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The Brian Lehrer Show

Elizabeth Gilbert, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and R.A. Dickey

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. As always, you can join the conversation online through our comments section (links below), on Facebook, or on Twitter through @BrianLehrer.

Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame builds the ultimate summer reading list, and talks about some of her experiences with travel and meditation. Plus: Atlantic writer Ta-Nehisi Coates on his epic cover story from earlier this year, The Case For Reparations;  a conversation on whether buying a home is still a sound investment; and former all-star Mets pitcher and now children’s book author, R.A. Dickey.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Talkin' New York With Bette Midler, A Poet, A Mayor...and New Yorkers

Monday, May 26, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. As always, you can join the conversation online through our comments section (links below), on Facebook, or on Twitter through @BrianLehrer.

Bette Midler talks about her early life in Hawaii, her first big world tour and her environmental activism. Then: Brooklyn’s own Vijay Seshadri, the winner of this year’s Pulitzer Prize for poetry. Plus: funny stories from New York transplants on who taught them how to be New Yorkers (which for some reason often involves…bagels); the founders of the Reelabilities Film Festival, which features films about disability and those made by disabled filmmakers; and the mayor of (old) Amsterdam, Eberhard van der Laan.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Noam Chomsky’s Life and Times; Growing Up in NY; Foreign Languages

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Linguist and political commentator Noam Chomsky talks about his new book on what he calls “Western terrorism” and remembers his first job at a newsstand on the Upper West Side. Plus: author and designer (and Brian’s brother) Warren Lehrer; growing up in New York City and the links between memory and place; calls if Bloomberg was your only New York City mayor; and a round of foreign language hopscotch with the phrase: “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”

Soundcheck

A Grab Bag of Recent Favorites: Brooklyn Rider, Talib Kweli, Iron and Wine and More

Friday, May 17, 2013

In this episode: We spin some of our favorite recent performances recorded in the Soundcheck studio -- including those from the folk-pop band Ivan and Alyosha, string quartet Brooklyn Rider, rapper Talib Kweli, and electro-pop musician Jamie Lidell.

Hear something you like? Check out the full sessions with each artist or band by clicking on the links below. 

Soundcheck

So Nice, We're Playing It Twice: Ethan Hawke, Phoenix, Emmylou Harris and More

Friday, April 26, 2013

In this episode: We revisit some of the great in-studio performances we've heard on the show over the past few months, including in-studio visits from the French pop band Phoenix, actor Ethan Hawke, alt-country originals Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, and mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard

Soundcheck

Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part Two

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the last few days, we've been listening back to the most memorable live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. The competition was fierce this year -- but we think we've assembled two great shows.

Be sure to listen to yesterday's show here. Today, we hear from singer and pianist extraordinaire Regina Spektor, modern jazz/R&B/hip op pianist Robert Glasper, and breakout indie Afro-pop artist Sinkane.

Soundcheck

Soundcheck's Best Live Performances of 2012, Part One

Monday, December 24, 2012

It's the most wonderful time of the year... because for the next two days, we get to listen back to our very favorite, most-prized live sessions that were recorded in the Soundcheck studio in 2012. And let us tell you, the competition was fierce this year. It was really a struggle to select just a small  handful of performances from the dozens that were submitted by our staff. However, we think we've put together two pretty darn good shows, and we can't wait to nostalgically listen back to these performances with all of the rest of you. 

So put on your Snuggie®, make yourself a cup of cocoa, and turn those speakers up. Tonight, you'll hear music from someone who sang on one of the biggest hits of the year, a founding member of the Velvet Underground, a musician from Sierra Leone who's bringing Bubu music to Brooklyn, and much more.

Listen to the entire show up above, or check out each performance individually below.