Joel Rose

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Big Apple Debates Storm Prep As Hurricane Season Begins

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

As hurricane season begins, New Yorkers are debating how to protect the city's 520 miles of coastline from major storms and rising sea levels. One camp favors giant offshore barriers to divert storm surge. The other says barriers are too expensive and too risky. They argue New York must learn to live with water by making streets, subways and buildings more resilient to flooding.


Special Election Called In New Jersey To Fill Vacant Senate Seat

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is calling a special election to fill the seat of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who died Monday. The decision means the state will have two statewide elections three weeks apart. NPR's Joel Rose reports.


New York City Hopes Bikesharing Will Make Streets Safer

Friday, May 24, 2013

Citi Bike, the country's largest urban bike-sharing system, will soon be rolling in New York City after almost a year of delays. The idea has worked elsewhere, including Paris, Washington, D.C., and Montreal. But critics wonder if it's safe to add tens of thousands of new cyclists to the crowded streets of New York.


Documentary Shows George Plimpton's Best Story Was His Own

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.


Boston Bombings Prompt Fresh Look At Unsolved Murders

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.


Fund To Help Boston Bombing Victims Raises $30 Million

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

It's been one month since the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260 others.


Cyber Criminals Drain $45 Million From ATMs Around The World

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.


Gov. Chris Christie Admits To Secret Weight Loss Surgery

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.


Conservative Group: Immigration Reform Would Cost $6 Trillion

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.


Family Fights Sale Of Iconic Thomas Cole Painting

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.


New York Tobacco Regulations Light Up Public Health Debate

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.


Hotel Assistance Running Out For Some Sandy Victims

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.


Disgraced Politicians Try To Stage Their Second Acts

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Americans love a political comeback. And voters seem increasingly willing to overlook infidelity scandals โ€” 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.


'First American Ballet Star' Soared To Fame With 'Firebird'

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.


New York Lawmakers To Confront Recent Spate Of Corruption

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 โ€” and other states too.


New York's Penn Station Makeover Faces Arena-Sized Obstacle

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.


Filmmaker Les Blank Made Cinematic Art Out Of Interests

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.


Trying To Preserve What's Left Of Manhattan's Little Syria

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.


Rutgers Athletic Director Resigns After Coach Is Fired

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.


NYC's Fast-Food Workers Strike, Demand 'Living Wages'

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.