This last of four interviews of Vonnegut by Walter James Miller took place on October 1, 1979, and it’s the crown jewel of the set. Vonnegut had just published his “Watergate novel,” Jailbird, in which he abandons the sketchy sci-fi plot lines that had made Slapstick such a punching bag for critics in favor of a sharp-eyed historical/political realism that marks the second major phase of his career.
Think back to last December. Or other Decembers. Maybe you received a holiday card sealed with a Christmas Seal from the American Lung Association. These stamps have been used as a fundraising element by the American Lung Association for over a hundred years. The tuberculosis epidemic of the ...
This May 1, 1978 interview was the third Vonnegut had with Walter James Miller for WNYC’s “Writers’ Almanac.” This time, Vonnegut shares the microphone with journalist/novelist L. J. Davis. The topic was “the novelist’s relationship to community.”
“May heaven speed the day when the length and breadth of our United States shall be peopled with men and women, and boys and girls, solely by those of this type: strong bodied, true hearted, big souled patriots, athletes all for the land they love and the God they worship.”
Vonnegut talks about his strange sci-fi tale of fraternal twins who are brilliant when they can interact with each other but only “dull normal” when separated. He reveals that his portrait of these fictional twins was based on his deep real-life bond with his only sister, Alice.
Most of us are familiar with the sad story of the passenger pigeon: the North American bird whose immense numbers (believed to have been up to forty percent of the wild bird population) and intensely social habits (being unable to thrive or breed successfully in small groups) prevented its recovery ...
A controversial appointee of Governor Chris Christie has resigned from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, just as lawmakers are stepping up scrutiny of alleged politically-motivated closures of the George Washington Bridge by the Christie aide. The Record of North Jersey is reporting that David Wildstein has said the closures have "been a distraction," and that he's decided to "move on."
The Federal Railroad Administration of the Department of Transportation announced an emergency order Friday requiring Metro-North to control passenger train speeds.
New York City announced Friday that half the city taxi fleet would be wheelchair accessible by 2020. The move is part of a settlement agreement in a major class-action lawsuit brought in 2011 that charged the city was in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
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NYC will vastly increase its number of wheelchair-accessible taxis. Lawmakers want railroads to adhere to a 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Control. In 30 years, Georgetown might have a Metro station. And: a video of Charles Barkley's first subway ride...which happened yesterday.
Two high school students from New York City who met the South African leader as sixth graders in 2009 share their impressions with WNYC. "I shook his hand and even though he was weak and sickly at the time his handshake was one of the firmest I’ve ever had," one student said.
The Metro-North train that derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring dozens, was equipped with an alarm designed to keep the train operator awake. But that alerter was located at the other end of the train, and engineer William Rockefeller was in the cab.
Following word that the already-delayed Silver Line would need additional testing before it could be turned over to D.C.'s transit authority for passenger service, Virginia Senator Mark Warner whipped off a letter complaining that delays hurt commuters -- and cost millions in lost fare box revenue.
An Essex County Superior Court Judge in New Jersey has temporarily stalled efforts by the Montclair Board of Education to identify the person who leaked more than a dozen school tests days before students were scheduled to take them.
"It is ironic that even as the death totals have declined dramatically with violent crime in this city, this year the number of people killed on our streets - pedestrian and traffic -- will almost equal the homicide total," said New York City's once and future police commissioner on Thursday.
The Metro-North train that derailed Sunday did not have an alerter system in the cab where the driver apparently dozed off. California's bullet train has been handed another setback. A huge storm shut down trains in Scotland. And: are car loans the next subprime disaster?
The federal gasoline tax, last raised in 1993 to 18 cents per gallon, would increase five cents per year over three years and have future increases tied to inflation, under legislation proposed Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). With the Highway Trust Fund set to go broke in ten months, the congressman called on leaders of both parties and the Obama administration to raise the tax to replenish the pot of money that pays for rail and road improvements.
After years of obscurity in the 1950s and early 1960s, Vonnegut now found himself one of the handful of most-talked about writers in America. This interview reveals him at the top of his game—confidently proclaiming the novelist’s ability to “make up new myths that people will believe.”
BART’s biggest unions, SEIU 1021 and ATU 1555, are suing the agency's board and the district’s management over what BART is calling a “clerical mistake” in their new contract. The unions say management is trying to backtrack.