Open Phones: If Only There Were a Class ...

Monday, March 11, 2013

We asked recently about classes you could teach -- now we want to know what class you haven't seen offered that you'd like to take. What knowledge or skills are you missing you'd like to take a class in?  Call us at 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.



Comments [33]

Margaret from UWS Manhattan

To the one who wants info re. landlord and tenant dealings: get info at the L & T Court, 111 Centre St. Manhattan; and ask Councilwoman Gale Brewer about her annual info sessions on like topics. To Rachel in Sunset Park: I'll take that as a challenge to write a teaching verse for a handout. To Tony from Canarsie: yes - to distinguish flim-flammery from reality, for those who can't - especially when not understanding reality is liable to mean the death of the Panet.

Mar. 11 2013 01:44 PM
Tony from Canarsie

A course on pseudoscience and other flim-flammery would be nice.

Mar. 11 2013 12:46 PM
Lois Woodyatt from New York City

So many people I know have bought hearing aids they don't use. I would like to have a class on how to buy hearing aids.

Mar. 11 2013 12:35 PM
Harriet Cheney from Dobbs Ferry

For the person who wanted a "hip" class on foreign affairs that appealed to other than gray-haired people, there are many such classes at the NYU School of Continuing Education and Professional Studies. These classes are geared to people out in the work world and usually attract young professionals. My husband teaches some of these classes -- and is fairly "hip." But I should mention that he does have gray hair.

Mar. 11 2013 12:25 PM
Celeste Carlucci from New York City

In response to the woman who was looking for a class that teaches how to get out of a bathtub - our Fall Stop...MOVE STRONG™ program teaches getting out of the bathtub, getting off the floor, reaching in high cupboards, picking something off the floor, getting in and out of cabs etc. The program also offers targeted exercise to increase flexibility, balance and strength, all of which are helpful for not only getting out of the tub but for decreasing ones risk for falls.

Our classes are available at the JCC Manhattan and at the Martha Stewart Center for Living at Mt. Sinai Hospital.
For more information - Fall Stop...MOVE STRONG™ at

Mar. 11 2013 12:21 PM
Ernest from Queens

Badly needed: a course on basic ethics, ethics of everyday life. Wo teaches this. Is it taught anywhere.
Retirement: plan it years in advance, not for the money but for a reason to get out of bed everyday and fill the day with some accomplishment.

Mar. 11 2013 12:05 PM

tom from lic asked how do successful people get so many things done in a day?
the answer DELEGATE

Mar. 11 2013 12:04 PM
Bob from Brookyln

@ Tom from LIC - you get more done if you do a little on each project everyday. It's a process of starting and ending projects in a flow so that one doesn't cram too much and get overwhelmed.

Mar. 11 2013 12:03 PM
PHYLLIS MORALES from Los Angeles

I live in Los Angeles and listen to your station via Internet Radio, being from NY.

A class teaching how to speak proper english would be beneficial especially to the younger generation.

Mar. 11 2013 12:03 PM
Bob from Brookyln

How about a class for WNYC Producers on how not to delete comments just because you don't agree with the sentiments of the poster.

Mar. 11 2013 12:01 PM
Adam from Manhattan

Science! Why not extend the high school lessons without the need for college enrollment? Just get people together who want to know more about the world, protect themselves against political misinformation, and ... Well ... Get the king of information fortification that NPR always provides! :)

Mar. 11 2013 12:00 PM
fuva from harlemworld

How finance and money really work in society.
The real history of race/gender-based oppression and terror in America, and their ongoing effects.

Mar. 11 2013 12:00 PM
Bob from Brooklyn

How about a class on how to limit sexual jealousy?

Mar. 11 2013 11:59 AM
Dennis from Brooklyn

A class called the
Retirement Dojo
that would teach people how to fall safely
and practice those skills daily
as well as warm up streaches, etc
(as is done in a dojo)

Mar. 11 2013 11:58 AM

andrea -- sounds like a great singles idea. but as far as talking/learning about most things and particularly foreign policy i'd (30 something man) rather listen to old people any day... your logic would dictate the same strategy of course...

Mar. 11 2013 11:58 AM
eb manhattan

For the gentleman who needed guidance with medical bills, the recent Time magazine article, Poisoned Pill (By Brill) goes into all of the details of medical billing. It's really a good guide

Mar. 11 2013 11:56 AM
Rachel from Sunset Park

In my neighbor, we need a class to inform children of the benefits of using garbage cans and recycling and the impact of littering. Perhaps, they can then teach their parents and our neighborhood would be much cleaner.

Mar. 11 2013 11:56 AM
Katie Kennedy from Huntington, NY

A class on how to call into a radio show, speak clearly, extemporaneously without falling all over your words, and without your heart beating out of your chest, and without saying, "Thank you for taking my call." I would definitely take that class.

Mar. 11 2013 11:56 AM
tom from lic

how do successful people get so many things done in a day?

Mar. 11 2013 11:56 AM
DAVID from Montclair

Put hose on while sitting -- not on your back!

Mar. 11 2013 11:56 AM
Adele Falco from Dobbs Ferry

Please suggest whatever class you would like to take to us at Curious-on-Hudson We welcome people who want to teach here as well.

Mar. 11 2013 11:55 AM

There should be a class on fact checking, and it should be required for all people who work for news outlets

Mar. 11 2013 11:54 AM
Fiona Ryan from Red Hook, Brooklyn

Would love a class on How to Cut your Boyfriend's hair!

Mar. 11 2013 11:54 AM

Bargaining! I admire people who can do it.

Mar. 11 2013 11:54 AM
tom from astoria

How do you make the bridge between your talents and society -- my family has a lot of talents, but we have no success in getting those talents to become a business/service that really pays.

Mar. 11 2013 11:54 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Ya put those hose on one leg at a time.

Mar. 11 2013 11:54 AM

Classes about pros and cons of marriage..the real deal! No one prepares's not all romance and fairy tale...young adults should know it...

Mar. 11 2013 11:53 AM
Sydney from East Village

Picking up on discussions/controversies about writers and getting paid:

How not to be underpaid.

How to get writing/media professionals to advocate for themselves (rather than undermine the profession).

Relatedly, negotiation and presentation skills.

Mar. 11 2013 11:53 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

We definitely need a course to teach people their basic rights, particularly when they talk to police and officials.

Mar. 11 2013 11:53 AM
Linda from Jersey Shore

just like "to Sir with Love", how about a class for all 18 year olds on how to live life like an adult. Counting back change, using a checking account, budgeting, keeping a calendar. etc..

Mar. 11 2013 11:52 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

How about a class about the very edge of human knowledge. What are the questions that science has yet to answer.

Mar. 11 2013 11:51 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

I'd take a class on reality. What is reality? What do we do that brings us closer to what is real vs what we think and do that brings us into fantasy.

Mar. 11 2013 11:49 AM
Bob from Brooklyn

Are we talking about any kind of education or college education? I'd like to see more robust and mandatory drivers ed classes paid for by a tax on car sales. The way people drive is ridic. So many people don't even know basic rules of the road anymore.

Mar. 11 2013 11:48 AM

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