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The Brian Lehrer Show

Value of Nothing

Friday, January 22, 2010

To Raj Patel, visiting scholar at UC Berkeley's Center for African Studies, our faith in prices as a way of valuing the world is misplaced. In his new book The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy, he discusses the true social and ecological costs ...

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Mapping a Way

Friday, December 25, 2009

Today's show is a rebroadcast of some favorite recent interviews.

Journalist and activist Naomi Klein, discusses the ten year anniversary of No Logo: Taking Aim at the Brand Bullies. Novelist Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he's not eating meat. Then, Cornel West on life, learning, and music. Plus, ...

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Fela and Human Rights

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Today is Human Rights Day. Kevin Mambo, actor playing Fela Kuti in the Broadway musical Fela!; and Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, talk about the day and the lessons of Fela Kuti's life. He also reacts to the President's Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech today. ...

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WNYC News

Listeners Take on Struggles of Puerto Ricans in NY

Friday, November 27, 2009

Last Friday on Morning Edition we told a story about the struggles of Puerto Ricans in New York. Statistics show that despite many success stories, they are among the poorest and least educated New Yorkers. The story sparked an energetic conversation in the comments section ...

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Drum Beat

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Monami Maulik, director of DRUM, Desis Rising up and Moving, talks about the group's latest effort, in conjunction with Ramzi Kassem, assistant professor of Law and director of the Immigrant and Refugee Rights Clinic at CUNY Law School, to prevent "community profiling" by law enforcement agents.

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Puerto Ricans in New York Face Persistent Struggles

Friday, November 20, 2009

Puerto Rican leaders have made lots of news this year – from Sonia Sotomayor’s rise to the Supreme Court, to the so-called ‘three amigos’ who took power in the New York legislature.

While New York’s most visible Latino leaders are Puerto Rican…some researchers are trying to ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Africans and African Americans

Monday, November 16, 2009

Milton Allimadi, publisher of Black Star News, talks about some of the sources of conflict between New York's African immigrant and African American residents.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Demand Down for High Skill Visas

Monday, November 02, 2009

Vivek Wadhwa, a fellow with the Labor and Worklife Program at Harvard Law School and executive in residence at Duke University, says immigrants are staying away from the US because of anti-immigrant rhetoric, while Peter Goodman, national economic correspondent for the New York Times and author of PAST DUE: ...

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WNYC News

Advocates Find Low-Income Latinos Hit Hardest By Recession

Friday, October 30, 2009

A new survey shows the city's low-income Latinos may be having a tougher time during the recession. David Jones, with the Community Service Society, says more than a quarter of those surveyed lost their jobs last year, while 31-percent lost benefits or hours-on-the-job.

JONES: We were ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

People's Hall of Fame: James Hatch and Camille Billops

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Five notable New Yorkers are inductees into the City Lore 2009 People's Hall of Fame. They join us as part of a week-long series.

Today: James Hatch and Camille Billops, creators of the Hatch-Billops Collection, discuss their work archiving the histories, memories, and cultural life ...

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John Liu Wins Democratic Runoff for City Comptroller

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Queens Councilman John Liu won the Democratic run-off for City Comptroller by a several point margin. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has this report.

REPORTER: At the United Federation of Teachers Hall in Lower Manhattan it was standing room only to see an historic moment the nomination of ...

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Quinn Calls For Investigation of NYPD's Response to Bias Attack

Monday, September 28, 2009

Council Speaker Christine Quinn is calling on Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to investigate an improper police response to an alleged anti-gay bias crime in Hell's Kitchen early yesterday morning:

KELLY: When the police officers responded to the crime that they were not sensitive to the victim ...

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Journeying Through Muslim New York

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Aman Ali co-author of the blog 30 Mosques in 30 Days, who is visiting a different New York mosque each night of Ramadan, shares what he's learned about Muslim New York, hospitality and worship.

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WNYC News

ACORN Promises Reforms

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The advocacy group ACORN is promising serious reform in light of an outrageous video that shows a couple posing as a pimp and prostitute and workers advising them on how to account for their illegal profits. The advice includes, placing the money in a tin ...

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10 Questions to Ponder During Jewish Holidays

Thursday, September 17, 2009

On the first day of Rosh Hashanah tomorrow, anyone who looks up at the billboards and marquees of Times Square will be able to participate in a bit of Jewish tradition. The Web service 10-Q, which stands for 10 questions, will project a question a ...

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ACORN: Organization Will Continue With or Without Federal Funds

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Acorn Chief Executive Bertha Lewis says the organization will continue providing help to those in need despite government officials considering freezing or eliminating the groups funds. Lewis says ACORN has gone with out public funding before and losing that money again would not cripple them.

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How a Community Activist Defeated Incumbent Councilman

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Twenty-four City Council members faced challengers in this year’s primary elections. In lower Manhattan, Margaret Chin was among those who succeeded in ousting an incumbent who voted in favor of changing the city's term limits law. She defeated two-term City Councilman Alan Gerson with close ...

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In Council District 20, Asian Americans Vie for Seat of Trailblazer

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

In November, 2001, John Liu made New York City history by becoming the first Asian American to be elected to the City Council. Now, as Liu sets his eyes on the office of city comptroller, a handful of Asian-American candidates are hoping to follow his ...

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Coconut Water -- A World Cup Sort of Beverage

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

HOST: Over the last five years, coconut water has gained popularity among small stores. That's where new beverages made by small drink companies tend to first get shelf space. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: You could compare coconut water to the soccer world cup. A ...

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NYPD Reaches Out to Muslim Community During Ramadan

Friday, September 04, 2009

This week marks the mid-point for Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. Estimates of the number of Muslims who call New York City home run as high as 800,000. For a decade, the NYPD has made an effort to help Muslims feel more ...

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