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WNYC News

How Likely Are You To Be Seriously Stressed Out?

Friday, February 06, 2015

WNYC
The results of the Health Department's 2013 survey show who suffers the most in this chaotic city.

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New Tech City

Tell Us About Your Relationship With Your Phone

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

We want your stories. Is your smartphone a fifth limb? A necessary evil? A nemesis? A best friend? A bad boyfriend? You tell us.
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WQXR Features

Classical Countdown: Why Orchestral Music Reigned in 2013

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

The appearance of Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9 at the top of the WQXR Classical Countdown is as expected as the cheap gym membership offers that arrive in the mail every New Year.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Trans Fat Ban?; Bullying and Bonding; Ask an Astronaut

Friday, November 08, 2013

The FDA is moving ahead in the process to ban trans fats across the country. Marion Nestle of NYU talks about New York City’s ban on trans fats and what a national rule might mean for your food. Then: details from the latest “Unheard Third” report from the Community Service Society shows what New Yorkers want from the next mayor. Plus: a deep look at bullying, the NFL, and male bonding with Josh Levin and Emily Bazelon of Slate. And your calls and questions for “Ask an Astronaut Anything” with Col. Chris Hadfield, author of “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth.”

WNYC News

Health Survey Aims to Take Pulse of NYC

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Between now and the end of the year, the city is conducting one of the nation's most extensive surveys of urban health.

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WQXR Blog

NEA Report: Arts Audiences Grow More Diverse Amid Declines

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The National Endowment for the Arts released a report Thursday showing that attendance has declined for traditional cultural forms theater, museums and classical concerts.

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Radiolab

Have You Lived Through a Cicada Emergence?

Friday, April 05, 2013

If you've got cicada war stories, we want to hear 'em! Tell us what it was like, and let us know if you have any words of bug wisdom to share.

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Listen to Lucy

I’m still puzzling over my dream job

Sunday, March 24, 2013

I’m still puzzling over my dream job

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The Brian Lehrer Show

You Predict the Oscars: Who WILL Win, and Who SHOULD Win?

Friday, February 22, 2013

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poll: What Should Obama's 2nd Term Priority Be?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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Q2 Music

Q2 Music Listener Survey: Help Us Serve You!

Friday, January 11, 2013

Q2 Music is your home for the world’s most dynamic and inspiring new music.

We’re always asking – how can we make this better, more interesting, more fun? Would you help us and take five minutes to answer our short and streamlined online survey?

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WQXR Blog

2012 Classical Countdown: Assessing the Winners & Losers

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

While Beethoven's "Ode to Joy" finale ushered in the New Year in rousing fashion, this Countdown also saw some surprises and notable shifts.

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Soundcheck

Katie Bishop's 2012 Music Survey

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Soundcheck producer Katie Bishop shares her favorite and least favorite music of year.

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Soundcheck

John Schaefer's 2012 Music Survey

Monday, December 10, 2012

Soundcheck host John Schaefer takes stock of the year in music, including favorite album, song and new artist of 2012. 

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Soundcheck

Magical Mystery Tour, 2012 Music Survey, Corb Lund

Monday, December 10, 2012

Today on Soundcheck, we kick off our end of year music coverage with our 2012 Music Survey. Then Jonathan Clyde of Apple Corps tells us why The Beatles' film flop Magical Mystery Tour is worth revisiting. And Corb Lund plays in the studio.

Radiolab

Survey: Advice and Insider Info?

Thursday, March 29, 2012

We're teaming up with the Public Insight Network to conduct some surveys on the phenomenon of insider knowledge. Has your professional opinion ever been in complete disagreement with your personal point of view? We want to hear your story. Read more, & find out how to get in touch.

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WNYC News

New York Leads in Never-Married Women

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New York state has the highest percentage of women who have never been married. That's according to the U.S. Census Bureau, which released the results of its annual American Community Survey Thursday.

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Transportation Nation

US Report: Young People Like Bike Lanes, Sidewalks and Transit, but Everyone Likes Highways and Parking

Monday, July 18, 2011


A new report by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics finds significantly more young people think sidewalks, bike lanes, and local transit are important to quality of life than do older people. But the survey on attitudes about transportation found that all Americans find "major roads or highways," and "adequate parking in the downtown or business district" the most important element of "livable communities."

Ninety-two percent of 18-34 year-olds found sidewalks important, compared to 73 percent of Americans 65 and older. The gap was equally as wide on bike lanes -- with 73.8 percent of younger Americans saying they're important, compared with 51.9 percent of senior citizens.  On transit, there was a smaller but still hefty 14-point gap, 80.5 to 66.2 percent.

But 95.9 percent of younger Americans found major roads important and 91.5 percent of older Americans did, a much smaller differential.

Still, the survey findings represent a significant generational shift in attitudes about biking, walking, and transit.  Last year, Ad Age magazine documented a palpable change in driving habits among young people. Ad Age showed the number of American teens with drivers licenses has dropped since 1978  from half of all 16-year-olds to just a third, and from 92 to 77 percent of 19-year-olds.

The BTS  findings, which reflect a new set of questions in the BTS' Omnibus Household Survey (OHS), were derived from a sample of about 1,000 households in 2009. According to the report, "survey participants were asked to rate how important several transportation options or features were to have in their community, such as highway access, transit service, and bike lanes. "

"Livability" has come to have a certain set of meanings in the Obama administration, which include, at the top, access to more transportation choices. But in the American psyche, livability continues to mean having major roads and downtown parking. Over 94 percent of Americans ranked "major roads or highways that access and serve your community" as important, with "adequate parking in the  downtown or central business district" second most important, chosen by 89 percent of those surveyed.

Nevertheless, "sidewalks, paths or other safe walking routes to shopping, work, or school," and "pedestrian-friendly streets or boulevards in the downtown or central business district" were next most important, with 85.2 and 85.0 percent of Americans, respectively, ranking those services as important. "Easy access to airport" was fifth most important, at 83.2 percent.

Generational shifts can be difficult to interpret.  In general, voter attitudes tend to track age -- and people's opinions change as they get older.  So, for example, older voters tend to be more fiscally conservative and more anti-crime than younger voters.

But there was a huge exception to that rule recently.  On gay marriage, voters have held on to their beliefs even as they age, so that as the a startlingly higher percentage of Americans support gay marriage today than did a decade ago.  New York recently voted to legalize gay marriage.

The report also found gender shifts, with women generally ranking "pedestrian friendly" streets and sidewalks more highly than men.

The BTS survey of perceptions was added to its roster of reports, which tend to include things like counts of airline employees or freight cargo weight.

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Transportation Nation

In Case You Missed It: Bike Lane Poll Shows Remarkable Stability in Opinion

Monday, April 04, 2011

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)  In case you missed it over the weekend (what, on a beautiful Saturday you weren't plunked in front of a screen?), here's my analysis of the poll Jim Brennan released on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West bike lane.  (Never has a mile of roadway been so parsed.  But anyway.)

Essentially, its results are identical to the Brad Lander survey taken in December.  That shows a remarkable steadiness in public opinion, despite heated coverage in almost every form of media, and noisy and vehement arguing on both sides.

The bike lane remains the choice of the plurality of respondants...and if you add in those who want to keep it with (unspecified) changes, that turns into a big majority.

The analysis is here.

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