This fall, we're marking 25 years of Brian Lehrer at WNYC with a look back, year-by-year, at the stories that shaped our city, region, country, and the world (probably the universe too). It all starts Monday, September 29th with 1989. We're also rolling out some favorite archival moments for ThrowBackThursday. Scroll down to hear all the segments, and we'll post audio as the series unfolds.

Week of September 29th

1989: The End of History / 'The Simpsons' Premieres • 1990: NYC's Murder Rate Peaks • 1991: The First Website / A Report from the Crown Heights Riots  • 1992: The AIDS Era1993: Clinton and Giuliani

Week of October 6th

1994: Gen X, Revisited1995: OJ, Race, and Media1996: The Taliban Seize Control1997: Ellen Outs Herself1998: The Clinton Impeachment and DC Dysfunction

Week of October 13th

1999: The Repeal of Glass-Steagall2000: The Gentrification of Brooklyn / Bush v Gore • 2001: 9/11 and New York2002: The Catholic Sex Abuse Scandals2003: The Blackout

Week of October 20th

2004: The Last Ten Years2005: The MTA Strike2006: The Art Scene Bubbles / The End of CBGB • 2007: The Giant Pool of Money / The Golden Age of TV / Blackwater and Contractors • 2008: Yes We CanChina's Big Year

Week of October 27th

2009: NYC's Parks and Pathways Re-Imagined / New Stadiums, New Baseball • 2010: The Rise of the Tea Party / SB 1070 and Hispanics in the U.S. • 2011: Meet The 99%2012: Sandy2013: Then and Now


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Video: Highlights from the Brian Lehrer Show 25th Anniversary Show

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Audio highlights from Brian's big 25th anniversary extravaganza.
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25 Years in 25 Days: Then and Now

Friday, October 31, 2014

We conclude our 25th anniversary series with last night's live panel discussion on progress with Gail Collins, David Remnick, and Tavis Smiley.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2012): City to Disabled: We'll Do Better Next Time

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The executive director of the disabled advocacy group CIDNY explains NYC's revamped emergency preparedness plans after disabled residents were stranded after Hurricanes Irene and Sandy. 

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25 Years in 25 Days (2011): Meet The 99%

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

"We are the 99%." Those words were chanted in unison in 2011, when protesters told Wall Street they had enough. "25 Years in 25 Days" looks back at the movement and its lasting effect.

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When Republicans Fell in Love with the Tea Party

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The cliche goes, Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. But our "25 Years in 25 Days" series looks at 2010, when Tea Party anger fueled the GOP's emotional resurgence. 

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25 Years in 25 Days (2010): SB 1070 and Hispanics in the U.S.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

In 2010, Arizona passed SB 1070 - a law that sparked a national conversation about immigration reform and racial profiling. Today, we look at the rise of Hispanics in the U.S.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2009): The Houses Taxpayers Built

Monday, October 27, 2014

Longtime New York Times sports columnist, George Vecsey, discusses Citi Field and the new Yankee Stadium.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2009): NYC's Parks and Pathways Re-Imagined

Monday, October 27, 2014

Since the first section of Chelsea's High Line Park opened in 2009, it has become an icon of abandoned urban space reclaimed and repurposed.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2008): A Big Year for China

Friday, October 24, 2014

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei and former NPR correspondent Louisa Lim reflect on a year that brought the Olympics and heartache to China -- and complicated our vision of Beijing.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2008): Yes We Can

Friday, October 24, 2014

Donna Brazile, Democratic political strategist, adjunct professor, author and columnist, reflects on President Obama's historic election in 2008.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2007): Blackwater and US Reliance on Military Contractors

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Four US-contracted guards have been found guilty of the murder and manslaughter of 14 Iraqi civilians in 2007. What does it tell us about military contractors today?

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25 Years in 25 Days (2007): The Giant Pool of Money Overflows

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Adam Davidson, co-founder of the podcast Planet Money and contributor to The New York Times Magazine, discusses--in plain English--the Great Recession of 2007 and its aftermath.

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Mad Men's Creator Marks the Golden Age of TV

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Writer, director and public radio fan Matthew Weiner talks about the show's upcoming final season, the rise of great TV, and first hearing Mad Men's iconic theme song on Marketplace.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2006): The End of an Era: CBGBs Closes

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

In the year 2006, CBGBs closed and was replaced by luxury restaurants and hotels. Chris Stein, guitarist, songwriter, and author, talks about changes the neighborhood has seen.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2006): Skyrocketing Art Sales

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Art critic and author Deborah Solomon, with artist Eric Fischl, look back on 2006 and how big money has affected NYC's art market and artists.

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25 Years in 25 Days (2005): Transit Strike

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NYC's transit workers went out on strike right before Christmas in 2005. We look at how organized labor has fared since.

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2004-2013: A Foodies' Paradise

Monday, October 20, 2014

A quick list of restaurants that opened in 2004: The Spotted Pig, Per Se, Franny’s, Momofuko, Shake Shack, Blue Hill... Dan Barber and Danny Meyer reflect on a decade of great eats.

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Family Meeting 2004: The RNC in NYC

Monday, October 20, 2014

We remember the summer of 2004, when the Republican National Convention came to New York City, with Jim Dwyer, The New York Times reporter, who covered the protests against it.

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Facebook's Not What it Used to Be

Monday, October 20, 2014

When Facebook started in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg described it as a site for sharing college majors and phone numbers. In 2012, he said it's about making the world more open. What changed? 

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Responding to Atrocity After Iraq

Monday, October 20, 2014

There were humanitarian reasons to intervene in Iraq, but the failures of 2004 have made it even harder for the US to gain support in combating genocide and oppression worldwide.

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