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Open Phones: What Makes This Marathon Different?

Friday, November 01, 2013

In the two years since the New York City marathon was last run, Sandy devastated many communities along the route, and the Boston marathon suffered a terrorist attack. Now that the marathon is back, what's different? Runners, watchers, family: Call in and tell us what's different this year, and what will be on your mind on Marathon Sunday.

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Open Phones: Advice Roulette

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Another installment of our occasional open-phones segment Radio Advice Roulette - listeners asking each other 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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Open Phones: An Oral History of Nostalgia

Friday, October 25, 2013

We open the phones to have you answer the simple question: What was better back in the day? It's an oral history of nostalgia, starring you. Tell us about what you think was better from a previous era, why you miss it, and whether you think it's better because of nostalgia, or because things were, empirically, better back in the day. Call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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Open Phones: Elections You Can't Vote In

Thursday, October 17, 2013

What do you have to say about elections in which you actually have no voice? Do New Yorkers have thoughts about NJ elections? And vice versa? Are you a New Yorker obsessed with Chris Christie? Or are you from Long Island, but want to vote for NYC mayor?

Give us a call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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Open Phones: Open Phones

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

We're opening up the phones now for your calls on possible future open phones segments. From time to time, we invite listeners to call in and be the guest for these kinds of segments. Now it's your turn. We're taking your suggestions now, and we'll pick one open phones idea to do on the program tomorrow.

So what's your pitch for an open phones topic? Tell us at 212-433-WNYC or 212-433-9692.

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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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Teacher Open Phones: What's Your Ideal Class Size?

Monday, October 14, 2013

Teachers react to Malcolm Gladwell 's report that having too few kids in the room is as bad as too many. What's your ideal class size?

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Open Phones: Motorcyclists Reflect on West Side Road Rage

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Motorcyclists: what would you put in a motorcyclists' bill of rights and responsibilities?


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Open Phones: Young Invincibles and the Obamacare 'Death Spiral'

Thursday, October 03, 2013

One of the keys to making the Affordable Care Act sustainable is convincing young, healthy people to sign up for coverage. If not enough do, then the system could go into a "death spiral" where costs outpace payments. Are you one of these "Young Invincibles" -- no longer on your parent's health insurance, but maybe willing to go without coverage because you're still healthy? Whether you're leaning towards signing up or thinking about paying the penalty, tell us your story -- call 212-433-9692 or post below.

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Open Phones: Metro North New Haven Line Commuters

Friday, September 27, 2013

If you're one of the 125,000 people who rely on the Metro North New Haven line, do you have a good workaround to getting to the city now that a power failure has snarled your commute? And is this SNAFU changing your mind about living in the suburbs in the first place? Or is it changing the way you think about whether you actually need to be physically at work at all? Call us: 212-433-9692.

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Open Phones: Exit Sandman

Friday, September 27, 2013

Mariano Rivera pitched his last game as a Yankee last night, walking off the mound with tears in his eyes. We take your tributes to Mo. Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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Open Phones: Does it Matter that de Blasio Visited Nicaragua in 1988?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Recent reporting on mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio's early activism shows that he visited Nicaragua in 1988 (on a humanitarian trip to deliver medical supplies), and was part of various groups in the US sympathetic to the Soviet-backed Sandinista government -- particularly as they fought off the US-backed Contra rebels. So: Does any of this matter? Does de Blasio's activism of 25 years ago indicate a core philosophy as his rivals have charged? How much does the context of the late-1980s Cold War activism matter? Call 212-433-9692 or post your thoughts below.

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Open Phones: What News Did We Miss?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Over the last week, we’ve done lots of coverage of the mayoral election and the Syria conflict. But we know that while the news cycle churned, the world still turned – and we didn’t get to discuss a lot of important and interesting stories. So what did we miss. Stories from your industry, important stories that haven't gotten enough attention, overseas developments that Americans need to know about, weird news... Call 212-433-9692 or post here to tell us and your fellow listeners what interesting news we missed.

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Open Phones: Importing and Exporting from Your Vacation

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

You know the feeling -- you go somewhere new and you discover that something is done differently there and you think: "we should import that, that's a great idea". So what would you adopt here? The Paris-Plages (temporary beaches) right here on the East River? Wifi on long-distance buses? Cable cars like in San Francisco? A giant ferris wheel like the London Eye? What would you import, and what would you export?

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Open Phones: Is Experience Necessary For Teachers?

Thursday, August 29, 2013

With the first day of school getting closer and closer, we want to hear from teachers about whether they think experience is necessary. What's the benefit of energy and motivation when you're new to the job? Younger teachers: what do you have that can compensate for lack of experience? Or, what can a teacher with experience do specifically in the classroom that a new teacher can't? Teachers: call in and tell us what you think, 212-433-9692, 212-433-WNYC, or leave your comment below.

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Open Phones: Public Art in Your Neighborhood

Thursday, August 22, 2013

What work of public art--sculpture, mural, poster, performance, or any other medium--have you been appreciating in your neighborhood lately? Comment below or call 212-433-9692.

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Open Phones: Russian Olympics Protest

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Russia's anti-gay laws have sparked protest around the world (including at the recent track and field championships) and calls that the US should boycott the upcoming Winter Olympics in that country. But many athletes -- even those who actively support gay rights -- say that it's not fair to deny them their dream of competing in the Olympics at the expense of making a political point. What do you think? What role do Olympic athletes have when it comes to this issue? Call 212-433-9692 or comment below.

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Open Phones: What's the News from Your Lab?

Monday, August 19, 2013

After covering three big stories from the world of science -- dolphin deaths, black holes and HeLa cells -- we're opening the phone lines for scientists and researchers to call in about what's going on in your laboratory, office, greenhouse or wherever you work. Call 212-433-9692 or comment below!

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Open Phones: #ADayWhen

Monday, August 19, 2013

Let's write today's front page. What news are you following, locally, nationally, or internationally? Complete the phrase "Today's a day when..." Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment here.

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Open Phones: Medical Marijuana

Friday, August 16, 2013

Gov. Christie says he'll decide today about medical marijuana in New Jersey. Listeners, what are your stories of using pot as medicine?


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