The Voice Talks To KNPR About the 37 Reasons Why We Hate Las Vegas [AUDIO]

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Reason No. 19 to hate Las Vegas: even the pools are designed to TAKE YOUR MONEY
We must admit: when KNPR, the NPR affiliate of Las Vegas, contacted us and asked, "Do you want to come on the air to talk about '37 Reasons Why An Unapologetically Judgmental New Yorkers Hates Las Vegas'?" we were a tad nervous. In fact, the polite, kind and good-natured people at KNPR's State of Nevada almost made us feel guilty for writing the anti-Vegas screed. (Well, almost.)

We went on the air with them on Friday to talk about our list and to try to be a little less screechy about why we didn't like the city. Some of the reasons are pure snark ("No. 10: There are 31 flavors of Cirque Du Soleil, all peddling the same shit with a different soundtrack") while others are more serious ("No. 32: When you realize an entire "city's" "economy" is based on this madness, it makes sense why it spent 22 straight months as the metro area with the highest rate of home foreclosure").

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For Gay Pride, The Voice Takes Over SiriusXM's OutQ Channel 108 Today

The Voice's annual Pride Issue comes out later today, and to mark the occasion, we're taking over SiriusXM Satellite Radio's OutQ Channel 108 to celebrate.

Your truly will be guest hosting The Michelangelo Signorile Show from 2-6 PM Eastern. I'll be joined in the 2 PM hour by the Voice's Graham Rayman to talk about the NYPD and by Michael Musto in the 5 PM hour to talk about his latest column (and thoughts on covering a quarter century of Pride celebrations). That same hour, we'll also look more in depth at our latest feature story.

Through out the afternoon, we'll also be joined by participants in yesterday's Silent March to End Stop and Frisk (including GMHC's Dr. Marjorie Hill), MetroWeekly's Chris Geidner, The Advocate's Julie Bolcer, wunderkid composer Mohammed Fairouz, reporter Andy Mannix of the Voice sister paper City Pages, travel author Michael Luongo, and others. We'll also check out Fairouz's music, as well as the audio documentary work of Housing is a Human right.

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The Voice Talks Gay Marriage and Race on WNYC's The Brian Lehrer Show [AUDIO]

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After publishing our piece yesterday "5 Reasons Why Touré Is Wrong On Blacks, Gay Marriage and Obama," we had the chance to talk about the president's new support for marriage equality with WNYC's Brian Lehrer.

We took calls from black listeners and talked to Lehrer about the many reasons why we believe black angst over gay rights is overplayed and how we strongly believe there will be no major fall out for Obama with black voters. Take a listen.

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The Voice Talks "The Nonprofit 1 Percent" and Trayvon Martin On WWRL With Yetta Kurland [AUDIO]

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Last night, the Voice was invited to appear on Yetta Kurland Live on WWRL to talk about this week's cover story, "The Nonprofit 1 Percent," as well as to discuss the rally for Trayvon Martin, which we'd just covered prior to arriving at the studio.

Kurland spoke with us about the Jewish Guild for Blind and the income disparity between some of its lowest paid employees (who were laid off) and its CEO, Dr. Alan Morse, who was paid $1.5 million in 2009, receiving an 82% raise the year after the financial crash. Guild music therapist Debbie Moran, laid off despite only earning $5,000 a year, called in to the show to talk about her choir members, whom she'd worked with for 20 years prior to receiving a pink slip.

Kurland also discussed the overlap between Occupy Wall Street and how the income disparities the movement has pointed out in the finance sector also seem to happen within the nonprofit world.

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Yetta Kurland Chats with the Voice on WWRL About the Big, Fat Gay Marriage Week [AUDIO]

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With advances in same-sex marriage equality on the march in the states of Washington, Maryland and New Jersey, this week could possibly shape up to be as historically gay as last week was for the institution of marriage.

To discuss what all of this state-by-state activity meant for same-sex couples wishing to wed, as well as the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that California's Proposition 8 is unconstitutional, the Voice went on WWRL's Yetta Kurland Live last week to talk about it. We were joined in the studio by Cathy Merino-Thomas of Marriage Equality New York and on the phone from Washington, D.C. by our friend and legal skype scholar Chris Geidner.

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The Voice Talks to the BBC About Stop-And-Frisk, Powerless New Yorkers, Philip Glass and the Super Bowl [AUDIO]

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The Voice was invited to join WWRL's Mark Riley on the BBC's Up All Night this past weekend, to chat with host Dotun Adebayo from across the pond. Every Saturday night, BBC 5 broadcasts live overnight, while checking in with correspondents from around the globe and spending an hour with two New Yorkers in their mid-town studio. It was an honor to represent for our hometown.

Our conversation spanned all manner of things in the Big Apple and near Big Ben: weed arrests, big and small; Occupy Wall Street; British football (which we innocently knew little about); American football and the Superbowl (which we shamefully knew even less about); Philip Glass's 75th birthday; and what it's like to be a powerless New Yorker.

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Tom Robbins Talks to WNYC About Breaking the NYPD Anti-Muslim Training Video Story (AUDIO)

Former Voice columnist and CUNY Journalist-in-Residence Tom Robbins was on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning on WNYC, talking about the fallout from the NYPD showing an anti-Muslim training video to 1,500 personnel.

It was great to hear Robbins credited for breaking this story (a full year before Michael Powell's follow up in the Times) in a January, 2011 Voice column titled "NYPD Cops' Training Included an Anti-Muslim Horror Flick."

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Brian Lehrer Discusses the Voice's "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on WNYC (AUDIO)

WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show did a segment on "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on its Martin Luther King, Jr. day show this morning. Audio of the segment is embedded below.

Our segment looked at the silly side of "power lists," and at the serious side of some of those we included on our powerless list. Brian was specifically interested in asking us why we included Public Advocate Bill de Blasio as #8 on our list (right between "Carriage Horses" and "The Person Holding the Sign at the End of the Trader Joe's Line") and why the list wasn't in any particular order.

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Yetta Kurland Chats With the Voice on WWRL About the "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers"

Last night, Yetta Kurland Live devoted the entire show to discussing the Voice's "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers."

Yetta did a pre-recorded segment with us about the Voice's selections for the city's most powerless at the top of the hour. That was followed by a live discussion with Dodge Landesman of Community Board 6 and with photojournalist Michael Premo, who shot pictures for the Voice's coverage of Mary Lee Ward (#14 on the list) and the Black Hebrew Israelites (#96).

Here's the full audio. Take a listen.

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Mitra Bonshahi and Sylvie Lubow, Creators of "Two Truths and a Lie," Talk Fact and Fiction Storytelling

Two Truths and a Lie is a live storytelling event in Brooklyn, which mixes real life tales with bald faced lies and challenges the audience to decipher which is which. The latest edition is happening tonight at Fada Bistro in Williamsburg. We chatted with the creators of the project, Mitra Bonshahi and Sylvie Lubow, to ask them about how it works, why they do it, and why the worst story (involving a facial yeast infection) was a truth, not a lie.

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