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Brian Lehrer

Host, The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer is host of The Brian Lehrer Show, WNYC Radio's daily call-in program, covering politics and life, locally and globally. The show airs weekdays from 10am-noon on WNYC 93.9 FM, AM 820 and wnyc.org.

The Brian Lehrer Show was recognized with a 2007 George Foster Peabody Award for "Radio That Builds Community Rather Than Divides."

The New York Times called Lehrer a "master interviewer." Time magazine called the program "New York City's most thoughtful and informative talk show." The Daily News calls it "cutting edge" for its extreme interactivity and creative use of the internet. Political guests have ranged nationally from Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to Mitch McConnell and Kellyanne Conway, and locally from Chris Christie to Cynthia Nixon and beyond. Cultural guests have included Wynton Marsalis, Margaret Atwood, Junot Diaz, Judd Apatow, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Yogi Berra, and so many others.

Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV channels including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, NY1, and The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, and Slate. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "Brian Talks New York.”

In addition to the Peabody, Lehrer has won numerous awards, including seven Associated Press New York Broadcasters "Best Interview" Awards since 2000 and “Best Talk Show” by the Garden State Journalists Association in 2009 and 2011.

Lehrer has been a questioner in televised New York City Mayoral Debates for every election since 1997.

He has hosted his eponymous program, originally called On The Line, since its inception in 1989. Prior, he was an anchor and reporter for the NBC Radio Networks, and an award-winning author and documentary producer.

Lehrer holds master's degrees in public health from Columbia University and journalism from The Ohio State University and a bachelor's in music and mass communications from the State University of New York at Albany.

Brian Lehrer appears in the following:

The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Primary Day Special

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Watch video of Brian's broadcast live from The Greene Space talking to the co-hosts of FAQ NYC and Off Topic/On Politics about the contests.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Join us for a live broadcast of WNYC's Peabody Award-winning radio show. Brian will take questions from callers and the live studio audience.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Join Brian Lehrer for conversations with Ben Smith, Katie Couric, Jeff Weaver, Peniel Joseph and Raymond Brown. He'll be taking questions from callers and the audience. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Lizz Winstead, Barry Jenkins, Jennifer Egan, Esmeralda Santiago and More

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

"Daily Show" creator Lizz Winstead, "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, and authors nominated for the "One Book, One New York" program join Brian for a live show from the Greene Space.

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The Brian Lehrer Show: NYT's Michelle Goldberg, Former NJ Gov Jim Florio, Slate's Aymann Ismail and Writer Cris Beam

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Watch a live broadcast featuring New York Times columnist Michelle Goldberg, former New Jersey governor Jim Florio, Slate video producer Aymann Ismail and teacher/writer Cris Beam. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show: Robert Reich, Trump, Inc., #MeToo in the Art World and the Making of a Black Feminist

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Brian discusses Trump's business dealings, #MeToo in the art world, black feminism, and the "cruel joke" of trickle-down economics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Michael Moore, A Year in Resistance and Artists Rallying to Keep Cultural Borders Open

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Brian broadcasts from The Greene Space with documentary filmmaker Michael Moore, columnist Charles Blow, Brooklyn NAACP President L. Joy Williams, fashion designer Mara Hoffman and more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Reps. Nadler and Jeffries, Jia Tolentino, Hari Kondabolu and More

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

On the show: comedian Hari Kondabolu, U.S. Representatives Jerrold Nadler and Hakeem Jeffries, New Yorker writer Jia Tolentino on sexual assault allegations against Trump, and more.

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Brian Lehrer: National Politics, NYC's Affordable Housing Conundrum and a State Constitutional Convention?

Monday, October 16, 2017

Brian Lehrer broadcasts his show from The Greene Space, talking with guests and taking questions from callers and the studio audience. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show: National Politics, the First DREAMer and 'The Ethicist' in the House

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Watch full video of Brian's live broadcast from The Greene Space with The Nation's Joan Walsh, The New York Times' Kwame Anthony Appiah, and Tereza Lee, a.k.a. "the first DREAMer."

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Brian Lehrer Live: Trump's Putin Meetings; Post-Election Sexism; Governing 21st Century Cities; Young Journalists

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Watch a live video stream as Brian broadcasts from The Greene Space at WNYC. Tune in Tuesday, July 25 at 10 am.

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Brian Lehrer Live: Investigating the White House; Running for Office 101; A Divided, Exceptional America

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Brian discusses the latest in the Trump-Russia investigations; what it takes to run for local office; and our divided, exceptional America. 

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Brian Lehrer Live: News from the White House, David McCullough on the American Spirit, Scientists Take D.C.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brian discussed the latest news with two White House correspondents, talked history with David McCullough, and previewed the March for Science.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Emily Bazelon, Comedian Mo Amer and the Hosts of Indivisible Radio

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Watch Brian's broadcast from The Greene Space, featuring Gorsuch commentary, an Indivsibile Radio roundtable, and a Muslim comedian's story of sitting next to Eric Trump on a plane.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live: Jamil Smith, Ana Marie Cox, Yvette Clarke and More

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Watch video of the show's live broadcast with guests Jamil Smith and Ana Marie Cox of MTV News, U.S. Representative Yvette Clarke (D-NY9), Slate's Fred Kaplan and NPR's Anya Kamenetz.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live with Bill Moyers, Brooke Gladstone, Chris Hayes and Christina Greer

Friday, November 04, 2016

Watch live as Brian talks with veteran journalist Bill Moyers, MSNBC's Chris Hayes, On the Media's Brooke Gladstone and Fordham University political professor Christina Greer and more.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live with Mayor Bill de Blasio, Joy Reid and Marina Abramović.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Watch as Brian talks with Mayor Bill de Blasio, MSNBC's Joy Reid and performance artist Marina Abramović.   

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The Brian Lehrer Show Live at The Greene Space

Friday, October 14, 2016

With guests Neil deGrasse Tyson, New York Liberty's Swin Cash and Tina Charles, NPR's Peter Sagal, Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post and comedian and writer Ashley Nicole Black.

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The Greene Space

Brian Lehrer Live: Your Privacy

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

10:00 AM

Join The Brian Lehrer Show for a live broadcast with several guests, lots of interaction, and various takes on a single topic: your privacy. We'll discuss what you want to share, what you don’t, and how much of your personal information you’re willing to trade for online conveniences.

This live event has been canceled. You can still hear the conversation live on The Brian Lehrer Show on this date at 10AM on WNYC 93.9 FM and AM 820.

On-Demand Video: WNYC's Brian Lehrer Talks Climate Change and Survival

Friday, October 25, 2013

Watch WNYC host Brian Lehrer's historic conversation in The Greene Space with four of the country's top experts on environmental science and policy: physicist and visionary environmen...

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