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Text Results: Survey on Marriage and Cohabiting

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

On Wednesday's show, we asked you to text your answers to a four-part survey about attitudes towards living together before marriage. Almost 600 responded, here are some of the results. We'll post more data as we continute to crunch the numbers. Highlights:

  • 58% of our respondents were female; 42% male
  • Average age of respondents: 39
  • In response to the question "In general, do you think people should live together before getting married?" 
  • 84% of all respondents said YES.  
  • 93% of men said YES
  • 80% of women said YES
  • 84% of those under 30 said YES, 87% over 30 said yes

Below, some charts showing the living situation breakdown for our respondents.

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The Customized Life

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How do you see life in your 20s? Meg Jay, psychologist and author of the new book, The Defining Decade, talks about the challenges facing twenty-somethings. Plus: Founder and CEO of Mobile Commons, Jed Alpert, on the mobile marketing revolution; and on the day after Tax Day we check in with David Leonhardt of The New York Times and Diane Brady of Bloomberg Businessweek on corporate tax rates, the Citi revolt, and the fate of the Buffett rule.

→ Texting Project: Text LIVE to 30644 – that’s LIVE to 30644 to answer a few questions about marriage, living together, and life in your 20s. That’s the subject of our conversation at 11:40. Standard message rates apply, of course.

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The Real News From the Summit of the Americas

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mark Weisbrot, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research and columnist for Brazil's Folha de São Paulo, on what happened at the Summit of the Americas on trade, regional power, and Latin American development. And not on the Secret Service scandal.

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Your 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Pulitzer Prize Committee did NOT award a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction yesterday. Sarah McNally of McNally Jackson Books in Manhattan joins to talk about why the board might have snubbed the nominees, and which top titles of 2011 deserved to be in the running. 

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Inside the Presidents Club

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nancy Gibbs, deputy managing editor of Time Magazine and Michael Duffy, executive editor of Time Magazine are the co-authors of The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity.  They explain what it's like inside the brotherhood of former Presidents.  

EVENT: May 1st, 12 p.m. at 92Y Tribeca Lecture Hall | More Information 

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New York's Health Exchange

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Gov. Cuomo established New York's health exchange by executive order, but how it will work is still to be determined.  Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at the Community Service Society, co-founder of Health Care for All New York Campaign (HCFANY), a statewide coalition of over 100 New York organizations, joins us to explain the details.

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Ed Towns Steps Down

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Errol Louis, host of "Inside City Hall" on NY1, discusses the legacy of Edolphos Towns, who announced he will not be running for his 16th term, and the generation shift in Brooklyn politics.

Video Below: Watch Recent Video of Ed Towns Floor Speech on Poverty

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Listener Link Library: Add Your Reading Picks

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

On Monday's show we spoke with Siva Vaidhyanathan about whether the Internet is "closing our minds" when it comes to finding new ideas and perspectives. All this week we're collecting your links to interesting articles you've found online -- and any opposing viewpoints you may have discovered in the process.

Post a link to any interesting issue-oriented article you read online in the comments below, along with a link to an opposing viewpoint (if you found it). Tell us about the article, and how it either confirmed your viewpoint or led to a new one. We'll gather your reading lists all week, then display them and dig in.

»» NOTE: Thanks for all your suggestions. We're working on cool ways to display all of these and let you link through and comment. Stay tuned, this is an ongoing project!

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Marketing with Compassion

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Mara Einstein, associate professor of media studies at Queens College - CUNY and author of Compassion, Inc.: How Corporate America Blurs the Line between What We Buy, Who We Are, and Those We Help,examines how corporate America teams up with major brands to turn charities into commodities.

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Ensuring a Legacy

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

An executive order from the governor has established a health insurance marketplace in New York State. Elisabeth Benjamin of the Community Service Society explains how the exchange could work. Plus: NYU professor and educational policy analyst Diane Ravitch; inside the exclusive brotherhood of former U.S. presidents; and NY1’s Errol Louis on the legacy of Congressman Edolphus Towns, who has announced he’s not running for his 16th term.

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Diane Ravitch on School Performance and Standardized Testing

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University, author of the "Bridging Differences" blog at Education Week and also author of  The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education, follows up on a discussion about school performance and the frustration some teachers feel about standardized testing.  

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Debating the Internet

Monday, April 16, 2012

Siva Vaidhyanathan, chair of the Media Studies Department at the University of Virginia and the author of The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry), previews his Intelligence Squared defense of the argument that, "When it comes to politics, the Internet is closing our minds."

→ Event: Intelligence Squared debate with Eli Pariser, Siva Vaidhyanathan, Evgeny Morozov and Jacob Weisberg on Tuesday, April 17 at the NYU Skirball Center. Watch Live.

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Bradley Manning: Hero or Traitor?

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chase Madar, civil rights attorney and author of the new book The Passion of Bradley Manning, discusses the Army soldier who revealed the content of classified documents through WikiLeaks. 

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Merchants of Despair

Monday, April 16, 2012

Dr. Robert Zubrin, fellow at the Center for Security Policy, contributing editor to The New Atlantis, and author of Merchants of Despair: Radical Environmentalists, Criminal Pseudo-Scientists, and the Fatal Cult of Antihumanism, makes the scientific and moral case against antihumanism.

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Teaching Evolution with Biorobots

Monday, April 16, 2012

John Long talks to us about how robotics offers an innovative approach to the study of evolution. Long is a professor of biology and cognitive science at Vassar College, chair of  the Biology Department, director of Vassar's Interdisciplinary Robotics Research Lab and author of Darwin's Devices: What Evolving Robots Can Teach Us About the History of Life and the Future of Technology

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Shoulder Pad Feminism

Monday, April 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses politics, Texts from Hillary and Hilary Rosen.

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Digital Prowess

Monday, April 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd discusses women in politics, the Hillary Clinton internet meme, and more news from DC. Plus: civil rights attorney Chase Madar talks about Bradley Manning, the suspect in the security breach behind WikiLeaks; Dr. Robert Zubrin makes the scientific and moral case against anti-humanism in his new book Merchants of Despair; and Vassar College professor and robotics lab director John Long connects the development of robots and the study of evolution in his new book.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List

Friday, April 13, 2012

Compiled by Wendy Sekimura and Mae Sussman

On Tuesday we asked listeners for conversation starters for the show and you sent us over 100 ideas and we put four of those up for a vote online. When a Brian Lehrer Show listener told us that he’s leaving New York City this summer  “possibly forever” and putting together a NYC bucket list, we thought it was a great idea for an open phones segment -- and so did you! Listeners voted to have this conversation today, although there was some resistance to the idea (“Make sure you get yourself a return ticket!” wrote Ken K.) we got great suggestions.

Here it is (in no particular order): The Brian Lehrer Show Listener-Submitted “Leaving-New-York” Bucket List!

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The Tax Prep Smackdown

Friday, April 13, 2012

Joel Stein, humorist and contributing writer for Bloomberg Businessweek, used four methods of tax preparation and reports back.

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Open Phones: Your NYC Bucket List

Friday, April 13, 2012

The winning conversation topic from yesterday's vote is: What is on your New York City bucket list? What would you tell someone they "must" do before leaving the city? 

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