The Leonard Lopate Show

You Shouldn't Have: Philip Galanes on Gift Giving and Receiving

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Social Q's columnist teaches us how to navigate the holiday season.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind the Scenes: Sound Effects on the BL Show

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

On Wednesday's Brian Lehrer Show, Brian "opened" some holiday presents on the air. Here's video of the sound effects in action -- that's producer Jody Avirgan making the noises.

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The Takeaway

George Takei: Christmas at a Japanese Internment Camp

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

For George Takei, gift giving will always be associated with something that was taken away from him as a child. As a boy he remembers being rounded up at the beginning of World War II and sent to an internment camp for Japanese Americans. It was there, in among the most unexpected placed, where Takei recalls his most memorable gift.


The Takeaway

Listeners' Most Meaningful Gifts

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

'Tis the season for gift giving, and we asked you -- our listeners -- to tell us about the most meaningful present you ever received.

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The Takeaway

Celebrity Stories of Gift Giving

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Recent guests, including actors Ed Burns and Brian Cox and singers Olivia Newton John and Darryl McDaniels, tell us about the gifts that have meant the most to them.

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Operation Santa Celebrates 100th Year with Low Numbers

Monday, December 24, 2012

It’s the 100th year that the main post office in Manhattan has responded to letters addressed, “Dear Santa.” On Christmas Eve at the James Farley Post Office elves busily replied to letters and sent last minute packages to needy families in the area.

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Freakonomics Radio

Have a Very Homo Economicus Christmas

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Who better than an economist to help with your shopping list?



Vote on the Worst-Ever Valentine’s Day Gift! (And make Faith bake you a cake!)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RelationShow’s Gideon Evans ferrets out the very worst Valentine’s Day gifts in all of romantic-dom.  For starters, meet the woman whose boyfriend gave her a scale (hey, at least it was digital!) and cast your vote on The Worst Valentine’s Day gift ever.  Vote now!


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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Gift of Books

Friday, December 23, 2011

Julie Bosman, New York Times reporter who covers the book publishing industry, discusses how e-book sales compare to physical book sales this holiday season - and if giving an e-book has the same impact as giving a physical one. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Holiday Gift Guide: The Gift that Changed Your Life

Friday, December 16, 2011

In another installment of our Holiday Gift Guide, we open the phones for the gift that changed your life - and maybe that will give others ideas about meaningful gifts to give. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Holiday Gift Guide: Experience Gifts

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

In another installment of our group-created Holiday Gift Guide, we open the phones for your ideas on the best experience gifts, from a lesson in cheese making to tango classes.


What To Give (And Not To Give): NY Public Radio Hosts Weigh In

Monday, December 13, 2010

Still stumped on what to give this year? Here are some literary, musical and theatrical recommendations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hanukkah Gift Giving Strategies

Friday, December 03, 2010

Listeners call in to share their own gift-giving strategies for the eight-night celebration.

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The Takeaway

The Best Books of 2010 for the Gift-Giving Season

Thursday, December 02, 2010

The holiday season is approaching quickly, and if you’re like millions of other Americans, books will be on your to-give list. What books should you be giving? Which books are most likely to be enthusiastically received — regardless of whether you're giving them to an e-reading enthusiast or couch potato?

Patrik Henry Bass, our friend and senior editor at Essence magazine, is here with some tips, and offers (after the jump) his favorite books of 2010 for this gift-giving season.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: President's Vacation, Amazon's Kindle, Colts' Loss

Monday, December 28, 2009

  • Washington Takeout: President Obama isn't getting much of a vacation, reports Julie Mason, White House correspondent for the Washington Examiner, since a Nigerian-born man allegedly tried to detonate a home-made bomb aboard a Detroit-bound flight.
  • Gift Takeout: Amazon's e-book reader, the Kindle, was the most-gifted item on this year.  Jane Sasseen, writer for Business Week, joins us to talk about what this portends for paper books.
  • Sports Takeout: After a long, undefeated run this season, the Indianapolis Colts finally lost last night, to the New York Jets. Ibrahim Abdul-Matin looks at the Colts' gametime strategy and what's ahead for the playoffs.


The Takeaway

Takeouts: Blackberry, Pricing Partridges, Sports Gifts

Thursday, December 24, 2009

  • Tech Takeout: New York Times tech reporter Nick Bilton explains the implications of Blackberry manufacturer Research In Motion having had a second major email and internet outage in recent weeks.
  • Financial Takeout: New York Times finance reporter Louise Story tells us about a price index that for more than two decades has been charting  just how much all of those items listed in The Twelve Days of Christmas would cost.
  • Sports Takeout: Sports contributor Ibrahim Abdul-Matin discusses gifts for sports lovers and the possibility of redemption for disgraced quarterback Michael Vick.


The Takeaway

Food Gifts Your Friends Will Eat Up

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

The holidays are upon us.  If your friends or family love food as much as we do, you might want to consider some really cool gift options that everyone will want to eat up.  Takeaway food contributor Kathy Gunst says there are plenty of reasonably priced kitchen gadgets and ways to spice up your friend's relationship to food, without breaking the bank this holiday season.

Click through to read Kathy's great gift ideas, and check out the recipe for her sister Andrea's Chocolate-Dipped Butter Crunch (which also makes a great homemade holiday gift!)