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Open Phones: Your New Year's Continuing Resolutions

Thursday, January 02, 2014

So many New Year's resolutions are about changing behavior or making a break with the past -- but we want to hear about what from 2013 you want to carry over into 2014. What are the good things you want to keep doing? What did you start in 2013 that you want to build on this year? Call 212-433-9692 or post below...

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Open Phones: Is 2014 The Year You’ll Leave NYC?

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Is it the year you’re deciding to stay? Call in to 212-433-9692 and talk about the moves you’re deciding to make or not make this year.

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Open Phones: “Homeswitching”

Monday, December 30, 2013

Were you just with family over the holidays? Are you with them now?  Call in or tweet with hashtag #homeswitch to talk about how you change when you’re with your family. 212-433-9692...

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Play Along: The Brian Lehrer Show News Quiz

Friday, December 20, 2013

How well have you been paying attention to what happened in 2013? Brian tests your memory. Call 212-433-9692 to participate! And this year, you're playing for your region: NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut/Points North, or The World.

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2013 News Quiz: Hour 2

Friday, December 20, 2013

How well have you been paying attention to what happened in 2013? Brian tests your memory. Call 212-433-9692 to participate! And this year, you're playing for your region: NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut/Points North, or The World.

One rule: Before you participate, you have to tell Brian about 2013's top news story in your world - your neighborhood, your line of work, your family...

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Open Phones: Your Mixed Politics Families

Thursday, December 19, 2013

We're taking calls from people in mixed politics families--and how you manage to get along. Are you a Republican married to a Democrat, or vice-versa? Are your parents conservative, while you're more progressive? How do you negotiate the political differences in your family? Tell us about an issue or an ideology that divides you -- and how you manage to overcome it (if you do).

 

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Open Phones: Mixed Bag on Mixed Families

Thursday, December 19, 2013

We end today’s conversation on mixed families with a mixed bag of topics we didn't get to. The phones are now open for you to talk about how you navigate diversity within your family of any kind. Mixed diets, mixed geography, mixed immigration status, mixed sports fandom... anything we missed. Tell your story of your mixed family -- call 212-433-9692 or post below...

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Open Phones: Predictions for 2014

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

2014 is almost here -- what do you predict for the new year? From politics to culture to your personal life, make a bold prediction about what will happen in 2014.

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Open Phones: What Are You Waiting For?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

A simple question: What are you waiting for? Are you in a line right now? Are you expecting a baby? A revolution? Waiting in the apartment for the super to come fix the heat? What are you waiting for?

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Open Phones: A Search for Common Ground

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

We pair callers from left and right and search for common ground rather than a debate. Two callers who disagree with each other -- one very conservative and one solidly liberal -- get matched on air. The only request is that you not debate, but instead be curious about the other person.

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Open Phones: The Most Interesting Thing That Happened To You

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

What's the most interesting thing that you did or that happened to you this year? Tell us a story. Fascinating things happen in our lives: things we generate and things we never expect. So what's the most interesting thing that you did or that happened to you in 2013? Post your comment here or call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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Open Phones: 2013

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Today, the only guest on the Brian Lehrer Show is YOU! We'll take your calls in our yearly all-open-phones show, with conversations about what it means to be middle income in New York City; your report on buying or selling a home this year; and more reflections for 2013.

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Open Phones: Mandela's Pan-African Impact

Friday, December 06, 2013

We take calls from Africans and African immigrants on what Nelson Mandela meant for the continent as a whole. Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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Open Phones: Your Political Brain

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

In his New York Times column yesterday, David Brooks asks: How much emotional and psychic space should politics take up in a normal healthy brain? We take up the question: What's your answer? How do you find balance?

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Map: Buy from a Fellow WNYC Fan

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

After Black Friday comes Small Business Saturday. We're building a guide to listener-owned brick-and-mortar businesses. Explore the map to find stores in your neighborhood, and if you're a store-owner add yours now!

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Your Rules for Protecting Your Smart Phone

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Has your smart phone been stolen? Did you get it back? Either way, we've got your practical, realistic tips for protecting smart phones with a real-world tip sheet from Brian Lehrer Show listeners.

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Girls, Boys, and Toys: Gender-Neutral Gift Advice

Monday, November 25, 2013

Buying a toy – be it gender specific, or gender neutral – can be seen as a political statement these days. We open the phones and take your calls about what toys you're excited about giving to your children 7 and under this year, and how to navigate the gender issues around dolls, easy-bake ovens, pink vs. blue, and more. Tips and highlights from the conversation below.

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How Much Your Fellow WNYC Listeners Are Spending on Thanksgiving

Monday, November 25, 2013

This weekend, our friends at "On The Media" reported on how news outlets love to hype that Thanksgiving dinner is getting more and expensive every year. Turns out, though, it's not really. Let's crowdsource the cost of Thanksgiving -- what are the major expenses for you this year? Is it more costly than in the past?

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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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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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