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Senator Clinton and the Post

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Has anyone else noticed that the Post has been publishing fewer unflattering, deer-caught-at-a-political fundraiser photos of New York's junior senator lately? Has even defended the virtue of the first lady whose husband Poststers used to enjoy tarring? The Observer's Ben Smith has some fascinating theories about ...

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Feedback: Flags, Flags, more flags, flag day

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Yesterday was Flag Day. Did you notice? Neither did we--until this morning. Here are some of your resonses to the question "why is every day Flag Day in some parts of America?"

How about "Welcome Home Troops"? "Support Our Troops" sounds like an admonishment? Who is the audience?
-NS

Regarding the flags on car dealers car lots, i think it is somewhat similar to what we used to have in india: There, the "dirtier" the politician, the whiter the clothes that they would wear. I think that the dealers who have bigger flags are the ones who I would trust less to give me a fair deal (tho' car dealers and fair deals usually never go hand-in-hand).
-VP

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What Do The Documents Say?

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Two British government documents raise questions, and shed some light on planning for the Iraq war and its aftermath. We'll be talking about the documents in the weeks to come, so if you want to come to the discussion armed (with facts and opinions) check out the articles below (the ...

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Feinberg Says No More

Monday, June 13, 2005

Just one day before his WNYC interview, 9/11 Victims' Compensation Fund master Kenneth Feinberg published a must-read opinion piece in the Star-Ledger, arguing, among other things, that:

>the victims of future terror attacks probably should not be compensated by the federal government

>if compensation is given after future terror attacks, it should be a flat rate for every victim, not calibrated to projected future earnings

>9/11 was a truly exceptional circumstance, different even from the 1998 Africa bombings and the Oklahoma City bombing, and the government's response should not serve as a precedent

Your thoughts:

As a person who filed a claim for my brother who lost his wife, I found the program very disturbing. It was run well, but it paid my brother, a banker, a lot of money that he did not need. There are a lot of people and businesses that actually do need help.
-Anonymous in Queens

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WNYC trounces Air America (at softball)

Friday, June 10, 2005

from an anonymous source on the WNYC softball team:

Last night, The WNYC Softball team handed Air America a beating…..17-4!

Highlight of the game was the verbal throw down between Air America’s Chuck D and our very own Lance Luckey and Marc Siegel. Cooler heads prevailed and our boys used ...

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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...

Okay, ...

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