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Celebrating WNYC's 90th Anniversary

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

For 90 years, WNYC has reflected -- and reflected on -- our ever-changing city. Here are some of the sounds and voices that have defined New York and New York Public Radio since July 8, 1924. 

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Makers in the MAD-House

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Museum of Arts and Design celebrates the makers of NYC.

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Stringer to Employers: Time to Get Flexible

Monday, June 16, 2014


The comptroller is urging businesses to adopt policies that see family and work as complimentary rather than competing.


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The Strangest Things New York Cabbies Find in Their Backseats

Monday, May 19, 2014

A wedding veil. An 18th century violin. $15,000 worth of fertility drugs. In case you thought taxi drivers didn't lead exciting enough lives already, you should see what their customers leave behind.

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Got a City Mystery? We're Here to Solve It

Friday, May 09, 2014

Our area is full of little mysteries. Why continue to let them bug you when you could have WNYC find out the answer! On the Brian Lehrer Show blog, we've explained the rules about turning left in New York City, the laws around bodega cats, and why alternate side parking is always "in effect."

Now we want to know what other mystery you want us to explain. Tell us what thing about the city - or anywhere in the NYC area - has always baffled you. It can be a particular behavior, an element of our infrastructure, a law...anything you've always wondered about.

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Is Your Apartment Ever Really Your Home? Our Favorite Answers.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

On Tuesday's Brian Lehrer Show, we hosted a two-hour conversation about all things rent - from rent laws to affordable housing to advice on how to deal with roommates, landlords, and more. One key question: In a city where so many rent forever, does your rental ever truly feel like home? Below, some of our favorite answers.

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When Gentrification Works

Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Gentrification doesn't need to be something one group inflicts on another," argues New York Magazine architecture critic Justin Davidson. He talks about how NYC neighborhoods like Inwood and Bed-Stuy have managed to change as neighborhoods while not fully displacing long-time residents, and whether gentrification deserves its bad reputation.


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Your Guide to Turning Left When There's a Median

Thursday, January 23, 2014

It's a classic driving conundrum: When turning left off a street with a wide median, can you continue to drive after you've turned, even if your new light is red? "Gridlock" Sam Schwartz explains.

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What's Your Reason to Love NYC?

Monday, December 16, 2013

Subway performers. Citi Bike. Rats in retreat. Great drinking water. What are your nominations for #RTLNY?

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Mayor Tracker

Thursday, October 31, 2013

The latest tweets, stories and data from and about the 2013 NYC mayoral candidates.


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Teens Report from Popup Newsroom, from Mayor's Race to City's Problems

Thursday, October 31, 2013

At the 3rd Annual NYC Digital Waves Youth Media Festival: NewsHive @ St. Joseph's College youth came together to produce, report, and make their own stories in just 10 hours.


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Open Phones: What Will You Miss about Mayor Bloomberg?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mayor Bloomberg has been running the city for a long time. What do you like about the mayor and his vision for New York City? Call in and say what will you miss in post-Bloomberg NYC.


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Poop Train

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

You may not give a second thought (or backward glance) to what the toilet whisks away after you do your business. But we got wondering -- where would we wind up if we thought of flushing as the start, and not the end, of a journey? In this short, we head out to trace the trail of sludge...from Manhattan, to wherever poop leads us.

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MICROPOLIS: Sikh Men & the Meaning of Turbans

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

In this latest episode of Micropolis, we examine the age-old persecution of Sikhs, from India to post-9/11 America. Why do Sikhs such as actor Waris Ahluwalia (Inside Man, The Darjeeling Limited) identify with the racial history of African Americans?

And why, despite persecution and name-calling, do Sikh men continue to wear turbans?

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Transportation Nation

Solving NYC's Imaginary Etiquette Problems, One Sign at a Time

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York's guerrilla etiquette artist strikes again.

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NYPD Tapes

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Graham Rayman, staff writer for the Village Voice and author of The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), joins us in studio to talk about his reporting on the NYPD. 

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The Takeaway

Spitzer Looks for Comeback With Run for NYC Comptroller

Monday, July 08, 2013

In New York, a once-disgraced politician is trying to be the next comeback kid. Last night, former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer announced his candidacy for New York City Comptroller. Governor Spitzer discussed his candidacy on our co-producer WNYC's program, The Brian Lehrer Show, earlier today. Brian Lehrer joins us to discuss these candidates looking for a comeback.



Explainer: What's a Flash Flood Warning Anyway?

Monday, July 01, 2013

Did your phone just go berzerk? As intense thunderstorms batter New York City, there's a flash flood warning in effect. So how worried should you be?



NY Legal Group Accepts New Contract, Ends Strike

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

A forty-day labor strike is over for one of the nation's largest free legal groups.



Bike Share is Here: Some Brave the City Streets, Others Will Pass

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

6,000 bikes were added to city streets Monday as the city launched what it called the largest bike share program in the country.

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