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The Explanatarium

Thursday, August 15, 2013

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.

In previous installments (listen below) listeners have explained the difference between incandescent and halogen light bulbs; why altruism has an evolutionary purpose; and the origin of the phrase "break a leg."

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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Slideshow: #NJVoteSelfies

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

It's election day in New Jersey! Brian Lehrer Show opens the phones and asks you how you voted in the primary to replace Senator Frank Lautenberg, and why. Plus: A slideshow of your #NJVoteSelfie photos, sent in after you cast your ballot.

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Open Phones: A-Rod Suspended

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

NPR sports correspondent Mike Pesca joins us as we open the phones to hear what baseball fans think about Alex Rodriguez's suspension from baseball and his legacy. 

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Open Phones: What Should Brian Read and Listen to on Vacation?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's a summertime tradition: Brian leaves for vacation this afternoon -- what recent book should he read while he's out? We'll also take suggestions for music to listen to, and play some of the suggestions that have already come in. Post your picks below -- remember, recent books and music only.

→ UPDATE: Thanks for the great music suggestions -- listen to the playlist below!

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Does the Anthony Weiner Admission Change Your Vote?

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yesterday, after reports that another woman had claimed to have had an intimate online relationship with him, mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner held a press conference with his wife and admitted his indiscretions extended beyond his 2011 resignation from Congress. Today, the Brian Lehrer Show took your phone calls with reactions to the news. 

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Open Phones: Your Mobility Stories

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A recent study finds that location matters when it comes to income mobility. The odds of moving up to a higher income level are low in cities like Atlanta and Charlotte and much higher in New York and Boston. If you grew up poor and made it to the middle class, tell us your story. Comment here or call us at 212-433-9692.

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Open Phones: On the Cover of Rolling Stone

Monday, July 22, 2013

New images of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, looking like a rock star on Rolling Stone's cover and dirtied and bloodied in photos released by a  Boston police officer have stirred controversy.  Why do you think it matters how the public sees Tsarnaev's face? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comments below.

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Open Phones: What Are You Waiting On Line For?

Friday, July 19, 2013

From the line for Cronuts to the line for MoMA's Rain Room, there's a lot of waiting going on this summer. What's the longest you've waited on a line (or in a line), and what's your limit? Call in to 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692, and tell us where you draw the line for lines. Art critic and WNYC contributor Deborah Solomon talks about what's worth waiting for in the New York art scene this summer. 

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Open Phones: Spitzer and Weiner Lead Among Black Voters

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

A call-in for black voters on the news from a new poll that shows both Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner lead among African-Americans. Give us a call at 212-433-9692. 

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Open Phones: Talking About Trayvon

Monday, July 15, 2013

George Zimmerman has been found not guilty, but the conversation about race, violence, masculinity and fear continues. Parents: How have you been talking to your kids about the death of Trayvon Martin? How did you react to verdict on Saturday night? Call 212-433-9692, or post here.

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Five Pillars Week: What Does Prayer Mean to You?

Monday, July 15, 2013

It's Five Pillars of Islam week on the Brian Lehrer Show. Every day this week, we're convening an interfaith conversation based around the Five Pillars: Shahadah (Faith), Salat (Prayer), Sawm (Ramadan), Zakat (Charity), and Hajj (Pilgrimage). Today: we open the phones to discuss prayer. How do you pray and what does prayer mean to your religion? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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The Explanatarium

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

We're opening the phones for you 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.

Maybe you know exactly what the Citizens United ruling does and want to explain it to everyone. Maybe you really get what 2001: A Space Odyssey is about, and can break it down in under a minute. Did you once have a teacher brilliantly definite solipsism, or describe exactly why the dinosaurs went extinct?

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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How Did You Stay Married?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Elizabeth in Washington Heights says her husband is not her best friend. "He's a really good friend, and he's my almost everything."

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Open Phones: Spitzer Returns to NY Politics

Monday, July 08, 2013

Following our interview with comptroller candidate Eliot Spitzer, we open the phones for your reaction. What do you make of his return to politics? Would you consider voting for him? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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Hear This: Do You Have Your Parents' Marriage?

Monday, July 08, 2013

“I was from a mother and father who got married, stayed together, and they stayed together more because that’s what they were supposed to do." Amy in Manalapan sats, "Like them being happy wasn’t the most important – they had to do the right thing. And there were rules to follow."

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Open Phones: Women Voters and the Mayoral Race

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

As a woman voter, is your vote Christine Quinn's to lose?  How much value do you place on having a woman in charge at City Hall versus other factors when deciding which candidate to support?  Call us at 212-433-9692, 212-433-WNYC, or comment here.

 

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Open Phones: What Do You First Notice About the US?

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

A call in for "the new de Tocquevilles" -- recent immigrants, tourists, other visitors: What do you notice first about life in the US? Customs, physical features, interesting behavior, tell us what you notice that may seem normal to natives. Call 212-433-9692 or post below!

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Out of Control Open Phones: It's Your Show

Friday, June 28, 2013

We want to find four listeners who grew up outside of New York City who want to talk to each other. And once we do... Brian's going to step completely aside! Want to chat with some other non-native New Yorkers? Call 212-433-9692 to take part.

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Fast Item #3: Tell Us Something We Probably Don't Know

Friday, June 28, 2013

We open the phones to ask: What don't we know about and should? It could be a news item that missed our radar; something from your personal life worth sharing; or just an interesting fact that most people don't know about. Call 212-433-9692 or post below to share you item for other WNYC listeners!

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White Southern Women React to Paula Deen

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Brian Lehrer Show opens the phones to discuss two white Southern women in the news this week: Paula Deen and Wendy Davis, the Texas lawmaker who filibustered anti-abortion legislation for 11 hours this week.

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