The Brian Lehrer Show

What Makes Your Downtown Great?

Monday, April 20, 2015

Vibrant downtowns don't just magically appear -- they're the result of deliberate, careful planning through the years. What makes your downtown so great, and how did it get that way?

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The Takeaway

Frustrated with U.S., Amazon Tests Drone Delivery in Canada

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

It's a bird ... It's a plane ... It's an Amazon drone carrying a package weighing less than 55 lbs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bergen County's Sunday Shopping Ban Explained

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bergen County is the last county in the U.S. with blue laws that prohibit shopping for certain kinds of goods on Sundays. We asked Bergen County residents for their thoughts on the ban.

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The Takeaway

If the Digits Are Random, the Price Is Right

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For most people, ten bucks sounds prohibitively steep for a bottle of artisanal olive oil. But at $12.67, you're more likely to buy it. Here's how marketers are working us.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

From Packed Racks to Boutique Chic

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Salvation Army thrift shop recently re-opened in Brooklyn with a hip boutique vibe to match the neighborhood. We wondered what it says about the thrift store mission.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sharing Style and Sage Advice by Betty Halbreich

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Betty Halbreich has spent nearly 40 years as the personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she gave socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street advice on clothes and life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Sharing Style and Sage Advice at Bergdorf Goodman

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Betty Halbreich has spent nearly 40 years as the personal shopper at Bergdorf Goodman, where she gave socialites, stars, and ordinary women off the street advice on clothes and life.

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Freakonomics Radio

How to Save $1 Billion Without Even Trying

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Doctors, chefs, and other experts are much more likely than the rest of us to buy store-brand products. What do they know that we don’t?

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New Tech City

Why Can't We Know Our Own Secret Consumer Scores?

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Companies keep tabs on customers in all kinds of ways. It's a murky world with few regulations. 

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WQXR's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

There’s still time to get the perfect present for the classical music lover on your list.

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The Takeaway

Holiday Window Displays Get Touches of Technology

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

All this week, we’re looking at the ways that technology is changing our holidays and our traditions. As we look at the digital migration of the holidays, we wanted to see how the retro department store window displays are responding to technology. Jeremy Bergstein is managing partner and head of strategy for the Science Project, which designed this year's Christmas windows for Saks Fifth Avenue. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways new technologies are being incorporated into the age-old tradition of holiday window displays.



Making a Little Broadway Show in a Store Window

Friday, November 29, 2013

Shoppers heading out this Black Friday will find plenty of bargains — and also sophisticated windows.



Retailers Join Forces to Tackle 'Shop and Frisk'

Friday, November 22, 2013


The heads of several major departments stores and the Rev. Al Sharpton met Friday morning as part of a "shop and frisk" summit intended to reduce racial profiling of minority customers.


New Tech City

Online Shopping Gets Real

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Some e-retailers are shifting their strategies by opening brick-and-mortar stores to attract new customers that may not be comfortable purchasing a pair of shorts or eyeglasses without first trying them on.


Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Falling Off the Treadmill, Vomiting Edition

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, Julia Turner and columnist Daniel Engber discuss their favorite movies of 2012, NBC's "The Biggest Loser," and the decline of the shopping mall.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Do Bike Lanes Affect Shopping?

Friday, December 28, 2012

One facet of the ongoing debate over expanding bike lanes is their effect on shopping.What about you? Have existing bike lanes affected your shopping habits? Are you a store owner -- are people biking or driving to your shop? Call 212-433-9692 and share your specific experience, or post here.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What Are You Re-Gifting, Keeping, Still Wanting?

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

It's the day after Christmas, a few days after Hanukkah, and -- you can admit it -- maybe you didn't get the perfect gift. Or maybe you did! Call in to tell us what you are re-gifting, keeping, or didn't get and are just going to buy for yourself. 212-433-9692 or post below.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Brick-and-Mortar Shopping

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Last week, listeners called in to talk about what they buy online. Now, let's hear it for face-to-face holiday shopping.  Tell us why your brick-and-mortar store is the place to shop, and give shoppers advice on how to make the most of the in-store experience.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Online Buying

Monday, December 10, 2012

What are you buying online that you thought you'd never buy online? Call us at 212-433-9692 or let us know in the comments section below.  

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Discounts Greet Shoppers As Christmas Nears

Sunday, December 09, 2012

With Hanukkah already underway, and Christmas just 17 days away, the streets of Manhattan are filling with shoppers.