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From one the nation's most trusted public affairs radio hosts comes a new daily politics podcast that goes beyond the headlines and talking points. Through thoughtful conversations with leading journalists and key newsmakers, Brian Lehrer: A Daily Politics Podcast, helps listeners make sense of the day's news, offering crucial context and a clear-eyed assessment of the stakes at hand. When news is made by the minute and information overload is the norm, Lehrer is a sane guide in a frenetic world. Join us. Produced by WNYC, home to other award-winning news podcasts including The Takeaway and New Yorker Radio Hour. The episodes of Impeachment: A Daily Podcast, that were formerly found at this feed are archived online, at
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Amid questions about how to tackle inflation, and how to mitigate ripple effects from issues in the banking sector, a member of the House Financial Services committee has updates. On Today's Show:U.S. Representative Jim Himes (D, CT-4) brings us the latest from the Fed on inflation, congressional regulators on banks, and national security related headlines from Ukraine to Jan. 6.
A COVID-era food security expansion of SNAP benefits has expired, returning to pre-pandemic levels. On Today's Show: Janet Poppendieck, professor emerita of sociology at Hunter College, City University of New York, a co-founder of the New York City Food Policy Center at Hunter College and a senior fellow at the CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute at the CUNY School of Public Health and Health Policy, discusses the history of SNAP, benefits that used to be known as "food stamps," which first began back in the 1930s.
A federal judge in Texas could rule soon on the FDA's approval of an abortion drugs that could impact access around the country. On Today's Show:Sarah McCammon, national correspondent for NPR, reports on the hearing and what's at stake for reproductive rights.
Balancing work and family is often seen as a choice that primarily affects women. But many countries have policies that mean that women don't have to choose one over the other.  On Today's Show:The Economist has released its annual Glass Ceiling Index, a report on the role and influence of women in the workforce across developed nations. Lizzy Peet, lead data researcher for The Economist's Glass Ceiling Index, shares some of the findings.
The latest economic news includes proposed government spending in Biden's federal budget proposal, and a run on a Big Tech bank that some argue needs government intervention.  On Today's Show:Molly Ball, national political correspondent for TIME and the author of Pelosi (Henry Holt and Co., 2020), talks about the deal to protect banking in the fallout of Silicon Valley Bank's failure, plus Pres. Biden's budget plan, and other national political news.
A look at some recent economic data and headlines, including February's jobs report, and Biden's proposed federal budget. On Today's Show:Felix Salmon, chief financial correspondent for Axios, host of the Slate Money Podcast, and author of the forthcoming The Phoenix Economy: Work, Life, and Money in the New Not Normal (‎Harper Business, 2023), talks about today's February jobs report and what it signifies for future interest rates and inflation, plus President Biden's budget plan.
China's geopolitical military posturing has some international observers, and some members of congress, concerned about the future of China-US relations.  On Today's Show:Susan Shirk, research professor and chair of the 21st Century China Center at UC San Diego and the author of Overreach: How China Derailed its Peaceful Rise (Oxford University Press, 2022), shares her analysis of what some are calling a new cold war between the US and China, as officials in both countries trade barbs.
A lot has changed about our political discourse over the past decade.  On Today's Show:Mehdi Hasan, journalist and host of The Mehdi Hasan Show on MSNBC and Peacock and the author of Win Every Argument: The Art of Debating, Persuading, and Public Speaking (Henry Holt and Co., 2023), offers pointers for persuading people with winning arguments.
With a recent escalation of legislative and rhetorical attacks targeting trans people, we explore the human ramifications, as well as the politics. On Today's Show:After the alarming anti-trans rhetoric coming out of the Conservative Political Action Conference, which included a call to "eradicate" trans people from "public life", Kate Sosin, LGBTQ+ reporter at the 19th*, focusing on transgender rights, incarceration, politics and public policy, explains how these sentiments are present in state laws throughout the United States.
A local representative brings his updates and analysis on the latest issues of national policy. On Today's Show:U.S. Representative Pat Ryan (D, NY-18) talks about the latest national political news and his priorities including rail safety standards, the SALT tax and more.
For a weekend special, here are some conversations that Brian has had with former president Jimmy Carter over the years. On Today's Show:Just over a week ago, the Carter Center announced that former President Jimmy Carter had entered hospice care. Carter has joined The Brian Lehrer Show a few times since leaving office, and in these excerpts from our archives, he reflects on his faith, on gender equality, and on the role of the United States as a moral leader on the international stage. 
Several headlines in the realm of legal news could have national implications, including federal judges of various political persuasions who could unilaterally set national policy. On Today's Show:Mark Joseph Stern, senior writer at Slate covering courts and the law, has reported that a single federal judge in Texas could outlaw abortion pills nationwide. And, in other legal news, Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch testified that some of his network hosts endorsed the stolen election lie. Mark joins us to provide an update on these and other headlines in legal affairs.
A local representative brings us updates and analysis on some of the latest politics from Congress.  On Today's Show:Ritchie Torres, U.S. Representative (D-NY15), talks about Tuesday's committee hearing on U.S./China relations and other Congressional news.
The House of Representatives was designed to scale up with the population of the country. How does the current cap at 435 impact democracy? On Today's Show:As part of a year-long series on ways of improving U.S. democracy, Danielle Allen, Washington Post contributing columnist, a political theorist at Harvard University, where she is James Bryant Conant University Professor and director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Ethics and the author of Democracy in the Time of Coronavirus (University of Chicago Press, 2022) and the forthcoming Justice by Means of Democracy (University of Chicago Press, 2023), proposes expanding the number of members of the House of Representatives.
A look at the latest in climate action targeting banks and other influential economic actors, plus, the first notable snowfall in the Northeast so far this year. On Today's Show:Bill McKibben, environmental activist, founder of Third Act, and author of many books, most recently: The Flag, the Cross, and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What the Hell Happened (Henry Holt and Co., 2022), joins to talk about how a rapidly warming climate in the Northeast has altered this year's snow economy, and more on the latest climate news.
Why is it important, in terms of policy, that women play a role as legislators in Congress? On Today's Show:Susan Page, USA Today Washington bureau chief and the author of Madam Speaker: Nancy Pelosi and the Lessons of Power (Twelve, 2021) and a forthcoming biography of Barbara Walters, rounds up the latest news from Washington.
A new study in the UK tested the impacts of reducing the workweek to four days. Could that be a workable business model to attract workers in the "Great Resignation" economy? On Today's Show:Niamh Bridson Hubbard, PhD candidate in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and Vanessa Fuhrmans, deputy bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal's careers and workplaces team, discuss the details of the study and what it would take for the US to update it's work culture.
One year since Russia invaded Ukraine, how much has U.S. military aid made a difference in the fighting, and in pushing both parties to negotiate for peace? On Today's Show:Ishaan Tharoor, foreign affairs columnist at The Washington Post, joins to discuss President Biden's trip to Ukraine, how it's seen in the West and the latest polling data which gauges Americans' support of how involved the United States should or shouldn't be.
Would the impacts of racism be easier to communicate if we focused on the ways that bias and inequality are bad for everyone?  On Today's Show:Heather McGhee, chair of Color of Change board of directors and the author of The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together (One World, 2021) and the new edition for young readers, The Sum of Us: How Racism Hurts Everyone (Delacorte Press, 2023) talks about teaching young readers about the issues of equity and racism and building a future that benefits everyone.
It's been a week since hundreds of current and former contributors to the New York Times signed a letter criticizing the paper's coverage of issues affecting transgender people. On Today's Show:Jo Livingstone, critic, contributor to The New York Times and an organizer of, and Sabrina Imbler, staff writer at Defector, a worker-owned site, and former fellow for The New York Times, discuss the latest on the open letter to the New York Times, in which over 1,000 contributors have accused the paper of biased coverage of transgender issues.
Comments (24)

Midnight Rambler

because Dems love voter fraud

May 12th

Lex Fele


Jul 4th

Nicole Smith

I am very confused. why did we just listen to him say the days and dates?

Apr 3rd

Mike Peterkin

seems to me that if they weren't a danger to anyone, then they should have never been incarcerated in the first place.

Mar 24th


we need to support our health care workers who have children and other family responsibilities

Mar 14th


trump's Russian playbook

Feb 13th

Nicole Smith

3 minutes in and I am very confused.....

Jan 28th
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Nonya Bizness

i call false equivalency. the dems level of desire for witnesses in the clinton impeachment versus the trump impeachment are apples and oranges, and not, as you say, a product of political expediency. the clinton impeachment senate had special prosecutor starr's ~massive~ investigation to work from, which included an enormous number of depositions from any and all witnesses, along with infamous reams of documents. in the trump case, the house was forced to do the investigation on their own, and were denied access to almost every single document and witness. so obviously, witnesses are a magnitude more essential now than before.

Jan 19th
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I'm thinking that when trump says to his sycophants that he needs a big tough guy event that segways into his rallies , a kickoff to his 2020 campaign, they think this Iranian general is the ticket. they could blow him up, surgically, with no collateral damage, and insto presto trump's next political ad shoots itself. how shortsighted...this one act has taken a divided Iran and unified them under 1 bloody ideology of America's destruction. way to go trump.

Jan 6th

Elizabeth Burns

Jesus of Nazareth was accused of blasphemy, not treason.

Dec 30th

Roy Chambers


Dec 29th


This Is true Xmas cheer! “When this comes out...Ukraine will look like spilt milk“ Michael Moore.

Dec 23rd


she sounds rational but I don't trust it

Dec 22nd

Camilo r corrales


Dec 14th


who knows what the truth is but this is seriously the craziest saga with really bad actors who keep acting bad

Dec 12th
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Mark H. does this mean Michael Isikoff is saying "nevermind" to his own book? Since apparently nothing in the Steele dossier is corroborated?

Dec 10th


just found this show and I must say that in the midst of severe division and ugliness that pervades us currently, this show presented a constitutional perspective that really adds to this conversation of impeachment. thanks and great work.

Nov 29th

Kevin Moore

Hilarious and expected that you only interview liberals. Can you get anymore biased??? #FakeNews #Trump2020 #AMERICAFirst #BuildTheWall #EndLiberalism

Nov 2nd
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Elizabeth Burns

Just say something for something else. Translate the Latin & have done with it.

Oct 22nd
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