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99% Invisible

163- The Gruen Effect

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Retail spaces are designed for impulse shopping. When you go to a store looking for socks and come out with a new shirt, it’s only partly your fault.  Shops are trying to look so beautiful, so welcoming, the items so enticingly displayed and in such va...

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New Jersey News

Just Your Average 10-Foot High Neighborhood Totem Pole

Friday, November 01, 2013

A totem pole. In Chatham. Right there on Edgewood Road.

As part of our "one-year-after-Sandy" coverage we have a story about a New Jersey artist who saw a golden opportunity in his Sandy-ravaged neighborhood. That damaged tree? Surely it's a future totem pole.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Test Scores; Title IX on Campus; Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

New York State raised standards on 3rd-8th grade exams and predictably, test scores sank. WNYC’s Beth Fertig explains why federal officials are happy with them and what this means for Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy.  Plus: voter turnout and how to register to vote; The Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights investigates treatment of sexual assault on college campuses; Noam Scheiber of The New Republic on the end of big law; changes in suburbia; and changes with teenagers – a new survey shows fewer teens are getting drivers’ licenses. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Changes in Suburbia

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Leigh Gallagher, Assistant Managing Editor of Fortune Magazine  and author of The End of Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving (Portfolio, 2013), explains why since the recession more Americans are opting out of the suburbs for car-free city life. 

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Our Own Madness

Sunday, June 03, 2012

Two contemporary tales about going a little crazy.   

 

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Selected Shorts

Our Own Madness

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Going a little crazy in two tales of modern life.

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The Takeaway

The Changing Face of Suburbia

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Despite the bad rap that suburbs often get for being dull and sterile, more than half of Americans live there. As more people move to the suburbs, the demographics are changing. Urbanization, density, crime, and immigration are now defining factors of the 'burbs. We're joined by Robert Puentes, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program, and Larry Levy, executive director of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University.  And we want to hear from you! What do you see as the good parts of the suburbs?»

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The Takeaway

Your Responses: What's Good About Suburbia

Monday, July 12, 2010

With fifty percent of Americans living in suburbia, we want to know: what is so good about the suburbs? For the answer, we turned to you, our listeners, and we hear what you have to say.

 

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The Takeaway

Suburbia: American Dream or Nightmare?

Friday, June 12, 2009

When you think about the American suburb, do you see a pretty place with nice houses and neat lawns, or a dead end where you have to drive 20 minutes just for a quart of milk? Are suburbs the American dream or nightmare? Let us know.

What's your take? Leave a comment or record your story at 1-877-8-MY-TAKE.

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Studio 360

Paul Rudnick

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Kurt talks with Paul Rudnick, the screenwriter of the new remake of The Stepford Wives, a film about a town in a Connecticut suburb where the men have replaced their wives with submissive robots. Rudnick says that growing up in New Jersey was like growing up in a punch line.

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Studio 360

Dave Mowers

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Writer and director Dave Mowers tells a humorous tale about a turtle gone missing in the 'burbs.

Audio coming soon. 

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Studio 360

Fountains of Wayne: "Valley Winter Song"

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Fountains of Wayne perform "Valley Winter Song" from Welcome Interstate Managers.

Audio coming soon. 

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Studio 360

Celluloid Suburbia

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Kurt Andersen and an all-star cast of performers and writers decode the universe of leafy cul de sacs, backyard barbeques, and aspiring garage bands — The Suburbs.

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Studio 360

Fountains of Wayne: "Sick Day"

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Fountains of Wayne perform "Sick Day" off their self-titled album.

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Studio 360

Michaela Murphy

Saturday, October 25, 2003

Actor and writer Michaela Murphy tells a story from her extraordinary childhood in the suburbs of Providence, Rhode Island.

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Studio 360

Fountains of Wayne: "Utopia Parkway"

Saturday, October 25, 2003

The band performs "Utopia Parkway," the title track off their second album. And Kurt asks them how they came to write songs about the suburbs.

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Studio 360

A.M. Homes

Saturday, October 25, 2003

The author A.M. Homes creates startling and sometimes surreal stories out of the dark twists of life — and her chosen territory is often the suburbs. She reads from her darkly comic novel Music for Torching about a marriage on the skids.

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Studio 360

Gregory Crewdson

Saturday, April 19, 2003

The art photographer Gregory Crewdson stages his work in thoroughly unspectacular places. He constructs domestic scenes in suburban neighborhoods — and stirs in his own surrealistic fantasies. Produced by Karen Michel.

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