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Best Violins in America

Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Sam Zygmontowicz is considered by many to be one of the best violin makers in America. The 45 year-old Brooklyn craftsman makes instruments in a loft off Flatbush Avenue. Jon Kalish visited his workshop and prepared this report.

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Gentileschi Father and Daughter

Monday, April 22, 2002

A current exhibit at the Met about Italian painters Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi focuses on the relationship between father and daughter. WNYC's Judith Kampfner instead compares the bold work of Artemisia to the celebrated painter Caravaggio, who was her mentor, and their very different representations of the same biblical tale.

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New York City's Budget War

Thursday, April 18, 2002

The budget war has now begun at City Hall. Yesterday, Mayor Bloomberg released his executive budget, revising earlier projections about the city's deficit. With a gap that's now grown to five billion dollars, the mayor says deep cuts are needed. But he still opposes the City Council's plan to avoid ...

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City Council Holds Hearings on Saving Recycling

Thursday, April 18, 2002

The proposed suspension of the city's glass, metal and plastic recycling program has also prompted sharp and vocal opposition. But Mayor Bloomberg is refusing to restore it, despite the objections of the city council, and environmental advocates. The mayor says he'll save $56 million dollars. Councilmembers held a hearing yesterday ...

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Governor's Race

Friday, April 12, 2002

With five months to go until the Democratic primary for New York governor, two high-profile Democrats are fighting tooth and nail to gain advantage among party activists. But while many Democrats view former federal housing secretary Andrew Cuomo and State Comptroller Carl McCall as their best shot at the Governor's ...

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Mayor Bloomberg Quoted in Pro-Pot Ad

Thursday, April 11, 2002

He's not suing. And he's not denying it, either. Mayor Bloomberg is downplaying advertisements by a marijuana reform group which quote him admitting to having used the drug.

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Music That's Hard to Pin Down

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Medeski, Martin and Wood sounds more like a law firm than a band. But these three men don't litigate they play music. John Medeski is on the organ, Billy Martin is the drummer, and Chris Wood plays the bass. They got together 11 years ago and have been creating their ...

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Adam Shapiro

Tuesday, April 09, 2002

When Yasser Arafat's compound was attacked by the Israeli military one week ago, 30-year-old Adam Shapiro, a humanitarian aide worker from Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, convinced authorities to allow Palestinian doctors in to treat the wounded. As thanks, Arafat invited him for breakfast. Back in Sheepshead Bay, his parents, both schoolteachers, ...

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Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: One Opinion

Monday, April 08, 2002

Anchor: In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, each side clings to the memory of its past sufferings to justify retaliation. In this commentary, WNYC's Brian Lehrer says both sides are using the past the obliterate the future.

Brian: In 1986, author and holocaust survivor Elli Weisel won the Nobel peace prize. His Nobel ...

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City Council Raising Taxes?

Monday, April 08, 2002

The City Concil is considering raising the city's personal income tax surcharge. The council is expected to release its response today to Mayor Bloomberg's budget plan. The Democrat-led council is also considering pushing Albany to reinstate the commuter tax, along with some other surcharges, which need state approval. These proposals ...

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The EPA Ombudsman: Who is This Guy?

Friday, April 05, 2002

Although acrid smoke from fires at the World Trade Center site dissipated months ago, the confusion over the air quality, both inside and outside buildings, still lingers. The national ombudsman for the federal Environmental Protection Agency has stepped into the debate, holding two investigative hearings so far. Meanwhile, the ombudsman ...

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Movie Review: Thrillers

Thursday, April 04, 2002

In Hollywood, it seems, thrillers never go out of season. Last weekend saw the popular opening of Panic Room, starring Jodie Foster as a woman in peril. Starting tomorrow, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman team up in the courtoom suspense drama High Crimes. Here with a look at the state ...

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Palestinians and Jews in the New York Area

Thursday, April 04, 2002

As violence escalates in the Middle East, Palestinians and Israeli Jews are becoming increasingly polarized. Here in the New York Metropolitan area, both Jews and Arabs have been demonstrating. Many on both sides are feeling more hopeless than ever. We have two reports by WNYC's Beth Fertig and Marianne McCune.

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Nassau County Deficit

Tuesday, April 02, 2002

In his address last night to the Nassau County legislature, county executive Thomas Suozzi proposed a property tax increase of almost 20 percent and significant cuts in the county work force, all in an effort to trim the gaping budget deficit facing the county. Newsday editor Jack Sirica joins us ...

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Another Late Budget

Monday, April 01, 2002

For the 18th year in a row, April begins with no state budget for New York. A child born the last time there was an on-time state budget could now be a freshman in college.

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Ten Thousand Pipers in Central Park

Friday, March 29, 2002

New York is bracing for a massive (and noisy) event. On
April 6th, 10,000 bagpipers from all over the world will descend on Central Park for "Tunes of Glory." They're hoping to break the world record for number of bagpipes playing in unison. Brendan Glynn, who has played the bagpipes ...

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Councilman Pleads Not Guilt to Extortion Charge

Friday, March 29, 2002

The 45 year old councilman and his associate Jonathan Morales pleaded not guilty to charges of extortion and wire fruad. The 15 count indictment claims Rodriguez offered to support a Red Hook waterfront project... if the developer gave him 50 thousand dollars in cash.

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Debate Over Shut-down of Indian Point Intensifies

Friday, March 29, 2002

Since September 11th the long running debate over whether to shut down Westchester's Indian Point nuclear power plant has intensified. While closing the plant could be a long and difficult process, area residents, officials, and activists have begun grappling with the one issue over which they have some immediate control: ...

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School Governance Part Two

Thursday, March 28, 2002

While Mayor Bloomberg lobbies Albany to abolish the board of education, lawmakers seem ready to dismantle another part of the school system: The community schools boards. Created to help decentralize the vast bureacracy , these local boards are now considered ineffective and even obstructionist. In the second of a two-part ...

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The Piano Teacher

Thursday, March 28, 2002

In the new French film The Piano Teacher, Isabelle Huppert plays a woman with some very dark sexual secrets. The movie took the Grand Jury Prize at last year's Cannes Film Festival, as well as the awards for Best Actress and Actor. WNYC's cultural advisor on film and Entertainment
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