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12 Days Of Soundcheck '13: The Julie Ruin, 'Kids In NY'

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

On Wednesday, December 11, download a special live performance of The Julie Ruin's song "Kids In NY" recorded in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Takeaway

The 'Invisible' Homeless Children of New York

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Here’s a statistic that might surprise you: The United States has the highest child poverty rate of any developed nation except for Romania. Nearly half of all New Yorkers live below or very close to the poverty line. Children make up a large part of this population—in total there are more than 22,000 homeless children in New York. Andrea Elliot, reporter for our partner The New York Times, profiled one family caught in the shelter system in her five-part series “Invisible Child.”

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WNYC News

NYC Considers a Ban on Foam Cups, Containers

Sunday, November 24, 2013

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The foam ban would only apply to cups and take-out containers. Are you willing to say goodbye to foam?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Your Medal of Freedom Nominations

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama awarded the Medal of Freedom to 16 people – including some notable New Yorkers like Gloria Steinem, civil rights activist Bayard Rustin and Bill Clinton. Call in with your nominations for the Brian Lehrer Show Medal of Freedom. We’re looking for those who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the interests of New York, New Jersey, civic engagement, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Monday Morning Local Politics

Monday, November 18, 2013

Is this the week that Bill de Blasio announces his high-level appointments? Azi Paybarah of Capital New York and WNYC's Brigid Bergin set the stage for what looks to be a busy week of transition politics -- and Bloomberg legacy assessment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why New York Has More Homeless Now Than In Decades

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Mary Brosnahan, president of Coalition for the Homeless, discuss what life is like for many homeless families in the city, and what the new mayor should do to address the problem.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where Recycling Goes; the Musical "The Landing"; Russell Banks's New Short Stories; Homelessness in NYC

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Adam Minter describes what happens to our soda cans, glass bottles,and old newspapers after they’re put out on the curb, and how recycling became a global industry. Composer John Kander and lyricist Greg Pierce on their new musical, “The Landing.” Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.

The Brian Lehrer Show

From Brian: Five Things About Appearing on The Colbert Report

Thursday, November 07, 2013

On Wednesday night, Brian Lehrer was invited to the Colbert Report to speak with Stephen about the New York City mayor's race and more. Here are a few of Brian's takeaways.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Was Bloomberg Your Only Mayor?

Thursday, November 07, 2013

This segment was edited for time and aired as part of a best-of episode on December 24, 2013. The audio from the live show is posted here and dates from November 7, 2013.

Over the last twelve years, New York City attracted hundreds of thousands of people from around the country and the world to move here. For those of you New Yorkers who moved here under Bloomberg, or who grew up as a native New Yorker in the last 12 years, what do you make of the imminent de Blasio era? What will it be like to not have Bloomberg as your mayor? What do you want to preserve, what do you want to change? And what do you make of the de Blasio critics who talk about the "bad old days" -- do you have a sense of New York City's past in that context? Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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WNYC News

Mayor-Elect De Blasio Looks Forward — and Backward — After His Landslide Victory

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Early Wednesday, Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio met with outgoing Mayor Michael Bloomberg, mainly for a photo-op. But then he shifted gears, naming the first four members of his transition team. What's next for the de Blasio team? And what's going on in this photo?

To listen to Host Amy Eddings' full conversation with City Hall and Politics Reporter Brigid Bergin, click on the audio player.

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The Takeaway

Why You Did (Or Didn't) Quit Smoking

Monday, November 04, 2013

New York City has passed a new law setting 21 as the new legal age to purchase cigarettes, both tobacco and electronic. Will this law lead to fewer smokers? What anti-smoking efforts actually make a difference? Jody Sindelar, a health economist and professor at the Yale School of Public Health who uses behavioral economics to study addiction, explains.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hunger Cliff

Friday, November 01, 2013

Triada Stampas, senior director of government relations for Food Bank for New York City, and Bill Tomson, senior agriculture reporter for POLITICO, discuss the cuts to food stamps that went into effect today.

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WNYC News

Renderings of St. Nicholas Church Released

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For the first time since its destruction in the collapse of the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001, the public is seeing images of what the rebuilt Greek Orthodox Church, St. Nicholas, will look like — and to some, it will look like a mosque. The New York Times' David Dunlap wrote about the design in Thursday's paper.

"The architect, Santiago Calatrava, has drawn for his design very heavily on traditional Byzantine influences," he said to WNYC's Amy Eddings. "It is a cubic building with a shallow dome on top of it, a ribbed dome at that, and alternating bands of stone, alternating colors at the corners of the drum of the dome."

Dunlap compares it to the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

To hear Host Amy Eddings' full interview with Dunlap, click on the audio player.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sandy and the City: A Year Later

Monday, October 28, 2013

WNYC's Matthew Shuerman discusses what’s changed and what hasn’t since Sandy hit New York—from waterfront development to disaster planning to how the discussion of  storm recovery in the mayor’s race.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rent Wars and the History of Rent Control in New York

Monday, October 28, 2013

Robert M. Fogelson tells the fascinating but little-known story of the battles between landlords and tenants in New York from 1917 through 1929. His book The Great Rent Wars: New York, 1917-1929traces the tumultuous history of rent control in New York from its inception to its expiration as it unfolded in New York, Albany, and Washington, D.C. Fogelson also explores the heated debates over landlord-tenant law, housing policy, and other issues that are as controversial today as they were a century ago.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Art and the Re-Making of Cities

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Artist Vito Acconci and chief curator at Creative Time Nato Thompson talk about this week's Creative Time Summit "Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st Century" and the role of art in place-making in our cities.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Photographing the Humans of New York

Thursday, October 24, 2013

This segment originally aired live on October 24, 2013. An edited version was included in a best-of episode on December 27, but the original audio is posted here.

Photographer Brandon Stanton talks about his project to photograph New Yorkers of all walks of life for his blog, now collected in a book called Humans of New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Density and Sustainable Development

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It's Housing and Urban Development Week on the Brian Lehrer Show's election series "30 issues in 30 Days." See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

Charles Bagli, New York Times reporter and author of Other People's Money: Inside the Housing Crisis and the Demise of the Greatest Real Estate Deal Ever Made, discusses how the next mayor would approach development and building infrastructure to account for more density.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Writers on Loving and Leaving NYC; Philip Glass; the Buffetts on Ending Hunger

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Writers Ruth Curry and Emma Straub, who live in New York, and Meghan Daum and Sari Botton, who’ve moved out of the city, talk about Joan Didion’s famous essay Goodbye to All That and share their own stories of loving and leaving New York. Composer Philip Glass discusses “In the Spirit,” a benefit concert for the Garrison Institute. Warren Buffett and his son Howard G. Buffett  and grandson Howard W. Buffett talk about philanthropy and their work to end world hunger.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Writers on Loving and Leaving New York

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Hear their own stories of the allure of New York and the grief that comes when the city loses its magic.

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