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.
Jody Avirgan appears in the following:
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!
In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:
- We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
- Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
- This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
Thursday, July 03, 2014
There's plenty of room on the bandwagon. You might even be able to get shotgun.
Thursday, July 03, 2014
We break down the strengths and weaknesses of the players and the teams headed to the quarterfinals.
Monday, June 23, 2014
On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.
In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt:
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
We talk to World Cup obsessives from Japan, Cameroon, Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Greece about how they cheer (and drink, and curse) their team.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
What better guide to the music of Duke Ellington than Wynton Marsalis? And here he is doing it live, improvised on WNYC. It's like a master class in trumpet, all in two minutes.
Friday, June 06, 2014
On the one-year anniversary of Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks, Brooke reflects on the man who set off a global debate about surveillance and the right to privacy, and whose personal saga and public image continue to intrigue and divide us.
Tuesday, June 03, 2014
"When you begin to understand and begin to look at black people as part of broader communities... many of the things that appear mysterious to us are not mysterious at all" says Ta-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic.
Monday, June 02, 2014
They're photo cells. Mystery solved.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Our area is full of little mysteries. Why continue to let them bug you when you could have WNYC find out the answer! On the Brian Lehrer Show blog, we've explained the rules about turning left in New York City, the laws around bodega cats, and why alternate side parking is always "in effect."
Now we want to know what other mystery you want us to explain. Tell us what thing about the city - or anywhere in the NYC area - has always baffled you. It can be a particular behavior, an element of our infrastructure, a law...anything you've always wondered about.
Friday, May 09, 2014
Thanks to a new law, all construction sites must now have a "viewing panel" that lets you peek in and see what's going on. We explain the law, and round up our favorite photos you took through that little diamond-shaped peephole.
Monday, March 31, 2014
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.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
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 ...
Monday, March 03, 2014
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.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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!
Saturday, February 01, 2014
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.
Friday, January 31, 2014
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.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
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.