The Brian Lehrer Show

Reviews For The Brian Lehrer Show

He is my most trusted voice of NYC.
Excellent interviews and deep dives into a fascinating array of topics. I’m white and appreciate the content which is helping me deepen my antiracist practice- thank you!
I listened to an episode that was recommended to me as a must listen. It wasn’t.
Informative. Fair-minded. Inquisitive. Intelligent. Challenging (but politely so). Eager to give fair time to opposing views. Level-headed. Calm. Fact-based. Fact-seeking. Letting experts talk. Letting callers talk. Respectful. Guiding. Moderating. Thoughtful. And wryly (and slyly) humorous. A true NYC civic treasure. If only Brian Lehrer were more Met fan than Yankee fan, he’d be perfection personified.... ;-)
I’ve been listening to the Brian Lehrer Show for decades. Decades! I have seen his political viewpoints change over the years. He used to be unbiased and would bring on guests who would cover both sides of the political spectrum. It would allow his audience to decide for themselves. The topics were interesting and his show is what made me want to learn about the ins and outs of politics. But after 2016 election, his show has drastically gone down hill. By 2020 a sold-out liberal leftist show that doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. There is one-sided opinions, very liberal guests, constant Trump bashing, anger, fear-mongering. He did a whole show after the BLM riots about why NYC police would be defunded and how some of the criminals who were arrested for breaking in businesses should be let off. Well, guess what? His show worked. The NYC police department was defunded and crime has risen drastically. Hope he feels good about that. That’s when I was done with Brian. It’s a sad breakup that I wish didn’t have to happened. But I’m going to get my news somewhere else. Also, said goodbye to NPR too. Yet again they can’t seem to cover the news with unbiased information.
I’ll simply reiterate what so many others have said: Brian is so kind, respectful and witty. Asks all the right questions and listens without prejudice to all sides. How lucky are we NY?
Love the show. Focuses on Larger issues than NYC and Good NYC “local” which is massive!!!
Brian’s intelligence, calm, and respect for his listeners is unequalled in all of media. Thank you, Brian!
Calm and intelligent political conversation. Lehrer’s hosting is a high standard that represents the best of America.
Brian is NYC’s MVP. He represents the highest standard of intelligent and civil discourse. If every news interviewer aspired to his level of integrity, our country would a whole lot better off.
I have often been grateful for the calming touchstone of Brians voice and sanity in my life. Never more so than now. Thank you Mr Lehrer.


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Love Brian Lehrer!
Brian Lehrer is a calm force in a crazy world. He is a consummate professional and always brings intelligent conversation to the table.
I have been listening to this show for over a decade religiously and never miss a segment thanks to the podcast. Brian is a brilliant, articulate host who does not shy away from presenting different points of view on any topic. This is my go to place for political and local NY/NJ news. I also love the sociological topics he covers and the different series he hosts like the Oscar documentary nominee interviews. As many have noted, Brian is a national treasure evidenced by the wide range of places within the US and the world that people call in from.
Thoughtful and concise reporting that somehow curates live, fascinating interviews and caller comments consistently. I love catching up on things via this show. Brian’s voice is just so good too!
I really appreciate hearing from the callers. Some of them ask exact the question i have and it feels good knowing somebody else feeling the same way. It feels like im a part of a conversation.
The Right Questions to ask in every interview are: why aren’t the people directly involved in the Ukraine scandal allowed to testify under oath in the open & televised hearings? One would think Mulvaney, Pompeo, Eisenberg, Pence, etc would be able to defend the president if they were forced to testify. Why are they blocked? Why aren’t the relevant documents released? How can a trial be conducted without the underlying evidence? Why isn’t the Supreme Court intervening to allow the truth to come out? Why aren’t you guys asking these questions instead of about the whistleblower and Hunter Biden, which is distracting & irrelevant?


Enough I’m done - I’m against Trunp but enough is enough. The election is a now less then a year away. A year wasted fighting - with a already known result. All dems for impeachment. All rep against. Just trying to score political points. So..... No health care. No immigration reform No infrastructure No tax reform No climate goals as a nation More fighting and fund raising to stay in power. The political class must go ! Vote out incumbents !!
Wide ranging, civil, thorough. I live in Oregon but check here daily for national news. Excellent interviews with excellent sources. As callers often say, Brian is a national treasure.
I can’t live without Brian Lehrer. He is one of the true voices in the media I respect and honor. This show is absolutely awesome, day in and day out! The topics, guests, and interviews are stellar! Thank you Brian
Best quality speakers and voice quality. Topics not always of interest, but we listen because of the clarity and logic in every podcast.
First, given that I said this podcast is “incredible,” I gave away my bias. Nonetheless, this show is super informative. You learn so much about the residential communities of the most well-known city in the world. Brian Lehrer doesn’t fail. As a New Yorker, I’ll say that this show is the heavyweight of factual, accurate, and a straightforward delivery of a podcast that no other can match. This is an awesome podcast, irrespective of political perspective/ideology. Learn from what’s being said, because you get it raw and uncut with this one.
Not always the most fascinating, but certainly has its moments.
A balanced point of view! Such a pleasure to listen to
I love the nuance and humanity that Brian Lehrer brings to current events, politics and the show’s guests. I try not to miss a single show.
The last 3 episodes I listened to I rated as 1,1, and a 3. The host and guests of the show manipulate facts and figures to meet their liberal agenda. Unsubscribing.
There are few people in broadcast journalism as professional, humane and insightful as Brian. And he’s funny too! He covers the spectrum of topics, with NYC often being part of the story. He is the definition of an adept moderator who is informed enough to add to the discussion and never afraid to ask the tough questions, and get to the heart of a discussion. He has few peers in the business. He is a real treasure.
Brian Lehrer is a gifted interviewer; one who makes no bones about his politics & sensibliities, & yet one who makes an effort to be inclusive & respectful of others. And succeeds. As a transplanted-to-CA, native New Yorker, he makes me miss NYC!
Brian is a great journalist, has an incredible knowledge of local, state, federal and even world affairs, and the show is unfailingly civil (no, better than civil: gracious), respectful, and absent the carnival-barker hype so prevalent elsewhere. His Ask the Mayor segment every Friday, when the mayor calls in and answers listeners' questions, often getting someone from city government involved in resolving their problems...unparalleled, and real questions, not softballs.


By Linda1w
A daily, biased, Trump bash frenzy. One sided and predictable. It is time to cut public funding for this garbage that caters to NE coastal elites with truth and fairness and balance the last thing on their minds
This is one of the most ridiculous, empty, uneducated conversations I've heard in a long time. When are you wackos on the left/globalist hookers isle/ socialist/Marxist side going to face up to the fact you LOST!! Your guest was hacking on the VP for being Christian first then everything else comes next. This is the way EVERY true Christian should be. Heathens place their faith front and center as well because without our core beliefs then everything else will be worthless and it will come crashing down. If you leftists would put your preverbal money where your mouth is and stop attempting to spread false propaganda and follow your "Love everyone and judge no one" BS President Trump would work with you guys more. You back Hillary (which is a proven criminal and a seriously evil Woah-Man). President Trump is working harder than the American hating. Golf Player in Chief we suffered because of for 8 years. Between Obama and the likes of Pelosi, Feinstein etc the United States has seen an unprecedented economic collapse (since the Great Depression), military morale was at its lowest since the Revolutionary War and racial relationships have all but become a figment of our imaginations. If you really love the US then you will show it by getting together with the right and destroying the iron grasp the globalists have on Lady Liberty's throat and return the Republic to the greatest nation the world. Everyone needs to face the facts though; no one can possibly fathom helping or caring about everyone in the world. We MUST do as a great author says in his book "The Way of Men" start a tribe and dedicate ourselves to it without dishonor and we can form the tribe via city/ town, Race, Religious Faith, military service, Talents etc etc
I started listening to this show months before I moved to New York, just to get an idea of what was going on and what people were most concerned about. It quickly became one of my favorites- the discussion is balanced, the guests are interesting, and the topics are so varied that I never get bored. But the voices of the people who call in are my absolute favorite, so many accents reflecting a beautiful and diverse city. I love walking around the city and hearing it blare out of cars. Thanks for the work you do!
Wow! I have really enjoyed listening to this show since I discovered it a few weeks ago. I almost never listen to call-in programs, but this show keeps its focus and covers really interest and important material. I love the policy breakdown - greater depth and much more nuanced than some other shows, while keeping the material accessible and not totally accessible. The in-depth news coverage and expert/journalist interviews are great too. I’m so excited I discovered Brian Lehrer and I will definitely be a regular listener!
Keep up the great work, Brian.
very happy with Brian’s show overall. his recent interview/debate with Ben Jealus was an eye opener. He was very bias in his interview and even made an attempt to discredit Ben towered the end. We get it your a Hilary supporter.
Great show. Just one criticism recently...I wish that when Brian introduces Andrea Bernstein, he would disclose that she's a Hillary supporter.
A crown jewel of NYC culture.
Brian Lehrer ranks among the best interviewers in the business. New York is lucky to have him; and I'm grateful this podcast allows me to listen to his show anywhere & anytime.
Very interesting topics and discussions.
Seriously. I've been listening to Brian Lehrer for around 20 years. It had another name then, which I forget. Brian consistently strives to bring current events to his audience in a straightforward, unbiased and open point of view. Often giving his audience the opportunity to look at all sides of a question with dignity and respect. He listens and invites the audience to do the same.
Brian is very well-informed and is able to explain complex issues simply and directly as well as hit nuanced points that are important to those involved. Thank you for your hard work!
I consider myself a New York progressive, but Brian's show has gone too relentlessly liberal in my opinion. I became a fan because he was an even-handed host, respectfully challenging any guest's views. Recently, I've noticed his questioning has become predictably left-leaning, consistently framing the discussions as the oppressed (unions, women, unemployed) vs. oppressors (business, conservatives, the market). Again, I think of myself as a liberal, but I don't come to WNYC to affirm my views. I want honest journalism. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be the priority here any more.
Where is the infamous interview?
Brian has a great ability to ask the right questions in the right way. Should be on CNN or MSNBC to show how it's done.
i've been listening tbls for 3 years now. brian's voice is an indispensible part of my day. love it.. especially the cultural content and brian's interviewing style.
I love the Brian Lehrer show. However, I wish the podcast wasn't broken up into individual segments. My iTunes is set to only download the latest episode of a podcast. This means that each day I only get the last segment of the show, and it's not worth changing my itunes settings to download 5 most recent episodes of every podcast. WNYC please please can you fix this?!
This show is decent, and only to that extent. Brian has on mostly establishment people who re-enforce opinions you'd see anywhere else. B.S from guests is never challenged on this show, but only taken as "their point of of view". Left and right guests and opinion are treated absolutely equal which is insane considering the amount of clearly verifiable and fact checked falsities the right produces daily, ig you're looking to be truly informed do not do not do not rely on WNYC to give it to you straight, and it's a shame considering radiolab and freakenomics
I've been listening to Brian Lehrer for years, it's one of the best shows on radio.