BL Show Listener Chorus - Give Peace A Chance

Friday, October 08, 2010

UPDATE: It happened! Listen here.

Today, live on-air, we're going to try a group sing-along to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance." We'll select a few callers and have them sing one verse each, and all joining in on the chorus. For now, here are the lyrics to the ...

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Transcript: Rick Lazio on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Rick Lazio, former congressman (R-NY2), who is running for Republican nomination for New York governor, discussed his bid to get the Republican nomination for governor in the September 14th primary. Below is a full transcript of the interview on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Listener Suggestions: Young Adult Reading List

Thursday, August 26, 2010

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's August weekly series, Book Futures, on the future of the publishing industry with Michael Cader, founder of Publishers Marketplace and Publishers Lunch, we asked you to help us make a reading list for young adults. Here are your suggestions!

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"Time To Speak Up": Former Adviser Ken Adelman Calls on Bush to Support Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Speaking on today's Brian Lehrer Show, former Bush and Reagan adviser Ken Adelman called on President Bush to break his silence and come out in support of the proposed Park51 cultural center and mosque development in Lower Manhattan. Adelman said "I'm a little disappointed in President Bush, that he hasn't come would be a wonderful time to reemerge on the political state and to say that after 9/11 [he] was for acceptance of Islamic leadership that was moderate and responsible in the American way, and that [he still] believes that now."

When asked by Brian if he thought this, and not other matters such as taxes or the war in Afghanistan, was the issue on which Bush should break his silence, Adelman said "I do...this is an issue on which he has been identified with in the past, a moral issue. It would be going against members of his own tribe, his own party, his own ideology. I think it’s especially important at times to show that kind of political courage."

Expand this post to read the full transcript and hear audio of the exchange.

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Chancellor Klein Explains the School Year Start Date

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The curious start date to the NYC public school year has been "the buzz of school parents" at Brian's son's school. Many parents are wondering why school starts on Wednesday, September 8th only to have the following Thursday and Friday off for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.

On today's show, Brian got to ask the man in charge - here's what NYC Schools Chancellor Joel Klein had to say:

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10 Questions: Ask The Candidates

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Submit your questions for candidates!

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Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge Submissions

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)

Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!

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Our Favorite "I Quit" Movie Scenes

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

In light of the Jet Blue attendant's creative walking off the job, we've compiled some of our favorite "I Quit" movie scenes. [[Note: Some (all?) of these contain mature language.]] Be sure to add your scene suggestions in the comments section below, and add tell your own quitting stories at our show page.

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What Brian Missed While on Vacation

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. What is the most important news that happened while he was away for the past two weeks?

Tell us the most interesting or underreported news of the last two weeks. Post your pick below and be sure to listen in to the show on Monday when Brian returns.


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Listener Suggestions: Brian's Vacation Playlist

Thursday, July 22, 2010

On Thursday, July 22, listeners called in to give Brian suggestions for music to listen to and books to read on his summer vacation. Here are some of the suggested songs played on the show. (Expand)

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Volunteer Month: Tips for Kids

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Tips for Your Child's Volunteering (or Family Volunteering)

From our friends at VolunteerMatch

  • Look for a program with a track record of successful age-specific children's programs. Don't assume that the nonprofit down the street from your house can engage your children in a safe, fun, and meaningful experience - not every organization can.
  • Think carefully about your child's interests and skills. The best opportunities are those that he or she will really enjoy doing while also being great learning experiences.
  • Make sure your children understand that their activities are making a difference. Explain in an age-appropriate way that sharing one's time and energy is an act of giving that all of us can perform. A good way to reinforce this is to cite characters from stories or films that give unconditionally to help others.
  • Children get the most from volunteering when their parents take part, too. But if you ever need to leave your child alone at a nonprofit facility, insist that a supervisor with education or childcare credentials be onsite at all times.
  • Do a little screening. Get the contact information of other parents involved in the volunteer program and ask them about their experiences. Check Google for information about the program.
  • Be honest with volunteer coordinators about your child's skills and limitations. If your child is disabled, say so, and be alert to volunteer coordinators who seem uncertain how to involve your child. A good volunteer coordinator should be able to make it work.
  • Be upfront about your child's availability. Some volunteer opportunities are short-lived; some require longer commitments. For many nonprofits, it's better to recruit the right volunteer than one who needs to leave the program early.
  • Once you've made a commitment on your child's behalf, you must keep it. If emergencies come up, the right thing to do is provide notice in accordance with the policies of the organization so alternative arrangements can be made.
  • Check in with the volunteer coordinator after a volunteer opportunity. How did you child respond to the work? What actions if any should you take to make the next opportunity a positive one?

Using Search Effectively for Child Volunteering

  • Include the word "child" in your keyword search.
  • Look for organizations with a track record of child-friendly volunteering.
  • Utilize the "Great for Kids" and "Great for Groups" categories in Advanced Search.
  • Take advantage of ratings and recommendations from other parents about specific programs.

Listen to the conversation on air with Greg Baldwin about kids and volunteering.

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Map Your Moves: Data Visualization Challenge

Thursday, July 22, 2010

→This project is now closed, but you can see the submissions we received here!

As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves - where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Now, it's time for you to make that information beautiful. 

If you're a graphic designer, mapper, statistician or any other kind of data visualization guru, we're offering the raw data for free download to play with. (What is data viz? Some infoYou have until Sunday, August 22nd to work with the data and present it in whatever neat way you see fit. Be it a map, a chart, an image, it's up to you! Anything visual goes.

Download the data (for import, .xls, .csv, .xml, or .txt) here!

When you're done, email with your file attached or a link to where you've posted it online.

The favorite entry (as determined by WNYC producers and the BL Show audience) will be posted on our site, appear on air, and possibly more.

For more information and some basic guidelines check after the break. Thanks for participating, spread the word, and happy visualizing!

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Volunteer Month: Listings and Your Reports

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Throughout our July Volunteer Month series with Volunteer Match, we'll be highlighting listings on-air from the Volunteermatch database. But we'll also be taking your on-air listings and putting them here. And we want your reports - if you follow up on an opportunity, tell us about your experience!

Listings from the 7/8 Segment:

Mentioned By Brian: Seniors Projects with New York Cares in Staten Island | Financial Work at the Somerset Art Association | Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | English-Spanish Translator at Day One NYC | Mediation Leader at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT

Here are some tips from our listners:

Alisa Kesten from Tarrytown, NY suggests that listeners from Westchester and Putnam interested in volunteering should search It is an organization that has connected 15,000 volunteers to 500 organizations.

Mark Walter from Albany, NY wants to point out that Gov. Patterson is supporting a new initiative called New Yorkers Volunteer that seeks to encourage more New Yorkers to volunteer.

Rebecca Missel from Morristown, NJ wants young Jewish adults (also welcoming of other faiths) living in Northern and Central NJ to check out Jersey Tribe, an organization that provides volunteer, philanthropic and social activities.

Andrew from the Bronx volunteers with the NYC Housing Authority in helping people looking for section 8 or other programs get placed in housing. He can be contacted at Metropolitan Residential at (212) 255- 5200.

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BL Show Summer Mixtape

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

The temperature is rising, are you staying in or heading out? We want your ideas for your favorite summer songs - tracks about hot weather or simply songs that are good for grilling, swimming, sitting in the a/c or whatever your preferred summer activity. (Miss our winter mixtape? Listen to it here!) We're creating a mix on our 8tracks page, and will update it as we get your suggestions.

To listen to the mix and add your own track click here!

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Guineas, Ghanas, and Guyanas: A Primer

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Ghana, and Guyana. Often confusing in both geography and pronunciation. First, here's an online thread that tries to answer the question "Why are so many countries named "Guinea"? And, if you have advice on how to pronounce each country, post it in the comments below!

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Exploring Elena's Inbox

Friday, June 25, 2010

Check out the Sunlight Foundation's new tool that lets you search Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan's inbox during her Clinton Administration years.

Pick a search term, poke around and tell us what you find! Dahlia Lithwick from Slate thinks it's worth looking into her emails on partial-birth abortion, executive power, crack cocaine sentencing, or whatever topic you find interesting.

Go to "Elena's Inbox" now and report back on what you find!

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Coming Soon: Your Anecdotal Census Data Visualization!

Friday, June 11, 2010

We're excited to launch our new data visualization project! It'll take us a little while to gather the data and create our own infographic, but in the meantime here are some links to stuff that inspires us.

We're using the term data visualization loosely to describe anything that illustrates a set of information. That includes maps, graphs, word clouds, charts, and even pictures. We're collaborating with EJ Fox, who has created infographics for This American Life. There's an example below, and you can follow this link to see more of EJ's stuff!  


Below are a few more links to data visualization sites we love.

Data Viz Blog

Information is Beautiful

Flowing Data

Many Eyes


Stay tuned for details, and if you're a data viz type and want to help out, email!

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The Gulf Oil Spill: How You Can Help

Friday, June 04, 2010

In the aftermath of the Asian tsunami, Hurricane Katrina and the earthquake in Haiti, the public was flooded with messages and options of how to help.  But where can you send money to help post oil-spill?  Here’s a list of organizations on the front lines of supporting locals impacted by the disaster as well as efforts to clean up the mess and protect against environmental damage over the long term.





+ Environmental

 + Social

*starred orgs are recommended by Charity Navigator

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Dutchess and Putnam Counties, New York

Friday, May 07, 2010

Your Anecdotal Census: A People's History of the New York City Area 2000-2010

Tell us about change that matters in your community. Here are some possible questions to answer. Add your story to the comments below!

How is your community different today than it was 10 years ago?

Who's moving in and who's moving out? 

How has the housing boom/housing bust changed your community?

How have the politics of your community changed? If power has shifted in your community, how and why?

How has 9/11 changed your community? 

Do you have a story about change in your own life over the last decade that you think represents a larger trend?

What's an untold story of change in your community that needs to be told? 

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Your Anecdotal Census: The Schedule

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

As part of the 10 Questions that Count series, The Brian Lehrer Show is going county by county each Tuesday at 11am to tell the story of your neighborhood. Be sure to participate by adding your thoughts at your county's home page (links below). Here is the tentative on-air schedule.

May 4th: New York (Manhattan) | Listen!

May 11th: Bergen, NJ | Listen!

May 18th: Nassau, NY and Suffolk, NY | Listen!

May 25th: Kings (Brooklyn) | Listen!

June 1st: Essex, NJ | Listen!

June 8th: Fairfield, CT | Listen!

June 15thQueens | Listen!

June 22nd: Westchester, NY | Listen!

June 29th: Middlesex, NJ | Listen!

July 6th: Richmond (Staten Island) | Listen!

July 13th: Live in the Greene Space! Hudson, NJ | Listen!

July 22th: Rockland, NY | Listen!

July 27th: Bronx | Listen!

Aug 2nd: Dutchess and Putnam, NY | Union, NJ |  Morris, NJ | 

Misc:  Somerset, NJ | Monmouth, NJ | Ocean, NJ | Orange, NY | Passaic, NJ |All Other Counties|

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