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. 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:

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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The Brian Lehrer Show Live

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

10:00 AM

Watch the live webcast on Wednesday, June 13th at 10am.  The Brian Lehrer Show concludes their in-depth series, End of War.

The Greene Space

Super Tuesday with It’s A Free Country

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

8:00 PM

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.

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State of the Union Watch Party

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

7:15 PM

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.

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Brian Lehrer Live Engagement Party

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

10:00 AM

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.

The Greene Space

The Brian Lehrer Show: Regime Change and the Aftermath

Friday, February 11, 2011

10:00 AM

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.

The Greene Space

State of the Union Watch Party

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

7:30 PM

Read, Argue, Listen, Act….and Party! It’s A Free Country, WNYC’s site for politics, invites you to watch the State of the Union in The Greene Space.

The Greene Space

A Democratic Primary Debate For New York State Attorney General

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

11:00 AM

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.