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Episodes

  • 25 Years in 25 Days (2005): Transit Strike

    Oct 21, 2014 | 20 min
    This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here. TWU Local 100 went out on strike right before Christmas in 2005. Steven Greenhouse, New York Times labor and workplace correspondent, and author of The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker (Anchor, 2009) looks at how organized labor has fared since --the roll-back of public worker benefits in Wisconsin in 2011 vs. the election of union-backed Bill de Blasio in NYC last year, the decline of private sector unions and the recent push to organize service workers.
  • Cuomo's No-$-Limit Support

    Oct 21, 2014 | 20 min
    Andrea Bernstein, senior editor for politics and policy for WNYC News, looks at the ads paid for out of the New York State Democratic Committee "housekeeping account"-- and how closely they skirt the line between Cuomo campaigning and "party building."
  • Family Meeting 2004: Foodies' Paradise

    Oct 20, 2014 | 14 min
    This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here. For 2004, we're devoting the entire show to the pivotal year. Find all the segments here. Danny Meyer, CEO of Union Square Hospitality Group which includes Blue Smoke, Union Square Café and, since 2004, Shake Shack, and Dan Barber, chef and co-owner of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, look back on a year when many now-iconic restaurants opened and how New Yorkers' relationship with food have changed since then. Some of The Restaurants That Opened in NYC in 2004 The Spotted Pig Per Se Masa Freeman’s Franny’...
  • Family Meeting 2004: A Particularly Corrupt Year in New Jersey

    Oct 20, 2014 | 18 min
    This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here. For 2004, we're devoting the entire show to the pivotal year. Find all the segments here. Even for New Jersey, 2004 was a particularly corrupt year. Mike Kelly, columnist at The Bergen Record of New Jersey and author of Bus on Jaffa Road: A Story of Middle East Terrorism and the Search for Justice (Globe Pequot Press 2014), and David Cruz, correspondent for NJTV, remembers the scandals, from a disgraced fundraiser for then-Governor McGreevey and his eventual resignation to the many smaller instances of tax fraud ...
  • Family Meeting 2004: The Birth of Social Media

    Oct 20, 2014 | 29 min
    This fall, the Brian Lehrer Show is marking 25 years of Brian at WNYC with a year-by-year look at stories that mattered from 1989 to 2014. Find the full schedule and lots more here. For 2004, we're devoting the entire show to the pivotal year. Find all the segments here. Facebook got its start in 2004 as a social networking site for Mark Zuckerberg's Harvard classmates. Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices Online, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, and author of (soon out in paperback) Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W. W. Norton & Company, 2013) , and Manoush Zomorodi, host and managing editor for WNYC's New Tech City , examine the overall impact tha...