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Jody Avirgan

Associate Producer, The Brian Lehrer Show

Jody Avirgan appears in the following:

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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2010 Year End Quiz

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Each year, for the Brian Lehrer Show news quiz, we write more questions than we can get to on-air. So here are some of the remainders, along with a few of our favorites that did make the broadcast. Take the quiz and see how much you were paying attention during 2010. And -- no googling!

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Entrepreneurs: Age Matters

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan discusses some of the posts coming into the Rut Or Recovery project from listeners striking out on their own to start a business. Then, Annie Lowrey, reporter on economics and business for Slate, explains why old people make better entrepreneurs than young ones.

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The Mix: Rut or Recovery For Recent Grads?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Welcome to 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. This week we highlight young callers and contributors to the Rut or Recovery project. Brian Lehrer hosted an open phones for recent ...

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Slideshow: What To Make Of Wikileaks

Monday, December 13, 2010

Images and notable quotes from a recent symposium on Wikileaks and Internet Freedom, sponsored by the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City.

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Rut or Recovery: How's Business

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Today is the first day of a new project, Rut or Recovery, in which we take stock of the economy in your life and your neighborhood two years after the economic collapse. Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan helps explain the project, and takes calls from merchants and consumers on the question How's Business?

Add Your Story To The Rut/Recovery Project and Explore The Interactive Map»»

The Mix: Deathly Hallows Edition

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome to 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. This week, a look at a magical (or at least, other-wordly) week in political theater, from Sarah Palin to Charlie Rangel. As always, characters in bold, connections in italics; link for more information.

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The Mix Election Night Edition: Agony of Defeat, Thrill of Victory

Friday, November 05, 2010

Welcome to 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. This week, a look back at election night - we begin with the agony of defeat, and then the thrill of victory.

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Brian Lehrer Show Marathon Meetup

Friday, November 05, 2010

[Thanks to resident running experts Alex Villari and Sarah Gilligan for helping to think this through.]

We are now gathering your Marathon Meet-Up stories. Did you see any of our runners along the course? Run into any fellow WNYC listeners? Or even if you just have a good story about your marathon experience, post it below! 

We have our runner database up and running! We'll do our best to update again before race time, keep tuned to facebook and twitter for the latest. Don't forget, take a listen to our very own Rex Doane demonstrating how you can cheer on fellow Brian Lehrer Show fans during the race, using the special phrase "It's A Free Country"

Are you running the marathon and wish there was someone to cheer you on? Are you watching the marathon and wish you had someone to cheer for? We're going to link up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for this Sunday's marathon.

Runners: Check out the map below - this shows you where to keep your ears open for fellow WNYC fans who will be cheering you on.

Watchers: Check out the database below, print it out and bring it with you to your viewing spot. Want to take it the next level and track one of our runners online or through your iphone app? Information at the NYRR home page

We'll be tweeting updates and posting to facebook whenever we have more information on this site.

And don't forget, whether you are running or watching, snap pictures of any fateful encounters you may have!

 

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of October 11th

Friday, October 15, 2010

Welcome to 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. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of October 4th

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Welcome to 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. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

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'Take Comptroll' Our Challenge To DiNapoli and Wilson

Friday, October 08, 2010

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BL Show Listener Chorus - Give Peace A Chance

Friday, October 08, 2010

UPDATE: It happened! Listen here.

Today, live on-air, we're going to try a group sing-along to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance." We'll select a few callers and have them sing one verse each, and all joining in on the chorus. For now, here are the lyrics to the ...

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"Take Comptroll" Visual Challenge

Friday, October 08, 2010

Art has the power to change the world. As part of the "Get DiNapoli and Wilson to Say 'Take Comptroll'" movement, we want you to submit your "Comptroll" posters. We'll provide you with links to official pictures of the candidates, and some ideas for how to make them spiffy. All you have to do is use the phrase "take comptroll" somewhere in your image. Once you've created your work of art, upload it below, or post a link to it in the comments page. We'll feature our favorites here and on facebook.

Maybe it's a fake DiNapoli motivational poster.....or a Wilson play on the popular "I'm With Coco" meme...

Find Images: DiNapoli Flickr Stream | Wilson Flickr Stream

Resources: Obamicon Me | Motivational Poster | Online Picture Editor

And while you're at it, take a listen to our very own Azi Paybarah's remix of the recent comptroller debate. Who makes a remix of a comptroller debate in his spare time? Azi does.

Please adhere to the spirit of the Take Comptroll project in making your images. We will not post any images that are offensive or disparaging of either candidate. Duh.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 27th

Friday, October 01, 2010

Welcome to 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. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are bold, links to explore.

The clip of the week has got to be the heated confrontation caught on tape between Carl Paladino and Post reporter Fred Dicker. It sent the New York political community into overdrive, with Governor David Paterson weighing in the next morning. The Dicker vs. Paladino event took place on Wednesday night, eclipsing the week's earlier big news - Rick Lazio officially declined the nomination of the Conservative Party and dropped out of the gubernatorial contest. Andrew Cuomo tried to sieze the moment and pick up Lazio supporters in the general election, drawing a "stark comparison" between him and Paladino. On the Brian Lehrer Show, Newt Gingrich tried to draw a stark comparison between his ideas and those of Paul Krugman, part of a larger tax debate that pitted traditional liberals and conservatives against one another. Another hot button debate that drew a more unexpected pairing was immigration, with both Michael Bloomberg and Rupert Murdoch testifying in favor of a more streamlined path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, something considered a core Democratic agenda item. And, because it's likely to be the best audio of the election season, we end with a repeat of the Dicker/Paladino confrontation.

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