The Brian Lehrer Show

In Harm's Way: A Year Later

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Kathleen Horan, WNYC criminal justice reporter, talks about her series profiling every child killed by gunfire in NYC, and what the victims who have died in the past year had in common.

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Classics For Kids

Mozart Operas

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Mozart wrote his first opera at the age of 12 and kept on going. Learn more about two of his famous operas, The Marriage of Figaro and The Magic Flute, this week on Classics for Kids.

Classics For Kids

Stravinksky's The Firebird

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Igor Stravinsky’s ballet The Firebird has it all: an evil demon who captures a beautiful princess, a prince who comes to her rescue and lots and lots of magic. Hear the full story this week on Classics for Kids.

WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: A Sweet Verdi Animation

Thursday, October 10, 2013


It’s Verdi week, so we present cartoon that features “Noi siamo zingarelle," the gypsy chorus from Giuseppe Verdi's tragic opera, La Traviata.


Classics For Kids

Igor Stravinsky's Life

Saturday, October 05, 2013

This week on Classics for Kids host Naomi Lewin explores the life of composer Igor Stravinsky. The Russian composer made his name writing music for ballets. 

From the Top

Athens, Georgia

Saturday, October 05, 2013

This week From the Top takes you to Hodgson Concert Hall at the University of Georgia in Athens. Here, a young New York guitarist evokes the palace of Alhambra and an outstanding piano trio from Minnesota plays the music of Smetana. Later in the program, a teenage cellist beautifully performs Maurice Ravel's "Kaddish."

Classics For Kids

Harvest Home

Saturday, September 28, 2013

This week Classics for Kids is celebrating music for the fall harvest. Join host Naomi Lewin as she takes a walk through this seasonal music.

Classics For Kids

Is There a Composer (or Two) in the House?

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Robert and Clara Schumann together created an impressive musical team. This week on Classics for Kids, learn more about other families with several famous musicians.

Classics For Kids

Clara Schumann's Life

Saturday, September 14, 2013

In her time, Clara Schumann was one of the most famous pianists in all Europe. She also had a family that included a musical husband and eight children.


Human Made From Paper Eats Pepperoni Pizza — And Lives!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What surgeons see when they open us up and look inside is not pretty — unless you're a surgeon. But when designer Kelli Anderson opens us up, we are feathery, pipe filled, ivory-boned, wired, clean, elegant — just gorgeous. Plus, we are entirely made of colored paper. Check out this new transparent (and interactive!) human body — perfect for kids.

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New Tech City

VIDEO: Smartphones at Summer Camp

Sunday, August 18, 2013

At one camp in rural Pennsylvania, teens are allowed to bring their smartphones, tablets and other digital devices into the wilderness. 

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Why Free Summer Meals Are Already More Popular Than Last Year

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


The New York City Department of Education has already served about 50,000 more free meals this summer than all of last summer. That’s thanks in large part to one new location: a refrigerated truck outside of a library in Flushing, Queens that has already handed out more than 40,000 meals.



Video: More Sand!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

We're not sure how this exactly helps you beat the heat - and hopefully that kid's got some earplugs in - but it certainly outcutes the heat, amirite?



The Songs Of The Parents Shall Be Visited Upon The Children

Friday, April 05, 2013

Contributor Faith Salie finds out the truth about the music she listened to as a kid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Summer Camp-a-Palooza

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rory Halperin, editor of Time Out New York Kids, talks about when parents need to sign up for camp, how to pick a program, how to prepare and whether day camp or sleepaway would be best.

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What's That Thing Hanging Outside My Bathroom Window? My Neighbor's Drone

Monday, February 25, 2013

Here's something new, exciting and just a little bit troubling: it's a little robot that you can fly with your phone. It's easy. It's versatile. It's got cameras so you can see and record what's going on in the apartments above you, the houses on your block, in backyards, sports fields. Nice, yes. But what happens to privacy if these things become very popular?

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Classics For Kids

Music Based on Shakespeare

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Many composers were inspired by the works of William Shakespeare. Hear a small sample of music based on the writings of this famous author this week on Classics for Kids.

Transportation Nation

United Airlines Left a Little Girl Alone in an Airport, Twice

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

(Armando Trull, WAMU-- Washington, D.C.) United Airlines is coming under fire from some parents and travel advocates for outsourcing a program that escorts minors flying alone from one flight to another. On at least two occasions recently, young girls have been left alone at busy airports because the escort failed to show up.

John Galbreath of Bethesda, MD paid United Airlines a $99 fee so his 12-year-old daughter, Charlotte, who was flying alone from Wyoming, would be escorted to her connecting flight at Chicago's O'Hare airport. Charlotte arrived successfully at Reagan National Airport Sunday, although her father was more than a little upset.

"Ninety-nine [dollars] for peace of mind, which I didn't get," Galbreath said. "They outsource it to a third party, the meeting of the passenger."

No one met her at the gate in Chicago, Charlotte said. "I just kind of looked at the screen and went where I was supposed to," she said.

This past June, Phoebe Klebahn, a 10-year-old girl flying alone on United Airlines from San Francisco to her summer camp in Michigan, was left to wander for two hours because her escort didn't show up at the gate. Her parents, Anne and Perry Klebahn, got a frantic call from camp staff to say their daughter wasn't on the flight.

When they called United's customer service, they were directed to a call center in India and kept on hold for 40 minutes as they waited, terrified, to hear their daughter's fate, the girl's parents wrote in an angry letter sent to United.

Phoebe was found unharmed. Meanwhile, Galbreath and United confirm he’ll get his $99 back.

 For more on this story, listen to the audio version at WAMU 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Elizabeth Kolbert and Michael Agger on spoiled kids; David Remnick and John McPhee on swearing.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Elizabeth Kolbert and Michael Agger on spoiled kids; David Remnick and John McPhee on swearing.


The Takeaway

How Old is Old Enough for Facebook?

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Right now, Facebook bans anyone under 13 from joining, but that might soon change. The company is looking at ways to let preteens join the social network while giving parents oversight of their kid’s accounts.

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