Jody Avirgan started two days before The Brian Lehrer Show won a Peabody, and he is taking full credit. He comes to WNYC from WFUV, where he produced "Cityscape" and before that KQED Radio in San Francisco. He's a founder of Longshot Radio, and has produced pieces that have aired here and there and everywhere. Every other month in New York City he hosts the conversation series Ask Roulette, a live audience version of the Brian Lehrer Show's "radio roulette" segments.
Jody went to high school in Washington, DC and college in Middletown, CT, which few people know is called Middletown because it's the geographical center of the world.
WNYC is running a vote to find NYC's best bodega cat -- with the next round of voting starting today. Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan discusses the laws around bodega cats, whether they are properly cared for, and what makes them so darn cute. They are illegal according to NYC Health Code Article 81, Section 25, but many owners are willing to risk the fine because cats are the most effective way to deter rodents -- and the fine for animals and the fine for mice are just about the same amount. Some vets, however, are concerned that bodega cats don't get proper care. In 35 years of practice, Ted Weiner of Gotham Animal clinic tells WNYC he's never seen a bodega owner bring in a cat for treatment.
If college basketball players were any better at killing mice in delis, they’d be bodega cats. That’s why this year, we put together a tournament of champions for our city’s feline guardians of the processed food shelves. We asked people who fancy a local bodega cat to take ...
It's a favorite parlor game question: When do you get to call yourself a New Yorker? After coming up with our own formula, we took to Twitter and Facebook and asked you to provide your own. Here are our favorites.
On the Brian Lehrer Show, we spoke with Jessica Bennett of Lean In about their efforts to update "stock photos" of women. We asked you to submit photos that represent modern women of all types, using the hashtag #NotYourStockWoman. Below are some of our favorites. Be sure to check out the full range of fantastic photos on Instagram and Twitter. And keep them coming - we'll update as we get more!
Christie Transparency (First) | Conflicted Football Fans (Starts at 20:25) | Remembering Pete Seeger (Starts at 39:00)
We're trying something new on the Brian Lehrer Show -- three of our favorite segments from the week, edited together to listen to on the weekend, in case you missed them. If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here.
From population to median household size, the Brian Lehrer Show compares Denver and Seattle census data -- and takes calls about the food, music, weather and more in each city.
It's a classic driving conundrum: When turning left off a street with a wide median, can you continue to drive after you've turned, even if your new light is red? "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz explains.
It's a snow day mantra, uttered by newscasters, printed in the papers, and tweeted by the DOT. Alternate side parking is suspended, but the meters remain "in effect." But why? We investigate.
Since January, the Brian Lehrer Show has been keeping a list of elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. We just added nine new items, revealed in the latest documents leaked by Edward Snowden. See the updated list now, and listen to Brian discuss it live at 10:25 today. In the meantime, you may want to avoid free Canadian airport Wi-Fi.
It could be yours. Send us the most amazing picture you took on your phone in 2013 and we might put you on the air.
Is the tree guy around the corner selling for half the price you paid? Tell us how much you shelled out, and whether you feel you got a fair price. And if you're still shopping - check out the results on our XMas tree map.
Brian Lehrer hosts a politics special with all the results, speeches, and analysis of what comes next for the region and the country.
On election day, WNYC wants you to help tell the story of how voting is going. Take our 3-minute survey to report any issues you've experienced.
On election day, we asked you to snap a photo of yourself doing your civic duty: Waiting in line, exiting the voting booth, or proudly wearing your "I Voted" sticker. It's our #VoterSelfie project.
Throughout the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days," we're hosting a Twitter chat every Friday afternoon at 2pm to discuss the key issues for New York City and New Jersey's election. On Friday, September 20th, we hosted a #30IssuesChat around education - the topic for the first week of 30 Issues (9/23-9/27). Below, some highlights. Track the full hashtag conversation here. And join us this Friday at 2pm on Twitter for another #30IssuesChat.
The Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days" looks at the key issues in the New York City mayoral and New Jersey governor's races. This year, we've grouped the conversations into focused weeks - see the (tentative) schedule below. Audio posted once a segment has taken place.
Also, join us every Friday for a #30IssuesChat on Twitter. At 2pm every Friday until election day, we'll discuss the issues that matter and use the conversation to set our 30 Issues segments the following week.
You helped us tell the story of Tuesday's primary election, starting with your experience at the polls.
→ Update: The debate is over, thanks for listening and chatting. Find full audio above, and links to video and the chat replay below. Brian Lehrer will be recapping the debate and taking your calls at 10am Thursday. WNYC's Anna Sale offers her recap here.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer is asking questions at the first 2013 Campaign Finance Board mayoral debate, featuring the candidates for the Democratic nomination. Watch below, or listen online on WNYC and wnyc.org. Also join a live chat with reporters from CFB partners. Be sure to check out the Reddit "AMA" with Brian and Errol Louis of NY1 where they previewed the debate and talked about the election season.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer co-moderates the first of the official 2013 public advocate debates, featuring Democratic candidates for November's election.
→ Update: The debate is over, but you can revisit the commentary in the chat window below. Full audio of the debate is above, and a link to video on the NY1 site below.
WNYC's Brian Lehrer co-moderates the first of the official 2013 comptroller debates, featuring Democratic candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer. Listen to full audio, watch video, and read the chat transcript.