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Labor Day Best-Of: Gail Collins; Maya Angelou; Earl 'The Pearl' Monroe

Monday, September 02, 2013

Today’s best-of show on this Labor Day begins with New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses her take on finding humor in Republicanism, her time on the editorial board, and her approach to opinion writing. Then, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe looks back on his career at the New York Knicks and at some more recent starting line-ups; we hear about the rich history of the intersection of sports and politics; and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her family. Plus: two takes on gender in the workplace: first on overcoming differences, then on women farmers.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Alan Alda; Our American Revolution; They Might Be Giants

Friday, July 05, 2013

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

Actor Alan Alda talks about his career and his interest in science and medicine – particularly dyslexia. Then, the rock band They Might Be Giants perform in studio and talk about how to navigate the music business in the age of the Internet. Plus, author Isabel Allende on her new novel; an anthropologist makes the case that sanitation workers are the city’s heroes; the Black Fives and Brooklyn’s basketball past; and the local history of the American Revolution.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Coach Bobby Knight Praises Negative Thinking

Monday, July 01, 2013

Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his rebuttal to Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking - he explains why negative thinking will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.

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Soundcheck

Transition Game: Athletes Who Make It In Music

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

For most athletes, retirement offers an opportunity to pursue other interests. While many turn to the broadcast booth or business ventures, a few turn to music, either as musicians or for careers in the industry. Musician Erin McKeown talks with former Division I basketball player Christen Greene, now a music business manager for bands such as The Lumineers.

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WNYC News

Ex-NBA Teammate: What Jason Collins Can Expect On and Off the Court

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Many players have publicly voiced their support for Jason Collins - LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, to name a few. But will the goodwill continue? And what can Collins expect on and off the court from his peers? "Obviously you can't say 100 percent of the people are going to be OK with it or 100 percent are not," says Brian Scalabrine, a friend and former teammate.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Earl "the Pearl" Monroe

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This live interview first aired live on April 23, 2013. An edited version was re-broadcast as part of a special best-of show for Labor Day on September 2, 2013.

With the Knicks in the playoffs and 40 years after the team he was a part of won the championshipEarl "the Pearl" Monroe, former New York Knick, Hall of Fame inductee and author of Earl The Pearl: My Story (Rodale Books, 2013)stops by to talk about the NBA then and now.

→ VIDEO: Earl The Pearl describing how he learned to dribble to music.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Coaches Crossing the Line

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced that showed him shoving players and using homophobic slurs. Have you ever been pushed around by leaders such as coaches or drill sergeants? Is this behavior ever an effective motivational tool? Where do you think the line should be drawn? Call us at 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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New Jersey News

Rutgers Athletic Director Resigns

Friday, April 05, 2013

Tim Pernetti resigned as Rutgers athletic director on Friday, two days after the basketball coach he hired was dismissed for abusive behavior during practices - actions that prompted nationwide outrage once a video went public.

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New Jersey News

Rutgers Fires Basketball Coach

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Rutgers has fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice.

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Soundcheck

Kendrick Scott: Leading From Behind

Friday, March 29, 2013

Drummer Kendrick Scott once described himself in an interview as a “pretty boring guy…. I spend most of my time doing music-related stuff.” However, one exception to that rule is basketball, which he plays and loves to watch. But, as we found out, even conversations about basketball eventually turn to music. "It's so akin to what we're doing," he tells us, referring to his jazz quintet, Oracle. "It's like all of these guys are Lebron James. If they need to be a foundation guy, they can do that, or if they need to stay on top and finish, they can do that.

We hear a live set from the band, whose new album is called Conviction. 

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On The Media

A Conversation with Basketball Great Walt "Clyde" Frazier

Friday, March 29, 2013

With his cool rhymes and even cooler clothes, Basketball Hall of Famer Walt "Clyde" Frazier sat down with Brooke Gladstone for a live event to discuss basketball, broadcasting and the art of being cool.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Money Is March Madness?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The NCAA basketball tournament grabs a lot of eyeballs, but turning them into dollars hasn't always been easy -- even when the "talent" is playing for free.

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WNYC News

Weekend Picks: Goddesses and Basketball

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Here's how we'll be spending our weekend. We suggest you do the same.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coach Bob Knight Praises Negative Thinking

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Legendary basketball coach Bobby Knight talks about his rebuttal to Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking. In The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventioal Approach to Achieving Positive Results, he explains why negative thinking will actually produce more positive results, in sports and in daily life.

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Soundcheck

LeBron's Headphones Game; Youngblood Hawke Plays Live

Monday, February 11, 2013

In this episode: We hear about how NBA star LeBron James helped a single brand of headphones become the must-have audio accessory for pro athletes and music fans alike. Writer J. Freedom du Lac joins us to talk about his recent ESPN cover story. 

Plus, the California band Youngblood Hawke plays its anthemic single “We Come Running” live in the studio.

Lucian Sulica, Director of Voice Disorders/Laryngology at Weill Cornell Medical Center, tells us how we can help keep our voices healthy during the winter months.

And: We bring you a recent NPR Tiny Desk Concert from the band Lucius (watch below). 

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From Jock Jams To Super Crunk: How The Memphis Grizzlies Get Arena Music Right

Monday, February 04, 2013

From the bluesman W.C. Handy to rappers Three 6 Mafia, Memphis oozes music from its pores. Now two homegrown innovators with the Memphis Grizzlies have brought that musical culture into sports, creating the best in-game soundtrack in the NBA.

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WNYC News

Rivalry Begins as the Nets Defeat the Knicks in Overtime

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Brooklyn Nets had to go into overtime Monday night to beat the Knicks 96-89. The game, before a packed crowd of nearly 18,000, marked the start of the city’s newest cross-town rivalry.

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WNYC News

The Rivalry Begins: The NY Knicks Face-Off Against the Brooklyn Nets

Monday, November 26, 2012

Brooklyn’s newest hometown team, the Nets, will host the city’s storied New York Knicks at their new home in the Barclays Center Monday night.

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WNYC News

As Barclays Opens, Neighbors Still Grumble

Friday, September 28, 2012

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After almost a decade of fits and starts, the first part of the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project opens Friday. But the hoopla can’t quell the controversy surrounding the project. Neighborhood groups continue challenging Atlantic Yards, arguing that a Community Benefits Agreement signed by some, doesn’t include or apply to all.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Is it Okay for Knicks Fans to Become Nets Fans?

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

This offseason, the new Brooklyn Nets have seemingly done everything right, while the Knicks have shot themselves in the foot. Will Leitch, founder of Deadspin and New York magazine sports contributor, discusses whether it's okay for New York fans to take their fandom across the East River.

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