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Jody Avirgan

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Jody Avirgan appears in the following:

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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Primary Sources Iowa: Where Does Your Vote Come From?

Monday, February 07, 2011

Because of its position at the start of the primary calendar, Iowa voters have a chance to set the national agenda for the 2012 elections. But we at It's A Free Country know that you vote on what matters to you, not what you think the nation wants. So, we're asking: Where is your vote coming from? What are the issues that matter in your life? Once you submit your story, it'll show up on our interactive map.

Explore the Map and Story Archive»»

(or add your story using the form below)

The Mix: Cairo, Cuts, and Coughs

Friday, February 04, 2011

There's no doubt we could devote the entirety of this week's Mix to developments in Egypt. This was an historic week, and on WNYC several guests and callers - and President Obama - echoed the importance of the moment. But...let's not get completely carried away. So we've also included some of the big news closer to home, too. Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation was a stark reminder of New York's State's fiscal crisis, and Mayor Bloomberg came out guns blazing in advance of the speech, claiming that the state's education funding formulas could lead to massive teacher layoffs. But Bloomberg also took on public employee unions this week too, painting an either/or scenario when it comes to retaining workers versus meeting pension obligations. And, finally, New York continued to add public health regulations to the books, voting to ban smoking in public parks, plazas, and other outdoor areas.

[beats from rjd2]

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The Mix: From Washington To Cairo

Friday, January 28, 2011

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips from this week's news and mix 'em up. Remember the State of the Union address? This week felt like it was split in two - pre- and post-game for President Obama's big speech; and then all attention turned to the Middle East, where pro-democracy protests spread from Tunisia to Yemen and then, on Friday, rocked the streets of Egypt.

The Mix reflects this week's two halves, with clips from our coverage of the State of the Union followed by the reaction to the Arab protests from Hillary Clinton; Yemeni blogger Walid Al-Saqaf offering a word of caution;Steven Cook of the Council on Foreign relations talking about the implications of Egypt's protests; and write Mona Eltahawy with an optimistic view of the spread of democracy.

[beats from Sabzi and J. Cole]

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Songs Of Our Union

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

On the night of the State of the Union, It's A Free Country is hosting a party at WNYC's Jerome L. Greene performance space. Before the speech, we'll be listening to a playlist of songs about these United States. Can't join us in NYC? Never fear, here's the playlist...

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It's A Free Country and the Story Pirates Present the State of the Union (by Kids)

Friday, January 07, 2011

This project is over, see the results below!

For our State of the Union watching party, It's A Free Country is teamed with the Story Pirates to gather stories written by kids and turn them into musical sketch comedy performance. The stories were gathered online and in schools, and the Story Pirates performed them on the night of January 25th in front of a live audience at the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space.

We asked kids...

What do you think the president should talk about? What would you say to America if YOU were president?

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EMPIRE: The State of State Acrostic Challenge

Monday, January 03, 2011

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