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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Christine Quinn

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

City Council speaker Christine Quinn talks about her campaign for mayor. She weighs in on whether Mayor Bloomberg made us richer--a question we're asking all week.

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WNYC News

At Night, Social Scene Blossoms as Heat Brings Neighbors Outside

Friday, July 19, 2013

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Parks in New York City are keeping their sprinklers on a little longer, and keeping their gates open a little later for residents looking to keep cool during the hot summer nights.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Do You Know Where You Are?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Guest host Parker Posey presents the story that launched Jay McInerney's "Bright Lights, Big City," and a father/daughter story by Maile Meloy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are Cities Good for You?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cities can deliver a better life and a better future world, argues Leo Hollis. In  Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis, he asks: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New York Public Library Renovations and Lawsuits

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

The New York Public Library’s plan to renovate its Fifth Avenue building, which includes removing research stacks, has been met with much criticism, with some opponents of the project filed a lawsuit to stop the project.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Private Lives in the Big City

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Longtime New York Times editor Constance Rosenblum explores the nearly three million homes in the city, from Park Avenue penthouses to Canarsie studios. In Habitats: Private Lives in the Big City, she tells 40 intimate stories about how New Yorkers really live in their brownstones, apartments, mansions, and lofts, and paints a portrait of what it means to make a home in the world’s most varied and powerful city. 

What's your favorite thing about your home? Let us know—leave a comment!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Scott Stringer: Candidate for Comptroller

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer talks about his newly announced competition for the office of NYC Comptroller and his plans for the office.

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WNYC News

Met Museum Retires Metal Buttons for Paper Stickers

Friday, June 28, 2013

The Metropolitan Museum of Art as long used a one inch button printed with artist Leonardo Da Vinci's "M" as an admission ticket. But on Monday, the 42-year-old tradition will end.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

On the Waterfront

Friday, June 28, 2013

Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture and classical music critic, discusses the New York City waterfront and Mayor Bloomberg’s resiliency plan. He The looks at the history of the city’s relationship to the waterfront, and argues that we should double down on developing it rather than retreat. Davidson's article "Liquid City" is in the July 1 issue of New York.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The NY Waterfront; Hitchcock's Early Films; Lidia Bastianich; Please Explain Sinkholes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture critic, discusses Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for the city’s waterfront. We’ll find out about Hitchcock’s earliest films. Lidia Bastianich looks at how immigrants and others celebrate independence in America. And Please Explain is all about sinkholes!

The Brian Lehrer Show

Fast Item #3: Tell Us Something We Probably Don't Know

Friday, June 28, 2013

We open the phones to ask: What don't we know about and should? It could be a news item that missed our radar; something from your personal life worth sharing; or just an interesting fact that most people don't know about. Call 212-433-9692 or post below to share you item for other WNYC listeners!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Voting Rights Act and New York City

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down the way the Voting Rights Act determines which parts of the country need extra scrutiny in their election law. Wendy Weiser, Director of the Democracy Program at NYU's Brennan Center for Justice, explains why three New York City counties (New York, Kings, and the Bronx) were covered by the Voting Rights Act, and what yesterday's decision means for those counties.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New York City's Grad Rate Debate

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York has just released high school graduation rate numbers -- New York City's 2012 graduation rate was 64.7 percent. NYC's Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky discusses the trends in the rate, and how increased standards will effect graduation numbers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Explaining NYC's Composting Plan

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Bloomberg administration is considering expanding its voluntary food-scrap recycling plan -- and possibly making composting mandatory in the same way plastic recycling currently is. Cas Holloway, New York City deputy mayor for operations, and Ron Gonen, New York City's deputy commissioner of sanitation, recycling, and sustainability, discuss composting in the city and answer your basic questions.

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WNYC News

New York City Beaches to Open for First Time Since Sandy

Friday, May 24, 2013

The city's beaches officially open Saturday. But in many areas ravaged by Sandy, like in the Rockaways, the beaches are still a work in progress.

"Ideally, we would hope there would be a lot of people on the beach," said Rockaway resident Monica Lynch. "I don't know if that is ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Eat the City

Friday, May 10, 2013

Robin Shulman, author of Eat the City, talks about the fishers, foragers, butchers, farmers, poultry minders, sugar refiners, beekeepers, winemakers, and brewers—past and present—who’ve made New York City into such a great place for food.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Food in NY, Lina Prokofiev, Please Exlain Olive Oil, Icelandic Writer Sjón

Friday, May 10, 2013

Author Robin Shulman, winemaker Latif Jiji, and slaughterhouse owner Imran Uddin on food and making food in NYC. Simon Morrison on the love and wars of Lina Prokofiev. Please Explain is all about olive oil. Icelandic novelist Sjón on The Whispering Muse.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In January, the city’s homeless population exceeded 50,000, the highest number since the Great Depression. Kim Velsey, New York Observer senior editor, talks about the growing number of homeless families that made up most of the city’s shelter population. She'll be joined by joined by Anne Pierre, a homeless mother Velsey wrote about in her article “The Return of Hooverville,” in the April 29 New York Observer

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Restaurants Reducing Food Waste in NYC

Friday, April 26, 2013

More than 100 restaurants will participate in the first-ever Food Waste Challenge, a new City program to reduce the amount of organic waste sent to landfills and the greenhouse gases that waste produces. Elizabeth Balkan, senior policy advisor for the NYC Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability tells us about the program, participants, and the city's goals of reducing waste.

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where to Eat in Queens

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tom Liddy, Queens news editor and columnist for DNAinfo.com, talks about the borough’s diverse variety of restaurants tells us where to eat in Queens. He writes the "Make This Tonight" column.

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