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:
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.
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.
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."
Tuesday, August 29, 2017
"I've never seen anything like this," says Eddie Robinson, a Houston news anchor and former WNYC host.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
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."
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Brian discussed the latest news with two White House correspondents, talked history with David McCullough, and previewed the March for Science.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Watch Brian's broadcast from The Greene Space, featuring Gorsuch commentary, an Indivsibile Radio roundtable, and a Muslim comedian's story of sitting next to Eric Trump on a plane.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Watch video of the show's live broadcast with guests Jamil Smith and Ana Marie Cox of MTV News, U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY9), Slate's Fred Kaplan and NPR's Anya Kamenetz.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Why are we producing 100 days of live radio? Listen to find out. Indivisible premieres on January 23rd from WNYC, MPR and The Economist.
Monday, January 16, 2017
From 2008 to 2016, the feelings of New Yorkers slid from dancing in the streets to cascades of tears. Brian Lehrer reflects on the Obama years through the lens of his call-in show.
Friday, November 18, 2016
With less than a week before Thanksgiving, Brian Lehrer takes calls and counsel on how to handle potentially charged discussions.