Best of 2011: The Year in (Your) Pictures

Thursday, December 22, 2011

There are lots of roundups of the year's best pictures, but we want to do it a little differently.

This year cell phone pictures brought us news stories, from protests in Tahrir Square to the impact of Hurricane Irene. For our one and only best-of 2011 project, we want to collect the year's best pictures -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Upload them here - we'll make a highlight slideshow of our favorites!

And, no, Anthony Weiner is not eligible.

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"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's Word of The Year. What's Yours?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merriam-Webster has chosen "pragmatic" as their word of the year. The dictionary saw a spike in searches for the word in the run-up to the debt ceiling negotiations and again during deficit negotiations this Fall.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it below and tell us why! Or tweet us @brianlehrer using the tag #blword.

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The Brian Lehrer Show Holiday Shopping Guide

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

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Recipe From ABC Kitchen

Friday, November 18, 2011

As a companion to our conversation with Dan Kluger, executive chef for ABC Kitchen, here's one of his favorite fall recipes.

 Roasted Kabocha Squash Toast, Fresh Ricotta and Cider Vinegar


For the Kabocha:

1 each          Kabocha squash, washed and peeled  

2 Tbsp.         Extra Virgin Olive Oil  

1/2 tsp.        Dried Red Chili Flakes

2 tsp.           Kosher Salt

2 each          Onions, Spanish, quartered and sliced 1/4-inch thick

1 Tbsp.         Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 tsp.            Kosher Salt

1/2 cup         Maple Syrup

1 cup            Cider Vinegar


Method for the Kabocha:

Combine squash and extra virgin olive oil in bowl and season with the chili flakes and salt. Place on sheet tray lined with parchment paper in one even layer. Roast at 500°F degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes, rotating with a spatula every few minutes for even cooking.  Cook until lightly colored and tender. 

In a medium sauté pan, heat the oil and add the onions. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are deep golden brown. Add the vinegar and maple syrup and reduce quickly until syrupy.

While the onions are still warm, combine with the roasted squash, cool and reserve.

For the Toast:

4 slices         Rustic Country Sourdough Bread – sliced 1/2-inch thick  

1/4 cup        Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/2 cup         Ricotta

3 sprigs        Mint, wide chiffonade

2 Tbsp.        Extra Virgin Olive Oil

To taste       Coarse sea salt

Drizzle bread with extra virgin olive oil and cook in a nonstick pan over medium heat until golden and crispy. Spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta over the toast, then top with about 1/3 cup of kabocha mix and spread evenly. Cut the toast into 4 and top with mint, a drizzle of extra-virgin olive oil and coarse sea salt.


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POPS Report: Tell Us About New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WNYC's Brian Leher Show and The New York World are collaborating on a project to map and report on New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces, aka POPS. We want to figure out how public these public spaces really are. Through zoning incentives, New York's city planners have encouraged private builders to include public spaces in their developments. Many are in active public use, but others are hard to find, under heavy surveillance, or essentially inaccessible.

With the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park drawing attention to the regulations and usage of these spaces, we want you to tell us about the POPS in your life. Whether it's parks, plazas, atriums or fountains, find all of NYC's POPS on the map below, then use the form to report on your experience.

Here's How -- Deadline for Submissions is November 9th!

1) Find your space on the map below. You can zoom in to different parts of the city, and click on a particular space to see information such as the owner, the boundaries, and the total area.

2) In the pop-up menu you'll also see a Site ID - a unique ID we've assigned to each space.

3) If you want to report on a particular space, enter the shortcode in the form below and tell us about your experience!

4) That's it! Read some of the response highlights here, and we'll follow up online and on-air in the coming weeks.

If you're on Twitter, you can tweet photos with the hashtag #privatepublic and the name or site ID code for your location.

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Your Subway Photos

Thursday, October 06, 2011

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR PICTURES! Bruce Davidson was on the Brian Lehrer Show Tuesday, October 18th - Listen Here

Subway, Bruce Davidson's classic collection of New York City photography, is being re-released this fall by Aperture books. On Tuesday, October 18th, Bruce will join Brian Lehrer to talk about his photographs, and we want you to submit your most iconic subway shot. Head underground (or to an elevated track!) and snap a picture, then submit it here. Bruce will take a look at your submissions, and we'll feature some of our favorites online and on-air. By the way, regulations for what kind of photography is legal on MTA trains and platforms can be found here. Short version: it's legal, as long as you don't have extra equipment.

EXHIBIT: Aperture Gallery presents Bruce Davidson: Subway—a groundbreaking series documenting a unique moment in the cultural fabric of New York City, coinciding with the highly anticipated re-release of the book published in 1986. Opening reception: Thursday, October 13, 6:00-8:00 pm Exhibition on view: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 29, 2011

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Decade 9/11 on The Brian Lehrer Show: 10 Conversations About the 10th Anniversary

Monday, August 29, 2011

To mark the 10th anniversary of 9/11, The Brian Lehrer Show will air a series of 10 “Decade 9/11” conversations with big ...

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Tweet Us: Why Do Writers Love Brooklyn?

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Our favorite responses.

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Brian Lehrer Show: Live at Montclair State

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

»» Want Free Tickets to the Live Event on August 30th? Click Here!

And fill out the survey below about why you love your NJ town!

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Slideshow: The New Littles Artist Maps

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

To wrap up our New Littles project, the Brian Lehrer Show asked local artists and illustrators to represent the various new neighborhoods we'd discussed on a map. Not knowing what to expect, we put out a call for entries and waited. The response was incredible, full of talent, inventiveness and community spirit. Check out the entries below, and be sure to visit the artist's website to support their work - many of the pieces are even for sale! Thanks to all for participating in The New Littles.

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Artists: Help Draw The "New Littles" New Map

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Over the course of our New Littles project, we've identified some of New York's overlooked ethnic communities. Now, we want artists and illustrators to draw a new neighborhood map. Our favorites will be featured on the WNYC website and on-air during the Brian Lehrer Show. Upload your artwork directly below, or post a link in the comments page. Deadline for submission is Monday, July 11th. Here are some of the neighborhoods you may want to include (though you can obviously include others you know about):

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The New Littles: Explore The Data and Map

Thursday, June 02, 2011

UPDATE: Check out the New Little Map Below! We've taken our data set and mapped it.

Each Thursday in June, the Brian Lehrer Show and Andrew Beveridge of Social Explorer will discuss New York’s diverse communities - areas of ethnic concentration you may not know about or are changing quickly. ...

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Brian's Indie Rock Mixtape

Friday, May 20, 2011

Brian mispronounced "Fugazi" on the air recently (whoops!) and our twitter friends came to the rescue. Using the hashtag #brianlehrerindiemixtape they suggested songs to bring Brian up to speed. Here is that playlist. Keep adding your suggestions in the comments below or just tweet them @brianlehrer (don't forget the hashtag).

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Past and Present With Jill Lepore

Thursday, May 12, 2011

New Yorker staff writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore talks history all month.

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Oscar Nominated Documentaries

Monday, February 14, 2011

Annual series on the Oscar nominated docs!

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Slideshow: What Does the State of the Union Mean to You?

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


New Yorkers gathered at WNYC's Greene Space on Tuesday night to watch the President's State of the Union address. Every year we get this glimpse into the President's reflections on the previous year and his thoughts on the future. Some of you were excited about the speech, some were worried, some were just curious to hear what he had to say.

We wanted it to feel like you were really there so we captured it on camera with our own version of President Obama.

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Money U

Thursday, January 13, 2011

A series on financial literacy in today's economy.

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Experiment: You Introduce The Brian Lehrer Show

Friday, January 07, 2011

We here at The Brian Lehrer Show are trying a little experiment and need your help! We want as many diverse voices as possible to introduce the program at the beginning of each hour. For now we’re gathering the tape, though we may eventually use it on air. If you’d like to participate, make sure you read the disclaimer below, then follow these simple instructions.

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Talk To Your Tree Vendor For Rut or Recovery

Friday, December 10, 2010

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Guest List: What BL Show guests are giving over the Holidays

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show staff is running low on good gift ideas this year, so we are asking some of our guests what gifts they are giving this holiday season.  These are some of their suggestions. 

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