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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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Today's Comments Roundup

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Lot's of interesting comments, on-air and online, today at It's A Free Country. Check out some highlights, then visit the comments page for each conversation to see more and add your voice.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 20th

Friday, September 24, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable Politics Bites 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 in bold.

On the Leonard Lopate Show, Gail Collins of the New York Times talked with Miles O'Brien about Delaware candidate Christine O'Donnell, whose past dabbles in witchcraft came back to haunt her this week. Gail thinks the voters of Delaware have a right to know if she's "crazy." Crazy is exactly what it takes to run for Governor of California, says Dan Walters, political columnist for the Sacramento Bee. Candidates may be crazy, but it's anger that Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinks is driving this election. He appeared at an event alongside Rick Lazio, endorsing the candidate in his race against Carl Paladino. That race took a surprising turn earlier this week when a Quinnipiac poll showed only a six point lead for Lazio, something that Quinnipiac polling Director Maurice Carroll thought might be due to mistaken perceptions. The close polling drew larger attention to the race, and Newt Gingrich  even weighed in with an official Paladino endorsement on the Brian Lehrer Show. But two subsequent polls, explained Siena's Steve Greenberg, showed a much larger lead for Cuomo. That said, Carl Paladino continued to hammer away at his economic plan throughout the week, trying to close the gap. Finally, an It's A Free Country palette cleanser: listener John from Ridgefield Park, NJ the Brian Lehrer Show, urging us to find some common ground.

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True or False: Money Is the Root Of Everything That’s Wrong In Politics

Thursday, September 23, 2010

When you have millionaires at war with fundraisers in an election season, with just a little scratching, money starts to come out of the woodwork. WNYC's been covering a gaping loophole in New York's campaign finance regulations--Limited Liability Companies, or LLCs.

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 13th

Friday, September 17, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable Politics Bites 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 in bold.

It was Primary Day in New York, and in NYC one of the big stories was the new paper ballots and voting machines -- designers Milton Glaser (the man behind the I [[heart]] NY logo) and Charles Blow of the New York Times were not fans...but by the time all those ballots were counted, the winners were decided, including a defiant Charlie Rangel, Democratic Attorney General nominee Eric Schneiderman, and the new kid on the block, Carl Paladino. Paladino was part of a big night for the Tea Party, which notched victories across the country. That movement is the subject of a new book by New York Times National Correspondent Kate Zernike, who sees parallels in the movement to the 2008 Obama/Biden campaign. Joe Biden was quick to remind his '08 supporters that they would need to be active in what looks to be like a very interesting fall contest.


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Your New Ballot Stories: Frustration and Confusion at the Polls

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

We've been asking you to send in your primary day reports, particularly your experience with the new ballot design. You tell us your stories when you text BALLOT to 30644 and we call you back.

Your reactions so far have been mixed: Some people found the new paper ballots simpler - Jim Petzke said it was as "easy as eating a piece of pie."  We had lots of reports of nearly empty polling stations and people who were "in and out in five minutes."

But many of you reported problems. Organisational issues at the polling stations included missing ballots, broken optical scanners and long lines. Wayne Alan Blood wrote to our Facebook page to say that he had been "unceremoniously turned away" because the ballots never arrived.

There were lots of complaints about the paper ballots themselves. Voters called the print "tiny", and the design confusing and difficult to understand.

But the most outrage was voiced over what many of our listeners felt was a lack of ballot secrecy: Meryl Salvinger said poll workers told her to scan her ballot face up "which seems kind of crazy, with a poll worker standing standing right there, looking at it. I didn't really care, but that could be a problem for some people." Another caller, Greg Hofer, was livid:

"My voting booth was two pieces of manila file folders taped together at the end of the poll workers table. Anyone could have walked behind me and seen how I voted. In the forty years that I have voted, and I have never missed an election, this is the first time I felt exposed ... and I was absolutely appalled."

And it's not just the IAFC crowd that is finding trouble, Mayor Bloomberg has called the voting troubles a "royal screw-up."

Below is a running list of the reports we've received, updated throughout the day...

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The Mix: Voices From The Week of September 6th

Friday, September 10, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable Politics Bites clips from the week and mix 'em up. Here's what we've got on tap. Voices are in blue, connections are in bold.

Daisy Khan on the controversy over the Park51 mosque and cultural center, a development that NY gubernatorial candidate Rick Lazio opposes. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand supports Park51, but her opponent in the Democratic primary, Gail Goode is mounting a campaign to unseat the first-term Senator. Another candidate looking to bring new voices to the table is Kevin Powell, in NY's 10th congressional district, against long-time Congressman Ed Towns. The Powell-Towns race is one of many interesting races this Fall that are bringing unknown candidates into the spotlight, a phenomenon that got New York Times columnist Gail Collins thinking (see: Jan Brewer's 16 seconds of silence).

[[music: kid loco and sing with voices]]

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