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.

Shows:

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Live Coverage and Analysis of Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Special Counsel Robert Mueller breaks his silence after more than two years. 

He Talks to the Mayor Every Week. Here's How Brian Lehrer Views de Blasio's White House Run

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Lehrer has been speaking with Mayor de Blasio every Friday for the past three years.

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How Cheap Streaming Became Too Pricey

Thursday, May 09, 2019

It used to be that cord-cutters were saving money. But now with a boom in subscription services, that's not necessarily the case anymore. 

Whitney Heads Under Fire For Business Ties

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Whitney Museum board members are facing scrutiny over their businesses, some of whom sell weapons and riot gear to the Trump administration.

Is it a Constitutional Crisis Yet?

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Bucking congressional subpoenas is just the latest in President Trump's challenges to constitutional norms. When do those challenges become a constitutional crisis?

Business of Cannabis; Weed and Taxes; Public Health Impact of Cannabis; Cannabis Related Criminal Records; Culture Update; Reporter Round Table

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Business of Cannabis; Weed and Taxes; Public Health Impact of Cannabis; Cannabis Related Criminal Records; High Culture; Reporter Round Table

The Brian Lehrer Show Live: The New Young Socialists; NYC's New Public Advocate; Fighting the 'War on Journalism'

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

On today's show: the new young socialists; Francisco Cantú, author and former border patrol agent; and newly elected New York City public advocate Jumaane Williams.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Bernard-Henri Lévy, Mo Rocca and More

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.

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A Century of Free Speech

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Where do our modern notions of free speech come from? A new book goes back to 1919.

The Brian Lehrer Show: New in Albany; The Transit Chief; The Top Political Risks of 2019; Arturo O'Farrill

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.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Chris Thile, Freshman Class of House Members and a Pay Raise for Taxi Drivers

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Watch a live video stream as Brian broadcasts his Peabody Award-winning show from The Greene Space.   

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Trump, Inc., Alyssa Mastromonaco, Ari Melber and A.J. Jacobs

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.

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The Night We've All Been Waiting For

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

It's election Tuesday. The midterm results are coming in slowly as Americans wait with baited breaths.

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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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