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Remembering Gerry Goffin, And His Unusual Partnership With Carole King

Friday, June 20, 2014

Because of the Tony Award-winning musical Beautiful, Gerry Goffin's name recognition at the time of his death yesterday, at 75, was higher than it had been since the 1960s, when he and his first wife Carole King burst onto the American music scene with a string of enduring hits.. Host John Schaefer looks back at the many hits they penned together. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Your Retirement Destination?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where do you see yourself living when you retire?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Together: NYC's Community Gardens

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Three community gardeners on the history and the future of community gardening—and how to get one started.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Buying the City Budget

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The city got good news from the bond rating agencies on the mayor's first budget. Maria Doulis, director of city studies for the Citizens Budget Commission, and WNYC reporter Jessica Gould talk about the budget and the ongoing negotiations with the remaining public worker unions, the City Council and Albany lawmakers. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How New York Went from Natural Paradise to Man-Made Wonder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Today, the topography of New York City contains skyscrapers, subways, and iconic bridges. But New York was once home to oyster reefs, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. In his book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, Ted Steinberg brings a vanished New York back to life and tells the story of the ongoing struggle between the metropolis we know today and the natural world. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Look Back

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

John Hope Bryant, the founder of Operation HOPE, explains how the poor can help revitalize our economy. We’ll find out what life is like aboard an aircraft carrier that’s home to 5,000 sailors and pilots. Boris Fishman on his novel, A Replacement Life, about a man who’s asked to forge a claim for Holocaust restitution. And a look at the fight between nature and man in one of the most man-made spots on Earth -- New York City.

Selected Shorts

The Slaves in New York

Friday, June 06, 2014

This reading by Anna Chlumsky of Tama Janowitz’s “The Slaves in New York” is part of the SELECTED SHORTS program “We’re So Excited,” hosted by Hope Davis.

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NYC Drama Teachers Meet Their Idol

Friday, May 23, 2014

Drama teachers from across New York City were thrilled to get a master class with Stephen Sondheim. But it was the Broadway legend who got emotional praising their work.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Return of Heroin

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's readily available, it's purer than it's ever been, and it's easier to get than prescription painkillers. Behind the heroin surge in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Why 911 Needs an Overhaul

Thursday, May 22, 2014

This week, Mayor Bill de Blasio ordered a halt to and review of the 911 call system overhaul, which is already more than a billion dollars over budget. WNYC's Brigid Bergin and Robert Gearty report on some of the problems with the new system that was intended to improve response times. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The League of Kitchens

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

New York City-based cross-cultural cooking workshops taught by immigrant cooks in their homes.

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Confessions of a New York Taxi Driver

Monday, May 19, 2014

Eugene Salomon tells stories about what he’s seen and who he’s met in his 30 years driving a cab in New York City.

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WNYC News

Rex in the City: Photos of New York Dogs

Sunday, May 18, 2014

In her new book, New Zealand photographer Rachael McKenna captures everything from pampered purebreds to tough mutts across all five boroughs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Airbnb, Casinos and Condos

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

WNYC reporter Ilya Marritz rounds up his latest reporting, including stories on Airbnb, which won a battle in the fight to keep its users' records private, the latest developments on casinos in upstate New York and how the crisis in Ukraine is affecting the New York City real estate market.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Go Ahead, Peep Into That Construction Site (With Your Photos!)

Friday, May 09, 2014

Thanks to a new law, all construction sites must now have a "viewing panel" that lets you peek in and see what's going on. We explain the law, and round up our favorite photos you took through that little diamond-shaped peephole.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Tammany Hall Created Modern American Politics

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

New York’s Tammany Hall is synonymous with corruption and machine politics, but journalist Terry Golway argues that reputation is somewhat undeserved. He dismantles the stereotypes and looks at some of the progressive ideas that emerged from Tammany Hall.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bratton: We Don't Need 1,000 New Cops

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Police Commissioner talks about changing stop-and-frisk, why he wants to crack down on graffiti, and why "politics is a big part of any police commissioner’s life.” 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Illustrated Love Letter to New York

Friday, April 25, 2014

Take a tour of illustrator Julia Rothman's New York City - from City Island to Ellis Island and all the boroughs in between.

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WNYC News

9/11 Museum Film Sparks Concerns Over Reference to Islam, Terrorists

Thursday, April 24, 2014

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Groups who were asked to screen the documentary said the film makes no distinction between the Islamic extremists who committed the September 11th attacks and the Islamic faith.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?" Residential Towers in Manhattan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Vanity Fair’s contributing editor Paul Goldberger discusses the new residential towers going up in Midtown Manhattan. Ultra-tall, ultra-thin, and ultra-expensive, these “superscrapers” are designed for the top 1 percent of the 1 percent, breaking records for everything, including price. Sold for $95 million, the 96th floor of 432 Park Avenue will be the highest residence in the Western world (at least until the building at 225 West 57th Street goes up). His article “Too Rich, Too Thin, Too Tall?” is in the May2014  issue of Vanity Fair.

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