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:

America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Voting Rights

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: Voting Rights after 2020

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Infrastructure

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: Infrastructure -- built and "human"

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Rural America

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week:  Connecting with rural voters, with former North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Pres. Biden and the Press

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: Pres. Biden's first press conference.

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Dedicating WNYC's 2020 Time Capsule

Thursday, March 18, 2021

WNYC's 2020 Time Capsule has been delivered to it's semi-permanent home for the next decade: Next to our station's transmitter, at the top of the Empire State Building.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Foreign Policy

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: Biden/Harris and the world

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Halfway There

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: The president's prime-time address with analysis from Susan Page, Kai Wright and callers.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Native American Tribal Sovereignty

Thursday, March 04, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday nights during Biden's first 100 days.  This week: Can Biden repair the nation-to-nation relationship with Native American tribal communities?

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Immigration Reform

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: Immigration Reform.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Economic Recovery

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: Economic Recovery

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Impeachment

Thursday, February 11, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: The Senate impeachment trial of former president Donald Trump.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Climate Change

Thursday, February 04, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: How would Biden’s climate policies affect the place where you live?

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America, Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Pandemic Response

Thursday, January 28, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration. This week: The Biden administration's response to the pandemic.

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America Are We Ready for the First 100 Days?: Equity

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Join the national conversation Thursday evenings during the first 100 days of the Biden administration.  This week: Can the Biden administration produce both unity and social justice?

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WNYC's Special Coverage of the Inauguration of President Joe Biden

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Hosts Brian Lehrer, Alison Stewart, and Jami Floyd reflect on the day's ceremony with listeners.

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America Are We Ready To Reconcile?

Monday, January 04, 2021

Brian Lehrer hosts a national conversation on overcoming polarization as the Congressional count of Electoral Votes is disrupted by violence.

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America Are We Ready: November 4th

Monday, November 02, 2020

 Brian Lehrer hosts a live conversation on the night AFTER Election Night to analyze the results and the ongoing counts.

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America Are We Ready: Election Night

Monday, November 02, 2020

Brian Lehrer hosts a live conversation as the first polls close. What was your experience voting? How do you feel about waiting for the results?

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Guest Host: WNYC's Brian Lehrer

Thursday, October 15, 2020

With WQXR evening host Terrance McKnight out on book leave, he's asked several friends to step in and cover his shifts over the next few weeks.

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SCOTUS Watch: Day Three of the Nomination Hearing of Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Brian Lehrer and Jami Floyd host a local call-in show on the nomination hearing of SCOTUS hopeful Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

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