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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Economics Video: Brooklyn Small Business

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Contest submission by Gabriella Kessler

We plan to feature all our video entries on this page in order of appearance. Return to this page to vote soon, then we will screen the finalists ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

More Video Contest Entries

Sunday, June 21, 2009

In the final days of the Uncommon Economic Indicators Video Contest we have had several submissions. We plan to feature all of them on this page in order of appearance in our inbox. Thanks to all the contestants. Your videos have enriched this project with more perspectives and more voices. ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Indicator: Energy Drinks Video

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Sure, the deadline for Your Uncommon Economic Indicators Video Contest is still a whole week away (June 21st), but sometimes turning in your work early has its benefits. In this case, we feature the first video submission to our contest created specifically as an uncommon economic indicator.

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The Takeaway

Free Care for Kids: Can Shriners' Hospitals Be Saved?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

In 22 cities around the country, Shriners' Hospitals for Children provide top-of-the-line care to anyone under the age of 18 for absolutely free—they accept no government funding or insurance payments. But the organization's endowment has been devastated by the economic crisis, and the membership is voting in early July on a proposal to close six hospitals. Parents of patients at the threatened hospitals are signing petitions and holding fundraisers to try and save the hospitals. Bob Houden, spokesperson for the Shriners Hospital in Erie, Pennsylvania, which could be closed, and Laura Marinucci, the parent of a Shriners patient who founded Save our Shriners, join The Takeaway to talk about this potential latest casualty of the recession.

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Is the Economy in Recovery? New Unemployment Stats

Friday, June 05, 2009

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the unemployment numbers for May this morning. The numbers may give a sense of how quickly the U.S. can expect economic recovery. David Leonhardt, who writes about the economy for The New York Times, joins The Takeaway with an analysis.
"The history of stimulus packages is they work, they do create jobs, they don't just disappear into the ether. But they're not going to create enough jobs to get rid of the effects of this recession."
—New York Times reporter David Leonhardt on unemployment

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Indicators VIDEO CONTEST

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

You've heard us talk about it on air. Now it's time for YOU to submit an Uncommon Economic Indicator video to our contest.

Why a contest? We've enjoyed reading and hearing your observations on the recession. Now we want to see them. By screening the finalists to our live WNYC audience and to the larger audience with Rooftop Films, together we are telling the story about how the economy is affecting all of us.

The incentive may attract budding film makers, but we're not looking for high gloss. What's important is that your video is a personal observation on an event, behavior or change caused by the economic crises. Use the recording equipment you have, think about how to tell us what you know, and send in the video.

Click Here: Official Rules and Instructions

Grand Prize: Screening with RTF


Rooftop Films
is excited to be part of this video contest and screen the winning video on top of the city skyline this summer. Their 2009 Summer Series will include 44 events around Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx every weekend from May to September. Screenings are attended by over 25,000 people and will show 150 films, selected from over 3,000 submissions.

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The Takeaway

A Teenager's So-Called Financial Life

Friday, May 29, 2009

The economic downturn is making life harder than usual for teenagers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate among teens is 21.7 percent — the highest rate in nearly 20 years. And these aren’t just kids looking for iPod money. There are young people across the socioeconomic spectrum who are hoping to put themselves through school, or to pitch in at home. Joining us to explain what it means to have so many jobless teens is Beth Kobliner. She is a personal finance expert and author of The New York Times best-seller Get a Financial Life.

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Can This Marriage Be Saved? Yes (During the Recession)

Friday, May 29, 2009

In times of trouble you want to keep your family close. That may explain why the divorce rate drops during an economic downturn. But the end result may not be so good. Andrew Cherlin is a professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University and the author of the new book, The Marriage-Go-Round: The State of Marriage and the Family in America Today. He has been studying marriage and divorce trends since the Great Depression. He joins The Takeaway to explain why love may not conquer all. For more, read Cherlin's op-ed Married With Bankruptcy in today's New York Times.
"People are afraid to take a big step. That step could be getting a divorce, it could be getting a new car, it could be selling your house. People stay where they are. They're hesitant to move, they're hesitant to take big steps until things get better."
—Sociology professor Andrew Cherlin on postponing tough decisions due to the economy

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Economic Indicators Video Contest

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Entertainment reporter Nick Leighton has his very own Uncommon Economic Indicator, which he posted as a video with the following comment:

I've noticed a gift bag slow-down since late-2007 and the number of events (like charity benefits and movie premiers) giving out swag (and the quality of this free ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Who's mowing your lawn this year?

Tuesday, May 19, 2009


Three men mowing the lawn
Originally uploaded by jaywood_uk

In a new post to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators,
Birgit Hottenrott tells us ...

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On Being

Repossessing Virtue: Living Differently, Beyond Economic Crisis [remix]

Thursday, May 14, 2009

We're bringing the voices of our listeners into the conversation we've been building online and on-air since the economic downturn began last year. Many are grappling with the shame that comes in American culture with the loss of a job, and many are seeki

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The Takeaway

Public Transit: Charlotte Bucks the Cutback Trend

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Cities around the country are shrinking their mass transit systems in the face of economic woes. Charlotte, NC, is bucking that trend, though. They are in the process of tripling the light rail in their city. Takeaway Correspondent Andrea Bernstein is just back from Charlotte and she joins The Takeaway to explain what the city is planning, why they are prioritizing transit, and how they're paying for it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Recession and Changes to our Space

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Your Uncommon Economic Indicators is entering its fourth month and we now have twenty-seven photographers in our Flickr Group. Many of our contributors have included images with ...

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The Takeaway

Prom Night: Taking the economy out for a spin

Monday, May 04, 2009

It's May, which means one thing to high school students: Prom. That's right, across the country teens are biting their nails over getting invited by the right guy, lining up the limo, picking a corsage, and, gasp!, finding the dress. And even though many parents are watching the family budgets very closely, it seems like one thing they aren’t skimping on is their kids’ big night. Christine Haughney is a reporter for The New York Times and she joins The Takeaway with her story on the magical night.

For more, read Christine Haughney's article, Florida to California, Prom Dresses Selling in the New York Times.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Some Recession Humor

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Part of the perpetual slideshow on unemploymentality.com

Part of the perpetual slideshow on unemploymentality.com

While economic bad news circulates like the latest flu virus we all dread, the folks at Unemploymentality have found a way to lighten the mood with some job ...

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WNYC News

Kids Reflect on Economic Woes of Their Parents

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

by Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeway



Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway talk with middle school students in Brooklyn, New York, about how they're dealing with ...

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The Takeaway

Helping children cope with the recession

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

In the middle of this economic upheaval there are children across America learning new words like: "recession" and "foreclosure" and "layoff." While parents struggle to keep jobs, keep homes, and put food on the table, kids are learning to cope with the economic times, too. Helping kids handle the emotional upheaval of trying times is Denise Daniels. She is the co-founder of the National Childhood Grief Institute and she has turned her attentions on helping children through these trying economic times. She partnered with publisher Scholastic to create What Can I Do?. Also here to help us understand how the economic crisis is affecting children is our friend, Mrs. Janet Kunkel, a fifth grade teacher in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.

Here is Denise Daniels' video from "What Can I Do?":



Plus: Watch Femi Oke host a roundtable with middle school students in Brooklyn, New York, about how they're dealing with the recession: For high quality video, click the "HQ" button.

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WNYC News

Cabbies Hurt by Recession Too...and They're Taking That Pain to Albany

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

A fleet of NYC yellow cabs is driving up to Albany this morning to protest the state senate's latest proposal to balance the MTA budget--a $1 surcharge on cab rides. Taxi drivers say they'll be bearing the brunt of the tax. Joe Morone says he knows from his 35 ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Small businesses prop each other up

Monday, April 27, 2009

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

Signs spotted on Second Avenue and East 92nd Street

A contributor named Maggie spotted these signs posted on the Upper East Side. She writes, 'I think it’s great that two businesses (one a ...

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WNYC News

Main Street NYC: Flushing

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Most New Yorkers know they can take the IRT 7 train to get to the Mets ballpark and the U.S. Open, but they’re less familiar with a booming neighborhood just one Subway stop after Willets Point. Main Street in downtown Flushing is thriving and its restaurants, retail stores, banks and ...

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