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. Guests range from politicians such as Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Michael Bloomberg, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker, to cultural figures such as Werner Herzog, Penn Jillette, David Lynch, DJ Spooky and Margaret Atwood, to astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, to New York City middle school students.
Lehrer is also a commentator on local and national issues on television and in print. He has appeared on TV networks including CNN, MSNBC, Fox Newschannel, C-SPAN, ABC World News Now, and NY1. He has written op-ed pieces for publications including The New York Times, The Daily News, Newsday, The New York Sun and Slate.com. He also hosts a weekly television program on CUNY-TV, "BrianLehrer.tv" featuring issue-oriented web video.
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 was a questioner in the 2006 televised campaign debates for U.S. Senate and Governor of New York, and in the televised New York City Mayoral Debates in 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009 and 2013.
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 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:
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Brian Lehrer: National Politics, NYC's Affordable Housing Conundrum and a State Constitutional Convention?
Monday, October 16, 2017
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: Trump's Putin Meetings; Post-Election Sexism; Governing 21st Century Cities; Young Journalists
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: Investigating the White House; Running for Office 101; A Divided, Exceptional America
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Brian Lehrer Live: News from the White House, David McCullough on the American Spirit, Scientists Take D.C.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Friday, November 04, 2016
Friday, October 28, 2016
Friday, October 14, 2016
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
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.
Friday, October 25, 2013
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Join political reporter Anna Sale as she hosts our Super Tuesday event brought to you by It’s a Free Country. Author and comedian Baratunde Thurston will share the stage with Anna as will a stellar cast of contributors to It's a Free Country, including WNYC's Brian Lehrer.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Once again, It's A Free Country invites you to watch the State of the Union address with your fellow politics junkies. Brian Lehrer will be there along with others from the It's A Free Country team and WNYC fans from left, right and center.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Join Brian Lehrer live for two special hours. In hour one, the issues at the heart of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. And in hour two, Brian will lead a public brainstorm session on how to turn around the city's low voter turnout. Come and participate.
Friday, February 11, 2011
The Brian Lehrer Show and It’s A Free Country are calling a meeting. The agenda: understanding revolution. We’re inviting people with first-hand experience of revolution from all over the world for an in-depth conversation about what happens after an uprising.
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” and WNYC News will host the Democratic Primary debate for New York State Attorney General. Brian Lehrer will host and moderate the debate – with participation from all five Democratic candidates – during the second hour of his program.