Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Monday, December 31, 2012

Another round of one of our favorite games - radio advice roulette. Listeners call in to get advice from strangers -- but only after they give advice to someone else.

Comments [11]

William Zeph Ginsberg from New York City

This is way past your broadcast but it may be helpful for next time.

Serendipity is a great family fun restaurant
225 East 60th Street
New York NY

Jan. 08 2013 12:01 AM
ellen from washington heights

Family friendly restaurant = Chat n Chew near union square

Dec. 31 2012 12:25 PM
Fran from Upper West Side

Almost any Chinese restaurant is family friendly, especially those in Chinatown, where you'll be dining with many other multi-generation families.

Dec. 31 2012 11:57 AM
Mary Ann Drury from NYC

A caller recently gave advice about whether or not a manager should lower performance expectations for an employee whose performance is apparently negatively affected by underlying personal problems. The advice was excellent regarding need for the manager to focus on key or essential performance requirements at present and communicate expectations to the employee for meeting those essential goals. Unfortunately this does not address the underlying problems driving the poor performance so results may be limited. Ideally a manager would recommend that the employee take advantage of the employer's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). An EAP professional will coach the manager on how to work with difficult employees and be an effective manager.

There was no mention of an EAP perhaps due to caller's lack of awareness of this type of program. An EAP is a confidential free resource offered by a majority of large and mid-size organizations.

I work for a firm that provides this type of service; calls from managers about employees with personal problems affecting performance at work represents at least 10% of all calls for assistance.

Dec. 31 2012 11:25 AM
Amy from Manhattan

Once on WNYC I heard about scrimshaw artists who work only on used ivory, which did come from elephants originally, but no new elephants were being killed for it. It was aired years ago, & I don't remember the details, or even which public radio service it was from, but maybe the caller could find out & give her ivory to 1 of them.

Dec. 31 2012 11:10 AM
Natalie from Brooklyn

Straight from eBay rules. Sell it!

AFRICAN ELEPHANT: This is on the C.I.T.E.S. endangered species list. The importation, selling and buying of this ivory IS NOT ALLOWED INTERNATIONALLY. It cannot be exported or imported to the U.S. and most of the countries delegated to the U.N., BUT... it is LEGAL TO OWN, SELL, BUY, or SHIP within the boundaries of the U.S. and there are NO PERMITS or REGISTRATION requirements! *The majority of african elephant ivory is "old estate" ivory that was brought into this country since its' inception.

ASIAN ELEPHANT : Also on the C.I.T.E.S. Endangered species list and is ILLEGAL to buy, trade, sell, import or export anywhere internationally or INTERSTATE within the U.S.

Dec. 31 2012 11:08 AM
Ania from Stamford, CT

Tasha, I believe you were looking for a great family restaurant in NYC. I recommend Carmine's Family Style Restaurant It is a staple in NYC. I have been there only once and the food was amazing. It is loud, crowded and you need to make a reservation some times a day or two in advance, but it's well worth it. I am a vegetarian but was able to find some great items on the menu for myself too. If you decide to go there be sure to come on an empty stomach, the portions are very generous. Have a great time in NYC! Ania

Dec. 31 2012 11:06 AM
Kitty Skrobela from Brooklyn, NY

Family friendly restaurant: Le Pain Quotidien. Went there with my niece and her husband and 2 daughters age 10 and 15. Community table allows spreading out. Daughters are vegetarian and were well-accommodated. Share dishes. Adults will love the options. We went to the one on 7th Ave at 58th St. Other locations found at

Dec. 31 2012 11:05 AM
patricia from NYC

Really family friendly restaurant and really decent Italian - Carmine's off Times Sq.

Dec. 31 2012 11:01 AM

family friendly restaurant - LandMarc at Time Warner Center

Dec. 31 2012 11:00 AM
michael from brooklyn

it's not illegal to sell ivory if it's an antique. If she's getting new ivory, she should be ashamed of her self. if it's some 1902 letter opener and she can't stand holding on to it anymore, donate it to a museum or sell it.

Dec. 31 2012 11:00 AM

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