August 2, 2016: Bratton Steps Down. Brian Lehrer. Koko the Gorilla. Nathan Lane & Joy Behar.

August 03, 2016 at 5:23 am

Tonight, William J. Bratton has announced today that he will be stepping down from his position as commissioner of the New York Police Department next month. After a 45 year-long career that spanned the country, Bratton will take a job within the private sector. Top uniformed officer Chief James O’Neill will fill Bratton’s role after he leaves. We Listen In as Bratton spoke earlier today about his departure in a press conference.

Next, Brian Lehrer’s radio show on WNYC has covered politics, culture, and life in our region for over 25 years. During that time, Lehrer has interviewed both news-makers and regular listeners alike and created a unique community within New York media. Tonight, we go behind the scenes to take a look at how the show came together during last month’s presidential conventions.

Then, Koko the Gorilla isn’t your average ape. This 45-year-old primate was taught sign language as a youngster by an animal psychologist who has gone on to become her surrogate mother. For decades, Koko has received worldwide recognition for her ability to communicate with humans. But some in the scientific community are skeptical about her true ability to understand and respond to what people are saying. A new documentary, Koko: The Gorilla Who Talks, from PBS and the BBC explores this remarkable animal’s life and the controversy surrounding her. Tonight we take a look at the film and sit down with the documentary’s producer to go inside Koko’s story.

Finally, as part of our ongoing series, Listening In, Nathan Lane opens up about fame and coming out as gay during a conversation with comedian Joy Behar at the 92nd Street Y. Lane, perhaps best known for his stage and film portrayals of Max Bialystock in The Producers, is not only a Broadway and television star, but also an LGBT activist and proud member of the gay community.