53 episodes

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

    How Gun Violence Looks in Hospitals

    How Gun Violence Looks in Hospitals

    Jody Schiliro, producer and director of the documentary "GSW Gun Shot Wound," talks about the film, which looks at routine gun violence through the eyes of the nation's leading trauma surgeons.  She's joined by Noe Romo, MD, medical director of Jacobi’s Stand Up to Violence program and director of pediatric inpatient services at Jacobi Medical Center (NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi), who is featured in the documentary.

    • 23 min
    What Your (Regional) Accent Says About You

    What Your (Regional) Accent Says About You

    Listeners call in to share how their relationship with their regional accents have evolved throughout their lives and dialect coach Erik Singer joins the discussion to break down the origins of the distinctive regional features of accents.


    Yes. To save my life. Sounding more academic when speaking to people in positions of authority (police in particular) reduces the risk of their having a negative assumption of me.

    — Manbauman (@CraigManbauman) January 26, 2022


    I’ve heard Philly accent has southern origins. “Linguisticly Philly is the northernmost southern city” were the words I recall. (Native Philly here)

    — The Left isn't divided the center is 🐌🍄🐙🦔😷🐌 (@atmoore68) January 26, 2022


    Just completed watching "the Shrink Next Door" found Will Ferrell's awful take on a NYC Jewish accent really distracting. I wish they had my dad as a dialogue coach.

    — Otto Cosmop (@MichaelBernste4) January 26, 2022

    • 18 min
    Banning 'CRT' in the Classroom

    Banning 'CRT' in the Classroom

    As new Virginia Governor Glen Youngkin moves to ban so-called "divisive concepts" including Critical Race Theory in the state's schools, Brian Jones, director of the Center for Educators and Schools at New York Public Library and contributor to Black Lives Matter at School: An Uprising for Educational Justice (Haymarket Books, 2020) discusses how such a ban might impact curricula, why some misunderstand and reject CRT and the value of including race in school lessons. 

    • 25 min
    Wednesday Morning Politics with E.J. Dionne

    Wednesday Morning Politics with E.J. Dionne

    E.J. Dionne, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post, university professor at Georgetown University, and visiting professor at Harvard University and co-author of the forthcoming 100% Democracy: The Case for Universal Voting (The New Press, 2022), talks about national politics, including where the Democrats go from here with the Build Back Better pieces and the start of Pres. Biden's second year in office.

    • 42 min
    Confronting Gun Violence, Fatal Fire, and More in The Bronx

    Confronting Gun Violence, Fatal Fire, and More in The Bronx

    Bronx Borough President Vanessa Gibson talks about a harrowing month of news in her borough, from a devastating fire to gun violence. Plus, David Caba the director of the Bronx Rises Against Gun Violence (B.R.A.G), joins to talk about grassroots public safety efforts and what groups like his need from the city. 

    • 41 min
    Jane Mayer on Ginni Thomas and Threats to SCOTUS Impartiality

    Jane Mayer on Ginni Thomas and Threats to SCOTUS Impartiality

    Jane Mayer, chief Washington correspondent for The New Yorker, talks about her new piece on Ginni Thomas, a vocal right-wing activist and the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, and whether her work with interest groups threatens Supreme Court impartiality. 

    • 25 min

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Format change

Oh no! Is the podcast now bundling the whole episode into one file instead of the segments? That was so helpful for me as a listener.

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Why didn’t Anita Kumar call out AOC

When AOC said that Biden should eliminate the filibuster, I was surprised that your guest didn’t clarify that Biden does not have the power to do that. The power to eliminate the filibuster comes back to Joe Manchin (and others), which is where AOC started her rant. She talked herself into an illogical pretzel and i would have liked your show to untangle it with facts and process clarification.

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