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Kurt Vonnegut, Shakespeare, and No Commercial Breaks

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

In a fictional 1998 series for WNYC, Kurt Vonnegut traveled to the afterlife to interview recently deceased people. Listen to some highlights from the series. Plus: A New York teacher tenure lawsuit mirrors California’s; how the World Cup makes money with few commercial breaks; a playwright’s tips for navigating this summer’s Shakespeare performances; and balancing New Jersey’s budget.

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WNYC Covers Sex and Rebellion in the Village in 1959

Monday, July 07, 2014

As part of WNYC's 90th anniversary, historian John Strausbaugh offers context for some archival sound focused on Greenwich Village. He's the author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues: a History of Greenwich Village (Ecco, 2013).

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Heroin Is an Epidemic...Or Is It?

Monday, July 07, 2014

Lawmakers and the media are reacting strongly to the recent heroin "epidemic" -- but do the numbers bear out that claim? And, more importantly, is the reaction to the rise in heroin a viable solution? Journalist Michael Tracey recently wrote about it for Al-Jazeera. Plus: Howard Josepher, President & CEO of Exponents, discusses the history of heroin epidemics and the various alternative treatments to the addiction at the personal and policy levels.

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Monday Morning Politics: "So Sue Me"

Monday, July 07, 2014

Slate's chief political correspondent John Dickerson talks about the latest out of Washington after the long holiday weekend, including President Obama's taunt to House Speaker John Boehner on the Speaker's lawsuit over executive action. Plus: the argument over illegal immigration and what to do over unaccompanied minors and families crossing the US-Mexico border. 

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Advising Iraq

Monday, July 07, 2014

Last month President Obama authorized the deployment of 500 special forces soldiers to train and advise Iraqi security forces in response to ISIS's sweeping advances. Major Jim Gant a former special forces commander, and his wife and war correspondent Ann Scott Tyson, join us to talk about what the advisers will be doing, Gant's unconventional tactics as an adviser, and how they got kicked out of Afghanistan. Ann Scott Tyson is the author of  American Spartan: The Promise, the Mission, and the Betrayal of Special Forces Major Jim Gant (William Morrow, 2014).

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Changes in the Neighborhood

Monday, July 07, 2014

The news is all bad regarding heroin in our area, but do the numbers justify calling it an epidemic? Michael Tracey, who wrote about this for Al Jazeera, discusses whether the response has been appropriate. Plus: A Green Beret who served in Afghanistan talks about the roles of special forces soldiers; and historian John Strausbaugh takes us for a spin through archival WNYC shows that document the changes that were happening in Greenwich Village in the late 1950s.

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Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, July 04, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

Travel as Pilgrimage (First) | Race, Slurs, and the World Cup (Starts at 27:45) | Nat Hentoff's Jazz and Politics (Starts at 1:07:45)

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You Should Root for Costa Rica Now That the U.S. Is Out of the World Cup

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Seven reasons. This from Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan, who grew up in Costa Rica and is having a pretty exciting couple of weeks…

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NYC Apartments are the New Swiss Bank Accounts

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Andrew Rice, contributing editor at New York Magazine, looks at New York real estate as "the new Swiss bank account" where foreign buyers are parking their (sometimes ill-gotten) gains.

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Disrupting the Hamptons Rental Markets

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Matt Chaban, New York Times Metro reporter, looks at the effect of Airbnb and Craigslist on vacation rentals on the East End of Long Island. Have you taken advantage of the peer-to-peer economy for your weekend rentals?

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How Are You Patriotic?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

On this day before Independence Day, we talk about the state of American patriotism. Michael Lind, co-founder of the New America Foundation and author of The American Way of Strategy: U.S. Foreign Policy and the American Way of Life, joins us to discuss how patriotic we are right now, and how the idea of patriotism changes across generations.

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The Caliphate, Then and Now

Thursday, July 03, 2014

ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, claims to have set up a caliphate and wants to be referred to as "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, chair of Contemporary Middle Eastern Studies and professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and author of  The New Middle East: Protest and Revolution in the Arab World  (Cambridge University Press, 2013) talks about the history of the caliphate - both imagined and real - and why ISIS is trying to establish one (and if they've succeeded).

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Mayor de Blasio, and Union Contracts, at 6 Months

Thursday, July 03, 2014

After six months in office, the mayor says he has reached labor deals with unions representing over 60 percent of the city's workforce - including most recently District Council 37. Brigid Bergin, WNYC political reporter, talks about what the deals indicate about the mayor's approach.

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Pledge Your Allegiance

Thursday, July 03, 2014

ISIS says it has set up a caliphate in parts of Iraq and Syria, and wants to be called "the Islamic State". Fawaz Gerges, the director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, explains the history of the caliphate and ISIS’ plans. Plus: New York real estate may be the new “Swiss bank account,” where foreign buyers park their money in the form of expensive apartments; how Airbnb and sites like it have disrupted the summer rental market in the Hamptons; and now that Team USA is out of the running, what team will you be cheering on for the remainder of the World Cup? 

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What's Your Favorite Non-USA World Cup Team?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Now that the U.S. men's soccer team has been eliminated from the World Cup, what team are you rooting for to win the tournament? Greg Howard, writer at Deadspin and editor at Screamer, Deadspin's soccer site, analyzes the strengths and weaknesses of the players and the teams headed to the quarterfinals.

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It's Not a Trip Unless...

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

For you and your family, what signifies vacation? Is it not a trip unless your work email is ignored for an entire week? Or until you’ve tried a new kind of food? Give us a call and fill in the blank: "It's not a trip unless ______"

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Take Us On Your Trip

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

If you're traveling this week, give us a call and take us on your trip! Wherever you are in the world, we want to hear from you. Call in or leave a comment below with the details of your vacation...so those of us who are stuck in the office this week can dream. 

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#VacationFail

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Tell us your best-slash-worst vacation fail story. Maybe you were mugged, or the camper broke down on a lonely interstate. Did it bring your family closer or force you to have fun in less than desirable circumstances? Give us a call and tell us your story. 

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The Modern-Day Pilgrimage

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage, 2012), talks about her experience hiking more than a thousand miles - alone - along the Pacific Crest Trail as her life was falling apart and how it helped her put herself back together. Plus: Your calls on your own modern-day pilgrimages and quests: Where did you go? What did you do? And did you discover anything important about yourself?

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Race Plus Travel

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Are you "black" in this country but then something else when you've travelled abroad? Tracey Coleman of the blog Brooklyn Travel Addict talks about how race influences the travel experience in different countries and cultures.

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