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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend: Borscht Belt Hotels; NYC's Youth Poet; NY in 101 Objects

Friday, December 26, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Margot Gayle Saves a Clock

Monday, October 06, 2014

WNYC
The Jefferson Market Clock was almost destroyed at several points in its history. Listen to the 1960s interview with the woman who saved it every time.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Happy Earth Day - Now Move Your Car

Monday, April 21, 2014

WNYC
On the first Earth Day - that would be April 22, 1970 - Mayor John V. Lindsay implores New Yorkers to be more thoughtful with their parking.
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NYPR Archives & Preservation

A Walking Tour of Don Draper's New York

Friday, April 11, 2014

WNYC

The year is 1971. Manhattan's Fur District is booming and Mad Men's Don Draper is about to enter a decade of possibilities (or not).

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Finally, a Guide to NYC's Honorary Street Names

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Historian Gilbert Tauber put together an on-line database of all of NYC's honorary street names from 1998-2013, from A. Philip Randolph Boulevard to Zora Neale Hurston Place after the idea was suggested by Michael Miscione, acting Manhattan borough historian.  They discuss the results and the process of street-naming.  

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Health Care Cost; Mayoral Legacies; Dear Prudie Advice

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Jack Hidary, an independent candidate running for New York City mayor, talks about his decision to join the race without the backing of a party. Plus: WNYC’s Fred Mogul explains why health insurance prices may drop for individuals purchasing plans in New York State when the new health care exchanges go into effect this fall; the history and legacies of modern New York City mayors; and advice from Slate’s Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, on conflicts between adult children and their parents.  

The Brian Lehrer Show

The Political History of New York City's Water

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

David Soll, assistant professor at the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and author of Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply, uses New York City's efforts to secure a safe supply of water to explore the way politics and environment intersect.

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WNYC News

Housing Generations | Life in the Projects: Meet the Alston Family

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

WNYC is telling the story of public housing in New York City through the lens of one family that has lived there for four decades. The Alstons arrived in the Queensbridge Houses in 1954, and many members continue to live there. This is part one of a four-part series. 

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