Friday, May 27, 2005
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...
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 ...
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
Thursday, April 28, 2005
Last night, we held part 1 of our 2-part Asia in New York series. At the Queens Museum, two panels of South Asian community leaders discussed the issues faced by the latest generation of immigrants. Part 2 focuses on geopolitical and economic issues in India, China, and the US.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, April 06, 2005
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.
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...
Monday, April 04, 2005
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 ...
Wednesday, March 30, 2005
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 ...