An explanation about clowns, clown makeup, and the origin of the fear of clowns from a listener during the Brian Lehrer Show’s “Explanatarium” segment. Listen to the full conversation for other listener explanations here.
Yesterday I was in the middle of an all day crying session, but I really really needed to get my niece a gift for her birthday. With no other option but to leave my apartment, I went to Build-A-Bear in a full on cry mode and I am SO…
A disturbing/affirming guide to where to cry in NYC. There are some nice sound-proof booths in the WNYC studios that might be a good fit…
On the Brian Lehrer Show today, Brian talked about the portrayal of people with disabilities in film. Take a listen to this call from Rob in Maspeth, one of those callers that just makes radio so special. Full segment is here.
Some of the Questions Brian Lehrer Asked Listeners During Today's NYC Trivia Quiz
This circle is the point from which all official distances to and from New York City are measured.
The first immigrant registered through Ellis Island was a young girl celebrating her 15th birthday on that very day — January 1st, 1892. What country was she from?
What are the seven spikes on the Statue of Liberty’s crown meant to represent? Hint: It’s nothing about New York City. Think much bigger.
In the middle of the night in 1989, this 7,000 pound bronze sculpture appeared in lower Manhattan. Police tried to remove it, but the public demanded that it be kept, and now it’s on permanent loan to the city. What famous statue are we talking about?
Here are four names. Three of them have a statue in Union Square. One does not. Which one does not? 1) George Washington 2) Mahatma Ghandi 3) Abraham Lincoln 4) Louis Armstrong
In the 1920s and 30s, there were up to 48 bookshops located on 4th avenue and Broadway between union square and astor place. Now there is only one - but it might be the most famous bookshop in the world.
In 1853, Franconi’s Hippodrome set up an enormous tented area where up to 6,000 spectators could watch chariot races and gladiator fights. This tent was set up in what is now a park where you can get, arguably, Yew York’s best burger. What park?
As you know, the ceiling of the main concourse at Grand Central Terminal features a painting the zodiac. But something’s off. What is different about this mural?