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Listen to Some Amazing Vintage Calypso Music

Friday, April 25, 2014

WNYC

Did you know WNYC was one of the first U.S. broadcasters of calypso music? Neither did we, until we dug up this clip from 1941 and started dancing.

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Nicholas Pileggi, The Mafia in New York City

Thursday, April 24, 2014

In a one-hour talk that has the easy-going feel of a conversation in a diner, Nicholas Pileggi provides an account of how the Mafia came to power in New York City. 

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Church Wachtel Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In September, 1983, The poet Church Wachtel spoke about his third book and first novel, Joe the Engineer, with Walter James Miller on The Reader’s Almanac. The main  character is a Vietnam Veteran working as a water meter reader in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. 

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Louis Untermeyer Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Louis Untermeyer was poet and critic was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. In this 1963 interview he talks about his close friend the poet Robert Frost and the book: The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer on this edition of The Reader’s Almanac with host Warren Bower.

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Dylan Thomas Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This year marks the centennial of Dylan Thomas’ birth. Listen now to an interview with Thomas by Vivienne Koch airing on WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac, in 1952, a year before his death. He talks about his latest collection of poems in In Country Sleep and reads selections.

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Robert Pinsky Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In this December, 1977 interview on the Reader’s Almanac, Robert Pinsky discusses his critical work, The Situation of Poetry, and his collection of poems, Sadness and Happiness. He talks with host Walter James Miller about how poetry can be anti-modern yet still contemporary. He also reads "Poem About People" from Sadness and Happiness

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Helen Morrisey Rizzuto Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto says “poems capture a moment in time and render that moment timeless” and that  “all poems begin with an impulse and end…with a discovery.”  On WNYC’s Reader’s Almanac in February, 1979, Poet Helen Morrisey Rizzuto spoke with host Walter James Miller about her work, Evening Sky on a Japanese Screen and read selections from it. 

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Samuel Menashe Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In 2004 Samuel Menashe became the first poet honored with the "Neglected Masters Award" given by Poetry magazine and the Poetry Foundation. The award was also to include a book to be published by the Library of America, which turned out to be a "Selected Poems" edited by Christopher Ricks.

More than twenty years earlier, Menashe joined Reader’s Almanac host Walter James Miller in the WNYC studio to talk about his poetry and its criticism. 

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Archibald MacLeish Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1968 Poet, writer, and former Librarian of Congress Archibald MacLeish spoke with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower. The three-time Pulitzer Prize winner discusses his poetry and reads selections from his , then, latest book of poems, Songs of Eve.

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William Packard Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1981 the Poet, novelist, playwright, editor and founder of  poetry magazine The New York Quarterly, William Packard sat down with WNYC’s Walter James Miller to talk about his , then latest work, Desire: Erotic Poetry Through the Ages. The Reader’s Almanac guest also read selections of poems from the book. 

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Marianne Moore Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In December, 1961 the poet Marianne Moore came to the WNYC studios to talk with Reader’s Almanac host Warren Bower about the recently published A Marianne Moore Reader.

Listen now to Moore explains as she explains how she chose the book’s contents, a mix of poetry and her nonfiction writing. She and Bower discuss the reaction of audiences to her poems and her being a big Brooklyn Dodgers fan.

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Brooklyn Ferry Poets Cooperative Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In April, 1976 three members of the Brooklyn Ferry Poets Cooperative joined Walter James Miller on the Reader’s Almanac to talk about their latest work: Brooklyn Ferry 10 New York Poets. Coop members Fran Raketti, Jay McDonnell, Samuel Exler also discuss the group and its approach to publishing.

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Eileen Simpson Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In October, 1982 fiction and non-fiction writer Eileen Simpson joined Reader’s Almanac host Walter James Miller to discuss her third book, Poets in Their Youth: A Memoir . The work is based on her years of intimacy with some of the major writers of our time. John Berryman, Delmore Schwartz, Robert Lowell, and Edmund Wilson to name a few. 

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Talk To Me: Sharon Olds Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Poet, author and NYU professor Sharon Olds was joined by her twin nephews Michael & Matthew Dickman at NYU's Lillian Vernon Creative Writers House on March 4th, 2010.

In this session of NYU's Reading Series, Olds read from both old collections and poems she finished on the train that day. The Portland-born Dickman brothers describe how got the "love movement" started with their award-winning fraternally and familiarly inspired poetry.

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Pushcart Prize Winning Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Four Pushcart Prize-winning writers took to the (very, very dim stage) at (Le) Poisson Rouge in 2010 to read from their award-winning works.

The night showcased poetry and prose by Kate Walbert, Marie Howe, Dale Peck and Mark Doty. From pieces set in the past, to ones that reflect on the future, the reading offered a wide variety of work (along with lots of writerly banter). Pushcart Press founder Bill Henderson introduces this excerpt of the reading, which features Kate Walbert and Marie Howe.

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Darwin: A Life of Poems Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

On the Origin of Species more than 150 years old, but the work of Charles Darwin remains as influential as ever. Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel, tells her famous ancestor's life story all in verse. One poem describes Darwin's awe at the sealife that washed up on the deck of the Beagle. Another tackles how Charles' scientific ideas did not square with his wife Emma's deep religious faith. Listen now to Darwin, A Life in Poems.

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Philip Levine Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

This segment with Philip Levine was produced just before he  became the nation's Poet Laureate. Already WNYC's Poet in Residence back in 2003, Levine reads William Matthews' "Mingus at the Half Note," and how the poem relates personally to him.

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Connie Converse Walking In the Dark Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Connie Converse Walking In the Dark, is a special edition of WNYC's Spinning On Air with David Garland. Listen now to many of Connie's songs for the first time, her story with interviews, commentary, and readings from her letters, journals, and poetry from a November 25, 2012 broadcast.

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National Poetry Month and Natasha Trethewey introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

April is National Poetry Month! Listen to current Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, Samuel Menash, the 2013 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry, Sharon Olds, as well as Louis Utermeyer, Dylan Thomas, Robert Pinsky, Archibald MacLeish, Marianne Moore —and other anapestic treats.

Natasha Trethewey is the first African American to hold the title of Poet Laureate since Rita Dove in 1993. She’s also the first Southerner since Robert Penn Warren — one of the first Laureates. Listen now to Trethewey from The Takeaway, July 6, 2012.

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We Know What You Like

Monday, April 21, 2014

From the May, 1941 WQXR Program Guide:

"My little boy, aged 4, has very definite likes and dislikes in music. He will sit as quiet as a mouse all through Tchaikowsky's Symphony Pathetique..."

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