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Study: Latino and Immigrant Workers More Likely To Die in Construction Falls

Thursday, October 24, 2013

In New York, the majority of those who die working construction are Latinos and immigrants, according to a new report from the Center for Popular Democracy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Tech and the Health Exchange; Rockland County; Found in Translation

Friday, October 18, 2013

Ezra Klein of The Washington Post and Andrew Rasiej of Personal Democracy Media, talk about the technological problems that have plagued the launch of the online healthcare exchanges. Then, our 30 Issues in 30 Days election series continues with a look at the Rockland County executive race. Plus: Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Mirta Ojito talks about the 2008 murder of an Ecuadorian immigrant in Patchogue; and a panel translates your phrases into Igbo, French, and Cantonese as part of the Walls and Bridges Festival.

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Shutdown Leaves Some Immigrants Worried About Their Future

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Suyapa is used to worrying. She’s at the New York Presbyterian Hospital with her 10-year-old daughter Fatima who’s getting a blood transfusion.

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Immigration Courts Closed Due to the Shutdown

Friday, October 04, 2013

Nassira Hamdi was supposed to walk out of an immigration court in Federal Plaza this week with an approval for a green card. But that court, like 14 others across the U.S., is closed due to the shutdown.

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In New York, Loans to Help Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A year after the federal government's Deferred Action program took effect, 22,000 young immigrants illegally in New York have obtained work permits.  But that's only about one-fourth of the people who are eligible, according to the Migration Policy Institute, a think-tank based in Washington, D.C.

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City Council Invests $18 Million To Help Young Immigrants Apply for Deferred Action

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The City Council announced Wednesday it will make millions of dollars available to help young immigrants qualify for a federal program that gives them a chance to work legally.

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Immigrants Reflect on Their Own Fourth of July Celebrations

Thursday, July 04, 2013

The Fourth of July is a quintessentially American holiday. But it has special significance for people who were born in other countries. For example, my grandfather.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Do You First Notice About the US?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A call in for "the new de Tocquevilles" -- recent immigrants, tourists, other visitors: What do you notice first about life in the US? Customs, physical features, interesting behavior, tell us what you notice that may seem normal to natives. Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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The Takeaway

Deported Immigrants Struggle to Stay Connected to American Children

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

For families that decide to leave Mexico and take their chances in the United States, there is a calculation to be made: What is the price of pursing a dream? As we discovered earlier this month in the little town of Malinalco, about an hour outside of Mexico City, it is a cost that seems to be borne unfairly by the children of migrant families. Jill Replogle from KPBS San Diego's Fronteras Desk says children caught in the system enter a legal limbo where it can be almost impossible for parents to put their families back together again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Library Assistance for Immigrants

Monday, June 10, 2013

Bridget Quinn Carey, COO of Queens Library, and Farhana Yasmin, Queens New Americans patron, talk about the services the public libraries provide for new immigrants and English language learners.  Plus, Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, manager of the New Dorp branch of the NYPL on Staten Island, shares her story as an immigrant from Mexico who went from attending her library's English language learning programs to managing a branch.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gatsby From Afar

Friday, May 17, 2013

Evan Osnos, China correspondent for The New Yorker, talks about what international readers and movie-goers learn about the U.S. from The Great Gatsby. LISTENERS: Did you read The Great Gatsby before moving here? Does what it says about American culture still hold true? Call 212-433-9692, or leave a comment here. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chemical Weapons in Syria?; Headaches; Ramapo Tensions

Friday, April 26, 2013

There are varying reports about the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government. Justin Vogt of Foreign Affairs talks about what it could mean for US involvement in the conflict there. Plus: Amy Hall, director of social consciousness for Eileen Fisher, talks about the designer’s mission; tensions between the Hasidim and the immigrant community in Ramapo; what can be learned from Third World experiences; and one writer’s story of a never-ending headache and what she learned about that kind of pain.

Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The “Are Cats Evil?” Edition

Saturday, February 02, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the politics of immigration reform and whether it’s too late for the GOP to embrace it. Plus they dive into Emily’s New York Times Magazine cover story about compensating the victims of child pornography.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gang of Eight's Immigration Reform

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

President Obama is expected to give a major immigration speech today. And over the weekend, a bipartisan group of eight U.S. Senators floated a proposal for immigration reform in advance of the president's speech today (read it below). Chung-Wha Hong, executive director of the New York Immigration Coalition, reacts to the various proposals being discussed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bengali Harlem

Friday, January 11, 2013

Vivek Bald, documentary director and assistant professor of writing and digital media at MIT and the author of Bengali Harlem and the Lost Histories of South Asian America, reveals the little known history of early South Asian immigrants, from Tremé to Harlem.

→explore the Bengali Harlem website, including an excerpt from Aladdin Ullah's one-man show here.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The Biggest International News

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Immigrants from anywhere, call us up and tell us the biggest news stories of 2012 from your country of origin and what big news you're looking out for in 2013. Call 212-433-9692 or post your stories here!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gray and Grayer

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Brian Lehrer Show is not live today, so we won't be taking any calls. But you can keep the conversation going in the comments section!

A recent cover story from The New Republic looks at the consequences of having children later. Plus: one of WNYC’s Radio Rookies talks about not being totally honest about the challenges of life in America when she talks to her family in Congo; New Yorker film critic David Denby; director and writer Kevin Smith; and James Fallows on China.

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Being Honest about the American Dream

Monday, December 31, 2012

WNYC Radio Rookie Danielle shares her story about not being able to be honest with her family in Congo about how hard life is in the United States. She's joined by Kim Nichols of the African Services Committee to talk about why it's so difficult to tell the truth about challenges.

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WNYC News

NYC Lags in Granting Relief to Some Illegal Immigrants

Monday, November 26, 2012

There are about 43,000 people in New York City who are facing deportation. But many are hoping that a highly touted immigration policy reform might stop efforts to remove them from the country.  

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Immigrant Farm Workers, the Hidden Part of New York's Local Food Movement

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving is the ultimate harvest holiday, and no one knows that better than the tens of thousands of farm workers who grow and harvest New York’s produce.The reality of agriculture is that a hefty percentage of the people who plant and harvest New York’s local food are immigrant workers, many of whom put themselves in danger to cross the border into the United States to work the land.

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