Wednesday, August 06, 2014
This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!
In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:
- We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
- Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
- This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
Tuesday, August 05, 2014
After a scathing federal report shed light on abusive treatment towards young inmates, a caller from Rikers Island talks about what he is seeing inside: "They are constantly screamed at all day long. 'You're bad, you're bad.' So eventually they believe they are bad and they just act out."
Thursday, July 31, 2014
Love them? Hate them? Don't understand how they do back flips on a moving train? Amid a crackdown on subway dancers, we talk to one who says he isn't going anywhere.
Friday, July 25, 2014
Today's Brian Lehrer Show has no guests, just phone calls from listeners on a variety of topics. It's a good day to try a new version of our comments page - an open chat room where you can just wander in and react in real time. So, join us below, talk to other listeners, and have fun!
Just like our comments page, registration is not required, you can just enter your name and add your comment. Listen live online here.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi isn't angry, but he thinks the NSA should use its resources more wisely. "They were looking into my emails," he says, and meanwhile "ISIS in Iraq took over the country."
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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Thursday, July 03, 2014
There's plenty of room on the bandwagon. You might even be able to get shotgun.
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Travel slideshows don't have to be boring. As the Brian Lehrer Show gets ready for Wednesday's special on all things travel, we're collecting the best travel photos sitting on your cell phone. Find out how to submit, and see some of our favorites so far.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Guess who is obsessed with the World Cup? Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert. Here she is discussing her viewing habits, live-tweeting the games, the US as underdog, and how she got so in to soccer in the first place.
And make sure to listen to the full interview with Gilbert, where she talks about, you know, books.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
No surprise, your favorite authors have favorite authors. On Tuesday, best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert will be on to discuss her latest novel, "A Signature of All Things," her approach to writing, and some of her favorite summer books.
Here is her list, if you're looking to pick up something this summer.
Books Gilbert Is Hoping to Read This Summer
- "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
- "The Flamethowers" by Rachel Kushner
- "Act One" by Moss Hart
- "Parrot and Olivier in America" Peter Carey
Some Of Gilbert's All-Time Summer Favorites
- "The Summer Book" Tove Jansson
- "Beautiful Ruins" Jess Walter
- "Birds Without Wings" Louis de Bernieres
- "Brother of the More Famous Jack" Barbara Trapido
- "The Children's Book" A.S, Byatt
Now -- what's on yours? Add it to the comments and we'll compile on the site.
Monday, June 23, 2014
On today's Brian Lehrer Show we are taking calls and collecting stories from those with connections to 1964's Freedom Summer in Mississippi. Here is Brian Lehrer Show producer Jody Avirgan's contribution.
In August of 1964 my mother, Martha Honey, then a Freshman at Oberlin College in Ohio, traveled to Mississippi as a member of SNCC for the "Freedom Summer" campaign to register Black voters. She attended the funeral of James Chaney, one of three civil rights workers - Cheney was a black Southerner; Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were white Northerners - murded by the Klu Klux Klan near Philadelphia, Mississippi. That evening she wrote a letter to a classmate. It appears in Howard Zinn's Voices of a People's History of the United States. Here is an excerpt: