Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Commentary: Wall-to-Wall Reagan

Monday, June 14, 2004

The death of Ronald Reagan was the biggest national news story this week, and played to big TV audiences. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer wants to acknowledge those of you who thought you were experiencing an alternate reality.

So let's be honest about this week of wall-to-wall ...


Commentary: NJ Battleground in November?

Sunday, June 06, 2004

A Quinnipiac University Poll released last week provided a shock for politics junkies - New Jersey, generally considered a safe state for John Kerry, showed up as a statistical tie between Kerry and President Bush. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says most experts do not expect ...


Commentary: 9/11 Commission

Saturday, May 22, 2004

The 9/11 Investigative Commission has come and gone from New York City after holding public hearings at The New School.


Commentary: News Burnout

Saturday, May 15, 2004

After an emotionally wrenching week of news from Iraq and DC, many of you may be experiencing news burnout. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says tune out for a while if you need a break, but there's a line to be wary of crossing.

Tuesday was a day ...


The Politics of Selling Beer

Monday, April 19, 2004

A once-popular brand of beer is trying to make a comeback in New York City. And they're trying to do it with, of all things, political advertising. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says don't believe the hype.

Brian: That, believe it or not, is a caller to ...


Commentary: Education Funding Battle Far From Over

Saturday, April 03, 2004

This week, Governor Pataki's Commission on Education Reform released its recommendations for offering a sound, basic education to all of New York's schoolchildren. The report is part of the Governor's response to a court ruling that said funding for the New York City public schools ...


Commentary: Sterling Silver Apology

Friday, March 26, 2004

As the Bush campaign tries to challenge the credibility of former counterterrorism chief Richard Clarke, there is one thing from Clarke's testimony this week that no amount of politics will tarnish: WNYC's Brian Lehrer says it's his apology to the 9/11 families.

BRIAN LEHRER: For people ...


Commentary: Education: Wrong. Politics: Right!

Monday, March 22, 2004

Mayor Bloomberg's decision to end social promotion in the third grade - and the way he got the policy approved - caused a political earthquake in the city this week - including calls to weaken mayoral control over the schools. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says it's ...


Commentary: Lehrer Questions Undecided

Monday, February 23, 2004

With the New York primary coming up, the latest Marist Poll finds New Yorkers have a clear preference, with 66 percent supporting John Kerry, just 14 percent for John Edwards, and only ten percent undecided. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says he doesn't believe it.

Brian: If ...


Commentary: Pity The NY Republicans?

Saturday, January 31, 2004

Mayor Bloomberg raised eyebrows this week when he told WNYC he does not expect to play a central role at the Republican National Convention, to be held in Manhattan this summer. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says no one should really be surprised.

Pity the poor New York ...


Commentary: My High Alert Moment

Saturday, January 10, 2004

The terror alert level has been lowered from high to elevated . WNYC's Brian Lehrer says he had a High Alert Moment last week that left him wondering both about the war on terror and Americans' war on each other.

Brian Lehrer: The other night, I ...


Commentary: Asking the Right Questions

Monday, December 22, 2003

It was one week ago this morning that we all woke up to the news that Saddam Hussein had been caught. WNYC's Brian Lehrer cheered along with most of the world, but says the hard part now is to ask the right questions about what ...


Commentary: Open Union Contracts

Saturday, November 22, 2003

For the last two weeks, the chair of the New York City Council Education Committee, Eva Moskowitz, has raised eyebrows and blood pressure with her unprecedented hearings into the union contracts governing New York City Public School teachers, principals and custodians. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says ...


Commentary: Democratic Revolution?

Saturday, November 08, 2003

On Thursday, President Bush delivered a major address calling for a democratic revolution in the Middle East and around the world. WNYC's Brian Lehrer listened to the speech in London, where he'll be co-hosting a global call-in about democracy this afternoon. Brian thought the speech ...


Just Look Decisive

Saturday, October 25, 2003

They say that kids can learn life lessons from little league sports. WNYC's Brian Lehrer had an experience recently that made him realize grown-ups can, too.

Brian: At my 11-year-old son's soccer game the other week, one of the moms volunteered to call the line. ...


Commentary: Dittoheads Take Note

Saturday, October 18, 2003

Rush Limbaugh has recently disappeared from both the radio and television programs he was on, after sparking a racial controversy, and acknowledging a drug habit. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says Limbaugh's problems in the two media may be different, but they are related.

Brian: On the ...


Commentary: True Lies?

Monday, October 06, 2003

Well, this has been such a mixed up week in the news, I am now having trouble separating real life from the movies.

In True Lies, Arnold plays an undercover CIA agent, whose wife doesn't know that he's searching for nuclear weapons, believed to be ...


Commentary: Non-Partisan Elections?

Monday, September 01, 2003

Last week, Mayor Bloomberg's Charter Revision Commission approved a ballot question for this November: Should the city institute non-partisan elections? The mayor says it's a way to increase voter turnout and weaken entrenched machines. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer is wondering: is this all there is?


Commentary: E-mailing the Prez is Easy as 1-2-3-4-5....

Monday, July 21, 2003

Want to have your say in our democratic process? So does WNYC's Brian Lehrer, and he says it's easy to do.

Brian Lehrer: Howell Raines may be gone from The New York Times, but the newspaper of the liberal establishment is still picking on President Bush. ...


Commentary: Number One Fan

Sunday, July 13, 2003

When a Katharine Hepburn or another big name from entertainment or the arts dies, we in the media take time out from the news of the day to pay tribute. WNYC's Brian Lehrer wants to do that now - but not for a performer, for ...