Open Phones: Brian's Back, What'd He Miss?

Monday, August 22, 2011

Brian famously misses big news while on vacation. On August 4th, within minutes of walking out of the WNYC building to start his two-week summer trip, news came across the wire that NYC Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith had resigned. The next day the S&P announced they were downgrading the US to a "AA+" nation. Then: a deadly helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Rick Perry joined the GOP race and James Franco tried to save us from those damn dirty apes.

So, what else? What is the most important news that happened while Brian was away for the past two weeks?

Comments [22]

Ed from Larchmont

Brian Lehrer also missed World Youth Day where between 1 and 2 million young people from 193 countries prayed with the pope. Beautiful. Compare with the youth riots in Britain.
Some people say 'What difference does it make to anyone else if I believe in God or not?' What they forget is that, putting aside the truth of religion for a moment, religion promotes morality and gives people a purpose, and is the bulwark of social order. Oops.

Aug. 23 2011 08:32 AM
Esmeralda from Brooklyn

Gary from Queens - the most important event Brian missed was some article you posted on some obscure website? Really? I think you could use some perspective.

Aug. 22 2011 07:42 PM
Leah from Indiana

The best state fair in the United States, the Indiana State Fair was held. In addition to the great exhibits and 4-H shows, the fair also hosted concerts. In a crazy sequence of freak weather events, the stage at the Sugarland concert collapsed, killing 7 people (as of this morning) and injuring more than 40. While the deaths were tragic, the reason that this story is great news is because within minutes, all of the people who were trapped by the stage were out from under the wreckage and being treated by concert-goers. While I sometimes can't stand living here, the people of Indiana are truly some of the best in the world. This tragedy happened at a great event that showcases the best in the state, including the best people.

Aug. 22 2011 12:42 PM
Dianne from MANAHTTAN

You missed the Republican straw poll in Iowa - no biggie.
Yesterday's NYTimes reported on the front page that Texas governor, Rick Perry, threw business toward big donators to his campaign and to their business interests.
One big donor, John McHale, gave $50,000 to Perry's campaign. Later, the governor's office gave $3 million to a pharmaceutical start up that McHale helped get off the ground.

Aug. 22 2011 10:41 AM
Jim Donnelly from new your city

there is as strike against the Boathouse in Central Park around issues of sexual harasament and arbitrary firing of workers.

Aug. 22 2011 10:40 AM

Another toxic school problem:
Toxic Bronx New School to be shuttered in fall: city education officials

Aug. 22 2011 10:38 AM

The kids in the Piper Theater summer program at the Old Stone House in Brooklyn put on a performance of Marat Sade.

Aug. 22 2011 10:33 AM

Anna Hazare, a gandhi-esque anti-corruption protestor was arrested in India at the beginning of this week while on his way to begin a planned hunger strike. The government said the strike would be problematic. It was also horribly under reported. The NY Times had a story on Friday. The actual problems in India are hardly given any attention by media here,while there're constantly stories about some big new thing there.

Aug. 22 2011 10:33 AM
Derek from Oyster bay

It's nice to have you back Brian! You have tough shoes to fill..

Aug. 22 2011 10:32 AM

A comedian is still the only one paying attention to the single most important political issue in this country - campaign finance reform. Did ya see Colbert's PAC ad for Rick pArry?

Aug. 22 2011 10:31 AM
Yvette from Westchester, NY

The Royal Shakespeare Company in NYC! So worth it:)

Aug. 22 2011 10:31 AM
Jenna from New York

You missed it, Brian- Burt and Ernie are just puppets and have no sexual orientation

Aug. 22 2011 10:27 AM

Brian, you've definitely been away too long - giving Perry the benefit of the doubt??? When he says something to the effect alluding to torture (paraphrase)"...the way we'll treat them in Texas" You should pay more attention tot he news when away

Aug. 22 2011 10:26 AM
Matthew from Brooklyn

Humpback whale in New York Bight

Aug. 22 2011 09:53 AM
Julie from Rockland County, NY

Oh, Brian, just the usual. You go on vacation and everything just goes straight to hell.

Aug. 22 2011 09:48 AM
gary from queens

The most important event Brian missed was the posting of my article last week:

"A Tutorial on Economics for Liberal"

I was inspired to write it having read so many of Brian's liberal listeners ignorant comments on the economy.

By all rights, I should have dedicated the essay to them!

Aug. 22 2011 09:29 AM
lisa from nyc

London riots, SF Bart protests, Philadelphia flash mobs.

Aug. 22 2011 09:27 AM from Brooklyn

My man Plaxico Burress did an incredible job at his first game back. After being away from the game for three years. Mayor Bloomberg wanted to make an example out of him and lobbied the judge for a stiffer punishment.
Should the Mayor be allowed to lobby judges. To influence the outcome of a crtiminal case. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

Aug. 22 2011 09:23 AM
Ben from NYC

@KimKardashian and @KrisHumphries got married.

Aug. 22 2011 09:11 AM
Jim from Somerville, NJ

The Yankees (without A-Rod) moved back into first place.

Aug. 22 2011 08:30 AM
john from office

Thank God Brian is back.

Aug. 22 2011 08:04 AM
Daniel Fowler from Manhattan!

HP gives up on PCs and mobile devices! Google buys Motorola!

Aug. 20 2011 11:32 AM

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