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Non-Westway Turns 25

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Advocates for the environment and mass transit say Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of the defeat of Westway.

It was on September 30th, 1985, when the federal government allowed New York to use more than a billion dollars slated for a proposed expressway along Manhattan's West Side for mass transit instead.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Anecdotal Census: Wrap up

Monday, September 06, 2010

Sam Roberts, urban affairs correspondent  for The New York Times, Angelo Falcón, president and founder of the National Institute for Latino Policy, and Andrew Beveridge, professor of sociology at Queens College and the CUNY Graduate Center and developer of, wrap up our census coverage with a discussion of the overall demographic trends of the last 10 years in the New York City metropolitan area. 

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The Mother of a Country: One-Woman Show Tells the Story of Benazir Bhutto

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani Prime Minister and the first female leader of an Islamic state, was assassinated in 2007. Her death came weeks before an election that might well have returned her to power. She's the subject of a one-woman show at this year's Fringe Festival. WNYC's Arun Venugopal sat down with Anna Khaja, the Pakistani-American creator of "Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto." Khaja explains why Bhutto is just one of eight characters she decided to feature.


The Takeaway

New Yorkers Split on Islamic Cultural Center in Lower Manhattan

Friday, August 20, 2010

Whether they are families of September 11 victims or just normal New Yorkers, a recent poll showed that the city is split over Park 51, the Islamic cultural center and mosque proposed a few blocks from Ground Zero, in lower Manhattan. Two-thirds of New Yorkers are against it, and less than one-third in favor. Mid-term election candidates have made the center an election issue, with politicians defending it as a First Amendment right or demanding that the city prevent the construction by taking over the site via "eminent domain." With all the controversy, emotions are running high. 

If you could decide whether or not the center were built at that location, how would you make your decision?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

No Place Like Home

Friday, August 06, 2010

Brooke Berman, award-winning playwright and author of the new book No Place Like Home, discusses the book, which chronicles her journey through 39 apartments in New York City.

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The Takeaway

Listeners Respond: Muslim Center Near Ground Zero

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Yesterday New York City's Landmarks Preservation Committee effectively greenlighted the proposed Muslim Center two blocks from Ground Zero by unanimously voting not to give historic protection to the existing building on the center's proposed building site. Takeaway listeners on both sides of the issue responded to the building of the Cordoba Center in downtown Manhattan.

Steve King reached us via email:

"If we really want to strike a blow against al-Qaida, we should embrace moderate muslims even near the 'hallowed ground' spoken about in the show. Christians and Jews and folks of other faiths could walk over at lunchtime and shake some hands. Take that, Bin Laden!"

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The Takeaway

Debate Over Islamic Center in New York Raises Anti-Muslim Sentiments

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

The proposal for a new Islamic center to be built just two blocks from Ground Zero could move forward, today. New York City's Landmarks Preservation Commission will most likely vote against granting protected status to the 152-year-old building, which would allow the proposed center to replace it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Starting Up: Entrepreneurship Panel

Friday, July 30, 2010

Our entrepreneurship panel discusses what it means to be a business-leader in tough economic times and how to succeed in different parts of New York.  Guests include: Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation; Dr. Andre Fenton, neuroscientist and president of the Bio-Signal Group at SUNY/Downstate Medical Center’s biotech incubator in Brooklyn; Leni Calas, editor and publisher of the blog QueensMamas.comGerdie Rene, owner of Sankofa Salon in Cambria Heights, Queens; owner of Brooklyn-based Otte Gear, Todd Fairbairn; Keavy Landreth, owner of Kumquat Cupcakery in Brooklyn; Celine Legros, owner & maker of miniature pastries at Les Canelés de Céline, now using WHEDCo's Bronx kitchen incubator; K.Y. Chow, president of Grand Meridian Printing in Long Island City; Jessamyn Waldman, executive director of the Hot Bread Kitchen in Long Island City; Rob Kalin, CEO of Brooklyn-based Etsy, with Etsy top-seller Alyssa Zygmunt of Brooklyn Rehaband Puneet Mehta, the co-founder (with Sonpreet Bhatia and Archana Patchirajan) of MyCityWay in Manhattan.

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The Takeaway

How a Heat Wave Helped Make a President

Friday, July 30, 2010

When you think of the biggest natural disasters in U.S. history, what are the first things that come to mind? Certainly Hurricane Katrina, maybe one of the several San Francisco earthquakes, the great Chicago fire. However, most people have never heard of one of the most lethal: the heat wave of 1896.


The Takeaway

From Adam Clayton Powell Jr. to Charles Rangel: The Past and Future of Harlem's Political Leadership

Thursday, July 29, 2010

This afternoon a House ethics panel will lay out the charges against Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.), who, at 80 years old, is one of the longest-serving members of Congress. Rep. Rangel has represented Harlem since 1970, when he ousted the legendary Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Both men had long, storied careers representing what may be the country’s most famous African-American neighborhood, home to Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Langston Hughes, and many others. But a lot has changed in Harlem since Powell, Jr. was elected in 1945. We look back at the history of Harlem politics and the power of the "Gang of Four."



Obama to Talk Economy in NJ Before Presidential Debut on Daytime Talk Show

Monday, July 26, 2010


This week, President Barack Obama returns to New Jersey for the first time since last November when he came to support Governor Jon Corzine's re-election campaign. The White House says the President will discuss the economy at a small business in Edison, New Jersey, on Wednesday, July 28.


Spinning on Air

Tuli Kupferberg, New York Poet

Sunday, July 18, 2010

 Tuli Kupferberg, who died Monday, July 12 at age 86, specialized in breaking taboos through tuneful, energetic songs, but he also brought a lyrical, poetic sensibility to his group The Fugs. Host David Garland presents some funny, provocative work by this indelible, quintessential New Yorker.

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The Takeaway

Tuli Kupferberg, World's Oldest Rockstar, Dies at Age 86

Thursday, July 15, 2010

American Beat poet, author, cartoonist and musician Tuli Kupferberg died this week at the age of 86. Although Kupferberg wasn't a household name, his band, The Fugs, ran in the same circles as The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol and Frank Zappa and the "Mothers of Invention."


The Leonard Lopate Show

Mobile Food

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Sean Basinski, founder of the Street Vendor Project, joins us along with Kim Ima, owner of Treats Truck, and Vadin Ponorovsky, owner of Frites 'n Meats, to talk about the changing face of street food as well as a proposed new law that would severely penalize food trucks for parking tickets.

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World Science Festival In NYC This Week

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

The World Science Festival is officially underway in New York City.



A New Season at the New York City Ballet

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The New York City Ballet will begin its fall season two months earlier than usual.


The Takeaway

Watching Surveillance Cameras on the Streets of New York

Friday, May 07, 2010

Our conversation about surveillance cameras touched a nerve among our listeners, as many wrote and called in. Takeaway digital editor Jim Colgan took to the New York streets to ask people whether they knew they were being observed...

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City's Revised Budget Slashes Teaching Jobs

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg says the city will need to cut nearly 11,000 jobs.


The Takeaway

NYPD Spokesman on the Arrest of the Alleged Times Square Would-Be Bomber

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Federal authorities arrested a suspect allegedly responsible for a car bomb that was left to detonate in New York's Times Square on Saturday. The 30-year-old man, Faisal Shahzad was apprehended while trying to board an airplane to Dubai. NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Public Information Paul Browne explains the arrest.


The Brian Lehrer Show


Monday, April 26, 2010

New York Magazine political columnist Chris Smith takes a look at the Wall Street Journal's first New York City edition, launching today.  He is joined by WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz, who is at the launch event.

→ We want your review of the new edition! Have you read today's WSJ Local? What do you think? Let us know!

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