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Today in History: Thomas Edison

Thursday, February 19, 2009

On February 19, 1878 Thomas Edison patents the phonograph. He later recounts his initial words on the device.

'The first words I spoke in the original phonograph, a little speech of practical poetry: 'Mary had a little lamb, its ...

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Morning News By the Numbers

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

$2.5 billion - That's how much education aid Sen. Chuck Schumer says the city will receive from the stimulus.

3 -That's how many Trump casinos will continue to operate in Atlantic City, as bankruptcy proceedings begin for Trump ...

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Morning News by the Numbers

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

bedbug

9,200 - That's how many bedbug complaints were filed through the city's 3-1-1 hotline last year. That's a 34 percent jump over the year before.

24.6 billion - How many dollars New York State stands to get in ...

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Adam Gopnik on Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin

Monday, February 16, 2009

New Yorker staff writer Adam Gopnik talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his new double biography Angels and Ages, which looks at the lives and legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin. Both men were born 200 years ago.

You can listen to Lopate ...

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Today in History: Patrice Lumumba

Sunday, February 15, 2009

USSR commemorative stamp

USSR commemorative stamp

A riot breaks out as U.S. Ambassador Adlai Stevenson addresses the United Nations General Assembly February 15, 1961, speaking on the death of Congolese Prime Minister Patrice Lumumba.

Lumumba was the first ...

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Will Mayor Bloomberg Run as a Republican?

Thursday, February 12, 2009

WNYC's Bob Hennelly and Andrea Bernstein discuss Mayor Michael Bloomberg's re-election bid with Brian Lehrer.

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Peter Schiff: I Predicted the Economic Crisis and Here's How to Fix it

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Brian Lehrer speaks with Peter Schiff, the broker from Connecticut who predicted the economic crash. Schiff explains why he thinks the economic recovery plan is a big mistake.

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Thomas Ricks: Behind General David Petraeus's Gamble

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Thomas E. Ricks talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about his book, The Gamble, which takes an in-depth look at General Petraeus's surge strategy and the the Iraq War from 2005 on.

You can listen to Lopate and Ricks's complete conversation ...

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Alexandra Pelosi on "Right America: Feeling Wronged"

Monday, February 09, 2009

Alexandra Pelosi talks to WNYC's Leonard Lopate about her new documentary Right America: Feeling Wronged. She speaks with some of the 58 million Americans who didn't celebrate the election of Barack Obama and are terrified of the new direction the country is taking.

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Snark Attack!

Monday, February 09, 2009

David Denby, the pointed but never snarky film critic for The New Yorker, talks about his new book Snark: It's Mean, It's Personal, and It's Ruining Our Conversation. Denby and Lehrer review some well-known quips and ask "Is This Snark?"

Want more? You ...

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Joe Ades, "Gentleman Peeler," Dead at 75

Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Joe Ades, a familiar fixture at the Union Square Green Market where he sold Swiss vegetable peelers for $5 a pop, died Sunday. He was 75. A quick search on Flickr gives one an idea of his ubiquity.

 

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Protest Disrupts Bloomberg's Economy Speech

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

About 100 protesters surged uninvited into a Midtown hotel ballroom, and interrupted a speech by Mayor Bloomberg on the future of the city's economy. The mayor was the keynote speaker at a business forum that largely promoted the optimistic view that New York's economy would rebound. The protesters say the ...

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Watch Your Step

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

by Stephen Nessen

Runners pushed and shoved through a narrow stair well and climbed 1,576 stairs to the top of the Empire State building today for the 32nd annual run-up.

102 stories above New York at the Empire State Building.

102 stories above New York at the Empire State Building.

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Sex Abuse Allegations in Orthodox Jewish Community

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Is it completely overblown, as rabbis say, or an "open secret" in the community? NPR's Barbara Bradley Haggerty has been looking into allegations of child sex abuse in Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn District Attorney is investigating the claims, but has been frustrated by a lack of cooperation ...

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Who's more powerful in Washington -- Paterson or Bloomberg? (What's in the Stimulus, Part 2)

Monday, February 02, 2009

It's not just WHAT you get, it's how you get it -- and New York State and City may not be on the same page. For example, when it comes to education, the state prefers the Senate version, because -- you guessed it -- under the Senate version the state ...

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Staten Island Chuck Bites Bloomberg, Draws Blood

Monday, February 02, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo.  February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Michael Bloomberg was bitten by a ground hog during a ceremony at the Staten Island Zoo Monday morning.

Bloomberg spoke to the media about the incident later that day, suggesting that Chuck very well could be a 'terrorist rodent' agent.

The city's prognosticating rodent, Charles G. Hogg, also known as Staten Island Chuck, bit through Bloomberg's glove when the mayor was trying to coax the animal into view with an ear of corn.

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

Mayor Bloomberg speaks at Groundhog Day festivities at the Staten Island Zoo. February 02, 2009 (Photo Credit: Spencer T Tucker)

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'Black Sunday' Trial Continues

Monday, February 02, 2009

The defense continues to insist that the illegal walls erected in a Bronx apartment building were not to blame for the deaths of two firefighters in 2005. In testy cross-examinations, the defense has been pressing firefighters about problems getting water to the fire and about why only some of them ...

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Mayor: State and Federal Aid Needed to Prevent Massive Job Cuts

Friday, January 30, 2009

NEW YORK, NY January 30, 2009 —Mayor Bloomberg says without help from Albany and Washington, New York City will have to reduce its workforce by more than 20,000 people in order to make ends meet in its next budget. The city's deficit for the next fiscal year has mushroomed, from $1 billion to $4 billion, because of Wall Street's heavy losses. Bloomberg says the deficit would have been $6 billion, if not for earlier cuts.

BLOOMBERG: You can only get so much blood out of a stone and after that this is a headcount thing.

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Where Wall Street IS Main Street

Thursday, January 29, 2009

by Isaac-Davy Aronson

President Obama got a bit agitated today over a report showing that, as the economy teetered and the government pumped billions of taxpayer dollars into the ailing financial industry, Wall Street firms doled out $18 billion in bonuses last year. With his treasury secretary, and former New York Fed chief, Tim Geithner beside him at the White House, Obama told reporters:

"That is the height of irresponsibility. It is shameful. And part of what we’re going to need is for the folks on Wall Street who are asking for help to show some restraint and show some discipline and show some sense of responsibility."

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Rep. Nadler Say Stimulus Bill Good for NY

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Rep. Jerrold Nadler says New York will do well under the stimulus bill passed by the House last night (with no Republican support).

He tells WNYC that money for medicaid, transit, and education will all help the economy. He managed to get support for $3B in additional spending on transit, ...

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