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10 Questions that Count: On The Air

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

In early March we'll officially launch our '10 Questions that Count' census project, but for now we're getting ready, blogging about some of the preparations and doing a few on-air segments. Here are the census-related conversations that have already aired.

+Series: Five Census Myths Each day during the first week ...

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10 Questions that Count: We Have a Logo!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show team is plugging away behind the scenes to get the 10 Questions that Count census project up and running. We've done some programming already, the website will be launched in the next few weeks, and the project begins in earnest in mid-March, around the time that ...

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Help Wanted Goes On the Air

Monday, February 22, 2010

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Well, they did it! Each of our first five Help Wanted Facebook Forum contributors spent some time getting to know Brian Lehrer and our listeners on-air. You can ...

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10 Questions that Count: Our Census Briefing Notes

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

As you may know, we here at the Brian Lehrer Show are planning to cover the 2010 census as only we can – with a crowdsourcing, interactive project. We call it “10 Questions that Count,” and we'll soon roll out a new website for your stories: about being counted, ...

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After Photography: The State of Photojournalism

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

In his new book, After Photography, Fred Ritchin, former New York Times Magazine photo editor; photography and imaging professor at NYU and director of PixelPress.org; discusses how affordable technology and digital manipulation have changed the world of photojournalism. Here are some sample images discussed on the BL Show 2/17/10. (Images 2-7 appear in After Photography.)

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Covering the Job Market: Help Wanted

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You hear the numbers everyday: unemployment hovers over ten percent. Millions of Americans are out of work. We all get the scope and the magnitude of the situation, but we need to understand the impact on the individual. In the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be unemployed for over a year? What does it take to walk away from a job in this economy? How do you survive the crushing competition or navigate complicated procedures?

The Brian Lehrer Show is very pleased to introduce five job seekers who will help us explore the job market in this tough economy. These five have pledged to share with all of us the good and the bad moments on their journey to a new job. Their introductions are below. Their stories, as well as discussions, advice and helpful links, will remain on a new page in Facebook dedicated to this project. It's called Help Wanted. You can follow along and respond to the authors there.

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Naomi
Commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation

I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents, refugees from Germany and Poland, had first landed in New York and attended college here. I moved to the city on my own when I was nineteen, but spent long stints away before I settled down and became an attorney. I worked for an American exhibit traveling in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Tashkent, Irkutsk, and Tbilisi), as a Russian-speaking resettlement counselor in Boston, and for the U.S. State Department program that admitted refugees from the USSR. My most recent position was as recoupment counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, a fortune 500 company. The carrier issues policies on property titles when there is a sale, so we were very hard hit by the recession. In January, 2009, the company announced that it was closing its claims offices in midtown Manhattan, Buffalo, Chicago, and New Jersey. I was laid off along with almost all the other counsel in those offices. Prior to Fidelity, I practiced motor vehicle accident litigation, mainly writing and arguing motions and appeals.

One good thing that has come out of my layoff is that I have been able to spend more time with my three daughters. Also, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer attorney for the city and the state. I did research and writing in the chambers of a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who handles international commercial litigation, represented low-income New Yorkers in court, sat as a volunteer arbitrator in small claims court, and did research for a city agency. Even though I don't have a paying job, on good days, I still get a thrill out of being at the heart of life in New York.

Alyson
Fashion Design

I am a 25 year old assistant fashion designer for a vendor in New York City. Disappointed with my employment, I am currently seeking a new job or possibly a new career. When I lived in Ohio, I had very high aspirations to move to New York City and work for major designer labels. When I was laid off from a large corporate brand in Ohio, it pushed me to move to the city earlier than I had planned. Employment opportunities in the fashion industry were already sluggish when I graduated college in 2007. Determined to remain in the fashion industry, I have worked for two less than satisfactory companies.

I started actively seeking employment five months ago and have not yet received one reply or interview. Quitting is not an option in this economy, so I remain employed. In the past year, I have attended resume and portfolio

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Group Project: Help Test Gov't Transparency

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

from neilsphotoalbum on Flickr

from neilsphotoalbum on Flickr

Help us test the government's new transparency initiatives. How easy is the system? How useful is the information?


The Obama administration requested that government agencies post data online in an easily searchable ...
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Maesie Songs?

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Yesterday, February 3rd, our Senior Producer Megan Ryan gave birth to a baby girl - Measie Ryan Strauss! We couldn't find that many songs about Maesies (or Maisies, or Mayzies, or Maisys), at least any good ones.

The Theme to The Cartoon Maisy Mouse

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10 Questions that Count: Coming Soon!

Friday, January 29, 2010

from uscensusbureau

from uscensusbureau

The Road Tour kicked off, and they’re counting in Alaska - The 2010 Census is underway! In February and March, forms will appear in mailboxes; and in April, census workers will begin rapping on ...

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Crowdsource: Who's Getting Super Bowl Perks?

Friday, January 29, 2010

Pro Publica needs the Brian Lehrer Show's help for their first annual Super Bowl Blitz, which aims to find out which members of Congress are attending this year's Super Bowl and how they got their tickets. We know the NFL sets aside a large number of tickets for public officials ...

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January Weekly Series: Bad Parent

Thursday, January 28, 2010

from Pierre Bedat

from Pierre Bedat

 

Rufus Griscom, the founder of Babble.com, has been the weekly guest for the month of January. Each week we delved into one of the parenting taboos highlighted on the taboo-smashing ...

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Calling All Job Seekers

Monday, January 25, 2010

"first application" by gtmcknight on flickr

\'first application\' by gtmcknight on flickr

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State of the Union: Collaborate on Writing the Speech

Monday, January 25, 2010

President Obama is set to deliver his first State of the Union address on Wednesday. What's your state of the union? What do you want him to say? Submit your speech and, using the tools at MixedInk, collaborate with others to edit the final draft, borrow passages you like, and ...

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Live Chat: 2010 State of the Union Address with Brian Lehrer and KPCC's Patt Morrison

Friday, January 22, 2010

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The Chat is now over, thanks to all who participated. If you’d like to read the entire chat transcript, press the “replay” button below.

Wednesday, January 27th at 9pm President Obama will deliver his first State of the Union Address. ...

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Time Capsule Follow-Up – What will Obama actually change by 2012?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Obama and European leaders after Copenhagen Summit. Credit: The White House on Flickr.

Obama and European leaders after Copenhagen Summit. Credit: The White House on flickr.

The day after the November 2008 Presidential Election, we ...

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Loud City Map

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

from thetruthabout on flickr

from thetruthabout on flickr

 

Do you wince every time a squealing train pulls into the station? On the Brian Lehrer Show on Monday, January 11th, we talked about noise in the city and hearing ...

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Laid Off

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

We encountered this video about the frustration of being laid off from our partners at Economy Beat.

The video was first posted at the beginning of the economic crisis in December 2008, and the artist C.H.A.Z.Z has since created an entire album devoted to work, with songs like ...

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The Aughts Silver Linings: Why Bruce Matters

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

On The Brian Lehrer Show we've been looking back at the 2000s, which some are calling one of the worst decades ever. But there's also plenty of silver linings, and BL Show producer Jody Avirgan makes his case for why Bruce Springsteen is the most encouraging story of ...

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Words of the Decade Contest

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

from shellys on flickr

from shellys on flickr

While Ammon Shea and Mike Agnes join Brian to talk about picking the word of the year, see how many of these words-of-the-decade you can use in a (still intelligible) sentence. ...

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Our Favorite Grandma Songs

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Some of the BL Show's favorite songs about grandmothers, in honor of our segment on grandma's wisdom.

Listen to Lyle Lovett's "Hello Grandma" on Rhapsody

Bill Withers: Grandma's Hands

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