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New Yorkers Split on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

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?

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Digesting Politics: Rangel’s Birthday Bash, Race for New York’s Attorney General, “The Professional Left” and More

Friday, August 13, 2010

WNYC’s Brian Lehrer, Andrea Bernstein, Bob Hennelly and Azi Paybarah discuss the latest on various local and national political stories.


WNYC's Brian Lehrer Reflects on Steinbrenner's Life

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Flags were lowered to half-staff at City Hall as fans gathered at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday to pay respects to the late team owner, George Steinbrenner. Many Yankees players and fans are singing the praises of 'The Boss.' But WNYC's Brian Lehrer talks to Richard Hake in the WNYC Newsroom about another side to Steinbrenner.

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The Greene Space

New York, New Jersey, and the World

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

10:00 AM

Be in the audience for “New York, New Jersey and the World,” a special Brian Lehrer Show, live in The Greene Space. Guests include Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation, and Seth Pinsky of the Economic Development Corporation.

Obama's Oil Spill Oval Office Address

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brian Lehrer breaks down last night's Oval Office address on BP with today's guest host Andrea Bernstein and Chris Matthews, host of Hardball on MSNBC and the new documentary Rise of the New Right.

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Brian Lehrer's Web Video Picks: 6/16/10

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Brian Lehrer's video picks for the week of 6/16/10.

Be sure to tune in to Brian on CUNY TV each Wednesday at 7:30pm

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Digesting Politics: No Shutdown, BP, Jury Duty and More

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Brian Lehrer discusses the latest on various local politcal stories with WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly and today's guest host Andrea Bernstein.

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Live Chat: President Obama in NYC

Thursday, April 22, 2010

On the morning of Thursday, April 22 President Obama be in New York City to deliver remarks on Wall Street Reform at Cooper Union. You can listen to the speech live online at (Listen Here. Stream goes live at 11:55)

Starting at noon, join WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Heidi Moore of The Big Money, and fellow WNYC listeners for a live online chat.

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What's Wrong with New York? Brian Lehrer Explains

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Governor David Paterson is under investigation for potentially misusing his power. A representative just resigned (after allegations that he groped a male staffer). Another representative has stepped down from his committee post because of an ethics investigation. And to top it all off, the state government seems paralyzed in the face of an upcoming budget deadline. But how bad is it really?

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The Greene Space

The Brian Lehrer Show: 10 Questions That Count

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

10:00 AM

It's your neighborhood, your city, your country, your world. Brian Lehrer delves into the issues and links them to real life.

And the Winner Is...

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Brian Lehrer Show revealed its winner for the Your Uncommon Economic Indicators video contest today in a live broadcast from The Greene Space. Judging the finalist were Mark Elijah Rosenberg from Rooftop Films, Thomas Keefe from The Blackout Film Festival and Marja Samson, owner of The Kitchen Club restaurant ...


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. W...


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...


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 ...