Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Commentary: Open Union Contracts

Saturday, November 22, 2003

For the last two weeks, the chair of the New York City Council Education Committee, Eva Moskowitz, has raised eyebrows and blood pressure with her unprecedented hearings into the union contracts governing New York City Public School teachers, principals and custodians. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says ...


Commentary: Democratic Revolution?

Saturday, November 08, 2003

On Thursday, President Bush delivered a major address calling for a democratic revolution in the Middle East and around the world. WNYC's Brian Lehrer listened to the speech in London, where he'll be co-hosting a global call-in about democracy this afternoon. Brian thought the speech ...


Just Look Decisive

Saturday, October 25, 2003

They say that kids can learn life lessons from little league sports. WNYC's Brian Lehrer had an experience recently that made him realize grown-ups can, too.

Brian: At my 11-year-old son's soccer game the other week, one of the moms volunteered to call the line. ...


Commentary: Dittoheads Take Note

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Rush Limbaugh has recently disappeared from both the radio and television programs he was on, after sparking a racial controversy, and acknowledging a drug habit. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says Limbaugh's problems in the two media may be different, but they are related.

Brian: On the ...


Commentary: True Lies?

Monday, October 06, 2003

Well, this has been such a mixed up week in the news, I am now having trouble separating real life from the movies.

In True Lies, Arnold plays an undercover CIA agent, whose wife doesn't know that he's searching for nuclear weapons, believed to be ...


Commentary: Non-Partisan Elections?

Monday, September 01, 2003

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg's Charter Revision Commission approved a ballot question for this November: Should the city institute non-partisan elections? The mayor says it's a way to increase voter turnout and weaken entrenched machines. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer is wondering: is this all there is?


Commentary: E-mailing the Prez is Easy as 1-2-3-4-5....

Monday, July 21, 2003

Want to have your say in our democratic process? So does WNYC's Brian Lehrer, and he says it's easy to do.

Brian Lehrer: Howell Raines may be gone from The New York Times, but the newspaper of the liberal establishment is still picking on President Bush. ...


Commentary: Number One Fan

Sunday, July 13, 2003

When a Katharine Hepburn or another big name from entertainment or the arts dies, we in the media take time out from the news of the day to pay tribute. WNYC's Brian Lehrer wants to do that now - but not for a performer, for ...


Commentary: New York is Still New York

Sunday, June 15, 2003

The news of this week was dominated by violence in the Middle East and wrangling over tax cuts in Washington. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says just below the surface were any number of reminders that New York is still New York.

They say 9/11 changed everything. ...


Commentary: Affirmative Action President?

Monday, May 19, 2003

Has President Bush been sounding different to you lately? WNYC's Brian Lehrer says since the fall of Baghdad, he's noticed a change.

Brian: Meet our new Head of State: George Bush, the Affirmative Action President.

TAPE: Making the most of economic opportunities will require broader and ...


Nine Democrats Have a Tough Act to Follow

Monday, May 05, 2003

In South Carolina, the nine Democratic Presidential Hopefuls squared off in their first major debate. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says the Democrats have to follow a tough opening act: President Bush's televised speech Thursday night on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Brian: Actually, it wasn't really a speech ...


Commentary: Many Like Both Bush and Sen. Clinton

Monday, April 28, 2003

ANCHOR: Some new polls in our area have good news for Democrats - and Republicans - as long as they don't actually govern here. WNYC's Brian Lehrer explains.

Brian Lehrer: It's odd, but it works like this. We love all our federal politicians right now, and ...


Seven Ways the Peace Movement Can Shape the Future

Monday, April 14, 2003

Today is scheduled to be another day of international protests against the war in Iraq. This one is not expected to draw millions to the streets, but WNYC's Brian Lehrer has seven ways the peace movement can help shape what happens next.

Brian: The first ...


Commentary: France Lets The Anti-War Movement Down

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Anchor: Supporters of President Bush's Iraq policy are dumping out their French wine and renaming French Fries and French Toast Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says opponents of the President also have reason to get their next bottle of Burgundy from ...


Commentary: A February We Won't Forget

Monday, March 03, 2003

Flip the page on your calendars, everyone. It's March first. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says for better or worse, the month just ended is one you'll never forget.

To begin with the obvious:

The month began on Saturday the first with the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. ...


New Yorkers Against War

Monday, February 24, 2003

Anchor: A new poll by the Siena Research Institute finds that just 49 percent of New Yorkers support an invasion of Iraq, compared to 63 percent nationwide in the latest Gallup Poll. WNYC's Brian Lehrer has some thoughts on why that might be.

Brian: For most ...


Protest Two Presidents: A Commentary from Brian Lehrer

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Anchor: Anti-war groups predict that Saturday will be the single biggest day of peace protests in human history, with rallies and marches planned for hundreds of cities around the globe. WNYC's Brian Lehrer has an idea to increase the chances of avoiding a war. Protest ...


Commentary: Knowing Their Names

Monday, February 10, 2003

One week ago today, life as usual suddenly paused for many people as we got word of the space shuttle tragedy. WNYC's Brian Lehrer wonders how much we'll pause if we go to war.

By 10am last Saturday, we knew the answers to the ...


Commentary: Dear Doc, Don't Strike

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Anchor: On Monday, New Jersey will probably be subjected to the biggest work slowdown by doctors in U.S. history. To call for a cap on malpractice jury awards, thousands of physicians are expected to stop practicing medicine, except for emergencies. We don't yet know for ...


Brian Lehrer: The Anti-war Movement

Monday, January 27, 2003

Monday is the day that UN weapons inspectors issue a crucial report on how their work is going in Iraq. Tuesday, President Bush gives his State of The Union Address, which he may use to make a case for war. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says ...