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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.
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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

    Lessons From China for New York

    Lessons From China for New York

    As New York attempts to tame the out of control coronavirus pandemic, Eunice Yoon, Beijing bureau chief and senior correspondent at CNBC and NBC News, reports from China on the differences between the Chinese and American approaches.

    • 30 min
    'Processing' in the Time of COVID-19

    'Processing' in the Time of COVID-19

    Wesley Morris, critic-at-large for The New York Times, and Jenna Wortham, staff writer for New York Times Magazine and a host of the podcast “Still Processing,” talk about the new season of their New York Times podcast "Still Processing" and offer advice on how listeners can process self-isolation amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • 19 min
    Can You Become Immune to COVID-19?

    Can You Become Immune to COVID-19?

    Once you get the coronavirus are you immune to it? The answer is likely yes, but the science is out for how long. Apoorva Mandavilli, science journalist, frequent contributor to the New York Times, and the 2019 winner of the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Reporting, talks about the science community's frenzied research into COVID-19 immunity, and whether it's the key to the vaccine.

    • 22 min
    Rep. Delgado on the $2T Relief Package

    Rep. Delgado on the $2T Relief Package

    Antonio Delgado, U.S Representative (D NY 19), talks about the relief package passed by the House on Friday and how his district is coping with the COVID-19 crisis.


    "There's no surplus in Upstate," says @repdelgado on ventilator supply in New York State. Says that the state's response to the pandemic is the "canary in the coal mine" for the rest of the country.

    — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) March 30, 2020


    The dynamic between Downstate and Upstate New York is "always challenging," says @repdelgado. "What we have to do as a community is make sure that we're not putting an undue strain on each other."

    — The Brian Lehrer Show and A Daily Politics Podcast (@BrianLehrer) March 30, 2020

    • 37 min
    Helping Elders Connect

    Helping Elders Connect

    For older Americans unused to connecting with services and loved ones digitally, Meryl Picard, professor of occupational therapy at Seton Hall University offers an occupational therapist's perspective on how to help, and Etana Edelman, occupational therapy 3rd year graduate student at Seton Hall, shares her story of getting her grandmother set up with ordering groceries through an app.

    • 21 min
    Former CDC Director on COVID-19

    Former CDC Director on COVID-19

    Richard Besser, MD, president and CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and former acting director of the CDC, updates the latest on the COVID-19 outbreak and talks about those most at risk from the disease and the actions to prevent its spread.

    • 22 min

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