Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC, New York Public Radio cuts through the usual talk punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the days events.
30 Issues | Where the Candidates Stand on Gun...
Paul Barrett, senior feature writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, and the author of Glock: The... Show More
Paul Barrett, senior feature writer at Bloomberg Businessweek, and the author of Glock: The Rise of America's Gun (Broadway Books, 2013), discusses how gun control is playing out in the 2016 presidential election and the challenges the new administration will face next year. Show Less
First Democrat Zephyr Teachout, then Republican John Faso, discuss their campaigns for the for... Show More
First Democrat Zephyr Teachout, then Republican John Faso, discuss their campaigns for the for the open congressional seat to represent New York's 19th district. Show Less
Trump and Clinton Agree: AT&T and Time Warner...
In 2009, when Comcast announced it would acquire media conglomerate NBC Universal, it passed... Show More
In 2009, when Comcast announced it would acquire media conglomerate NBC Universal, it passed through the Justice Department and the FCC with few regulations.
The recent AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, however, might not get through the government so easily ? if at all. Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton have critiqued the deal, if not outright vow to strike it down. In the context of a campaign season, the deal could be the most important regulatory case to await the next administration.
Leslie Picker, reporter at the New York Times, discusses the proposed merger of giants AT&T and Time Warner, the stumbling blocks and potential effects for consumers. Show Less
Racism Knows No Borders
"If we know victims of police brutality and racism in the U.S., we should know the names of the... Show More
"If we know victims of police brutality and racism in the U.S., we should know the names of the victims in Europe," says Rokhaya Diallo, French journalist and award-winning filmmaker. She joins to discuss her new film, "Not Yo Mama's Movement," which delves into the similarities and differences regarding racial tensions in the U.S. and France. Show Less
Follow the Candidate, Not the Party Line
Larry Bartels, political scientist, Vanderbilt University professor, co-author of Democracy for... Show More
Larry Bartels, political scientist, Vanderbilt University professor, co-author of Democracy for Realists: Why Elections Do Not Produce Responsive Government and author of the newly updated Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age (Princeton University Press, 2016), shows inequality to be the result of policy choices, not structural changes, and how that has swayed voters' opinions. Show Less
Golf Club or Gun?
Jo Ann Allen, host of All Things Considered at Colorado Public Radio and former WNYC host... Show More
Jo Ann Allen, host of All Things Considered at Colorado Public Radio and former WNYC host, shares her story of a disturbing encounter with a police officer when her golf clubs were mistaken for a rifle and what they both learned. Show Less
You Say 'Pop,' I Say 'Soda'
Josh Katz, New York statistician and the author of Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse , and... Show More
Josh Katz, New York statistician and the author of Speaking American: How Y'all, Youse , and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2016), expanded his popular 2013 interactive dialect quiz in the New York Times to further explore geographic differences in American English.
@BrianLehrer Ah, pop vs soda! I grew up w/ "pop" in Ohio, but I switched to "soda." I get called out whenever I visit my family #PopTraitor
? ????ChloEek!???? (@chloegoodhart) October 25, 2016
@brianlehrer Huge debate between my (long island born) partner + I : are you standing "in line" or "on line"?
? Mel?? (@capedumbreon) October 25, 2016
@BrianLehrer how about tennis shoes (southern) v sneakers (northern)? Dungarees (NYC) v jeans (world)?
? Barbara Greene (@emoticomma) October 25, 2016
30 Issues | A History of Gun Control in the United...
"History says you can regulate guns in any manner that you think is sane and sensible," says... Show More
"History says you can regulate guns in any manner that you think is sane and sensible," says Robert Spitzer, political science professor at SUNY Cortland and the author of Guns Across America: Reconciling Gun Rules and Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015). discusses the history of gun control legislation in the United States, from the early blanket laws that barred concealed carry, to law that aimed to curb Prohibition-era gun violence and up to today's Congressional stalemate over new gun control laws. Show Less
Entrepreneurs Like Trump
Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, co-chair of Donald Trump's national... Show More
Anthony Scaramucci, founder of SkyBridge Capital, co-chair of Donald Trump's national fundraising committee and member of his economic policy council, as well as author of Hopping over the Rabbit Hole: How Entrepreneurs Turn Failure into Success (John Wiley & Sons, 2016), talks about his new book and brakes down Donald Trump's economic policies. Show Less
How Hackers Are Getting Into Email (and everything...
Last week new evidence revealed that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's Gmail... Show More
Last week new evidence revealed that Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta's Gmail account was hacked by the same Russian hackers that targeted the Democratic National Committee. All the hacks were done using the same tool -- "malicious short URLs hidden in fake Gmail messages," which tricked recipients into clicking on them. Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai, reporter for Vice Motherboard, explains how hackers made a made a fatal mistake, leaving digital fingerprints within the bogus gmail message.
Brian takes calls on the email hacks and the DDoS attack Friday which took major sights like Twitter and Paypal offline. Show Less
Why 'Build It Back' Recovery Failed
Matthew Schuerman, WNYC senior editor and reporter, and Katie Honan, DNA Info reporter... Show More
Matthew Schuerman, WNYC senior editor and reporter, and Katie Honan, DNA Info reporter covering Queens, join Build It Back director Amy Peterson to discuss Mayor de Blasio's admission that the city will not be meeting its Build It Back deadline. As the four year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, the program has failed to meet its mission ? the get New Yorkers back in their homes quickly. Show Less