The Brian Lehrer Show
Summary: Newsmakers meet New Yorkers as host Brian Lehrer and his guests take on the issues dominating conversation in New York and around the world. This daily program from WNYC Studios cuts through the usual talk radio punditry and brings a smart, humane approach to the day's events and what matters most in local and national politics, our own communities and our lives. WNYC Studios is a listener-supported producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, On the Media, Snap Judgment, Death, Sex & Money, Nancy, Here’s the Thing with Alec Baldwin and many others. © WNYC Studios
Henry Olsen, Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, shares his predictions for how Election Day will go, and which candidates will prevail. Plus, listeners call in to share why they waited until Election Day to cast their votes.
Karen Yi, WNYC reporter covering New Jersey, reports from the field in New Jersey, including Union County, where she is observing ballot counting. Plus your calls on the ballot initiative that would legalize recreational cannabis.
Jim Newell, senior political writer for Slate, offers the latest news on races, polls, voter intimidation and more. Plus, your election night plans.
Brigid Bergin, WNYC City Hall and politics reporter, talks about how things are going with in-person Election Day voting in the city. Plus: Your calls on loving and cohabitating in spite of political differences. Are you in a split party household? Are you and your cohabitant voting for a different candidate (either for president or one of the down-ballot candidates)? Call in: 646 435 7280 — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) November 3, 2020
In an already emotionally harrowing year, we take your calls on how you plan to stay sane and take care of yourself this week when everything reaches a fever pitch. How are you approaching election night in a way that won’t make you feel terrible? What are you cooking? Will you be glued to the news or will you be playing board games? Are you watching together or alone? Call in: 646 435 7280 — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) November 2, 2020
Amy Walter, national editor of the Cook Political Report and the host of Politics With Amy Walter on The Takeaway, on up-to-date election news and the latest polling.
With election day just one day away, Andrew Prokop, senior correspondent at Vox, joins to break down how the votes will get counted across the country.
Errol Louis, political anchor of Spectrum NY1 News, host of Inside City Hall, Daily News columnist and host of the new podcast You Decide, and Nancy Solomon managing editor for New Jersey Public Radio and WNYC, review some of the competitive Congressional and State races.
Listeners call in to share how they have modified their Halloween celebrations to be COVID-safe, and what their clever costumes are -- political, COVID-related or otherwise. What are you doing for Halloween? Dressing up, staying in, or going out? Your calls now: 646 435 7280 pic.twitter.com/JtHPmMC0Kh — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) October 30, 2020
What would the Trump administration or a possible Biden administration do to depoliticize the Centers for Disease Control and other federal health agencies in the midst of a new wave of the coronavirus? Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and host of the podcast In the Bubble from Lemonada Media joins Brian to talk about the presidential candidates' pandemic preparedness in the context of the CDC, the FDA, and other federal health offices. Slavitt is also Board Chair of United States of Care, co-founder of Town Hall Ventures, and author of the forthcoming book, Preventable: The Inside Story of How Leadership Failures, Politics, and Selfishness Doomed the U.S. Coronavirus Response (MacMillan).
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio takes calls from listeners and discusses this week in NYC, including how to participate on Halloween safely, how to fix the voting problems at the Board of Elections and more.
Elena Schneider, national political reporter at POLITICO, talks about the latest political headlines, and takes a deep dive on North Carolina, an important early-results swing state that could play a big role in next week's election.
Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Fighting Addiction Stigma with Pride (First) | Cautionary Lessons from Mussolini's March on Rome (Starts at 24:44) | 30 Issues: The Disparate Impact of COVID-19 (Starts at 47:05) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.
In the first presidential debate, former Vice President Joe Biden declared he was proud of his son despite using drugs. To many viewers with a family member struggling with addiction, it was a powerful moment. Kassandra Frederique, the executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, a national nonprofit that works to end the war on drugs, talks about Biden's changing views on drug policy, and takes your calls if that moment resonated with you too. @BrianLehrer I am the father of an opioid addicted son who is today in recovery. I am grateful beyond words and as proud a papa as could be to recognize the hard work my son continues every day. — Steven CF Anderson (@SCFAnderson) October 29, 2020 the @BrianLehrer segment rn on @WNYC about addiction, in the context of biden’s unconditional love for his son hunter, captures everything about how difficult it is to be human — todd cole (@tcole1000) October 29, 2020
We wrap up our series with the local 2020 MacArthur geniuses. Today: New York's Fred Moten, 2020 MacArthur Fellow, cultural theorist, poet and professor in the department of performance studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, who received the honor for "creating new conceptual spaces to accommodate emerging forms of Black aesthetics, cultural production, and social life."