Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

Commentary: New York is Still New York

Sunday, June 15, 2003

The news of this week was dominated by violence in the Middle East and wrangling over tax cuts in Washington. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says just below the surface were any number of reminders that New York is still New York.

They say 9/11 changed everything. ...


Commentary: Affirmative Action President?

Monday, May 19, 2003

Has President Bush been sounding different to you lately? WNYC's Brian Lehrer says since the fall of Baghdad, he's noticed a change.

Brian: Meet our new Head of State: George Bush, the Affirmative Action President.

TAPE: Making the most of economic opportunities will require broader and ...


Nine Democrats Have a Tough Act to Follow

Monday, May 05, 2003

In South Carolina, the nine Democratic Presidential Hopefuls squared off in their first major debate. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says the Democrats have to follow a tough opening act: President Bush's televised speech Thursday night on the USS Abraham Lincoln.

Brian: Actually, it wasn't really a speech ...


Commentary: Many Like Both Bush and Sen. Clinton

Monday, April 28, 2003

ANCHOR: Some new polls in our area have good news for Democrats - and Republicans - as long as they don't actually govern here. WNYC's Brian Lehrer explains.

Brian Lehrer: It's odd, but it works like this. We love all our federal politicians right now, and ...


Seven Ways the Peace Movement Can Shape the Future

Monday, April 14, 2003

Today is scheduled to be another day of international protests against the war in Iraq. This one is not expected to draw millions to the streets, but WNYC's Brian Lehrer has seven ways the peace movement can help shape what happens next.

Brian: The first ...


Commentary: France Lets The Anti-War Movement Down

Saturday, March 15, 2003

Anchor: Supporters of President Bush's Iraq policy are dumping out their French wine and renaming French Fries and French Toast Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says opponents of the President also have reason to get their next bottle of Burgundy from ...


Commentary: A February We Won't Forget

Monday, March 03, 2003

Flip the page on your calendars, everyone. It's March first. WNYC's Brian Lehrer says for better or worse, the month just ended is one you'll never forget.

To begin with the obvious:

The month began on Saturday the first with the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. ...


New Yorkers Against War

Monday, February 24, 2003

Anchor: A new poll by the Siena Research Institute finds that just 49 percent of New Yorkers support an invasion of Iraq, compared to 63 percent nationwide in the latest Gallup Poll. WNYC's Brian Lehrer has some thoughts on why that might be.

Brian: For most ...


Protest Two Presidents: A Commentary from Brian Lehrer

Tuesday, February 18, 2003

Anchor: Anti-war groups predict that Saturday will be the single biggest day of peace protests in human history, with rallies and marches planned for hundreds of cities around the globe. WNYC's Brian Lehrer has an idea to increase the chances of avoiding a war. Protest ...


Commentary: Knowing Their Names

Monday, February 10, 2003

One week ago today, life as usual suddenly paused for many people as we got word of the space shuttle tragedy. WNYC's Brian Lehrer wonders how much we'll pause if we go to war.

By 10am last Saturday, we knew the answers to the ...


Commentary: Dear Doc, Don't Strike

Tuesday, February 04, 2003

Anchor: On Monday, New Jersey will probably be subjected to the biggest work slowdown by doctors in U.S. history. To call for a cap on malpractice jury awards, thousands of physicians are expected to stop practicing medicine, except for emergencies. We don't yet know for ...


Brian Lehrer: The Anti-war Movement

Monday, January 27, 2003

Monday is the day that UN weapons inspectors issue a crucial report on how their work is going in Iraq. Tuesday, President Bush gives his State of The Union Address, which he may use to make a case for war. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says ...


Commentary: Help Wanted Ad

Monday, December 02, 2002

Unemployment is high right now, and good jobs are scarce. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer came across this intriguing ad for a very choice position.

Help Wanted: Chairman, Presidential Commission To Investigate Failures That Enabled 9/11.

President of the United States seeks a household name diplomat ...


Commentary: George Pataki, Used Fare Salesman

Monday, November 25, 2002

The head of the MTA says a mass transit fare hike is inevitable. That's different from what Governor Pataki was saying in his re-election campaign. WNYC's Brian Lehrer is wondering: just how short does the governor think our memories are?

Apparently, very short. It was Sunday ...


Commentary: A Million Dollar Nursery School?

Friday, November 15, 2002

WNYC's Brian Lehrer says it's amazing what kids can learn these days, if they can just get into the right nursery school. Brian says he was flipping through some essays at one of Manhattan's most exclusive schools, and found one called "All I Really Need ...


Commentary: Voter Turnout

Sunday, November 03, 2002

Voter turnout is expected to be less than 50 percent for the U.S. Senate election in New Jersey on Tuesday. But if you're so disgusted with the choices that you're inclined to abstain, WNYC's Brian Lehrer says you may be missing the point.

It's easy to ...


Anti-war Movement a Force in America?

Monday, October 28, 2002

Americans opposed to a war against Iraq are hoping for a big turnout for a protest rally in Washington DC today. WNYC's Brian Lehrer thinks the new anti-war movement could become a force in American politics -or not.

There's been one coordinated day of anti-Iraq war ...


Dominance of Minor Party Candidates=Good Radio

Monday, October 21, 2002

The New York State gubernatorial candidates hold their second and very possibly final debate on Sunday. Again, at Governor Pataki's insistence, debate number two will include all seven candidates on the ballot. WNYC's Brian Lehrer may be the only person in the state who liked ...


Brian Lehrer's Nightmare

Tuesday, October 15, 2002

WNYC's Brian Lehrer fell asleep Thursday night listening to Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio talk about all the terrible things that could happen as a result of going to war, then announcing he would vote yes on the war resolution. When Brian woke up, he ...


Commentary: Remembrance

Monday, September 16, 2002

It's been an emotional week of remembrances for the New York City area. But WNYC's Brian Lehrer says sad as this week may have been, it also highlights something to be thankful for that we may take for granted.

For most people, the emotional peak of ...