Airports around the country invest millions of dollars in public art. Some airports have even opened museums and curate roving exhibits. Rebecca Blume Rothman is the Public Art Project Manager with the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, which is in the midst of a multi-million dollar public arts project in the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Colleen McPoland is the manager of the Aviation Art Program at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.
The year 1945 was a seminal moment for the world. From the bombing of Hiroshima, the end of World War II and the United Nations Charter, to Perry Como and Gandhi, a history began in 1945 that we're living today. Ian Baruma’s new book is called “Year Zero: A History of 1945.” He joins The Takeaway to discuss the ways the year 1945 came to shape global dynamics.
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) today releases its comprehensive survey of trends in participation, attendance and investment in art in America. It's a massive job for Sunil Iyengar, research director at the NEA, and not only because of the scale of the U.S. population. With all of the options Americans now have to consume entertainment media, it raises the question: What is art in the year 2013?
Today, psychiatrists have documented a new type of delusion: The belief that the patient is the star of his own reality show. Doctors call it "The Truman Show Delusion" after the Jim Carrey movie of the same name. Andrew Marantz recently profiled one patient suffering from the Truman Show Delusion in a recent issue of The New Yorker. Nick Lotz discovered his symptoms after his freshman year in college.
"Sad songs say so much,” Elton John once sang. But what do they say, and why do they speak to us? In a recent study published in the journal “Frontiers of Psychology” researchers tried to find out. Jeff Spurgeon, the morning host for WQXR, shares his thoughts on this new study and shares some if his own sad music picks with The Takeaway.
This week is Banned Books Week. But how does someone actually ban a book? Today The Takeaway hears from Mike Holzknecht a lawyer and parent who's joined in opposition against certain books. Also weighing in is Sarah Pacheco, the public information officer for the Sierra Vista Unified School District, which is about to hold a hearing on whether a book should be pulled from the curriculum. Finally, Amy Crump, a Library Director at Homewood Public Library in Illinois, discusses the process of banning books.
The NFL gives fans around the nation something to cheer about for several months each year. But the NFL doesn’t just give, they also receive—in some cases millions of dollars in subsidies and tax exemptions. Gregg Easterbrook, contributing editor at The Atlantic, investigates the strange financial operations of the NFL in his new book, “The King of Sports: Football’s Impact on America.”
We've started a discussion about names and race. Specifically, how names may identify our racial and economic profile. Nikisia Drayton decided not to name her child a name that would strongly identify him as African American. We wanted to hear other opinions on this issue. Akiba Solomon is managing editor for Colorlines.com. She is proud of her distinct name.
The air is getting crisper, the jackets are coming out and that means for movie lovers, it's time for a fall film preview.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen talk crime and fast cars. They also speak with Martha Shane and Lana Wilson, the filmmakers behind a documentary about the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. Start your engines! It's time to review "Prisoners," "Rush," and "After Tiller."
The new play "Noor" takes center stage in the plight to bridge the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The playwright, Akbar Ahmed, Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United Kingdom and and chair of Islamic Studies at American University, and director Manjula Kumar, a project director at the Smithsonian Institution, hope this stage work will provide a new look into the nuanced Muslim community.
This week, we preview two wide releases and a limited release documentary. First, we talk "Prisoners," the Hugh Jackman, and Jake Gyllenhaal thriller, then Ron Howard’s racecar action flick, "Rush." Finally, we look at “After Tiller,” a documentary that takes us inside the last four late-term abortion clinics in the country. As always, our Movie Date team, Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer, weigh in.
To increase efficiency, physicians are increasingly scheduling multi-patient appointments.
Janet Yellen is the new presumptive front-runner for chair of the Federal Reserve. But who is Janet Yellen? And how might she change the Fed if she's put in charge? Susan M. Phillips has some insights to share. She served on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve from 1991 to 1998, overlapping with Janet Yellen during Yellen’s first appointment from 1994-1997.
Plus: Songwriter and pop parodist "Weird Al" Yankovic talks about his latest work, a children's book called My New Teacher and Me!
And: Jazz musician and best-selling novelist James McBride discusses his new book The Good Lord Bird and brings his band in for a live performance.
Severe flooding and mudslides in Colorado have led to at least five deaths, as well as the destruction or damage of nearly 20,000 homes across 15 counties. Heather Hansen, a resident of Boulder, CO currently staying in Ft. Collins and author of "Disappearing Destinations," a book about environmental damage around the world, joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges ahead.
In this week's Movie Date podcast, Rafer and Kristen look at strange array of movies, including an indie documentary ("Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction"), a horror flick ("Insidious: Chapter 2"), and an aging mobster comedy ("The Family"). They also look at "Austenland" with the help of Meg Levin, one of the New York City coordinators of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Aaron Dunn is on a music mission. His new Kickstarter campaign is called "Set Chopin Free." If successful, it will allow him to record all of Frederic Chopin’s music with the world’s top musicians, and then release all the music free to the public and to any filmmaker who wants to use it. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his campaign and how it works.
Two new documentaries—“Money For Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve” and “Hank: Five Years from the Brink"—look at the financial meltdown five years later. Do they tell the truth? And are they any good? We've got two perspectives. One, from WNYC’s economics editor, Charlie Herman. The other, from Movie Date co-host Kristen Meinzer.