Emily Botein

Executive Producer, Content Development and Production

Emily Botein appears in the following:

American Icons: Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner

Friday, November 19, 2010

Using a whammy bar and a fuzz box, Hendrix captured the sound of bombs falling overseas and screaming protestors.  “I didn’t think it was unorthodox,” Hendrix said. “I thought it was beautiful.”

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American Icons: Georgia O'Keeffe's Skull Paintings

Friday, November 12, 2010

“The men were all talking about the great American novel, the great American play,...the great American everything,” said Georgia O’Keeffe. “So I thought . . . I’ll make it an American painting.”

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American Icons: The House of Mirth

Friday, October 29, 2010

In The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton examined the dangerous compromises facing a woman who wants to set her own destiny, and broke ground for countless writers who followed.

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American Icons: Harley-Davidson

Friday, October 15, 2010

It’s not the fastest motorcycle or the fanciest, but to many Americans, a motorcycle is a Harley-Davidson.

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Samuel Menashe: A Poet's House

Monday, June 12, 2006

New Yorkers are obsessed with housing. Where else do you meet people -- for the first time --and ask, so what do you pay? Samuel Menashe is an 80-year-old poet who has managed to hold on to a little space in SoHo, for nearly his ...


The Game of Life

Friday, April 09, 2004

Two new compositions - one for the cello, one for the Harley. Plus, we consider the implications of an art project that proposes the most terrible weapon imaginable. We peek inside the world of a couple that tests board games and find an unusual love story. Also: comedy that’s way ...



Friday, April 02, 2004

According to the dictionary, an "omnibus" is "a usually automotive public vehicle designed to carry a large number of passengers." It was the name of a 1950s variety television program hosted by Alistair Cooke, who died this past week. In tribute to him, and to that ground-breaking program, we invite ...


Voices Raised

Friday, March 26, 2004

We start with voices on Capitol Hill, and end with music and conversation about prayer, featuring novelist Mary Gordon, singer/songwriters Maggie and Suzzy Roche, and ethicist Peter Singer. In between, we hear from one of the first female cops to patrol the streets of New York City, and from a ...


Our Year in War

Friday, March 19, 2004

A look back at the voices, both serious and comedic, that have helped us make sense of the war in Iraq. Among them: fifteen young and optimistic Model UN students; thinkers and writers Lawrence Weschler and Mark Danner; Gulf War veterans Robert Holmes and Neal Creighton; and Tony Soprano.



Friday, March 12, 2004

Flouting, reinventing, and exploring rituals and traditions. Sound artist Ellen Band weaves together prayers offered in fifteen different places of worship. In a short story by John Haskell, a man’s daily toast-eating acquires its own kind of significance. And in a midtown Manhattan loft, cacophony moves toward harmony as Tuvan ...


Back to the Basics

Friday, March 05, 2004

A closer look at what’s most essential. For some, it’s the Bible. For others, it’s the items included in a personal emergency safety kit. For a cop in Maine, it’s Elvis. And for an architect living on the Upper West Side, it’s the recipes that were set down by his ...


For and Against

Friday, February 27, 2004

The people take a stand. Writer Joshua Wolf Shenk takes a stand against the "Happy Birthday" song. Botanist Scott Mori rallies to the defense of an overlooked science. Criminal rights advocate Susan Hallett questions why we deprive four million citizens of the right to vote. Novelist Meg Wolitzer and singer-songwriter ...


Heard on the Streets

Friday, February 20, 2004

Despite the cold weather, it’s time to hit the streets. Dean walks through a Bronx neighborhood with Sister Thomas, a woman with a mission (or two). Human rights observer John Sifton leads us through the noisy and oftentimes unnerving streets of Kabul and beyond. And New Orleans filmmaker/garbage collector C. ...


Love on the Wire

Friday, February 13, 2004

Love between telegraph operators, ham radio hobbyists, Vikings, and a man and his chocolate. Also, reflections on folding paper - for money and art. And touring New York’s boroughs with cabaret band Barbez, as they make their way by van to the next gig.

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Friday, February 06, 2004

Lessons from all walks of life. Words of wisdom from a very young star named Michael, backstage at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Truths learned by a woman who travels to Alaska to understand why her husband left her for gold. Lives documented over the course of three decades by ...


Movements Great and Small

Friday, January 30, 2004

Conversations with careful observors of forward motion, from astrophysicist Janna Levin to Sam Easterman, a video artist who’s taken to strapping video cameras on water buffalo, tumbleweeds, and other natural entities. Stops along the way include a sound portrait of professional track and fielders, dispatches from an idiotic road race, ...



Friday, January 23, 2004

Crossing to the other side, and crossing back. Donald Semenza tells stories of the mob “family” he left behind. Photographer Jamel Shabazz goes back to the New York City streets of his youth. The creators of a company selling interracial wedding cake figures consider some of the obstacles for couples ...


Lost in Sound

Friday, January 16, 2004

Living in a hearing world when you’re not hearing. Listening to music that’s fallen out of tempo, but not out of pitch. And losing oneself, or at least trying to, amidst the clinking mugs and collegial conversation at McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon. Also, breaking news about the Word of the Year ...


Most Unusual

Friday, January 09, 2004

A look at the rather non-traditional relationship between a North Dakota museum and a New York artist. Jazz pianist Kenny Barron playing as only he can. And a vicarious wander through the streets with a man who tunes in to other people’s personal listening devices.

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Looking Back, Back, Back

Friday, January 02, 2004

We look back at the life and exploits of artist Joe Brainard, as remembered by his friend, poet Ron Padgett. And writer/performer Josh Kornbluth summons up his earliest memories of … tax. Also, listeners share with word mistress Erin McKean their choice for words to get rid of as we ...