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New York Is Gross

Thursday, February 27, 2014

You'd think that a blog devoted to inspecting and cataloguing the most unsavory things in the city would make you feel terrible, but we find it strangely uplifting.

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Meet @ WNYC 2013 Singles Holiday Mixer

Monday, January 06, 2014

We ended 2013 with a Singles Holiday Mixer in The Greene Space at WNYC/WQXR. We had food, drinks, a holiday sing-a-long and lots of cheer. Enjoy!


NPR West Listening Party With Ask Me Another

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

On 8/7/13, the tribe assembled at NPR West for the first #NPRGL Listening Party. Hosted by Sophia Bush & Colin Hanks, the program featured a special live performance of NPR's Ask Me Another with Host Ophira Eisenberg and House Musician Jonathan Coulton. KCRW DJ Marion Hodges provided the spins. Special thanks to NPR Member stations KCRW and KPCC for co-hosting. Photos by Stephanie Nelson.


Generation Listen And WNYC Joint Event In New York

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

A huge thanks to our pals at WYNC for co-hosting and to our NPR Foundation Vice-Chair John McGinn and his spouse, Cary Davis, for so graciously opening up their home to help get Generation Listen off to a fab start.


Generation Listen's New NPR HQ Opening Event

Monday, November 04, 2013

A look inside Generation Listen's new NPR HQ opening event June 2013.


Studio 360

Your Awesome High School Band Photos

Monday, June 24, 2013

As part of our celebration of high school bands, we want to see the photo that captures your glory days as a high school rock star, whether you favored grunge, emo, hip-hop, or something in between — the more self-consciously cool, the better. Submit your photo and see the other entries ...

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You Can't Read a Dog By Its Guilty Face

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Our Animal Minds show questions whether dogs feel guilt...or whether we're just reading our own meanings into those puppy dog eyes. Dog owners, if you think you've got an incriminating photo of your canine looking remorseful, send it our way.

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Top Five Classical Online Image Galleries

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Watching music being made is as much a delight for the ears as one for the eyes. Here are our favorite collections of photographs featuring classical music performers, performances, and venues from across the web.


Transportation Nation

Striking Vintage EPA Photos Show Troubling Proximity of People and Pollution in 1970s

Friday, March 29, 2013

"Chemical plants on shore are considered prime source of pollution." (Marc St. Gil, Lake Charles, Louisiana, June 1972. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

These photos are beautiful. They're also sad, and hopeful, and quaint.

In the 1970s the EPA commissioned photographers to roam the country and document daily life in places like coal mines, riverbanks, cities, and even an early clean tech conference in a motel parking lot. The images were meant to be a baseline to measure change in the years to come, but there was no funding to go back to the original places.

The Documerica project photos are up on Flickr now (hat tip to FastCoExist for posting some of these gems). It's an overwhelming album of nostalgia for everyday life, but also, devastatingly depressing to see how dirty and toxic so many inhabited places could be in the 1970s ... and how little has changed in some places today.

What makes the project so powerful though, is how beautiful the photography is, even of the mundane moments, or tragic scenarios like kids playing in a river next to a power plant.

Strum through the albums yourself and share your favorites with us on our Facebook page and we'll add more pics to this post later on.

In the albums, there are also early editions of clean technology, like Frank Lodge's photos from the first First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems held at what seems to be a motel parking lot.

Exhibit at the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development Held at the Marriott Motor Inn, Ann Arbor, Mich. Vehicles and Hardware Were Assembled at the EPA Ann Arbor Laboratory. Part of the Exhibit Was Held in the Motel Parking Lot the Ebs "Sundancer", an Experimental Electric Car, Gets Its Batteries Charged From an Outlet in the Parking Lot 10/1973 (Frank Lodge. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)


"Children play in yard of Ruston home, while Tacoma smelter stack showers area with arsenic and lead residue." (Gene Daniels. Ruston, Washington, August 1972. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)


David Falconer documented the fuel shortage in the west during the 1970s, as well as water pollution in the area at the time.  (David Falconer, National Arcives, EPA Documerica Project)


Miner Wayne Gipson, 39, with His Daughter Tabitha, 3. He Has Just Gotten Home From His Job as a Conveyor Belt Operator in a Non-Union Mine. as Soon as He Arrives He Takes a Shower and Changes Into Clothes to Do Livestock Chores with His Two Sons. Gipson Was Born and Raised in Palmer, Tennessee, But Now Lives with His Family near Gruetli, near Chattanooga. He Moved North to Work and Married There, But Returned Because He and His Wife Think It Is a Better Place to Live 12/1974 (Jack Corn. National Archives, EPA Documerica Project)

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Cape May to Montauk Three Months After Sandy

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


On the three-month anniversary of Sandy, WNYC took a week-long road trip from Cape May, NJ to Montauk, NY to visit coastal communities and see how their recovery is coming along.


The Brian Lehrer Show

The Best of Your 2012 Cell Phone Pictures

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Our year-end photo project asked you to submit your best cell phone shots of the year. We got hundreds of submissions, and now New York Times senior staff photographer and Lens blog co-editor James Estrin picks his favorites. See Jim's favorites below, and be sure to check out all the submissions here.

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And the Winner Is...

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A clever take on the works of DaVinci wins our first-ever Halloween Costume Contest. And we got so many great entries, we couldn't resist putting together a slideshow of our favorites -- feast your eyes on all the costume greatness.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

We’ll be updating this throughout the day. Send your photos to or @transportnation.  ‘Cause we’d like to share them.

1:3opm: broken traffic light at King Street and Varick Street in lower Manhattan (photo by Kate Hinds)

10:27: from Jim O'Grady: "World Trade Center. Cop said PATH station flooded, didn't know how badly. My guess: badly."

10:11am: A beheaded subway entrance. (photo by Jim O'Grady)

10:11am: Staten Island Railway's Clifton Shop in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by MTA via flickr)

9:55am: flooding at the entrance to the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel, via @NYGovCuomo

9:49am: Downed tree in Tribeca park (photo by Jim O'Grady)

8:14am: Rainbows over Brooklyn (photo by Andrea Bernstein)

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The Road To Grace is Paved in Awkward

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Lulu Miller on staving off gravity, and the uplifting hilarity of one photographer's stunning portraits of Olympic divers in flight.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTO: Is This the Snowiest Road in America Right Now?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Mt. Baker, Washington, July 2, 2012 (via WASDOT)

While the heat pounds the poor souls at sea level, this mountain road on Mt. Baker, Washington is still a canyon of snow.

The Washington State Department of Transportation posted this photo on their Facebook page. (Naturally we "like" each other from our Facebook page, which you should like too!)

WASDOT writes: "This photo was taken July 2nd as crews are still working to clear the road up to Artist Point."

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Transportation Nation

Your Top 12 Abandoned Bike Photos: Saran Wrapped, Crumpled, Stacked Six High and Sad Sad Sad

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The most conspicuous collection of forgotten bikes in one photo comes from the well-to-do Upper East Side at Lexington Ave and 67th st.

We've received more the 400 photos of bike blight around New York City in our mapping project. That's about 10 times the total number of abandoned bikes the city has removed in the past 18 months.

Tomorrow we submit them all to the city for inspection and potential removal. We'll ask you to you check back and see how many of these rusted frames (or saran wrapped beach cruisers) are eventually removed. For now, have a gander below at our favorite busted bikes chosen for photographic merit, level of "abandonedness," fun factor, and just because we liked them.

Pick your own favorites from the full gallery here. See the map, and read all about derelict bikes, the laws and stats here.


Some parts remain, mild street trash tumbleweed factor. Park Slope, Brooklyn.


Bent frame, creeping rust, sun bleached belly. Pretty abandoned in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.



We've found many piles of bikes -- which we fear tell sordid (or at least hoarding) stories. This was the most flagrant from Central Park North.



Part art project, part bulletin board, this Williamsburg fixture hosts flyers, string, saran wrap and a teddy bear. Does that make it less abandoned or more?


That's a twofer. Photographer comment:  "I mean? This also has been here for over 6 years." From 9th Street and Ave C, Lower East Side.


More wheels does not always mean less abandoned. 10th street and 6th Ave, Brooklyn.


How long does it take to grow a few feet of vines? Tribeca.



Deceptively unrideable in Midtown.


We call this one: arsty arcs. Downtown Brooklyn.



Though far less abandoned than other bikes, this one comes with a standout caption. "If NYC can also remove the dudes selling crack at this location, that would be great, too!" 167th Street, Manhattan


If the Department of Sanitation of NY finds a bike to be abandoned, it is tagged for seven days, then removed.


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The Takeaway

Photos: Hurricane Irene

Sunday, August 28, 2011

We asked you to submit your photos of Hurricane Irene, which moved from the Outer Banks of North Carolina to New England over the weekend, weakening from a Type 1 hurricane to a tropical storm, killing at least 16 people and shutting down public transit in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Here are some of the submissions we've received. Do you have a photo from the storm? Submit it here, or call us at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE and tell us about your Hurricane Irene experience.

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Transportation Nation

PHOTOS: Amazon Bike Lane? Hong Kong Gridlock? Your Summer Vacation, In Transportation Pictures

Monday, July 25, 2011

TN readers: here's your summer assignment: while you're vacationing this summer, take a picture of what you think is a good representation of a transportation mode, wherever you happen to be.

We're interested in seeing what strikes you about transportation and transit in other places. Are the street signs clear? How's the boat traffic?  Are the taxis wheelchair-friendly?

A high-speed rail ticket from Shanghai to Hangzhou. The 120-mile trip (about halfway from NY to DC) costs $13 and takes about an hour. (Photo: Richard Yeh)


Bikes in Amsterdam (photo by Steven Ehrlich)

Can you easily get a stroller onto a bus? Are there two-way protected bike lanes?  And yes, for those of you remaining chez vous this summer, submissions from your staycation are allowed.

Bike Lane in the Colombian Amazon


Email your pictures to transponation@ by midnight on Labor Day (Monday, September 5) with a brief description of your photo, including your name and where and when the picture was taken.

We'll be posting highlights from your submissions. The winning photo will be announced after Labor Day and the photographer will receive a WNYC Chico sling bag.


Hong Kong Traffic (Photo: Steven Ehrlich)


And have a happy TranspoVacation!



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The Takeaway

White House to Withhold Osama bin Laden Photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011

The White House has announced that it will not release photos of Osama bin Laden’s death. Quoting the transcript of President Obama’s upcoming interview with 60 Minutes, set to air this Sunday, White House Spokesperson Jay Carney told reporters that, “It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to further violence or as a propaganda tool.” Some very graphic photos from the raid have already been published by The Guardian. Is the release of graphic photos a good idea? 

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