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Episodes

  • Brian Lehrer Weekend: Mad Men's Matt Weiner, Ira Glass & Sarah Koenig, '04 Food

    Oct 24, 2014 | 39 min
    Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner on the "Golden Age of TV" (First) | Ira Glass & Sarah Koenig on the new podcast "Serial" (Starts at 13:35) | Chef Dan Barber and Restaurateur Danny Meyer on Food in 2004 (Starts at 23:40) If you don't subscribe to the Brian Lehrer Show on iTunes, you can do that here. Please rate and review us to help others discover the Brian Lehrer Show.
  • Harnessing the Power of Sound

    Oct 24, 2014 | 16 min
    Joel Beckerman, TV composer and producer, the founder of Man Made Music, a company specializing in sonic branding, explains how sounds can be used as a business - or personal - marketing force in his new book, The Sonic Boom: How Sound Transforms the Way We Think, Feel, and Buy (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2014). In The Sonic Boom, Joel Beckerman cites a couple of videos as examples of the transformative power of sound. This recut of The Shining featuring Peter Gabriel's Solsbury Hill: and this much-watched video of 29 year-old Sarah Churman hearing for the first time after cochlear implant surgery:
  • 25 Years in 25 Days (2008): A Big Year for China

    Oct 24, 2014 | 13 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. Also today, Donna Brazile reflects on the hope for change when President Obama was elected. Ai Weiwei's 'Snake Ceiling', which uses children's backpacks to commemorate the children killed in the Sichuan earthquake. (Collection of Larry Warsh) In August 2008, China hosted the Olympic games in Beijing. In May, nearly 70,000 people died in the Sichuan earthquake - including many children who died in poorly built schools. We hear from the renowned Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei who worked on the design for the...
  • 25 Years in 25 Days (2008): Yes We Can

    Oct 24, 2014 | 23 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. Also today: Louis Lim and Ai Weiwei on the year China hosted the Olympics and suffered a deadly earthquake. From Hope to....We look back at the historic 2008 election of Barack Obama with Donna Brazile, Democratic political strategist, adjunct professor, author and columnist. As Obama enters the final two years of his time in office, how do we measure his agenda now against his promises in 2008?
  • An Ebola Patient in NYC

    Oct 24, 2014 | 19 min
    Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned to the city after treating Ebola patients in West Africa. He tested positive for the virus Thursday night, becoming the first case in New York City and fourth in the nation and is now being treated at Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. Mayor de Blasio reminded New Yorkers that Ebola is "extremely hard to contract" but city health officials continue to be on high alert. Dr. Irwin Redlener, director of the National Center for Disaster Preparedness at Columbia University and special advisor to Mayor de Blasio, discusses what we know about Spencer and the city's response. And New York Times reporter Marc Santora updates the latest developments at Bellevue.