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The Greatest

Friday, June 10, 2005

The phones really lit up in the last ten minutes of today's show, when we asked "who is/was the greatest American"?

Since AOL and the Discovery Channel are new to this craze, we thought you might enjoy scrutinizing other countries' lists.

Canada (#1: Tommy Douglas [who???])

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Random Feedback

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Wealthy Candidates - Good. What would this country be without the contributions to government made by those who have demonstrated their acumen intelligence and capacity for success first in the private sector? Both parties have representatives here (at least in the NJ Governor’s race) so it’s not as though it’s ...

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Applebaum and "gulag", continued

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

The Washington Post's Anne Applebaum picks up where we left off with her last week on Amnesty's use of the term "gulag":

"Amnesty's Amnesia"

Did Applebaum Fall Far From The Tree? (BL blog)

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Illegal or Undocumented?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

"Illegal" or "undocumented"? A reader responds to Brian's use of the term "illegals" to describe foreigners who live and work in the United States without having cleared immigration. We got this email questioning the host's use of language. What do you think?

I know you've heard the term "undocumented" used ...

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New Vocab: The New Feudalism

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Bob Hennelly, our City Hall/ New Jersey correspondent was sounding positively like a political science professor when giving his take on Doug Forrester's Republican primary victory on the show this morning, introducing all kinds of vocab that had us reaching for our history books. A sample:

Pay attention!--we'll be talking about this tomorrow.

In the age of the new feudalism, Brian, of the 21st century where only the lords can acquire the mansion they may not want to live there, and let homeless people live there instead.

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Another blog needs a name!

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Help the folks at National Review name their new media blog (as with the Brian Lehrer Show news quiz, you could win prestige and a very modest bit of swag).

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Hero or Villain?

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

It's a delightfully fun new game, perfect for long summer drives to the beach with the kids, waiting for the subway late at night, or after listening to the Brian Lehrer Show...

Sheldon Silver
Hero: The New York Times
Villain: The New York Daily News

Mark ...

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Word of the Day

Friday, June 03, 2005

We're pretty sure Anurag Kashyap can spell this one (quick, close your eyes: can you spell the young bee champion's name?): skepticism.

Beth Fertig: I think a lot of people out there testing is a mystery to them- how are tests developed, can you really compare on years tests ...

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Domestic Workers Stereotypes

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Today's conversation on discrimination in employment of domestic workers provoked a spate of entertaining and bizarre email explaining/perpetrating stereotypes.

I do not consider it discrimination to avoid people who do not understand my values. We are happy to pay nannies professional rates in exchange for professionalism. Interestingly, we do not ...

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Tom Suozzi: cogito EGO sum?

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Doth the Nassau County Executive protest too much? Months (years?) of speculation about the political aspirations of Tom "the fifth Baldwin brother" Suozzi came to a head on the front page of the Times metro section today ("Nassau Leader Considers Run Against Spitzer, Pleasing G.O.P.").

The Long Island pol's ...

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Did Applebaum Fall Far From The Tree?

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Amnesty International has taken some flak for likening conditions in the enemy combatant camps at Guantánamo Bay to gulags in the Soviet Union.

President Bush called the report "absurd".

Is the description apt? We asked Anne Applebaum, the author of Gulag: A History, and a ...

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What Do People Do All Day?

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

A recent Harris Interactive poll on job prestige was the topic of today's call-in (the findings were neatly summarized by Del Jones in USA Today).

Harris has been doing this poll for years, and while scientists, doctors, and firefighters still lead the pack, even the most respected professions ...

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Don't Look Now

Monday, May 30, 2005

This morning's segment on photos of the war dead with Harold Evans and the L.A. Times' James Rainey struck a chord with many listeners. Here are some of the emails we received:

Let's put a more subjective face on this problem of photographing and printing pictures of war dead. ...

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Biju d'or

Friday, May 27, 2005


Biju Mathew, taxi expert, labor organizer, professor, and radio host

Next week: Bijou Phillips!

Our three-part series on identity theft concluded today. Here's an email from one sharp listener who takes issue with the very term 'identity theft'.

The financial institutions have ...

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Art for Art's Sake

Thursday, May 26, 2005

So...is art worth it for art's own sake? On first blush, Beethoven's fifth, the megaliths of Easter Island and the Bhagavad-Gita are masterpieces that need no justification based on their educational or sociocultural value. But when you then try to separate the art from its effect on the consumer...

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Compromising Position

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Your feedback on the compromise reached yesterday by moderate Senate Democrats and Republicans:

When I first learned about filibusters in US History in high school (a long time ago), my impression was that a filibuster was a complete waste of time and money by these 100 Senators.

My opinion hasn't ...

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Brian Lehrer Regional News Quiz

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Our Brian Lehrer news quiz was quite a success this morning. Thanks to Bob Hennelly who served as a fine Quiz-Master. We have five winners and they will be receiving their Brian Lehrer Show t-shirts shortly!

Below are our questions with the answers.

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BEWARE OF FALLING SANDBAGS

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Spurred by the recent good fortune experienced by dozens of lucky Powerball winners, who picked their numbers from fortune cookies made at the same Queens factory, we asked listeners to share their personal superstitions with us. Here are a few of the emails we received:

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Age of Consent

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Today's call-in on the 13-year-old Florida girl who had to go to court to get an abortion -- despite the fact that Florida does not require parental consent -- generated much response. Here is a selection of the e-mails we received:

Even in the paternalistic shelter system and the paternalistic legal system, this young woman has asserted her sovereignty over her own body. At 13, I am certain I would have been able to make such a decision. All 13 year old young women should be allowed to make sexual and reproductive choices freely- and be able to say "yes" or "no," depending on their own choice.
--J.R.

All this talk of a 13 year old not being able to consent sounds a bit gratuitous to me. Unfortunately, there are young boys and girls consenting to sex all the time. The best way to curb abortion and the rest of the world's ills is through education, not through ham-handedly outlawing abortion.
--J.E.

When you're under 16, either your parents or the state (in legal decisions) is responsible for your life. One can easily think of examples, including inheritance, which is just fine with liberals to give the state money, or with the death penalty, where liberals argue the state shouldn't kill people who are guilty even of the most heinous crimes. But with abortions? No way. Get the state out. Liberals can have a very selective sense of principle.
--A.T.

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From Asia, From Queens

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Last night's event at the Queens museum

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