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An Hour With George Vecsey

Monday, July 22, 2013

George Vecsey spends the hour talking about his life and times covering sports for The New York Times and his other interests, including music.  He'll talk New York sports, including A-Rod and steroids, and the coming of the Brooklyn Nets, plus his new blog where he suggests a song for Stevie Wonder to sing for Trayvon Martin.  And he'll take your calls at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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When "Cozy" Means Small: A Rental Ad Glossary

Friday, May 10, 2013

When a rental ad says "cozy apartment with laid back roommates" does that actually mean “closet for rent in apartment full of potheads?” The Brian Lehrer Show is gathering some of the classic apartment listing code-phrases from "old-world" to "luxurious." Read the glossary and add your own.

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NY Corruption; N. Korea Threat; Digestion; Gun Rules

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Following corruption charges against New York State Senator Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran, two good government advocates discuss just how deep corruption runs in New York State politics. Plus: whether North Korea's threats are just bluster; author Mary Roach on everything you need to know about digestion; changing gun rules; rebuilding resources post-Sandy; and the New Museum's 1993 exhibit.


Cuomo's Budget Amendments Include Mandatory Teacher Evaluation Plan

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said he will make changes to his budget in what’s known as 30-day amendments. They cover a variety of areas, ranging from a teacher evaluation plan to cutting the cost of hunting licenses.



Inside 'Inside Llewyn Davis'

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Elijah Wald talks about folk icon Dave Van Ronk, whose memoir served as source material for the new Coen brothers film.



New York's New Country Radio

Friday, January 25, 2013

After a 17-year absence, country music returns to the New York dial.

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All the Options

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The MTA is mulling options for a fare hike. Pete Donahue of The Daily News explains what’s on the horizon. Plus: Avik Roy of the Manhattan Institute on what it would mean to change the Medicare eligibility age; Radio Rookie Bree Person talks about sickle cell anemia and Dr. Suzette Oyeku of Montefiore talks about developments in treatment; how parents navigate digital tech for their kids; and all the reasons to love New York.


Culture Shock 1913

Friday, November 30, 2012

WNYC’s Sara Fishko marks 100 years since 1913, a landmark year in global culture, through three “shocking” Modernist events:  The exhibition of modern art in New York’s Lexington Avenue Armory; the concert of atonal music in Vienna that sparked a near-riot; and Stravinsky and Nijinsky’s Rite of Spring premiere in Paris that sparked another near-riot!   Culture Shock 1913 looks at the years of change and uncertainty in the early 20th century that led artists, writers, musicians and thinkers to find dramatic new forms of expression.

Explore more about Culture Shock 1913 and to listen to the whole show here.

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Fishko Files

Post-War Painters

Thursday, November 22, 2012

From fistfights in bars…to inspiration in cold water flats…the post WWII art scene in New York is legendary.  In this edition of Fishko Files, WNYC’s Sara Fishko hears tales from postwar painters who were in downtown Manhattan just as Abstract Expressionism was taking hold. (Produced in 2010)



Krulwich Wonders: The Big Apple's Mayor Makes A Very Scary Video

Saturday, November 17, 2012


I didn't know what to make of this when I saw it. I live in Manhattan, in a city where people bike, take buses, subways, trains, live and work in towers where they share elevators, share water, share electricity. I thought my town is setting the example for energy-efficient, communal living. And then, the guy who runs the place, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, releases a study — including (see below) a shocking videothat says, you think New York is great on energy? You think that? Well, check this out...


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The American Revolution Happened Here

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

This live interview with Robert Sullivan originally aired on September 11, 2012. An edited version was aired on July 5, 2013 as part of a special episode of the Brian Lehrer Show. 

Robert Sullivan, author of My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78, visits many of the significant sites from the American Revolution—which he says are in the backyards of New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

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Lionel Loueke: Musical Heritage From Everywhere

Friday, September 07, 2012

Guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke's latest album is called Heritage, and it reflects upon the musical influence that all of his many homes over the years -- from Benin to Paris to NYC -- have had on his music. He joins us in the studio along with his trio to play live. 



My Brightest Diamond And yMusic: Where Indie Rock And Indie Classical Meet

Thursday, September 06, 2012

Remember the Venn diagram? You know, two circles that overlap a little bit where they meet… well, if we made a Venn diagram consisting of indie rock in one circle, and indie classical in the other, My Brightest Diamond would find themselves right smack dab in the middle of ...



Like 1,000 blockbusters exploding all around you

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Our short Double Blasted tells the story of a man who survived not one, but TWO atomic bomb blasts--first in Hiroshima, and then in Nagasaki--in 1945. After hearing it, the wonderful folks at WNYC's Archives pointed us to two surreal-sounding broadcasts.

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Outernational: In Studio

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The New York band called Outernational puts politics back in rock with their album "Todos Somos Ilegales: We Are All Illegals."  It’s a bouncy, bi-lingual, almost cinematic look at America’s southern border, and Outernational will play songs from it live in our studio.

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Cat Martino: In Studio

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

New York musician Cat Martino visited us last year as a backing musician when Sufjan Stevens performed in our studio. Today, Martino joins us as a solo artist to play her song "Yr Not Alone."

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Brian Finkelstein: Blue Astringent Blues

Thursday, May 03, 2012

A wanna-be artist finds himself in a dual-life dilemma


The Takeaway

Excerpt: 'Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile'

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Were it not for the subway, New York as it is today would not exist. At a crucial time in the city's history, the engineers of this ingenious subterranean railroad cleared the streets of impossible congestion and decanted the population of the teeming, insalubrious tenements of the Lower EastSide to the farthest corners of the boroughs. Because it was able to move so many people so quickly, the subway became the ultimate urban density amplifier, allowing the apartment buildings and office towers of Manhattan to be built side-by-side, and turning a 26-square-mile island of gneiss, marble, and schist into one of the world's greatest metropolises, where millions could live and trade services, goods, and ideas swiftly and efficiently.

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New York's 2012 Budget and the Future of Health Exchanges

Friday, March 30, 2012

Liz Benjamin, blogger and host of "Capitol Tonight", reviews the budget agreement and the fate of health exchanges in New York.

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New Year Ushers in New Laws for NY

Sunday, January 01, 2012

The start of a new year means several new laws go into effect Sunday. Some are expected, such as cap levels for property taxes, but others are quirkier, like one new law dealing with bear gallbladders. Here's a look at some of the new statutes for New York.