It's a snow day mantra, uttered by newscasters, printed in the papers, and tweeted by the DOT. Alternate side parking is suspended, but the meters remain "in effect." But why? We investigate.
Since January, the Brian Lehrer Show has been keeping a list of elaborate tricks the NSA can use to monitor communications and data around the world. We just added nine new items, revealed in the latest documents leaked by Edward Snowden. See the updated list now, and listen to Brian discuss it live at 10:25 today. In the meantime, you may want to avoid free Canadian airport Wi-Fi.
Chris Christie says he's not sure how he could have created an environment in which his staff would have ordered a traffic jam as political retribution. "What did I do wrong to make these folks think it was okay to lie to me?" he asked in his Thursday press conference. Below, we ask you to weigh in on culpability -- do you make a distinction between ordering bad behavior, and creating an environment that allows that bad behavior to thrive?
Mayor Bill de Blasio took the oath of office with a bible owned by FDR, and after the ceremony, reports are that the bible... went missing. Local writer and comedian Alex Edelman was there, and tells Brian Lehrer what he saw.
It could be yours. Send us the most amazing picture you took on your phone in 2013 and we might put you on the air.
Is the tree guy around the corner selling for half the price you paid? Tell us how much you shelled out, and whether you feel you got a fair price. And if you're still shopping - check out the results on our XMas tree map.
Former WNYC reporter Elaine Rivera recently died at the age of 54. The community of journalists and students she worked with are banding together to establish a scholarship fund to support young journalists at Lehman College, where Elaine taught. Here's how to support the efforts.
On Wednesday night, Brian Lehrer was invited to the Colbert Report to speak with Stephen about the New York City mayor's race and more. Here are a few of Brian's takeaways.
Bill de Blasio is New York City's next mayor. Now, make your bold predictions for our 2013 time capsule: How will New York City be different in four years? Post your specific predictions here and we'll bury it on the internet, not be touched until we open it back up in 2017...
I recently got a chance to speak at the presentation of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, put on by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Here are my remarks, with advice for writers young and old.
I was asked to choose some words of advice to give to young writers. I have three words: write, rewrite and stop.
If you want to make it at something, do it all the time. If you love to write and want to be a writer, write along with your life. Write about the mundane things that happen in your day and you'll wind up finding meaning in them that you didn't know was there until the writing made you start to think. I sometimes tell people I think with my fingers, meaning give me a keyboard, any keyboard, when I want to really think something through. So write along with your life. Then write about things outside your life.
Throughout the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days," we're hosting a Twitter chat every Friday afternoon at 2pm to discuss the key issues for New York City and New Jersey's election. On Friday, September 20th, we hosted a #30IssuesChat around education - the topic for the first week of 30 Issues (9/23-9/27). Below, some highlights. Track the full hashtag conversation here. And join us this Friday at 2pm on Twitter for another #30IssuesChat.
The Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 Issues in 30 Days" looks at the key issues in the New York City mayoral and New Jersey governor's races. This year, we've grouped the conversations into focused weeks - see the (tentative) schedule below. Audio posted once a segment has taken place.
Also, join us every Friday for a #30IssuesChat on Twitter. At 2pm every Friday until election day, we'll discuss the issues that matter and use the conversation to set our 30 Issues segments the following week.
Talking politics, broadcasting, NYC, baseball and — well, anything!
The Brian Lehrer Show is interviewing candidates in the key races taking place this Fall, from the mayoral primary to the borough president contests. Here are links to the interviews -- keep checking back in the days leading up to primary day (September 10th) and the general election (November 5th) for more!
This week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we discussed several stories related to economic mobility in the United States, from a new study that shows the links between geography and class; to advice segments on how to survive and escape poverty. This special podcast compiles all of those segments into one file.
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This was Five Pillars week on The Brian Lehrer Show -- five interfaith conversations based around the Five Pillars of Islam: Shahadah (faith), Salat (prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (charity) and Hajj (pilgrimage). This podcast compiles all five of the conversations into one file. Thanks for listening! Tune in to the Brian Lehrer Show every day at 10am on WNYC.
All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show, we explored the state of modern marriage -- straight and gay -- from the effect of money on marriage to what newlyweds can learn from those who've been married for decades. This podcast compiles all five segments into one. Thanks for listening!
Slate's advice columnist, Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, will be answering your manners and morals questions and offering her advice throughout the summer on the Brian Lehrer Show. Our plan is to take an advice question from one of you each week and put you on the air with Emily. We'll also gather advice for you from other listeners too. So if you would like to be that person who gets to ask the question, please ask your question here in the comments section. (Reminder: If you'd like to remain anonymous, just choose a fake name. But we would want you to come on the air, so include your real email address so we can get in touch with you. Your email address will not be public.)
→ UPDATE: Thanks for all the amazing suggestions! Below is the mix, and below that the playlist. (Note that songs are played in random order so the playlist doesn't reflect order.)