Urban Living

The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Survive Your First Year in NYC

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

As college gets underway and newbies flock to New York from all over, an expert lets us in on how to keep from going broke or getting on the wrong subway car. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Alison Stewart on Dunbar's "First Class"

Monday, September 30, 2013

Alison Stewart, journalist and former host of The TED Radio Hour and The Bryant Park Project and author of First Class: The Legacy of Dunbar, America's First Black Public High School , discusses the rise and fall of Dunbar -- which includes her parents among its alumni -- and explains how its trajectory reflects the current struggles facing urban public schools.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

Are Cities Good for You?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cities can deliver a better life and a better future world, argues Leo Hollis. In  Cities Are Good for You: The Genius of the Metropolis, he asks: Where do cities come from? Can we build a city from scratch? Does living in the city make you happier or fitter? Is the metropolis of the future female? What is the relationship between cities and creativity? And are slums really all that bad?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Village People

Thursday, April 11, 2013

This interview originally aired live on April 11, 2013. An edited version was re-aired on August 9, 2013 as part of a special episode of The Brian Lehrer Show. 

John Strausbaugh, author of The Village: 400 Years of Beats and Bohemians, Radicals and Rogues, a History of Greenwich Village, tells the story of Greenwich Village, from Dutch farmers to movie stars and bankers.  Is the Village still an "engine of culture"?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: New York Childhoods

Thursday, April 04, 2013

New York Magazine contributor Jennifer Vineyard talks about the childhood memories she curated from celebrated New Yorkers for this week's cover feature and takes calls from listeners.  What's your only-in-New York childhood memory?  


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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's Williamsburg to You?

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In her essay “How to Quit," n+1 contributor Kristin Dombek talks about her personal history with Williamsburg and takes calls on how listeners' lives have changed alongside the changes in their neighborhoods.  Are you still a punk rock squatter while everyone around you is a luxury condo dweller?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Professor of Urban Development at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), a principal with Happold Consulting, and author of The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper, Kate Ascher discusses her new book about tall buildings and density.

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On Site at the BMW Guggenheim Lab

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

The BMW Guggenheim Lab opened up at Houston St. at Second Ave. on Wednesday. Check out a slideshow of what the lab looked like on its first day here.


Selected Shorts

Our Own Madness

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Going a little crazy in two tales of modern life.

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