Open Phones: What News Did We Miss?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Over the last week, we’ve done lots of coverage of the mayoral election and the Syria conflict. But we know that while the news cycle churned, the world still turned – and we didn’t get to discuss a lot of important and interesting stories. So what did we miss. Stories from your industry, important stories that haven't gotten enough attention, overseas developments that Americans need to know about, weird news... Call 212-433-9692 or post here to tell us and your fellow listeners what interesting news we missed.

Some of the Stories We Missed

Comments [17]


I guess this doesn't interest you (wnyc)as much as syria,
Apparently, 'On September 7, the Sudan Armed Forces dropped bombs on the village of Jau in South Sudan's Unity State, a region within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone. New satellite imagery confirms the airstrikes by identifying new craters in the town, which lies along the shared border of the Sudans.'

Sep. 12 2013 09:15 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Barb said:

> The NY Times reported that Geo Zimmerman's wife later said he didn't pull a gun during the domestic incident; she just thought he had a gun.

Nah. That wasn't a gun. He was just happy to see her.

Sep. 12 2013 11:26 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Jim -- "Nobody is talking about Egypt..."? Last night alone, I watched three reports from Cairo on cable news channels and the PBS News Hour. If the press is colluding with the US government, they're not doing a very good job of it.

Sep. 12 2013 11:03 AM

The timing is interesting.

Sep. 12 2013 11:01 AM


Nobody is talking about Egypt and Libya because those stories undercut the narrative that US intervention in Syria is good for Syrians.

Sep. 12 2013 10:54 AM
Tony from Canarsie

Somewhat overlooked is Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes being defeated in the primary by Kenneth Thompson. That's a major game changer.

Sep. 12 2013 10:54 AM
Victor from Manhattan

The Zimmerman story is an Internet flamer, and not true.

Sep. 12 2013 10:47 AM
Andrea from Philadelphia

While paying more attention to Syria, the media has turned away from the continuing turmoil in Egypt. Something of particular concern to me that hasn't gotten much coverage in the US press is that a number of foreign nationals, including two Canadians, were arrested in Cairo a few weeks ago and are still being held. The Canadians, Dr. Tarek Loubani and filmmaker John Greyson were passing through Egypt on their way to Gaza, where Loubani trains physicians in advanced life support techniques. Greyson was doing advance work for a possible film about the work of Loubani and other Canadian physicians who volunteer in Gaza. Greyson has an NYC connection--he lived in NY for several years during the 80s and one of his films was shown at the NYFF. For more info., see or the tarekandjohn Facebook page. It would be great if WNYC looked into this

Sep. 12 2013 10:44 AM

The NY Times reported that Geo Zimmerman's wife later said he didn't pull a gun during the domestic incident; she just thought he had a gun. But his anger problems are still apparent.

Sep. 12 2013 10:44 AM

US News & World Report releases their new college ranking and few(er) people care. And for good reasons thanks to Obama announcement of govt's own ranking. It's about time people stop thinking of colleges as black boxes and confounding input (eg selectivity) with output.

Sep. 12 2013 10:42 AM

Voter fraud in bkln!!

Sep. 12 2013 10:38 AM
Ben from Westchester

Not always the biggest Obama supporter, but facts are facts:

While the Republicans seem to use the word Benghazi every three sentences, it looks like Obama has thus far navigated two dictators being overthrown without using US troops and without involving the US.

Libya is still in a civil war, but we are not involved and, other than the tragic deaths of the Ambassador and a few CIA contractors, we are not involved.

Obama may have managed to navigate Syria as well wihtout committing the US to troops or battle thus far.

I'm nervous about Egypt, but Obama is doing very well so for, compared to his predecessor.

Sep. 12 2013 10:36 AM

Teacher in Montana sentenced to 30 days for raping a student (student ends up commiting suicide), Apple releases iPhone 5s and 5c to lackluster acclaim, Peyton Manning throws record seven touchdowns in single game, Diane Nyad criticized for her swim, Dennis Rodman does us all a favor and returns to NK, debt ceiling talks on the horizon.

Sep. 12 2013 10:35 AM

Did I miss your segment on the sprectra pipeline on the hundson river?
Are we safe?

Sep. 12 2013 10:34 AM

You missed this huge story

Colorado recall election prompts gun debate

I agree with marcia kovarsky. Bad move to eliminate NPR news headlines at the top of the hour

Sep. 12 2013 10:32 AM

You missed the anniversary of the Benghazi attack. Given your coverage after the event ( you should really revisit this and discuss lessons learned.

Sep. 12 2013 10:29 AM
marcia kovarsky from manhattan

pls explain why you eliminated short news report before you start program at 10 am - the "explanation" given to me yesterday when I called doesn't make sense - I don't like this schedule

Sep. 12 2013 10:12 AM

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