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.

Then, after a caller shared about an experience in the Brooklyn Public Library watching a man counting change, things got a little more serious. We described why we included both the NYPL’s homeless patrons (#12) and the NYPL’s librarians(#13) on the list, due to the huge challenges without adequate resources we watch both groups face every day when we work in the public libraries.

We ended with a skeptical inquiry from Bian as to why we included the previous two schools chancellors, Cathie Black (#20) and Joel Klein (#21), and ran out of time before we could address the inclusion of ESPA (#57), the Empire State Pride Agenda. (We’ll address the latter in a separate post.)

Here’s the audio. Take a listen.

Martin Luther King, Defender of the ‘Most Powerless’
The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers