of New York. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer was one of the questioners in the debate and says it produced a major new campaign promise.

LEHRER: It came during the lightning round, often a ...