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This fall, we'll be marking 25 years on the air with a look back, year-by-year, at the stories that shaped our city, region, country, and the world (probably the universe too). Between now and then, we're rolling out some favorite archival moments for ThrowBackThursday, and asking for your help in brainstorming stories and more.

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#TBT Brian and Billie Jean King, 2011

Thursday, August 21, 2014

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the show, we're highlighting a clip from one Brian Lehrer interview every week. This week: Billie Jean King in 2011. 
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#TBT Brian and Gail Collins, 1995

Thursday, August 14, 2014

It's 'Throwback Thursday' and we're marking the 25th anniversary of the show this fall with a dip into the Brian Lehrer Show archives every week.
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#TBT Brian and Ira Glass, 1997

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Ira Glass in 1997: "Our goal is if you hear the first 90 seconds of anything you will not be able to stop listening."
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What Happened Over the Last 25 Years? Help Us Brainstorm

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

This is the 25th year of the Brian Lehrer Show, and all this fall we'll be marking it with a year-by-year look at some of the defining stories from 1989 through 2014. Right now, we're at the brainstorming stage, also known as the "remember that thing that happened that year?" stage. And we need your help!

In the spreadsheet below, the producers of the show are starting to fill in items from each year (thanks Wikipedia!), but we've opened the spreadsheet for you to help remember what really mattered. So join in when you have a few minutes, starting with any year. A few guidelines:

  • We're looking for items that had a public impact, both local, national and international. There will be opportunities for you to reflect on your personal memories from each year soon, but for now we're taking suggestions for news/events.
  • Anything goes, but we're particularly fascinated by stories that ended up having a bigger impact than anticipated. Our favorite example is the repeal of Glass-Steagall in 1999, which was somewhat overlooked at the time but sowed the seeds for the financial crisis a decade later.
  • This is an open spreadsheet, but please don't erase or edit other entries. For now, we're collecting as many ideas as possible!
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#TBT Brian and Salman Rushdie, 2002

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ten or fifteen years ago, Salman Rushdie made a prediction about the kinds of social debates we'd be having "ten or fifteen years from now." 
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#TBT Brian and George Carlin, 2007

Thursday, July 24, 2014

That time George Carlin said he looked Jesus-like in his arrest photo.
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