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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Brian Lehrer Show's Online Job-Search Community

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Today kicks off the Help Wanted project, which tracks five local residents as they search for a new job. Today, meet one of the five, Naomi and hear from former TV journalist Andrea McCarren on her road back to work. Plus: why owning property and keeping density low are such alluring aspects of suburban life, but also extremely contentious. And Stephen Levin, newly elected councilman from Brooklyn. Plus: describe your blizzard disappointment.


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Naomi, Stephen Levin and Andrea McCarren

Trial Tribulations

The trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed has drawn heavy criticism from those who don't believe he should have the right to be tried in civilian court. Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First, and Peter Wallison, an Arthur F. Burns Fellow in Financial Policy Studies at the ...

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From Blizzard to Blahzzard

Turns out the snowpocalypse wasn't all that was promised. Yesterday we asked for your blizzard status, today we want to know about your slush situation. How much snow did you end up getting? How disappointed are you? How do you deal with snow-letdown? Comment below!

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Politics and the Suburbs: A Plot of One's Own

Our February weekly series Politics and the Suburbs continues with Larry Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University. Today's topic: Why the lure of property and low-density is such a compelling and contentious part of suburban life and politics.

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Help Wanted: Meet Naomi

The Brian Lehrer Show has just launched Help Wanted, a new project in which five job hunters report on the ups and downs of looking for work. Today, meet Naomi, a lawyer who specializes in commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation.

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Help Wanted: Staying Nimble

After years as a television reporter for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, Andrea McCarren was recently let go for financial reasons. To her surprise, she found herself turning to social media to find connections both spiritual and practical, and charted a new course back to work. She's founded a ...

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Times Square Pedestrian Zone Made Permanent

The Mayor is expected to announce this morning that the Times Square pedestrian zone will become permanent, with Broadway closed between 42nd and 47th street. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein is in Times Square and reports on the decision.

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Meet Your Councilmember: Stephen Levin

Stephen Levin, city councilman from the 33rd District (D-Brooklyn) on his recent election to city council.

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Covering the Job Market: Help Wanted

You hear the numbers everyday: unemployment hovers over ten percent. Millions of Americans are out of work. We all get the scope and the magnitude of the situation, but we need to understand the impact on the individual. In the twenty-first century, what does it mean to be unemployed for over a year? What does it take to walk away from a job in this economy? How do you survive the crushing competition or navigate complicated procedures?

The Brian Lehrer Show is very pleased to introduce five job seekers who will help us explore the job market in this tough economy. These five have pledged to share with all of us the good and the bad moments on their journey to a new job. Their introductions are below. Their stories, as well as discussions, advice and helpful links, will remain on a new page in Facebook dedicated to this project. It's called Help Wanted. You can follow along and respond to the authors there.

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Meet Naomi, Alyson, Maryli, Ginger and Jim

Naomi
Commercial, landlord/tenant, and matrimonial litigation

I was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Vancouver, Canada. My parents, refugees from Germany and Poland, had first landed in New York and attended college here. I moved to the city on my own when I was nineteen, but spent long stints away before I settled down and became an attorney. I worked for an American exhibit traveling in the former Soviet Union (Moscow, Tashkent, Irkutsk, and Tbilisi), as a Russian-speaking resettlement counselor in Boston, and for the U.S. State Department program that admitted refugees from the USSR. My most recent position was as recoupment counsel for Fidelity National Title Group, a fortune 500 company. The carrier issues policies on property titles when there is a sale, so we were very hard hit by the recession. In January, 2009, the company announced that it was closing its claims offices in midtown Manhattan, Buffalo, Chicago, and New Jersey. I was laid off along with almost all the other counsel in those offices. Prior to Fidelity, I practiced motor vehicle accident litigation, mainly writing and arguing motions and appeals.

One good thing that has come out of my layoff is that I have been able to spend more time with my three daughters. Also, I have had the opportunity to work as a volunteer attorney for the city and the state. I did research and writing in the chambers of a Manhattan Supreme Court judge who handles international commercial litigation, represented low-income New Yorkers in court, sat as a volunteer arbitrator in small claims court, and did research for a city agency. Even though I don't have a paying job, on good days, I still get a thrill out of being at the heart of life in New York.

Alyson
Fashion Design

I am a 25 year old assistant fashion designer for a vendor in New York City. Disappointed with my employment, I am currently seeking a new job or possibly a new career. When I lived in Ohio, I had very high aspirations to move to New York City and work for major designer labels. When I was laid off from a large corporate brand in Ohio, it pushed me to move to the city earlier than I had planned. Employment opportunities in the fashion industry were already sluggish when I graduated college in 2007. Determined to remain in the fashion industry, I have worked for two less than satisfactory companies.

I started actively seeking employment five months ago and have not yet received one reply or interview. Quitting is not an option in this economy, so I remain employed. In the past year, I have attended resume and portfolio

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