We here at The Brian Lehrer Show are trying a little experiment and need your help! We want as many diverse voices as possible to introduce the program at the beginning of each hour. For now we’re gathering the tape, though we may eventually use it on air. If you’d like to participate, make sure you read the disclaimer below, then follow these simple instructions.
The Brian Lehrer Show staff is running low on good gift ideas this year, so we are asking some of our guests what gifts they are giving this holiday season. These are some of their suggestions.
[Thanks to resident running experts Alex Villari and Sarah Gilligan for helping to think this through.]
We are now gathering your Marathon Meet-Up stories. Did you see any of our runners along the course? Run into any fellow WNYC listeners? Or even if you just have a good story about your marathon experience, post it below!
We have our runner database up and running! We'll do our best to update again before race time, keep tuned to facebook and twitter for the latest. Don't forget, take a listen to our very own Rex Doane demonstrating how you can cheer on fellow Brian Lehrer Show fans during the race, using the special phrase "It's A Free Country"
Are you running the marathon and wish there was someone to cheer you on? Are you watching the marathon and wish you had someone to cheer for? We're going to link up Brian Lehrer show runners and fans for this Sunday's marathon.
Runners: Check out the map below - this shows you where to keep your ears open for fellow WNYC fans who will be cheering you on.
Watchers: Check out the database below, print it out and bring it with you to your viewing spot. Want to take it the next level and track one of our runners online or through your iphone app? Information at the NYRR home page
And don't forget, whether you are running or watching, snap pictures of any fateful encounters you may have!
UPDATE: It happened! Listen here.
Today, live on-air, we're going to try a group sing-along to John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance." We'll select a few callers and have them sing one verse each, and all joining in on the chorus. For now, here are the lyrics to the ...
Speaking on today's Brian Lehrer Show, former Bush and Reagan adviser Ken Adelman called on President Bush to break his silence and come out in support of the proposed Park51 cultural center and mosque development in Lower Manhattan. Adelman said "I'm a little disappointed in President Bush, that he hasn't come out...now would be a wonderful time to reemerge on the political state and to say that after 9/11 [he] was for acceptance of Islamic leadership that was moderate and responsible in the American way, and that [he still] believes that now."
When asked by Brian if he thought this, and not other matters such as taxes or the war in Afghanistan, was the issue on which Bush should break his silence, Adelman said "I do...this is an issue on which he has been identified with in the past, a moral issue. It would be going against members of his own tribe, his own party, his own ideology. I think it’s especially important at times to show that kind of political courage."
Expand this post to read the full transcript and hear audio of the exchange.
The curious start date to the NYC public school year has been "the buzz of school parents" at Brian's son's school. Many parents are wondering why school starts on Wednesday, September 8th only to have the following Thursday and Friday off for the Jewish holiday, Rosh Hashanah.
As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves by filling out a survey where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Then we asked all of you graphic designers, mappers, statisticians or any other kind of data visualization gurus, to play with the data and make the information beautiful. (More information about the Map Your Moves challenge here)
Here are the the submissions we've received. Feel free to add your thoughts below. Any favorites? Learn anything new? Share your feedback!
In light of the Jet Blue attendant's creative walking off the job, we've compiled some of our favorite "I Quit" movie scenes. [[Note: Some (all?) of these contain mature language.]] Be sure to add your scene suggestions in the comments section below, and add tell your own quitting stories at our show page.
Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. What is the most important news that happened while he was away for the past two weeks?
Tell us the most interesting or underreported news of the last two weeks. Post your pick below and be sure to listen in to the show on Monday when Brian returns.
Tips for Your Child's Volunteering (or Family Volunteering)
From our friends at VolunteerMatch
Using VolunteerMatch.org Search Effectively for Child Volunteering
Listen to the conversation on air with Greg Baldwin about kids and volunteering.
→This project is now closed, but you can see the submissions we received here!
As part of our 10 Questions that Count census project, we asked you to Map Your Moves - where you've lived over the last ten years and why you moved. Now, it's time for you to make that information beautiful.
If you're a graphic designer, mapper, statistician or any other kind of data visualization guru, we're offering the raw data for free download to play with. (What is data viz? Some info) You have until Sunday, August 22nd to work with the data and present it in whatever neat way you see fit. Be it a map, a chart, an image, it's up to you! Anything visual goes.
When you're done, email email@example.com with your file attached or a link to where you've posted it online.
The favorite entry (as determined by WNYC producers and the BL Show audience) will be posted on our site, appear on air, and possibly more.
For more information and some basic guidelines check after the break. Thanks for participating, spread the word, and happy visualizing!
Throughout our July Volunteer Month series with Volunteer Match, we'll be highlighting listings on-air from the Volunteermatch database. But we'll also be taking your on-air listings and putting them here. And we want your reports - if you follow up on an opportunity, tell us about your experience!
Listings from the 7/8 Segment:
Mentioned By Brian: Seniors Projects with New York Cares in Staten Island | Financial Work at the Somerset Art Association | Online Business Mentor at MicroMentor | English-Spanish Translator at Day One NYC | Mediation Leader at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT
Here are some tips from our listners:
Alisa Kesten from Tarrytown, NY suggests that listeners from Westchester and Putnam interested in volunteering should search www.volunteer-center.org. It is an organization that has connected 15,000 volunteers to 500 organizations.
Mark Walter from Albany, NY wants to point out that Gov. Patterson is supporting a new initiative called New Yorkers Volunteer that seeks to encourage more New Yorkers to volunteer.
Rebecca Missel from Morristown, NJ wants young Jewish adults (also welcoming of other faiths) living in Northern and Central NJ to check out Jersey Tribe, an organization that provides volunteer, philanthropic and social activities.
Andrew from the Bronx volunteers with the NYC Housing Authority in helping people looking for section 8 or other programs get placed in housing. He can be contacted at Metropolitan Residential at (212) 255- 5200.