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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Are You Ambivalent About?

Friday, July 25, 2014

First, what are you ambivalent about? What's in the news that is scrambling your political or moral priorities? Call in and tell us. And then, other listeners, call in and make your case if you are not ambivalent about those issues…

For today's show, we're experimenting with a live-chat instead of the traditional comments page. The chat room is open all show, add your comment and talk to fellow listeners here.

The Takeaway

In Praise of Ambivalence

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In our current world, where there are so many news stories circulating via so many media, it’s sometimes hard to wrap our heads around the stories, much less figure out which side we stand on. Are undocumented immigrants criminals? Or refugees? Is Edward Snowden a hero? Or a traitor? Ian Leslie is a London-based writer who believes we should stop fixating on decisive answers. His new piece for Slate is called “Ambivalence is Awesome…Or is it Awful?”

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Schoolbook

Teachers Juggle Breaking News with Lesson Plans

Monday, April 22, 2013

One teacher used the Boston Marathon bombing to teach her students about Chechnya. Another helped students process what happened in terms they could understand. “I told them that we can’t let bullies rule us whether they’re terrorists or in the school,” he said.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Putin’s Russia, and the Films “The Girl” and “Beyond the Hills”

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Russian journalist Masha Gessen traces the rise of Vladimir Putin from low-level KGB operative to president of Russia, and looks at how he’s been able to maintain his power. Director David Riker and Abbie Cornish, his star in the new film, “The Girl,” about a single mother who’s lost her child to social services and tries some desperate measures to straighten out her life. Christian Mungiu talks about his latest film, “Beyond the Hills,” which won Best Actress and Best Screenplay at Cannes last year.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Topical College Essays

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below. Plus, Don Fraser, Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the interruption. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

2012 Overlooked International News

Friday, November 30, 2012

Joshua Keating, associate editor at Foreign Policy, talks about his list of the top ten overlooked stories in 2012 from around the world.

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Schoolbook

Students Use Debate to Master the Issues

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A debate class is using the presidential election to learn not only the craft of good debating but also the policy issues.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Week in (Non-Convention) News

Friday, August 31, 2012

Josh Voorhees, editor of The Slatest, discusses the news stories we missed while covering the GOP convention.

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Schoolbook

Bringing the World Into the Classroom

Monday, May 07, 2012

SchoolBook is examining the issue of how to incorporate news headlines into the classroom by hosting an event with teachers on Tuesday. Ahead of the discussion, WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" spoke with Peter Nelson, director of the New York City branch of the organization Facing History and Ourselves, to ask how to blend current events with curriculum demands.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bringing the World into the Classroom

Monday, May 07, 2012

Peter Nelson, director of the New York office of Facing History and Ourselves’, discusses how teachers can incorporate tough conversations about current events into the classroom.

EVENT: SchoolBook and Facing History and Ourselves will host a workshop featuring students from Radio Rookies on Tuesday, May 8 at 4:30 PM in the Greene Space. More information is available here.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Found Poetry in the Headlines

Saturday, December 29, 2001

Kurt Andersen crafts a poem from headlines.

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