Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

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.

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Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Midterms Preview, Ask a Reporter, Immigration Under Trump and Leading Through Disruption

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. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Primary Day Special

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.  

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Two Convictions That Shook Trump-World

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A guilty plea and a conviction for federal crimes for two of President Donald Trump’s top aides.

The Forgotten Northern Border

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. 

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A History of American Resentment

Friday, June 22, 2018

Revisiting the culture wars with WNYC's Brian Lehrer. 

The Brian Lehrer Show Live

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live

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. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Lizz Winstead, Barry Jenkins, Jennifer Egan, Esmeralda Santiago and More

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show: NYT's Michelle Goldberg, Former NJ Gov Jim Florio, Slate's Aymann Ismail and Writer Cris Beam

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. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show: Robert Reich, Trump, Inc., #MeToo in the Art World and the Making of a Black Feminist

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.

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Episode 3: Now What?

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Why do some harassers lose their jobs, while others get a pass?

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Michael Moore, A Year in Resistance and Artists Rallying to Keep Cultural Borders Open

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.

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A Reckoning in Our Own House: John Hockenberry and Harassment

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Reps. Nadler and Jeffries, Jia Tolentino, Hari Kondabolu and More

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.

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Brian Lehrer: National Politics, NYC's Affordable Housing Conundrum and a State Constitutional Convention?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brian Lehrer broadcasts his show from The Greene Space, talking with guests and taking questions from callers and the studio audience. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show: National Politics, the First DREAMer and 'The Ethicist' in the House

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watch full video of Brian's live broadcast from The Greene Space with The Nation's Joan Walsh, The New York Times' Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Tereza Lee, a.k.a. "the first DREAMer."

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He Covered Sandy for WNYC. Now He's Covering Harvey.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

"I've never seen anything like this," says Eddie Robinson, a Houston news anchor and former WNYC host. 

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Brian Lehrer Live: Trump's Putin Meetings; Post-Election Sexism; Governing 21st Century Cities; Young Journalists

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Watch a live video stream as Brian broadcasts from The Greene Space at WNYC. Tune in Tuesday, July 25 at 10 am.

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Brian Lehrer Live: Investigating the White House; Running for Office 101; A Divided, Exceptional America

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brian discusses the latest in the Trump-Russia investigations; what it takes to run for local office; and our divided, exceptional America. 

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Brian Lehrer Reflects on Shifting Norms in Trump's First 100 Days

Thursday, April 27, 2017

WNYC
On Saturday, the Trump presidency hits the 100 day mark. Here at WNYC, we are marking the occasion by speaking with Brian Lehrer about his experience hosting "Indivisible."  

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