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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A new documentary about writer George Plimpton uses its subject's own voice to tell the story of his career as a path-breaking "participatory journalist" and longtime editor of the Paris Review. The film also uses the voices of Plimpton's friends and colleagues to defend him against the charge of dilettantism that dogged him throughout his career. NPR's Joel Rose reports.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Authorities are revisiting a triple murder in the Boston suburb of Waltham. One of the victims may have been a friend of bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev would sometimes spar at the same mixed martial arts gym where the victim worked as an instructor.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
It's been one month since the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Prosecutors in New York have announced charges against eight men for their roles in a "massive 21st-century bank heist." The operation stole more than $45 million from ATMs around the world in a matter of hours. Prosecutors declined to comment on who organized the heist, or where the hackers may be located.
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie confirmed on Tuesday that he secretly underwent weight loss surgery in February. Christie, who has struggled with his weight for 20 years, insists the decision was motivated by his family and not his political future.
Monday, May 06, 2013
The Heritage Foundation is out with a new report on the Senate's immigration overhaul, and says it will cost the country more than $6 trillion. The influential conservative group issued a similar report that helped scuttle the 2007 immigration bill.
Monday, May 06, 2013
While serving as governor of New York, William Seward received a Thomas Cole landscape painting as a gift for his work on the Erie Canal. Since then, its value has exploded and its caretakers are looking to sell. On Tuesday, Seward's great-great-grandson will be in court to try to stop them.
Thursday, May 02, 2013
On Thursday, the City Council will debate proposals including raising the minimum age for buying cigarettes to 21. Also on the table is a ban on tobacco displays behind retail registers. Critics are pushing back, arguing that the changes won't have the intended effect.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Six months after Hurricane Sandy, hundreds of low-income New Yorkers are facing homelessness. They've been living in subsidized hotel rooms since the storm, but that funding is about to run out. Advocates say there isn't enough public and low-income housing to accommodate them all.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Americans love a political comeback. And voters seem increasingly willing to overlook infidelity scandals — at least that's what former Congressman Anthony Weiner and former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford are hoping as they set their sights on returning to public office. But former Governors Eliot Spitzer and Jim McGreevey are staying out of politics, at least so far.
Saturday, April 13, 2013
One of America's first great prima ballerinas has died. Maria Tallchief brought life to The Nutcracker and Firebird at the New York City Ballet. She died Thursday at the age of 88. NPR's Joel Rose has this remembrance.
Friday, April 12, 2013
In the wake of two high profile corruption arrests this month, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing laws that are supposed to make it easier to catch corrupt politicians. Good government groups say it might also help to take some of the money out of politics in New York — and other states too.
Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Every day, more than 600,000 thousand rail commuters navigate the crowded maze of tunnels and tracks that is Penn Station. Mass transit advocates would like to replace the aging station with a world-class transportation hub. But there's a big obstacle: Madison Square Garden, the arena that sits directly on top of Penn Station. And the Garden's owners show no signs of moving.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Les Blank is probably best known for his 20-minute film, Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. The filmmaker made dozens of documentaries, however, about people, places, food and especially music. He made films about Dizzy Gillespie, Lightnin' Hopkins, Clifton Chenier, Tommy Jarrell and even garlic. Blank died on Sunday at his home in Berkeley, Calif., of cancer. He was 77 years old.
Monday, April 08, 2013
Preservationists are trying to protect the last vestiges of New York's Little Syria. They're seeking historic landmark status for a few buildings in Lower Manhattan. That's all that's left of what was once a thriving neighborhood, and arguably the center of Arab-American life.
Friday, April 05, 2013
Rutgers University's athletic director has resigned in the wake of a player abuse scandal that led to the firing of the school's men's basketball coach. Audie Cornish talks to Joel Rose.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Fast-food workers in New York City are on strike for the second time in six months, demanding higher wages that they can live on. Workers complain that $7.25 an hour, New York's current minimum wage, is not enough to live in the city.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Over the past three decades, artist and sculptor Arthur Wood has turned his four-story home into a towering cathedral built out of salvaged junk. But after a fire in 2006, the New York City Department of Buildings determined that the Clinton Hill landmark was no longer a safe place to live.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a U.S. Army chaplain who informed inmates of the Buchenwald concentration camp that they were finally free, died Thursday. He was 95 years old.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Forty counties in upstate New York have passed resolutions condemning the state's tough new gun laws, passed quickly in the wake of Sandy Hook. Still, the law and its main architect, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, remain popular with voters, especially around New York City.