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  • So Long, Colbert. It Was Nerve-Wracking Fun to Join You.

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Stephen Colbert has officially laid his blowhard character to rest. Brian, Kurt Andersen and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian—all former Report guests—discuss the show's impact.

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  • Back to the Future – Cold War Style

    Money Talking

    If you miss nuclear standoffs and assassination plots, this was your week. A cast of Cold War foes dominated the news cycle. And now the U.S. needs to figure out what's at stake. 

  • The 2014 WNYC Small Business Holiday Shopping Guide

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    If you own a small business, recommend it to a fellow WNYC fan! We're crowdsourcing a holiday shopping guide by listeners, for listeners. 




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  • Embargo or Not, Castro Made a Habit of Visiting NY — Ask Bumpy the Bookie

    Castro honeymooned at the Waldorf in 1948. His 1960 visit, as the U.S. embargo loomed, was a political turning point.

  • First the Bill, Then the Appetizer

    Battling those "profit-killing no-shows," Per Se plans to make guests pre-pay starting next year. That means shelling out at least $300 before you even see a piece of bread.

  • Freelancers Union Outsources Insurance

    Some 22,000 members must decide whether to use Freelancers' new partner, Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield, or shop around for a better Obamacare plan by Saturday's deadline.

  • NY Outlines New Medical Marijuana Regulations

    Twenty dispensaries around the statewide will have prices controlled by Albany.

  • Justice Dept to Sue City Over Rikers Abuses

    US Attorney sues city to get faster reforms at Rikers Island. 

Micropolis Explores Religion

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  • Rejected by Religion, Saved by God


    When Kedar Powell came out as gay, his religious father sent him away. But his deep faith sustained (and perhaps saved) him, even through homelessness.

  • A War on Christmas? Not in New York City


    In multicultural New York City, even non-Christians get a kick out of the holiday spirit.  Micropolis talks to Aasif Mandvi, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and Hasidic Jews from Borough Park.

  • Religious Huckster or Humanitarian?


    Hector the Inventor says he escaped death three times due to divine intervention, so now he's selling homemade inventions—like an "advanced baby walker"—so he can aid the poor.

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  • PR Expert to Muslims: Face Your Haters


    As the Western world continues to grapple with the perceived threats of extremist Islam, American Muslims weigh in.

Arts and Culture

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  • What Listeners Loved This Week

    Some New Yorkers have no idea it's Christmas time. Kurt Andersen loved a video so much, he watched it twice. Pop music saved the whales. These are the week's most popular stories.

  • Why Did Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom" Disappoint?

    Studio 360

    “The Newsroom” marked Aaron Sorkin’s much-anticipated return to TV, but it got canceled after just three seasons. Willa Paskin of "Slate" diagnoses its fatal flaws.

  • 2014's Best Alternative Christmas Tunes

    The Takeaway

    Studio 360 producer and Sideshow host Sean Rameswaram brings us the best alt-holiday music of 2014.

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