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Pray The Devil Back to Hell

Monday, January 02, 2012

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian activist and winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize and author with Carol Mithers of Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Nation at War, talks about her work and the documentary about her life that aired on PBS. She is joined by the director of Pray the Devil Back to Hell, Gini Reticker

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Thoughtful Response to Environmental Crises

Monday, January 02, 2012

Small Planet Institute co-founders, Frances Moore Lappe and Anna Lappe, argue that it isn't physical challenges like climate change that threten us the most, but how we think about them. Frances, author of Diet for a Small Planet, also discusses her new book EcoMind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create the World We Want

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OWS and Student Loans

Monday, January 02, 2012

OWS wants people to default on their student loan debts. Anya Kamenetz, senior writer for Fast Company magazine and author of DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education, and Generation Debt, discusses the idea and other news around higher education financing. 

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Subscribe to It's A Free Country: The Podcast

Friday, December 30, 2011

Brian Lehrer and Caitlin Thompson welcome you to the podcast -- launching on January 11th.

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Color Schemes

Friday, December 30, 2011

Keith Recker, co-author with Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone: The 20th Century in Color, looks at the last century through its changing color palettes. 

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Artists as Activists

Friday, December 30, 2011

Shepard Fairey, a street artist and Christy Maclear executive director of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation talk about the inaugural year of the 'Artist as Activist' print project launched by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless

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Pilgrimage: Annie Leibovitz's America

Friday, December 30, 2011

Annie Leibovitz, legendary photographer and author of Pilgrimage, discusses her journey through this country, taking photographs of American pilgrimage sights. 

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Bruce Davidson on Photographing the Subway

Friday, December 30, 2011

Bruce Davidson, legendary photographer, discusses the 25th Anniversary of his collection, Subway, which has just been re-released and reviews our listener-submitted subway shots. 

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ABC's of Phobias

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Yorker cartoonist, Roz Chast designs her own take on the alphabet book, from "alien abduction" to the end in What I Hate from A to Z.

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A Toast To The Arts

Friday, December 30, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Most artists count themselves among the 99 percent, even though patrons, buyers and curators are in the top tier. Artists Shepard Fairey and William Powhida discuss politics and the arts. Plus: the 20th century in Pantone colors; portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz on places that matter to her; Bruce Davidson on listener-submitted subway shots; 101 lessons from art school; and what New Yorker cartoonist Roz Chast hates from A to Z.

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Art School in Brief

Friday, December 30, 2011

Kit White, artist and professor of painting at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute, offers a quick and dirty art school education from "1. Art can be antyhing", to "101. Not every art school graduate becomes a successful artist". White is also the author of 101 Things to Learn in Art School. 

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Open Phones: Underrated

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Call in and talk about what you found to be underrated in 2011. It can be anything - from a restaurant to a person, from a t.v. show to a new gadget. What was underestimated in public or private life this year? 

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Open Phones: Progressive vs. Liberal

Thursday, December 29, 2011

A recent Pew Poll found that 67% of the public have a positive perception of the word "progressive", yet only 50% have a positive view of the word "liberal". We are opening the phones to ask, how do you define these terms? 

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Open Phones: Headlines from Your Country

Thursday, December 29, 2011

We are opening the phones to immigrants from anywhere. What was the biggest news story in 2011 from your country of origin? 

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Open Phones: Occupy Your Street

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Today we are asking listeners, what local causes did you take on in your neighborhood this year? 

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Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Need advice? Call in to ask for advice you need, and while you're on the phone give some advice to another listener in need. 

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2011 News Quiz: 10 True/False Questions

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Yesterday on the show we tested your knowledge in our annual year-end news quiz. (Listen here) Below are 10 of our favorite questions from the True/False lightning round at the end of the show. See how much you were paying attention in 2011 -- and no googling.

Happy New Year from everyone at the BL Show!

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Open Phones: Changing Your Mind

Thursday, December 29, 2011

What did you change your mind about in 2011? The phones are open for your calls on what you changed your opinion about this year, whether personally or politically, and why.

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The Lines Are Open

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Brian Lehrer Show listeners are the guests for the final live show of 2011. The phone lines are open for your calls on how your opinion changed on any issue; what was the biggest news story of the year in any other country; what was underrated in 2011; advice roulette; and Occupy Your Street: the most local cause for your community this year; and more!

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2011 News Quiz!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Were you paying attention in 2011?  Test your memory of the the serious and not-so-serious news of the year with Brian and guest quiz-masters Pat Kiernan and Melissa Harris-Perry.

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