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.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
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 ...
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.
Wednesday, March 16, 2005
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.
Friday, March 11, 2005
Thursday, March 10, 2005
Here are some of the emails we received in response to Tom Fenton's visit to the studio:
I was struck by Mr. Fenton's remark that prior to the hostage crisis, network news was obsessed with shark attacks. I became a fan of Dan Rather when, during the summer of ...
Wednesday, March 09, 2005
SAT tutor Matt Bardin stopped by to talk about the New SAT exam, what makes it "new" and how to deal with the stress of taking the test. He has a book on the subject coming out the summer (with co-author Susan Fine) from Houghton Mifflin. Here's a selection from the introduction to the book, "Zen in the Art of the SAT: How to Think, Focus and Achieve Your Highest Score:"
How do you feel when you’re taking a test and get a question about something you don’t know? Your heart rate goes up. You might feel heat in your chest or your temples. If only you had read that chapter more carefully or memorized that formula – but now there’s nothing you can do. You make up some feeble nonsense in hopes of getting partial credit. Whether this happens to you all the time or almost never, it’s one of the worst feelings you can experience as a student.
Continue reading here.
Tuesday, March 08, 2005
We carried President Bush's speech live during this morning's show. One of the guests who joined Brian to offer analysis of the speech was Jefferson Morley who writes a "World Opinion Roundup" column for washingtonpost.com. Some of the publications he follows are:
Today was also Part 6 in our ongoing Social Security series: How does the president's plan affect those over 55? The guests came from two of the many squaring off in this debate.
Continue reading more about Social Security...
Monday, March 07, 2005
Many listeners wrote in from far and wide with their own stories and theories about the Sunday Night Blues. Jared Sandberg, the Cubicle Culture columnist for the Wall Street Journal, stopped by to talk about his recent column on the phenomenon of Sunday Night depression in anticipation of the start of the work week.
He also joined us for our Labor Day show.
Many listeners wrote in with their own stories and theories about the Sunday Night Blues. Read a selection in the extended entry.
Wednesday, March 02, 2005
Today the Supreme Court heard arguments on a first ammendment case. At the heart of the case is whether or not a monument containing the Ten Commandments can be displayed on government property.
In a strange twist to the story many of these monuments were supplied by Cecil B. DeMille in an effort to promote his movie The Ten Commandments. In addition Charlton Heston and Yul Brynner , who played Moses and Rameses, attended many of the dedications of the monuments.
In our extended entry you can view three versions of the Commandments- Protestant, Catholic and Jewish.
Monday, February 28, 2005
Here is some of the feedback from our segment on the book "The Meaning of Wife."
I am a lesbian wife. My female partner works full time and I do everything else in our household in addition to being a full time doctoral student, and it works well for ...
Tuesday, February 22, 2005
If after yesterday's installment in our Social Security series (Mathematics, Part 1), you're still confused about how your social security benefits are calculated, we received this email from a 31-year claims representative who kindly explains it all in detail:
When figuring a retirement benefit, 35 years of earnings are used. People who have 35 years of earnings get the highest benefit payments. If you don't have 35 years of earnings, and many people do not - for a variety of reasons- out of work, out of country, out for raising children, self employed and not paying in (even though they should have been,) working off the books (a very common one) we still divide by 35, to determine your average, so if you only have 28 years, as an example, you have 7 zeroes in the computation which brings down your average. If you only had 10 years of earnings in the U.S. (which is the minimum number of years needed to qualify for "something", that "something is determined by still divided by 35, which makes it a relatively low benefit payment. ...
Monday, February 21, 2005
President Bush can't seem to escape his past. As he was leaving for Europe new audio tapes were released with the President discussing his past drug use. Douglas Wead, a longtime Bush family friend, secretly recorded the conversations with George Bush as he was gearing up to run for President.
Our extended entry contains the transcripts of the tapes heard on ABC news.
And send us your thoughts on this subject, do you think the President was right to lie about his past to protect children from following his example?