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 Website1992: The AIDS Era • 1993: Clinton and Giuliani

Week of October 6th

1994: Gen X, Revisited • 1995: OJ, Race, and Media • 1996: The Taliban Seize Control • 1997: Ellen Outs Herself • 1998: The Clinton Impeachment and DC Dysfunction

Week of October 13th

1999: The Repeal of Glass-Steagall • 2000: The Gentrification of Brooklyn • 2001: 9/11 and New York • 2002: Catholic Scandals • 2003: The Blackout

Week of October 20th

2004: The Last Ten Years • 2005: The Heart of the Bloomberg Era • 2006: An Inconvenient Truth • 2007: The Giant Pool of Money • 2008: Yes We Can

Week of October 27th

2009: Mexico's Drug War • 2010: The Tea Party Summer • 2011: Meet The 99% • 2012: Sandy • 2013: Remember Last Year?


Recently in 25 Years in 25 Days: Then and Now With Brian Lehrer

Ray Kelly Remembers the Height of NYC Crime

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In 1990 there were 2,605 murders in NYC. As part of Brian Lehrer's "25 Years in 25 Days," the former police commissioner discusses the bad old days and what's changed.

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25 Years in 25 Days (1989): Don't Have a Cow

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show looks back on 1989 and the first broadcast of The Simpsons with Kurt Andersen.

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25 Years in 25 Days (1989): "The End of History"

Monday, September 29, 2014

The Brian Lehrer Show looks back on 1989 and the end of the Cold War.

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Hi. Could You Call Us?

Friday, September 19, 2014

Help us mark the Brian Lehrer Show's 25th anniversary! We're looking for listeners and fans who want to leave a message introducing our series on 25 years of important stories.
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#TBT Brian and John Oliver, 2007

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Before John Oliver had writers, he was one. In this installment of Throwback Thursday: Oliver's chat with Brian from 2007 about the Writers Guild of America strike and what was at stake.
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#TBT Brian and Douglas Rushkoff, 1996

Thursday, August 28, 2014

In 1996, media theorist Douglas Rushkoff explained the Power Rangers to Brian -- and explained what they were teaching millennials about the future. 
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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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