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Retire Retirement?

Monday, April 18, 2005

One of the guests for today's segment on Social Security and the Family was Ken Dychtwald who co-wrote an article for the March 2004 issue of the Harvard Business Review called "It's Time to Retire Retirement." Here are some of the emails we received about retirement and age discrimination:

Your guests ask, "Would you want to retire?"
Maybe not as a professor with tenure but certainly as an adjunct paid
$3000 per course or as an employee at McDonalds making minimum wage.

--R.K.

Despite the issue of changing demographics and impending boomer retirements, there is actually a form of age discrimination in reverse – young people are having a very hard time finding good jobs and we need to enable more young people in the workforce to mitigate against some of the potential for problems we’ll have in the coming decades (fewer people available for all jobs, and lack of management skill). There needs to be a balance and currently we’re way out of balance in all directions – top heavy with boomers, not hiring younger folks, thus not giving them the skills and training necessary for upcoming generations to succeed.
--M.S.

What about so many people who have spent years working very hard at either physically demanding or very monotonous jobs? Most elderly can't start a second career heading their own organization. A job in retirement for many people would mean minimum wage at a fast food restaurant. These people deserve a work free retirement.
--R.G.

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Books and Big Ears

Friday, April 15, 2005

Ha Jin, Antonio Munoz Molina and Salman Rushdie are taking part in a reading at Town Hall on Monday night. The title of the event is "The Power of the Pen: Does Writing Change Anything?" We asked them if reading had changed them, Ha Jin singled out V.S. Naipaul's A Bend in the River and Antonio Munoz Molina pointed to Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past for what it taught him about love. What books changed your life? Let us know.

Later in the show, we opened the phone for great eavesdropping exploits. Read some of the emails here.

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Roommate Rules

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Today, we're taking listener calls on rules you lay down for potential roommates. Here's the posting that inspired it.

(a joke craigslist posting - here's the author's response)

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Fonda Mailing

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Vietnam, Bulimia, innate differences between the sexes. Our talk with Jane Fonda today brought a flood of email responses. Here's a selection:

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Don't Get Mad

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Judith Warner joined guest host Sarah Crichton to talk about her new book, "Perfect Madness: Motherhead in the Age of Anxiety"

Here are some listener emails:
I think the crux of the problem is the basic idea that good motherhood means spending as much time as possible with your child. My mother spent a lot of time leaving my brothers and me alone. Her philosophy was (and is) that no child can withstand the full-time attention of an intelligent woman.
Thanks,
--T.

I need to move to France. I have four children, I work full time and I'm pregnant with my fifth. Everyone including my friends family husband and employer looks at me as though I've committed a mortal sin and as though I've committed it by myself. I hear a lot of derogatory comments as to how much I must love sex when I'm walking down the street or from rude cab drivers who think they're being funny. My husband is almost praised and certainly never judged for having so many children. I constantly feel guilty and I have to fight off shame. --D.

What about stay-at-home fathers? Continue reading...

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Papal History

Monday, April 04, 2005

In our research for this morning's segment on the life and legacy of Pope John Paul II and the possibility he will be succeeded by a Nigerian cardinal, we stumbled across the fact that there have already been three Black African Popes.

There is also the story ...

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Spring Training

Friday, April 01, 2005

Here are snippets from our listeners on the "Two Strikes Rule in Baseball:"

I propose a league of steroid users where all players are juiced. That’s really what we want to see. C.V.

In addition to reducing the number of strikes each base coach should have a modified taser to ...

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Peter Brook

Thursday, March 31, 2005

Theater Director Peter Brook (left) and Gregory Mosher (right).

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Today in History

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Did you know that today is the anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Regan's life? Other interesting facts about March 30th are: in 1974 the Ramones played their first gig at CBGB's. The game show Jeopardy debuted in 1964. In 1867 Alaska was purchased ...

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Plane to Pakistan

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Jets Sold to Pakistan!

We found this rather humorous photo at Low Culture

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Negative Hip Hop Imagery

Monday, March 28, 2005

Here are some of the emails we received concerning our segment on sexually explicit imagery in Hip Hop videos.

R&B has gotten out of control and we as a people - African Americans - need to take a stand and say what we are not willing to tolerate. I don't ...

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Adoption, Children, and Choices

Friday, March 25, 2005

We were flooded with emails after today's segment on men who choose to get vasectomies at an early age. Whereas most of the callers on the show had been critical of the guest, Vincent Cicaccio, and his decision to have a vasectomy at age 23, the emails leaned a bit more heavily on the side of sympathizing with Vincent. And many raised the question: If you change your mind, why not adopt? The segment was originally inspired by an article on Salon.com by Dana Hudepohl.

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Fearing Irony?

Thursday, March 24, 2005

After yesterday's interview with Wole Soyinka, a listener wrote in to tell us about a website where you can read the full text of Soyinka's series of lectures on fear, upon which his book is based.

Today's discussion of American and British humor provoked quite a few ...

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Stadium Re-re-redux

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Today's call-in for Westsiders on the bids for the railyards generated many calls and emails. Here are a couple of email selections:

from an email in support of the Cablevision proposal:
The two bids on the table for the Rail yards both underline the need for further open and ...

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Living and Dying

Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Today's show touched on the Terri Schiavo case in two segments. The phones were lit up for the whole first hour with listeners wanting to put in their two cents and the email inbox filled up.

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Annoyances Part 2

Friday, March 18, 2005

We followed through on our threat to help Ian Urbina of the New York Times document the myriad means of retaliating against life’s little annoyances. Today’s open phones ended up being more about anti-telemarketing tactics, but we got some ideas nonetheless. Here's a sampling of the email below, but based on this morning's call-in, our listeners certainly demonstrated their darker, more sadistic side.

Meanwhile, today’s New York 51 guest, Councilmember Tony Avella, claimed to be one of the coiners of the word "McMansion." We thought it worth pointing to the word’s true etymology.

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Empirical Evidence

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Today's open phones featured a caller who suggested the US was not a true democracy on account of its imperialist tendencies. Her call caused a flood of emails. Here are some responses.

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The Quiet Rebellion

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

It may not be your typical New York Times front page story, but yesterday’s article on passive aggressive ways to deal with “life’s annoyances” quickly became the paper’s most emailed. They featured the coffee drinker who asks for “medium” when they want a starbucks’ “grande” and a ...

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Oil Containment

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Yesterday's Financial Times report (reg. required) that US Administration officials were seeking to "contain" Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez led us to discuss the issue on this morning's show. Types of email responses varied in their stances and we thought we'd publish a few of them here.

Please keep the responses coming.

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Too Hot97 to Handle

Friday, March 11, 2005

City Council member Charles Barron came by the studio this morning to talk about his district as part of our New York 51 series. His district includes parts of East New York, Brownsville, East Flatbush and Canarsie. He had recently attended a rally against some ...

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