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  • This Election Season, We're Robocalling People

    If political campaigns can pester you in the run-up to an election, why can't your local public radio station? Sign up here to remind your friends to vote with Brian Lehrer's robocalls.

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  • Facebook's Not What it Used to Be

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    When Facebook started in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg described it as a site for sharing college majors and phone numbers. In 2012, he said it's about making the world more open. What changed? 

  • Dollar Store Halloween

    You can go to a costume shop and drop 50 bucks on an Elsa dress and a tiara, or spend just $2.99 for (sort of) the same exact look from the dollar store. A spooky canine demonstrates.




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NYC 2050

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  • New York City Could Get as Hot as Alabama in 2050

    By 2050, NYC will likely experience 45 days at or above 90 degrees Farenheit. That's a month and a half of sweltering days, which could be deadly.  

  • As Temperatures Climb, So Does the Risk of Blackouts

    As it is, New York City sets a new record for electricity demand every year or two. No one can be sure what 2050 will bring, but if we're not ready, the grid could fail.   

  • Extreme High Tides Could Flood Our City's Streets

    The sea level around Manhattan increased a foot over the past century. By 2050, scientists predict it will climb another 18 inches, making mild storms as destructive as hurricanes.

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  • Forecast Calls for More Rain Than We Can Handle

    Current predictions find the New York City of 2050 will have more frequent heavy rainstorms, which means in a city with an aging sewer system, it's going to be messy.

Media and Technology

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  • The Medium is the Message at 50

    On The Media

    Fifty years ago, Marshall McLuhan published Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man. 

  • She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space

    New Tech City

    Lina Borozdina took out a second mortgage. Anousheh Ansari forewent motherhood. All either of them wanted was to see earth from above, and the way they tell it, it's worth the sacrifice.

  • Have We Finally Conquered the Uncanny Valley?

    Studio 360

    Animating a realistic human being has been the holy grail of CGI. Australian animator Chris Jones may have cracked the code with "Ed."

Music for your day

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  • Video Premiere: Nude Beach, 'For You'


    The Brooklyn trio's playful new music video was created as a summer camp project by Children's Museum of the Arts.

  • Hear: Marco Benevento, Live On Soundcheck


    Marco Benevento is known primarily for his instrumental work, but that all changes on his latest release Swift.

  • Sinkane: Genre-Bending, World-Spanning Dance Music


    A master of genre bending, the Sudan-born, Ohio-raised and Brooklyn-based electronic musician performs songs from his latest album, Mean Love, in the Soundcheck studio.

  • Who Isn't Featured on Bryan Ferry's New Album?


    The Roxy Music frontman brought in an all-star cast for his latest album "Avonmore": The Smiths' Johnny Marr, Flea playing a Damien Hirst-decorated axe, and Ferry's own son on drums.

  • Perfume Genius: Simple And Empowering Pop Songs


    The art pop singer performs songs from his latest album, Too Bright, in the Soundcheck studio.

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