The Brian Lehrer Show

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The Case Against 'Full Decriminalization' of Sex Work

A push to decriminalize sex work to better protect workers has gathered support in Albany and from presidential candidate Kamala Harris. Rebecca Zipkin, attorney at Sanctuary for Families and former prosecutor in Brooklyn prosecuting cases of sex traffic



Beyond Insurance: The Different Facets of ACA

Margot Sanger-Katz, health care correspondent for the "The Upshot" at The New York Times, discusses the many government programs that would be affected if the Affordable Care Act were to be struck down, including workplace lactation rooms, menu calorie i



Why The New State Department Panel on Human Rights is Troubling

Tom Malinowski, U.S. Representative (D NJ-7) who served as assistant secretary of  state for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor in the Obama administration, questions the aims of the newly announced Commission on Unalienable Rights to advise Secretary of



Celebrating the Women's Soccer World Cup Win

New York is hosting the ticker-tape parade for the  U.S. Women's Soccer team to celebrate their World Cup victory. We are joining the celebration with Lindsay Gibbs, Sports Reporter at ThinkProgress and co-host of Burn It All Down podcast and Isabel Ange



President Trump and Jeffrey Epstein's Arrest

Tim O'Brien, executive editor of Bloomberg Opinion and author of TrumpNation: The Art of Being the Donald (Warner Books, 2015), discusses the arrest and indictment of billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy on Monday. "Ar



Explaining the Queens DA Recount

Only 16 votes separate Borough President Melinda Katz and Tiffany Cabán in the Queens District Attorney race. New York election lawyer Sarah Steiner and Gotham Gazette's executive editor Ben Max break down the mechanics and what to expect from the recoun



The Argument with Ross Douthat, Michelle Goldberg and David Leonhardt

Michelle Goldberg, Ross Douthat and David Leonhardt are New York Times op-ed columnists and co-hosts of the New York Times's podcast "The Argument." They join us in studio to argue about national politics and to take your calls.  We're back with @michell



Kids These Days Will Never Get Away from Their Social Media Past

Kate Eichhorn, associate professor of Culture and Media at The New School and the author of The End of Forgetting: Growing Up with Social Media (Harvard University Press, 2019), argues the danger to children and teens from social media might not be what



History of Busing (and What We Could Have Done Better)

After the exchange between Biden and Harris on the debate stage, Matthew Delmont, professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Pr



Is It Safe to Bike in NYC?

After three cyclists died in traffic accidents in the space of a week, Marco Conner, co-deputy director at Transportation Alternatives, argues cyclists deserve more protection from the city and the NYPD. After three cyclists died in traffic accidents in