Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.
The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."
The New York Times called Lehrer a "master interviewer." Time magazine called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the internet. Political guests have ranged nationally from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Mitch McConnell and Kellyanne Conway, and locally from Chris Christie to Cynthia Nixon and beyond. Cultural guests have included Wynton Marsalis, Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Judd Apatow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yogi Berra, and so many others.
Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV channels including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, NY1, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, and Slate. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "Brian Talks New York.”
In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.
Lehrer has been a questioner in televised New York City Mayoral Debates for every election since 1997.
He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.
Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.
Brian Lehrer appears in the following:
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Watch live as Brian broadcasts from The Greene Space with philosopher and author Bernard-Henri Lévy and Mo Rocca, CBS Sunday Morning correspondent and host of the podcast Mobituaries.
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Where do our modern notions of free speech come from? A new book goes back to 1919.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Brian talks with Ian Bremmer, president of Eurasia Group; jazz pianist Arturo O'Farrill; State Senators Liz Krueger and John Liu; and New York City Transit president Andy Byford.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Watch a live video stream as Brian broadcasts his Peabody Award-winning show from The Greene Space.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Brian talks national politics with Crooked Media's Alyssa Mastromonaco, the Mueller investigation with MSNBC's Ari Melber and the journey of a cup of coffee with writer A.J. Jacobs.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
It's election Tuesday. The midterm results are coming in slowly as Americans wait with baited breaths.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Brian talks with New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon, WNYC's Kai Wright and Yasmeen Khan, International Rescue Committee's David Miliband and economist Stephen J. Harper.
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Watch video of Brian's broadcast live from The Greene Space talking to the co-hosts of FAQ NYC and Off Topic/On Politics about the contests.
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
A guilty plea and a conviction for federal crimes for two of President Donald Trump’s top aides.
Monday, August 13, 2018
Porter Fox discusses America’s northern border, which stretches 4,000 miles from Maine to Washington, yet remains obscure even to Americans.
Friday, June 22, 2018
Revisiting the culture wars with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Join us for a live broadcast of WNYC's Peabody Award-winning radio show. Brian will take questions from callers and the live studio audience.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Join Brian Lehrer for conversations with Ben Smith, Katie Couric, Jeff Weaver, Peniel Joseph and Raymond Brown. He'll be taking questions from callers and the audience.
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
"Daily Show" creator Lizz Winstead, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, and authors nominated for the "One Book, One New York" program join Brian for a live show from the Greene Space.
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Watch a live broadcast featuring New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, former New Jersey governor Jim Florio, Slate video producer Aymann Ismail and teacher/writer Cris Beam.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Brian discusses Trump's business dealings, #MeToo in the art world, black feminism, and the "cruel joke" of trickle-down economics.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Why do some harassers lose their jobs, while others get a pass?
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
Brian broadcasts from The Greene Space with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Charles Blow, Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams, fashion designer Mara Hoffman and more.
Monday, December 04, 2017
WNYC's Brooke Gladstone, Jami Floyd, Brian Lehrer and Shumita Basu will be on the radio live tonight at 8pm to talk about sexual harassment allegations at NYPR and across the nation.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
On the show: comedian Hari Kondabolu, U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino on sexual assault allegations against Trump, and more.