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Open Phones: A Mayoral Race Check-In

Thursday, June 20, 2013

After weeks of campaigning, dozens of forums, and a slew of endorsements, the 2013 mayor's race is beginning to take shape. With 81 days until the primary, WNYC's politics team, reporters Anna Sale and Brigid Bergin, join Brian to discuss the race and we open the phones and ask: Have you made up your mind? Why? What's been the most interesting story line of the race so far? If you haven't decided, what are you waiting to hear? Call 212-433-9692 or post your mayoral-race take below! 

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Open Phones: Your Tributes to Nelson Mandela

Monday, June 10, 2013

UPDATE: Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

South African leader Nelson Mandela remains in a hospital, two days after being admitted with a recurring lung infection. The 94-year-old is in serious condition, and South Africans are beginning to offer their tributes to his life. The country's largest paper quotes a that a friend of the family has said it's "time to let him go." While we hope for his full recovery, we begin to gather your memories of Nelson Mandela. Call 212-433-9692 with your tributes, or post here.

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Open Phones: Baby Name Outer Limits

Thursday, June 06, 2013

What, for you, is the outer limit on acceptable baby names? Fruit? Colors? Numbers? Call us at 212-433-9692 to weigh in on the virtue of a unique baby name.

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The First Annual Brian Lehrer Show Knaidel Invitational

Friday, May 31, 2013

Last night, 13-year-old Queens native Arvind Mahankali took first place at the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Today we're conducting our own spelling bee with some of the weirder words from the competition, so call us up at 212-433-9692 to play!

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Open Phones: What's Changed Since 1996?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

With the Brood II cicadas emerging after 17 years underground, we're wondering what you would find most unbelievable about the world today if you hadn't seen it since 1996. Call (212) 433-9692, leave a comment below, or tweet using the hashtag #CicadaVanWinkle.

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Open Phones: Remembering a Friend

Friday, May 24, 2013

To tie together some strands we've been following this week on obituaries, friendship, and the start of the Memorial Day holiday, we'll take your calls about a friend you've lost and how you mark their passing and the impact they had on you.  Call us at 212-433-WNYC (9692) to commemorate a friend.

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Open Phones: Making Mid-Life Friends

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Yesterday we heard about the "State of Friendship 2013" -- and the "mid-life friendship slump" for people in their 30s through 60s. Have you made a friend in the middle years? Call in 212-433-9692!

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Open Phones: Weight Loss Surgery

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

We learned yesterday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had Lap-Band weight loss surgery in February. We open the phoens: Have you had Lap-Band or another kind of weight-loss surgery? What was the experience like? Are you considering it and have questions about the process? Comment here or call 212-433-9692 at 11:40. Joining us to answer questions about bariatric surgery is Dr. Hans Schmidt, chief of bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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Why is Jason Collins' Coming Out a Big Deal?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Why is it a big deal that he came out? How is it different from the fact that female athletes have been out for decades?

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Open Phones: What Outdoor Activity Did You Discover This Past Weekend?

Monday, April 29, 2013

It's cloudy and cool today, but this past weekend's weather was glorious. So, on this first Monday after the first great-weather weekend of 2013, we ask: What new outdoor activity did you discover that you'd recommend for other WNYC listeners? Call 212-433-9692, or post your recommendation here!

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Open Phones: Headlines from Your Corner of the World

Monday, April 15, 2013

As we do from time to time, we open the phones to ask what's making the headlines in other countries. If you have ties to any country and are watching the foreign-language press, tell us what's in the news. Call 212-433-9692 or post here!

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Open Phones: Did You Spend Your Refund?

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

. . . before you got it? Did you save any of it? As this Time Magazine column points out, "mental accounting" may explain why we spend small windfalls many times over, but are able to save large ones. What about you?  


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Open Phones: Coaches Crossing the Line

Friday, April 05, 2013

This week Rutgers fired men's basketball coach Mike Rice after a video surfaced that showed him shoving players and using homophobic slurs. Have you ever been pushed around by leaders such as coaches or drill sergeants? Is this behavior ever an effective motivational tool? Where do you think the line should be drawn? Call us at 212-433-9692 or post your comment below.

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Open Phones: New York Childhoods

Thursday, April 04, 2013

New York Magazine contributor Jennifer Vineyard talks about the childhood memories she curated from celebrated New Yorkers for this week's cover feature and takes calls from listeners.  What's your only-in-New York childhood memory?  


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Open Phones: How Detailed Are Your Lottery-Winning Plans?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pedro Quezada from Passaic just won over $330 million from Powerball and, so far, hasn't announced his plans beyond buying a new car and never getting up at 5AM to open his bodega again.  What about you? How detailed have you gotten in what you'd do with future winnings?  Are you like the school principal on a recent This American Life episode who can go on for minutes with how you'd solve your community's problems with the money?  Do you have a long, long shopping list?  Share your plans, call 212-433-WNYC, 212-433-9692.

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Alimony Reforms: NJ May End Permanent Payments

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

New Jersey legislators are considering reforms that would end permanent alimony. Laura W. Morgan, owner of Family Law Consulting in Charlottesville, Virginia and co-author (with Brett Turner) of the forthcoming Alimony Handbook to be published by the American Bar Association, explains how New Jersey and New York fit into a wave of family law changes, and takes your calls with questions or stories about alimony payments in your own life.


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Open Phones: Twitter's Birthday Follow-Friday

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's Twitter's 7th birthday, and today is "Follow Friday." So, who should your fellow Brian Lehrer Show listeners follow and why? Recommend up to three tweeters from any walk of life - we'll compile the links on this page (and of course tweet it when we do!)

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Open Phones: The Iraq War Generation

Friday, March 22, 2013

We're marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war by asking for comments from those of you young enough to have your view of war shaped by Iraq (as opposed to Vietnam). What lessons have you drawn about war, the US's role in the world, our leaders, and more? And how do you think it compares to the way your parents (Vietnam) and grandparents (WWII) talk about the lessons of war? Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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Open Phones: Knowing Your Family Story

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Did you read the article "The Stories That Bind Us" in Sunday's New York Times? It was about research that finds that developing a strong family narrative creates stronger families and more resilient individuals. Tell us how you've passed on your family narrative or how your parents passed it along to you. Call us at 212-433-WNYC or comment here.


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Open Phones: Empathy, Politics, and Civil Rights

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Ohio Senator Rob Portman came out in favor of gay marriage last week, saying he was convinced to support the issue once he learned his son was gay. President Obama also cited family, friends, and gay members of his staff in describing his decision to publicly support gay marriage. We ask: What's the intersection of experience and politics? Does a politician's change of heart mean any less when it stems from family experience rather than political conviction? Call 212-433-9692 or post your comments here.

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