Best Of 2011

The Takeaway

'The Iron Lady' and 2011's Best and Worst Movies

Friday, December 30, 2011

The last week of the year brings with it Hollywood's last chance to release movies eligible for 2012's Academy Awards. "The Iron Lady" (trailer after the jump), the Margaret Thatcher biopic starring Meryl Streep is among them. The movie is getting mixed reviews, but Streep's performance is said to make her a shoo-in for this year's Oscars. The Takeaway's Movie Date podcast team gives their assessment of "The Iron Lady," and look back at their picks for the best and worst movies of 2011.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Underrated

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Call in and talk about what you found to be underrated in 2011. It can be anything - from a restaurant to a person, from a t.v. show to a new gadget. What was underestimated in public or private life this year? 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Best of 2011: The Year in (Your) Pictures

Thursday, December 22, 2011

There are lots of roundups of the year's best pictures, but we want to do it a little differently.

This year cell phone pictures brought us news stories, from protests in Tahrir Square to the impact of Hurricane Irene. For our one and only best-of 2011 project, we want to collect the year's best pictures -- that are sitting on your cell phone. Upload them here - we'll make a highlight slideshow of our favorites!

And, no, Anthony Weiner is not eligible.

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The Best of 2011 in Opera

Monday, December 19, 2011

In a season of Best-Of lists, Operavore Olivia Giovetti names her own picks for standouts of 2011. Find out what made the cut, and leave your own nominations in the comments.

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WQXR Features

The Most Popular Classical Albums of 2011

Friday, December 16, 2011

Each week in 2011 we've been pleased to feature new recordings in our Album of the Week feature. Here are the year's most popular albums according to web traffic on

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"Pragmatic" is Merriam-Webster's Word of The Year. What's Yours?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Merriam-Webster has chosen "pragmatic" as their word of the year. The dictionary saw a spike in searches for the word in the run-up to the debt ceiling negotiations and again during deficit negotiations this Fall.

»» What do you think of the decision? What would be your word of 2011? Post it below and tell us why! Or tweet us @brianlehrer using the tag #blword.

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