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All this week on the Brian Lehrer Show we’re checking in on the de Blasio administration’s progress on a variety of key issues, six months into his first term.

Here’s an audio trailer. Find full coverage on our website.

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The WNYC Photobooth at BAM’s RadioLoveFest: people have never accused Public Radio hosts of being two-dimensional— until now.

On Friday, the Brian Lehrer Show is devoting the full two hours to talking about “making it” at different stages of your life.

We recently asked a group of 10-year-olds on a visit to the station — What makes a successful 10 year old?

We’ll play more from the kids - and have lots more on “making it” - starting at 10am tomorrow on WNYC.

-Jody, BL Show-

AMA right now on traffic deaths in NYC

WNYC reporters Kat Aaron and Jenny Ye are doing a reddit AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) today at 11 a.m. ET on when and why traffic deaths happen in NYC. You can start asking any questions you have now. (Link fixed!)

A “pomposity” of public radio hosts? We know all about schools of fish and gaggles of geese. Now Kurt Andersen wants you to create new collective nouns for curious groups of humans: including hipsters, critics, and venture capitalists.

A “pomposity” of public radio hosts?
We know all about schools of fish and gaggles of geese. Now Kurt Andersen wants you to create new collective nouns for curious groups of humans: including hipsters, critics, and venture capitalists.

A tour of the tops-of-desks on the WNYC ninth floor. These items belong to, not in order:

  • Sean from Studio 360
  • Sarah from Selected Shorts
  • Lynn from Radiolab
  • Jody from The Brian Lehrer Show
  • Joel from Soundcheck
  • Stephen from Freakonomics
  • Kat from On the Media
  • Andy from Radiolab
  • Julia from The Leonard Lopate Show

Can you guess who is who?

-Jody, BL Show-

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

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New Tech City host Manoush Zomorodi gets a “productivity makeover” from a master of efficiency at Toyota. Turns out it involves a lot of post-it notes: http://wny.cc/1jRDX7O

Producer Jody Avirgan has been fund-drive-pitching across from WNYC hosts and reporters all week and snapping a picture. Here’s what it’s like to pitch with Amy Eddings, Richard Hake, Soterios Johnson, and Nancy Solomon. It’s the last day of the pledge drive, if you can, please help support WNYC here. Thanks!

WNYC's New Tech City - Let's Get Visual: The Future of Texting Is All About Dancing Wombats
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This week’s New Tech City explores how the shift to the visual (photos, emojis, digital sticker sets) is affecting how we relate to one another on mobile phones and social networks. Listen to the short version here. Longer podcast here: http://wny.cc/1gCnOjN

General Stanley McChrystal, former commander of US armed forces in Afghanistan, on the Brian Lehrer Show. Listen to the full interview here.

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On the Brian Lehrer Show, Doug Rushkoff and guest host Anna Sale discuss a moment in Rushkoff’s new documentary “Generation Like” when he asks teenagers if they know what “selling out” means. They don’t.

-Jody, BL Show-

WNYC's New Tech City - Machine Learning + Love
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New Tech City takes you behind the algorithms that are behind online dating sites. Listen to the full podcast here: http://wny.cc/1gq9XP2

WNYC's New Tech City - Should More of the Internet Follow Snapchat's 'Auto-Delete' Model?
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Are you ready to embrace the delete key and imagine a world where all our e-clutter isn’t just auto-archived by big corporations? More on WNYC’s New Tech City: http://wny.cc/1eqsKeH

I saw him locking up his bike outside the Film Forum about a month ago. Just engrossed in conversation with a friend walking happily down the street, with no one bothering him. He had a big smile on his face and had a hearty laugh.