Friday, January 10, 2014
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?
Thursday, January 02, 2014
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.
Thursday, December 19, 2013
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.
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
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.
Monday, December 09, 2013
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.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
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.
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
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...
Tuesday, October 08, 2013
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.
Monday, September 23, 2013
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.
Monday, September 23, 2013
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.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Talking politics, broadcasting, NYC, baseball and — well, anything!
Thursday, August 01, 2013
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!
Friday, July 26, 2013
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.
Be sure to subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show podcast on iTunes, and tune in every day at 10am on WNYC and WNYC online.
Friday, July 19, 2013
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.
Friday, July 12, 2013
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!
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
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.)
Friday, May 31, 2013
→ 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.)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
From the essay, "Kosher. Or Not." by Barbara Rushkoff, included in The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage:
My Mother’s Brisket
My mom is one of those people who can look at a pot simmering and just know what to throw in. Sure, she does her taste-testing along the way, but usually she’s right on the money. Her brisket is the one dish that I can think about and almost taste. It is so good, so tender, so perfect, and the aroma of it when it is cooking is absolutely tantalizing. So, I’d like to share it with you.
The problem is that my mother cooks from intuition. With that, she mixes in stuff she’s gleaned from newspapers (one year she threw a can of Coca-Cola on the brisket—it was surprisingly delicious) and whatever her memory serves. When I approached her about a recipe for her brisket I was met with some very vague instructions, along with some asides that got thrown in for good measure.
First: Get thee to a kosher butcher. “Get a brisket, not too big, not too small.”
I wish I could tell you what not too big or not too small is, but you’ll have to figure it out for yourself. Get one that has no fat through the middle. Ask the kosher butcher; he will know.
Once you get the brisket home, rinse it in cold water and sprinkle it with salt, pepper, and garlic to taste. I can’t give you amounts. As my mother says, “You’ll know.”
Turn on your oven to 400˚F. When I asked my mother if she was sure, she asked me if I had a hot oven. I think so. Ovens are hot, right?
Get a large red onion, slice it, and put it on the bottom of the roasting pan with the meat on top (fat side down). My mother pours two cans of au jus gravy over the whole thing and then something she calls Gravy Master.
“What’s that?” I ask.
“It comes in a bottle,” she says, not really helping me.
“How much do I use?”
“A little bit.”
This is where I suggest nixing the Gravy Master and adding a packet of dry onion soup mix or a mixture of spices you like (example: paprika, garlic powder, salt, pepper). As I said, my mother used a can of Coca-Cola one year.
Cover the meat with a tight lid and put the meat in the oven. My mother likes to “start high” (400˚F) and then turn it down after an hour of cooking to 375˚F. It all depends on your oven, she says. She has a hot one. Do you?
Overall cooking time is 3 to 3½ hours. How do you know it’s done? It’s just one of those things that you “know.”After 3 to 3½ hours it really does finish cooking, and it’s perfect. Really.
And then, magically, you open the oven and have a wonderful brisket. Let it cool, slice, remove fat from the gravy, and serve. Enjoy!
From The Cassoulet Saved Our Marriage, © 2013 by Caroline M. Grant & Lisa Catherine Harper. Reprinted by arrangement with Roost Books, an imprint of Shambhala Publications Inc., Boston, MA. www.roostbooks.com