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Stories of Why You Care

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In advance of the 2012 political conventions, WNYC is gathering stories of how you came to care about the issue that matters the most to you in a series we’re calling That’s My Issue. Tell us the story of how a particular experience shaped your opinions about something originally, or changed an opinion you used to hold.

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It can be from the last four years, or from early in your life. Your experience could have clarified an issue, or made it more complicated. Did you grow up poor? Become rich? See your parents get married or divorced? Grow a business? Become uninsured? Move to this country or get away?

Whether it’s cultural, economic, environmental, or whatever – tell us a story. If you care about it, we want to hear about why. You'll be able to create a custom badge like the one above, record your stories directly from your computer, and read guest posts about a whole host of issues. We’ll be featuring your stories on-air at WNYC, and online at It’s A Free Country. We're listening.

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That's My Issue Day: August 24th

WNYC is declaring August 24th "That's My Issue" Day! On the Friday before the conventions, share your custom badge and tell your story. Make your badge here now, and sign up if you want a reminder on the 23rd.

Recently in That's My Issue

That's My Issue: DNC Delegate Stories

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

We hit the streets of Charlotte to ask delegates to the Democratic National Convention: How has personal experience shaped your politics?

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That's My Issue: Freedom

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

"We should be able to mind our own business, we should be respectful of one another, and then we can identify some things that we have in common that we can build some relationships on," says David Fischer.

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That's My Issue: Climate Change Legislation

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

This total unawareness of climate change in countries like Kenya that are and will be most vulnerable to it, and yet have barely contributed to it, completely jarred me.

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That's My Issue

Friday, August 24, 2012

Brian Lehrer has issues and everyone in New York is talking about it. WNYC and its political site itsafreecountry.org launched a new election year project called That’s My Issue. On air, online and via social networks, WNYC is asking our audience to share their personal experiences that shape the issues they care about in this election.

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That's My Issue: Gay Rights

Friday, August 24, 2012

It was the Gay Rights Movement in San Francisco - in the mid-seventies - that really imprinted me. It was so powerfully visual; you would see the change from yone year to the next. In the late sixies and early 1970s, one was aware of homosexuals, of course - but ...

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Social

Friday, August 24, 2012

A Brian Lehrer Show open phones on how your friends and other people have influenced your politics.

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That's My Issue: Draft Ambivalence

Friday, August 24, 2012

A new draft makes sense to my notions of fairness, smart decision-making and national unity. But I have a hard time getting too passionate about imposing a draft.

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That's My Issue: The Soapbox

Friday, August 24, 2012

Somewhere in the boxes of family photos that document all kinds of questionable childhood decisions (the perm in eighth grade, the Little House on the Prairie dress I wore to school once) is a photo of my first wrong call in politics. It was ...

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That's My Issue: Redistricting

Thursday, August 23, 2012

It’s not our ‘party.’ It should be – and we can and must do a lot more than cry!

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Business Owners

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A Brian Lehrer Show call-in for anyone who has started or owns a business on how it's shaped your politics.

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That's My Issue: Autonomy over My Body

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

There is truly no commitment greater than the commitment of becoming a mother.

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That's My Issue: Jon Stewart on Experience and Politics (Video)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Is it that if you have experience with something and you understand the complexity of it because you've experienced it, it no longer becomes an entitlement, it's this valid issue that needs to be addressed in a nuanced way.

-- Jon Stewart on personal experience and politics

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That's My Issue: the New Feminism

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

These common "feminist" issues are not my issues.

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That's My Issue: Mitt Romney's Time Abroad (Video)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

"I lived in a way that people of lower middle income in France lived and I said to myself, 'Wow. I sure am lucky to be born in the United States of America.' I said to myself, 'Gosh, going to school is kind of important, and getting as much education as I can and doing as well as I can is important.' That changed my perspective.

-- Mitt Romney on his time in France

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Experiences Abroad

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Brian Lehrer Show call-in for anyone who has had an experience abroad that has shaped their politics - whether as an immigrant or traveler.

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That's My Issue: Ending Voter Apathy

Monday, August 20, 2012

We - a group of liberal-minded New Yorkers in our mid-20s - couldn't simply end America's folly in Iraq. So what could we accomplish?

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That's My Issue: Binationals and Gay Marriage

Monday, August 20, 2012

Because immigration is a federal matter, John will not be able to sponsor me for legal permanent residency. If we were a straight couple however, I’d have a green card by now.

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That's My Issue Open Phones: The Last Four Years

Monday, August 20, 2012

That's My Issue is WNYC's new election-year project to gather stories of how your personal experience has shaped your politics. Today: calls from those who've had a politics-shaping experience over the last four years.

→ Want To Add Your Story To That's My Issue? Visit the TMI Home Page

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That's My Issue: Leaving Kids Behind

Monday, August 20, 2012

I bonded with an angry fourth grader on a school field trip. Imperceptibly to me at the time a seed was planted that sprouted and grew into the ethos of my career.

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That's My Issue Open Phones: Changing Your Mind

Friday, August 17, 2012

We continue the That's My Issue series, asking about how personal experience has shaped your politics. Today: Have you had an experience that has changed your mind about an issue? Maybe you've switched sides, or become more ambivalent? Give us a call at 212-433-9692!

→ Want To Share Your Story? Visit the That's My Issues Homepage

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