Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

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 ...


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 ...