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#VacationFail

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Sometimes you plan the best vacation ever... and then life happens.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Social History of Retirement

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

How the concept of retirement has evolved throughout the ages.

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Retirement: Can't Wait or Quit Pushing

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Where are you on the spectrum of "I can't wait to get out of here" to "don't make me retire!?"

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Celebrating the Immigrant World Cup

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On Monday we heard about how the U.S. will try to make its way in Brazil. Now, fans from anywhere else call in to talk about their team, their country, their style of play -- and how you'll be cheering on from NYC.

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Your Non-Nuclear Family Stories

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In the newest episode of Death, Sex & Money, Anna Sale talks to a woman who has built an "unconventional" family for herself, having married the gay father of her children. We take your calls about your non-nuclear family: how you make it work, the challenges, and lessons for others.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Teachers and Other Callers

Monday, June 02, 2014

It's an informal, unofficial, thoroughly unscientific teachers' contract poll: Ballots were due Friday, the results are announced tomorrow on the new UFT contract. Teachers, did you vote "yes" or "no"?  Plus, a return of "Soapbox" -- callers weigh in on the issues that matter to them today.

 

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Who Spoke At Your Graduation?

Friday, May 16, 2014

George Saunders stopped by the show last week to talk about his viral commencement speech, which made us wonder: "Do you remember who spoke at your graduation and what they said?" Call in and tell us at 212-433-9692, or leave a response in on our blog.

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How Did You Spend Your Holy Week?

Monday, April 21, 2014

With holy weeks ending in Judaism and Christianity, did you observe either holiday through: Reflection? Public action? Prayer? How do you picture God when performing your rituals? Call us at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

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Sifting the Medicare Data

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thanks to a Wall Street Journal lawsuit, Medicare released details on how much individual doctors were reimbursed for the year 2012 in a searchable database.  Melinda Beck, health reporter for the Journal, talks about what we've learned so far from the Medicare data. What are consumers and doctors finding out about patient care and billing practices?  Call in and share your findings at 212-433-9692, that's 212-433-WNYC.

 

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Advice Roulette: Working Women

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Today is a special installment of our occasional feature - radio advice roulette! In honor of Equal Pay Day, women listeners can ask fellow listeners for job-related advice live on the radio. By some estimates, women still earn on average about 77 cents for every dollar a man earns, and so today symbolizes how long into the new year a woman has to work to earn what a man in the same job earned just in 2013. So this special edition of advice roulette is for women to give and get advice about careers, the workplace, and their home/work balance.

Here's how it works: If you need advice on anything work-related, whether it's how to ask for a raise, a promotion, more time off, anything - call 212-433-9692 and we'll pair you with a fellow WNYC listener. The catch? Before you get to ask for advice from someone, you have to give advice to another caller. 

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Opt Out? Opt In?

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Reportedly, more parents chose to have their children sit out the state ELA exams this week than did last year.  If your kids took the exam, did you consciously "opt in"?  If you opted out, how would you like to see schools held to account for preparing their students to do college level work after graduation? 

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Advice Roulette

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Another installment of our occasional feature - radio advice roulette! Listeners, ask your fellow listeners for advice live on the radio. Here's how it works: If you need advice on anything, anything at all, call 212-433-9692 and we'll pair you with a fellow WNYC listener. The catch? Before you get to ask for advice from someone, you have to give advice to another caller.

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Is "Bossy" A Bad Word?

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg and the Girl Scouts are trying to ban the word "bossy," saying discourages young girls from taking on leadership positions.

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The Explanatarium

Friday, March 07, 2014

It's time for another installment in our open-phones series "The Explanatarium" -- where you get one minute to explain something to your fellow WNYC listeners. Do you just "get" something most other people find complicated? Have you done the research and figured things out? If you think you can explain something complicated or often misunderstood - in 60 seconds or less - call in and enlighten us.

In previous installments (listen below) listeners have explained the difference between incandescent and halogen light bulbs; common misconceptions about the Protestant reformation; and how subway air conditioning works.

If you can explain something - anything - clearly and simply, call 212-433-9692 or post below. No heavy opinion, no political rants, just compelling information and succinct clarification.

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Warm Memories To Fight The Cold

Monday, February 17, 2014

A call-in segment with your descriptions of a warm day (remember those?) on this chilly Monday. Tell us about a really warm memory. Remember that feeling of taking your shoes off and walking barefoot on fresh green grass? Remember how it smells on the beach, that mixture of sunscreen and salty air? Tell us what a grill sounds like on the 4th of July. Let’s remember a warmer time. 212-433-WNYC. 212-433-9692. Describe what it feels, sounds and smells like when it's actually hot out.

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The Noises in Your Life

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

From a social history, to coping with it in the city to the pleasures of bustle, we're talking noise. Here are the stories that capture your relationship with noise, the good and the bad.

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Is the Super Bowl Helping Your Business?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

A call-in segment for local business owners: Is Super Bowl week the windfall you expected? And what do you have planned for this weekend? Call in to report on how the influx of NFL fans is affecting your bottom line. And then, plug away -- if you've got a Super Bowl event planned, or have some other sort of Super Bowl related special going on, let us know. We'll compile a database for fellow WNYC fans.

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Who Taught You To Be a New Yorker?

Monday, January 27, 2014

In today's "Metropolitan Diary," a man writes about how a native NYCer taught him how to properly eat a bagel. Brian Lehrer Show listeners chime in with other lessons they got that helped turn them into "real" New Yorkers, from swiping a metro card correctly to wearing proper shoes.

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Blogging Your Illness: "You're Not Doing This Alone"

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A conversation has broken out online about how much information is too much information when it comes to blogging and tweeting about illness. The Brian Lehrer Show takes calls from those who write about their health on the sense of community, the role of humor, and the reasons people decide to share.

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Do Politics Influence Your Charitable Donations?

Monday, January 13, 2014

New City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito recently released tax documents that showed she didn't donate any money to charity in 2012. So what?

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