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Jody Avirgan

Associate Producer, The Brian Lehrer Show

Jody Avirgan appears in the following:

Story Pirates States of the Union (Exclusive Download)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

This is Politics Bites. Every once in a while we'll post short audio to It's A Free Country: The Podcast that deserves a little extra attention.

The Story Pirates take stories written by kids and turn them into musical theater. For the State of the Union 2012, It's A Free Country asked our audience to answer the question: “What would you say if you were addressing the country?”

The Story Pirates compiled the answers and some responses from their own workshops - with kids from ages 6 to 17 - and here are the results. Take a listen, download for free!

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Listen: Our State of the Union Mix

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We're gathering tonight in The Greene Space for the State of the Union viewing party, but you can join in the fun from home. Here's the playlist of songs about states we're listening to as we get ready for the speech, courtesy of Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan.

States of Our Union from jta on 8tracks.

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2011 News Quiz: 10 True/False Questions

Thursday, December 29, 2011

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Yesterday on the show we tested your knowledge in our annual year-end news quiz. (Listen here) Below are 10 of our favorite questions from the True/False lightning round at the end of the show. See how much you were paying attention in 2011 -- and no googling.

Happy New Year from everyone at the BL Show!

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Apper's Delight

Friday, December 23, 2011

Smartphone apps are big business, and increasingly complicated to develop. WNYC producer Jody Avirgan talks with Rekha Murthy of PRX and Lisa Bettany of Camera+ about what it takes to get one made -- and pitches his idea for an app to Bob and Brooke.

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Do You Travel In Red or Blue? Tell Us About The Politics of Your Summer Trips

Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Slideshow: The New Littles Artist Maps

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

To wrap up our New Littles project, the Brian Lehrer Show asked local artists and illustrators to represent the various new neighborhoods we'd discussed on a map. Not knowing what to expect, we put out a call for entries and waited. The response was incredible, full of talent, inventiveness and community spirit. Check out the entries below, and be sure to visit the artist's website to support their work - many of the pieces are even for sale! Thanks to all for participating in The New Littles.

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Five Key Moments From The Obama Debt Presser

Friday, July 15, 2011

We won't bury the lead - there wasn't much new in President Obama's morning press conference on the debt ceiling negotiations. But at the end of a long week of highly partisan standoff (and ahead of what looks to be a working weekend in Washington) here are five talking points that caught our ear.

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Artists: Help Draw The "New Littles" New Map

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Over the course of our New Littles project, we've identified some of New York's overlooked ethnic communities. Now, we want artists and illustrators to draw a new neighborhood map. Our favorites will be featured on the WNYC website and on-air during the Brian Lehrer Show. Upload your artwork directly below, or post a link in the comments page. Deadline for submission is Monday, July 11th. Here are some of the neighborhoods you may want to include (though you can obviously include others you know about):

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The New Littles: Explore The Data and Map

Thursday, June 02, 2011

UPDATE: Check out the New Little Map Below! We've taken our data set and mapped it.

Each Thursday in June, the Brian Lehrer Show and Andrew Beveridge of Social Explorer will discuss New York’s diverse communities - areas of ethnic concentration you may not know about or are changing quickly. ...

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With the Ground Zero Crowd Celebrating Osama bin Laden's Death

Monday, May 02, 2011

I'm a light enough sleeper that even the phone's buzz will wake me up. There was no way I was sleeping through the four calls, five texts, and other forms of digital intrusion that descended upon my device just before 11pm on Sunday night. 

 

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The Mix: Shut It Down

Friday, April 08, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.

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The Mix: Counting Residents, Radiation, Missiles

Friday, March 25, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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The Mix: Libya Escalation, Budget Gridlock, Nuclear Meltdown

Friday, March 18, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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The Mix: Shaky Ground

Friday, March 11, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections in italics.

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The Mix: Mad Teachers, Mad Leaders, and Madoff

Friday, March 04, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.

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What To Watch For In The Census: Borough-by-Borough

Thursday, March 03, 2011

When you look at Queens Village, you have a couple square blocks in which there are 400 residents from Central and South America; 300 from south Asia; 300 from southeast Asia; almost 200 from eastern Europe; more than 100 from the Caribbean; more than 100 from east Asia; as well as 500 born in the United States. Now that is diversity, and you don’t see that in many places in the world.

-- Sam Roberts of the New York Times, on the Brian Lehrer Show

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Live Chat: Watch the Oscars With WNYC and WQXR

Sunday, February 27, 2011

This Sunday, during the Academy Awards, join WNYC and WQXR hosts, producers, and fellow fans for a live chat. As you watch the broadcast, chat here about the movies you loved, the outfits you're seeing, and the awkward acceptance speeches. Joining throughout the night will be WNYC's Brian Lehrer, Jad Abumrad, WQXR's David Garland, Naomi Lewin, Midge Woolsey, Elliott Forrest and many more. We'll also be pulling in tweets from The Takeaway's Kristen Meinzer. Your (very) informal hosts for the evening are Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan and Director of Digital Content Kathleen Ehrlich.

Chat starts right here and on the WNYC homepage a little before 8pm on Sunday.

The Mix: This Is What Democracy Looks Like

Friday, February 25, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.

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The Mix: Trump, Ghonim, Cuomo and Budgets

Friday, February 18, 2011

It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. Voices are in bold, connections are in italics.

Sometimes you come across audio that's so good, you just have to lead with it. So, apropos of nothing (important) that happened this week, The Mix begins with Donald Trump at the CPAC conference, where he reminded us that - among other things - the "United States needs a winner." And while he wasn't exactly ready to decalare outright victory, Wael Ghonim displayed true leadership this past week, and talked to 60 minutes about his message to dictators throughout the Arab world. That was a message echoed by President Obama in his press conference, where he expressed hope for protesters. Things went from hopeful to scary at the end of the week, though, and new Press Secretary Jay Carney had to walk a fine line in the administrations response to violence in Bahrain. The week's other big story was the fiscal situation here at home. It's budget season, and it seems like everyone offered a proposal that on the one hand made "tough choices" but at the same time cast blame up the chain of command. So we walk that chain, starting at the city level with Speaker Christine Quinn griping about Mayor Bloomberg; who in turn was unhappy with Albany and Governor Cuomo; who in turn is trying to face a future without the Obama administration's stimulus support.

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A Letter from Mississippi 1964

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to the civil rights movement. 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, travelled 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:

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