Open Phones: Underrated

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Call in and talk about what you found to be underrated in 2011. It can be anything - from a restaurant to a person, from a t.v. show to a new gadget. What was underestimated in public or private life this year? 

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Comments [18]

Nana from NYC

Our President of USA has been underrated as he is doing lots for us.
With all that he has to undo, he needs all our help.
"Ask not what your country can do for you. BUT, what you can do for your country." President Kennedy

Dec. 29 2011 12:05 PM
Silvia from The Bronx

Aside from Brian Lehrer, the Foo Fighters! Even though their new album has been nominated for Grammys, and Dave received a Genius award, and even though they are international rock stars, peopls still ask me Who? When I mention them. Their music is inspiring and wonderful, and they are not well known because they are not owned by any corporation.

Dec. 29 2011 11:40 AM
Amy from Manhattan

I heard a follow-up on the Fukushima reactor on NPR (All Things Considered, I think) just in the last couple of weeks.

Dec. 29 2011 11:39 AM
gene from NYC

The modern Doctor Who--as usual

Why the US is so uninformed on this incredible series--the BBC's flagship program, having won more of the UK's version of the Emmys than any other program--is beyond me.

True, the series in the last 2 years is pretty challenging on a number of levels, but newcomers should try these episodes, freely available on Netflix, etc.:


"The Lady in the Fireplace"

"Silence in the Library"

Blink especially is an absolute masterpiece of storytelling in writing, acting, directing.

Dec. 29 2011 11:39 AM
Jan from Hoboken

Bored To Death, which HBO has cancelled. A great and very sweet show. And Jane Adams on Hung, also cancelled by HBO. Not a great show, but a really great performance.

Dec. 29 2011 11:37 AM
Louise Mowder from North Brunswick

Potassium! and my body's need for it. Appropriate potassium levels are more important for your body (mine at least) than sodium. I found this out when I was admitted to the hospital with malignant high blood pressure caused by a near-fatal lack of potassium.

Dec. 29 2011 11:37 AM
john from office

President Obama was totally under rated. He is and will be a great president

Dec. 29 2011 11:35 AM

I saw Sucker Punch twice during a 16 hours flight and was completely blown away! I cannot believe it did not garner the attention it deserves. I'm so glad to hear that there's at least one critic out there who agrees.

Dec. 29 2011 11:35 AM
Yosif from Manhattan

Mohamed Bouazizi. This fruit vendor lit himself on fire and started a revolution started the Arab spring and led to the overthrow of Mubarak and arguably Gadaffi. Good riddance to them and Kim Jong Il as well.

Dec. 29 2011 11:33 AM
Edward from NJ

Public school teachers were underrated. The vast majority of public schools do an excellent job educating children. The ones that don't do well are failing not primarily because of the teachers but because of overwhelming poverty and lack of parental support.

Dec. 29 2011 11:33 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Videogames are the most underrated and misunderstood art form because the powers that be still have never played one, or learned how to play them. Unlike sitting back and watching a play or movie, a videogame,like an automobile, is an interactive experience, and hence an older person would have to learn how to play them, just as one learns to drive a car.

At any rate, videogames today rival the movie industry, and indeed have become symbiotic to an extent with the movie industy in that they employ actors, musicians, artists and scene designers as well as programmers.

When will videogames start getting the attention and respect that they increasingly deserve?

Dec. 29 2011 11:32 AM
Jo Ann Joseph from New Jersey

The most under-rated person this year is the public school teacher. From the vitriol hurled at them, one gets the impression that our children are being taught by lazy, uneducated, uncaring individuals. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Dec. 29 2011 11:32 AM
Tim from NJ

I think Ron Paul is the most underrated politician in 2011. Hopefully the establishment's smear campaign will backfire and RP will win the 2012 election. He's the only candidate that doesn't support status quo and has not accepted any bribes from the corporate money machine.

Dec. 29 2011 11:32 AM
Shawn from Manhattan

Bradley Manning is the most underrated of 2011. He is a hero for exposing the crimes of our government and most of my friends still don't know who he is.

Dec. 29 2011 11:31 AM
Sarah from Brooklyn

I think Brian Lehrer - or the person whose job it is to know everything about everything going on in the world - is up there with most underrated of 2011!

Dec. 29 2011 11:31 AM
Sue from Westchester

Amnesty International calling for the arrest of George W. Bush for human rights violations...This is HUGE, to finally hold Bush Administration officials accountable for the war crimes of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, but was highly under-reported.

Dec. 29 2011 11:31 AM
Richard R. Binkele from Tarrytown, NY

I thought Occupy Wall Street would pack up and go home in less than a month. I'm impressed at not only their tenacity but their message. I Get It Now.

Dec. 29 2011 11:09 AM

Tibetan monks setting themselves on fire. Tibet is suppressed by China but here in the West it's ignored in the news because our businesses and consumers want their cheap 'made in China' stuff to keep flowing.

China is still a Communist country and they are able to grow stronger because they're part of the WTO. Imagine if we had the same policies with the Soviet Union - buy their goods and send our businesses there to create jobs - the USSR would still be around and kicking.

Dec. 29 2011 11:04 AM

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