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Best of 2012: The Year In (Your Cell Phone) Pictures

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

There are plenty of roundups of the year's best photographs, now the Brian Lehrer Show is compiling the best photographs -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Use the form below to upload your photograph, deadline is noon on Tuesday, December 25th.

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Crowdsourcing a Mental Health Policy

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

We asked for your thoughts about how we should change the way we deal with mental illness in this country. Here's some of the highlights of what you told us.

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China and US: Mercy Kuo on "The Rules"

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week. Here Mercy Kuo, Managing Director at Managing Director at C-100, responds to Brian's first post.

Brian wrote: The U.S. and China are two major powers with tremendous need for energy resources who tend to throw our weight around in pursuit of our economic interests. The U.S. complains that China doesn't just compete, but breaks the rules, like condoning intellectual property theft or manipulating its currency. I wonder how much this conflict over the rules will come to define the two countries' relationship and how serious it might become. I hope we can both defy history and be a rising and a declining power who can work together for mutual benefit.

Mercy Responds 

Brian, this question really gets to the essence of US-China relations – as China’s influence grows, will it be a “rule-maker” or “rule-breaker,” and in either scenario, what are implications for the United States, other regional players, and international relations? As a back-of-the-envelope informal exercise in scenario analysis, I’d offer two rudimentary contrasting sketches depicting how this relationship might evolve over, let’s say, the next decade or two. 

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Special Coverage: Newtown, CT School Shooting

Saturday, December 15, 2012

At 12pm, Brian Lehrer hosts a one-hour special on the Sandy Hook school shooting, in conjunction with WSHU and WNPR in Connecticut.

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China and US: Angie Tang on China's Development

Friday, December 14, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week. Here Angie Tang, executive director of the C-100, former director of the New York City Office of Immigrant Affairs, and former U.S. Labor Department Representative for the Northeast and Caribbean, responds to Brian's first post.

 

Brian wrote: In this country, we often think of China first as an authoritarian state that engages in human rights violations. It was chilling to stand in Tiananmen Square as a tourist. But that said, I came away with the impression that China's leadership sees its form of government as less like, say, Kim Jong Un's and more like Michael Bloomberg's: a non-ideological technocracy. They've had all this economic and educational success, peacefully turned away from Mao's brutal revolution, gotten so many people out of poverty, conducted public opinion polls to determine people's needs, and imposed term limits on their top officials. And yet, the argument some people made that China is better off without political freedom still revolts me. I wonder how others among us are thinking about China's unique mix of repression, pragmatism and advancement.

Angie Responds 

Brian, your point about “China’s mix of repression, pragmatism and advancement” aptly captures the contradictory forces at play in shaping China’s economic development and in some ways, I would add national identity.

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China and US: Clive Crook's First Response

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week. Here Clive Crook of the Atlantic responds to Brian's first post.

Thanks, Brian. You raise some very interesting questions.

I think I see the basic duality you mention a bit differently. To me, it’s not about the advantages of technocratic-meritocratic leadership (which you can have with or without democracy). It’s about two kinds of freedom--political and economic.

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China and US: Five First Thoughts

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

Five American journalists went on a one week trip to China sponsored by the Committee of 100, a group of prominent Chinese-Americans founded by I.M. Pei, Yo-Yo Ma and others with a foot in both worlds who are dedicated to having our two countries understand each other better. They conduct and sponsor tours like this for journalists each year. I want to start by thanking the C-100 for leading an ambitious and supremely organized trip, introducing us to so many many top people in different walks of life, and exposing us to so many different points of view about China (and us!) It was a very rich experience and I'm sure it will add great value to all our readers/viewers/listeners through the more sophisticated understanding we will now have of China (and us.)

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China and US: Brian's Slideshow

Friday, December 07, 2012

Brian recently visited China on a trip for journalists sponsored by the Committee Of 100. He and his fellow travelers will be posting reflections on the blog over the next week.

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Opening the Obama 2008 Time Capsule

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Grab your shovel. Four years ago this week, on the day after the 2008 election, we asked you to answer the question "By 2012, what will Obama actually change?" We put your predictions into our online "time capsule," and now, we'll open it up and look at some of what you had to say. Remember, we're doing it again: make your predictions for 2016 here. Now let's revisit some of your 2008 predictions, grouped by category.

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#BL270: Tweet Us Your Election Predictions

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Who do you think is going to reach 270 electoral votes? How? Tweet us your predictions. Get it right, and you'll get a shoutout on the BL Show Wednesday morning! Here's how:

1) Go to 270ToWin.com and fill out your map.

2) Click on "Share Map" and hit the Twitter button, or copy the link.

3) Post the link below, or Tweet @BrianLehrer using the hashtag #BL270

That's it! See what other WNYC fans are predicting below.

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30 Issues Data: Gun Laws

Thursday, October 25, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on gun traffic and gun rights.

30 Issues Interactive from the WNYC Data News Team

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30 Issues Data: Gay Marriage Laws

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on same-sex marriage and other gay rights issues.

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Longform on the Issues: Race, Gender and Society

Sunday, October 21, 2012

WNYC asked Longform to pick great stories as background reading for our 30 Issues in 30 Days series. These are stories that help illuminate and humanize the important issues this election year. Part Five of 30 Issues looks at "social issues" -- from abortion to gay marriage, race, guns, and gender. See all the guides here.

For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks.

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Ask Me Anything on Reddit Wednesday at 1pm!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

(Update: Great chat! Read the AMA transcript to see the conversation, and we'll do another one soon.)

Brian is doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit Wednesday at 1pm. Check out the thread here - post and upvote questions about news, politics, WNYC, the NY/NJ area...anything!

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30 Issues Data: China Sentiment Map

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

As part of the Brian Lehrer Show's 30 Issues in 30 Days series, the WNYC Data News team is designing interactive visualizations, tools and graphics to illuminate the data behind the issues. Join the full conversation on the U.S. relationship with China here.

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