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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

    The Challenges of Starting a (Remote) Career

    The Challenges of Starting a (Remote) Career

    Anne Helen Petersen, who writes the newsletter Culture Study, and co-author of the forthcoming book, Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working From Home, discusses her research on what starting a career during the pandemic has been like for young remote workers.

    • 33 min
    What We Know About The Omicron Variant

    What We Know About The Omicron Variant

    With little information on the new and widely discussed Omicron variant, Apoorva Mandavilli, reporter for The New York Times, focusing on science and global health, explains the latest news and what's known so far. 

    • 25 min
    Monday Morning Politics: Rep. Lauren Boebert plus High-Profile Trial Verdicts

    Monday Morning Politics: Rep. Lauren Boebert plus High-Profile Trial Verdicts

    In the aftermath of two high-profile murder trial verdicts - Kyle Rittenhouse and the three men convicted of killing Ahmaud Arbery - Jamil Smith, senior correspondent for Vox and Emily Bazelon, staff writer for The New York Times Magazine, co-host of Slate's "Political Gabfest" podcast, Truman Capote fellow for creative writing and law at Yale Law School and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration (Random House, 2019), discuss lasting implications and weigh in on Rep. Lauren Boebert's Islamophobic remarks toward Rep. Ilhan Omar. 

    • 40 min
    Your 'Very 2021' Thanksgiving Tales

    Your 'Very 2021' Thanksgiving Tales

    A Post-Thanksgiving call-in for listeners to share stories from last Thursday that were very 2021. 

    • 10 min
    'Loneliest Americans'; Talking About Race; Interracial Friendships; Best Poetry with Tracy K Smith

    'Loneliest Americans'; Talking About Race; Interracial Friendships; Best Poetry with Tracy K Smith

    This Day-After-Thanksgiving, some conversations about coming together, across differences:


    Jay Caspian Kang, opinion writer for The New York Times and The New York Times Magazine and the author of The Loneliest Americans (Crown, 2021), talks about how he thinks Asian-Americans -- a large and not monolithic group -- fit into American society. 
    Celeste Headlee, author of Speaking of Race: Why Everybody Needs to Talk About Racism―and How to Do It (Harper Wave, 2021) draws on science and her own experience to offer guidance for having good conversations around issues of racial identity.
    Childhood friends Khalil Gibran Muhammad, professor of History, Race and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and director emeritus of the Schomburg Center, and Ben Austen, journalist and author of High-Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing (Harper, 2018), talk about their new podcast, "Some of My Best Friends Are...," which examines race and racism through the lens of their interracial friendship.
    Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize winning poet, former Poet Laureate of the United States from 2017 to 2019, author of Such Color: New and Selected Poems (Graywolf, 2021) and editor of The Best American Poetry 2021 (Scribner, 2021), shares some of the best recent poetry, her own and that of other poets, to end the show.

     

    These interviews were edited slightly for time, the original versions are available here:

    What Does the Label 'Asian-American' Really Mean? (Oct 7, 2021)

    Let's Talk About Racism (Nov 4, 2021)

    Race and Racism Through the Lens of an Interracial Friendship (Sep 14, 2021)

    Tracy K. Smith Reads 'The Best American Poetry 2021' (Oct 13, 2021)

    Tracy K. Smith Picks the Best Recent Poetry (Oct 14, 2021)

    Tracy K. Smith Shares Poems From Her New Collection (Oct 15, 2021)

    • 1 hr 49 min
    Iconic at 50: A Thanksgiving Special

    Iconic at 50: A Thanksgiving Special

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Today on the show, we're re-airing highlights from our summer series "Iconic at 50" and looking at, or rather listening to, some iconic albums that turned 50 this year and digging into the political and social context in which they were made and their impact on both music and culture, including:


    Sean Ono Lennon, musician and son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, discusses how John Lennon's 1971 song "Imagine" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.
    Andy Beta, music writer whose byline has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, NPR and more, discusses how Alice Coltrane's 1971 album "Journey in Satchidananda" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.
    Loren Glass, chair and professor of English at the University of Iowa and author of several books including, most recently, Carole King’s Tapestry for Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series, discusses how Carole King's 1971 album "Tapestry" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.
    Henry Rollins, host at KCRW and former lead vocalist of the hardcore group Black Flag, discusses how Black Sabbath's 1971 album "Master of Reality" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.
    Jon Burlingame, music journalist who writes regularly for Variety, music-and-TV theme expert and host of "For Scores" podcast, discusses how Isaac Hayes's 1971 album "Shaft" was shaped by its time and has influenced music, and culture, for generations to come.
    Aaron Cohen, author of Move On Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power (University of Chicago Press, 2019) and professor at City Colleges of Chicago, discusses how George Harrison's concert and album "The Concert For Bangladesh" was shaped by its time and has influenced music for generations to come.

     

    These interviews were edited slightly for time, the original versions are available here:

    Iconic at 50: John Lennon's 'Imagine' (Oct 21, 2021)

    Iconic at 50: Alice Coltrane's 'Journey in Satchidananda' (Jul 23, 2021)

    Iconic at 50: Carole King's 'Tapestry' (Aug 6, 2021)

    Iconic at 50: Black Sabbath's 'Master of Reality' (Jul 16, 2021)

    Iconic at 50: Isaac Hayes's 'Shaft' (Jul 29, 2021)

    Iconic at 50: George Harrison's 'The Concert For Bangladesh' (Sep 3, 2021)

    • 1 hr 43 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

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I learn so much from Brian Lehrer and his guests. I’m often compelled to follow up what I learn on the show with further research. I truly wish others would follow the show, too, so that we all can become better informed. Brian Lehrer is a human treasure. Thank you.

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The best of the best of looking into what is prevalent in news and giving the best most reasonable view the only person who gives you both sides of the coin

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