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Brian Lehrer: A Daily Politics Podcast
Daily thoughtful conversation about the latest news and politics.
May 11, 2021
Should Your Kid Get Vaccinated? Ask A Virologist
Now that kids as young as 12 are eligible for the Pfizer vaccine, parents had questions about how it could affect younger bodies. On today's show, Brianne Barker, virologist and immunologist, associate professor of biology at Drew University, and co-host of the podcast This Week in Virology, talks about the science behind the decision and answers questions from parents of kids in that age group, plus anyone still weighing their options for vaccination against COVID-19.
May 10, 2021
Cheney Out, Stefanik In: A Post-Trump GOP Reshapes Itself
After criticizing former President Trump and his allies for spreading lies about the election and then violence at the Capitol, her party role is being challenged by NY's Elise Stefanik. On today's show, Jacqueline Alemany, Washington Post congressional correspondent and “Power Up” anchor, talks about the changes afoot in GOP House leadership.
May 7, 2021
Keeping Kids COVID-Safe This Summer
Summer is on the horizon, and as the pandemic begins to draw down, parents are thinking about summer activities, and keeping un-vaccinated kids COVID safe once school's out. On today's show, Daniel Griffin, MD, PhD, an infectious disease clinician and researcher at Columbia, ProHEALTH chief of the division of Infectious Disease and president of Parasites Without Borders, talks about how best to plan and enjoy summer activities with children too young for COVID vaccines, including family vacations and summer camp.
May 6, 2021
How To Talk To People Not Yet Choosing To Get Vaccinated
If there's people in your life who still don't want to get vaccinated, you might be wondering how to convince them. Turns out, it's a combo of sticks & carrots, and not being judgemental. On today's show, Mitra Kalita, co-founder of URL Media and CEO and publisher of Epicenter-NYC, talks about Biden's new vaccine messaging, local outreach and how to strike a less judgmental tone with those questioning the vaccine.
May 5, 2021
Florida Joins Georgia In Trying To Decrease Voter Turnout. Here’s How
Some GOP-run states are pushing forward with new voting laws that would make it harder for some to cast their ballots. What does that look like, and what does it mean for democracy? On today's show, Jami Floyd, senior editor for race and justice at WNYC, talks about what the new laws will do, and who they will harm.
May 4, 2021
We Probably Won't Eradicate COVID-19. Here's How We Can Live With It
As the demand for the vaccine slows, scientists are saying we're unlikely to hit herd immunity, which means this virus will likely remain a factor for years to come. On today's show, Apoorva Mandavilli, New York Times reporter focusing on science and global health talks about what it means that the U.S. may never reach herd immunity against the COVID-19 virus.
May 3, 2021
Why Kamala Harris’ First 100 Days Might Be “Misunderstood”
Kamala Harris is simultaneously being labeled too cautious, and too ambitious. To what standards are we holding the first woman and first person of color to serve as vice president? On today's show, Eugene Daniels, a Politico Playbook author and White House correspondent, and Dr. Christina Greer, political science professor at Fordham University, host of the podcast FAQNYC, politics editor at The Grio and author of Black Ethnics (Oxford University Press, 2013) talk about the first 100 days of Vice President Kamala Harris in the White House.
May 2, 2021
Underreported Census Headline: Puerto Rico Suffers The Biggest Population Loss
The overall US population grew by about 7 percent over the past 10 years. So why has Puerto Rico's population dropped by 11 percent? On today's show, Alana Casanova-Burgess, host of WNYC and Futuro Studio's La Brega and producer for WNYC Studios, talks about the conditions that led to so many people leaving the island. Plus, listeners who moved to the mainland call in to talk about why they did and where they went.
May 1, 2021
Biden’s Top Economic Adviser On Their 'American Families Plan' & Your Family
One of the architects of Biden's 'American Families Plan' explains what they hope it will do for real families. On today's show, Cecilia Rouse, economist and chair of the Council of Economic Advisers and former dean of the School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, talks about the president's proposals for the economy.- Then, listeners, along with Ruth Marcus columnist at the Washington Post and deputy editor of its editorial page, and the author of Supreme Ambition: Brett Kavanaugh and the Conservative Takeover (Simon & Schuster, 2019) weigh in on the full scope of the first 100 days.
April 30, 2021
A GOP Ally For Sen. Gillibrand's Fight Against Military Sexual Assault
For years, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has been pushing for changes to the way the military handles sexual assault in the ranks. Now she's got an ally on the other side of the aisle. On today's show, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D NY) talks about her work in the Senate Armed Services committee. Plus, the Biden/Harris 'first 100 days, and more.