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Money, Marriage, and Making It

Friday, June 06, 2014

June Carbone, professor of law, science and technology at the University of Minnesota, and co-author of Marriage Markets: How Inequality is Remaking the American Family [Oxford] and Naomi Cahn, professor at George Washington University Law School, and co-author of the book talk about how ideas of success and stability inform marriage, partnerships, and inequality in our society -- and how those forces have changed over time.

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Improv Life Lessons, "Yes and" and Beyond

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Improvisational comedy relies on team work, thinking creatively on your feet, and being open to new ideas. Charlie Todd, founder of the prank collective Improv Everywhere and a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, talks about the lessons you can learn from improv that apply in real life.

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John Hodgman Judges Your Jokes

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

You think you have a funny joke. Author, actor and humorist John Hodgman will judge it on its merits. Plus: he'll talk about the Ragnarok Survival Kit he has put together.

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When It's Okay To Laugh

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Some of the best jokes are about difficult subjects, like politics. Lizz Winstead, a comedian, writer, and co-founder of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and Hari Kondabolu, a comedian whose debut album is called "Waiting for 2042," talk about making political topics funny and where to draw the line, from immigration to abortion.

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Why Are We Laughing?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Scott Weems, who has a Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from UCLA and is now the author of Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, kicks off our "family meeting" on laughter by explaining why we laugh and discussing what a sense of humor means from a scientific and personal perspective.

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Your Guide to Tenants' Rights

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Do you know how to negotiate a new lease with your landlord? What to do when your apartment is in need of repairs, or your neighbors are violating noise ordinances? Housing expert Jaron Benjamin answers your practical questions, part of the Brian Lehrer Show's two-hour "family meeting" on all things rent-related.

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How Dense Can We Get?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

The Mayor's plan for affordable housing includes increased density. What do you think it would mean for your neighborhood? What kind of community benefits would be needed to make it work? How does this compare with your vision of the city's future? Call in and tell us what you think about increasing density. 212-433-WNYC…

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How Do You Feel About the Space You Rent?

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Whether you grew up in the space you rent or moved in last month, we want to hear about your relationship with your rental unit. Have you ever renovated it? How is the space affecting you financially? If you move a lot, what's your approach to your space?

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Your Commercial Real Estate Market

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Daniel Geiger, a senior reporter covering commercial real estate at Crain's New York Business, talks about commercial rent and how the market is going for small businesses in New York City. 

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Deputy Mayor Glen on the Affordable Housing Plan

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a plan to build or preserve 200,000 units of affordable housing. Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, talks about the approach and how density is part of the mayor's vision for affordability in the city.

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Rent-Related Advice Roulette

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

It's time for another round of advice roulette! Call in to get advice about your rent-related dilemma. The catch? You've got to give advice first! If you're wrestling with a tricky question -- should you move in together? How much should you charge your roommate for that tiny "bedroom" (closet)? Should you rent or buy? -- call in to get advice from your fellow Brian Lehrer Show listeners. 212-433-9692. Or, post a question/give advice in the comments below.

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The Climate Crisis Can Be Solved

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

In the wake of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's climate report, Steven A. Cohen, executive director of Columbia University's Earth Institute, talks about the complexities of climate change and the solutions offered in the report, and offers his (optimistic) thoughts on how the world will adapt to a warming planet.

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Bring Back the Oysters

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Billion Oyster Project is restoring oyster beds to New York Harbor. Billion Oyster Project Director Pete Malinowski, also aquaculture program director at the New York Harbor School, and his students, Beni Nedrick and Erin Nolan, explain why it's beneficial for the health of the waterways, marine life and how the shellfish might protect coastal areas from future storm surges.

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Ask a Climatologist

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Katharine Mach, co-director of science for the IPCC Working Group II based out of the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology at Stanford University, is a scientist who worked on the latest IPCC report. She answers your questions about the earth and humans' vulnerability to climate change, what's already happened, will happen in the future and how we might fix this mess. Plus, anything else you've ever wanted to ask a climate scientist.

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Your Personal Environmentalism

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

To kick off our Earth Day family meeting, we want to hear what environmentalism means to you. Are you constantly conflicted by your energy use? What do you do personally to try to help - or at least not harm - the environment? What fears do you have for the future and what trade-offs do you make?

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What's It Like Where You're From?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

If the whole world doesn't get on board to curb emissions, the negative effects of climate change may overwhelm the earth anyway. After all, global warming knows no international boundaries. We want to hear from immigrants - how is climate change addressed in your home country? Or is it development at any cost?

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Getting to Know Jesus

Monday, April 21, 2014

James Martin, SJ, a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, and author of Jesus: A Pilgrimage (HarperOne, 2014), talks about the historical and spiritual Jesus.

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How Did You Spend Your Holy Week?

Monday, April 21, 2014

With holy weeks ending in Judaism and Christianity, did you observe either holiday through: Reflection? Public action? Prayer? How do you picture God when performing your rituals? Call us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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A Social History of God

Monday, April 21, 2014

Karen Armstrong, author of best-selling books on religion and the founder of the Charter for Compassion, addresses the question: How are religious concepts and practices different at different times for individuals and cultures? And we ask immigrants to call in and discuss how God is viewed differently in your country of origin than in the US.

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Roundtable: God in Our Everyday Lives

Monday, April 21, 2014

Our family meeting continues with a roundtable of thinkers from all types of religious backgrounds on how God connects with our everyday lives. With: Krista Tippett, host of On BeingLisa Anderson, director of women’s multifaith education at Auburn Theological SeminaryMark Epstein, a psychiatrist in private practice in New York City and the author of The Trauma of Everyday Life (Penguin Press, 2013); and Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, monk, lecturer and the first-ever Hindu chaplain for Columbia University, New York University, and Union Theological Seminary, and the author of Urban Monk: Exploring Karma, Consciousness, and the Divine (Conscious Living, LLC, 2013).

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