Laura Mayer is an Associate Producer at WNYC.
With the baseball season upon us, it's hard not to think of the delicious concession that's become synonymous with America's favorite past time: The hot dog. We dug into the WNYC Archives to find out why and how the baloney on a roll became king of the ball field.
If you’re reading this, you’re looking at a computer screen, a cell phone, a tablet, or some other powered-by-electricity, hooked-up to the internet, technological device. Just 50 years ago, in 1963, the internet didn’t yet exist, and broadcast news was nowhere near the 24-hour coverage of today. People largely received their news through newspapers. And, 50 years ago, New York City was just emerging from a 114 day newspaper blackout.
Ethan Iverson and his band The Bad Plus re-interpreted Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring nearly 100 years after its premiere. We talked to Iverson about the piece for our special program "Culture Shock 1913," and our conversation turned into its own podcast!
CULTURE SHOCK 1913, our radio special on the landmark year 1913, starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series continues today with its third installment: "The Ascent of Poetry." 1913 marked a moment when a new type of verse emerged and set off a poetry fad in the United States.
CULTURE SHOCK 1913, our radio special on the landmark year 1913, starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series continues today with its second installment, featuring a rare archival interview with Armory Show expert Milton Brown.
CULTURE SHOCK 1913, our radio special on the landmark year 1913 starts airing December 6th, with other dates to follow. Our related four-part podcast series begins today with this installment about one of the ingenious inventions of that year.
Listen to our 1913 podcast series!
Earlier in May, Jacob Weisberg, editor-in-chief for the Slate group, and author Jennifer Egan discussed Egan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, genre-busting novel A Visit from the Goon Squad at The New School. Their conversation was part of the annual PEN World Voices Festival. Download the audio of the talk or watch a video of the talk.
The theme for the Happy Ending Music and Reading Series at Joe's Pub in March was Strange Places. Listen to the extraordinary — and absurd — environments that authors Jessica Anthony, Amelia Gray and Heidi Julavitz conjured up their readings.
Two famed poets, essayists and translators — Lydia Davis and Eliot Weinberger — recently read from new work at the True Story: Non-Fiction reading series at the KGB Bar in the East Village. Listen to the audio here.
Journalist Janet Malcolm and New Yorker writer Ian Frazier discussed the nature of the journalist/interviewee relationship, the impact of technology on their work, and early writing projects at The New Yorker Festival.
The 9/11 Memorial has been underway for the past three years — since the fall of 2008. In the weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary of 9/11, WNYC producers Laura Mayer and Stephen Nessen went down to the World Trade Center site to collect impressions and stories from the construction workers working on the memorial and towers.
Richard Drew worked as a photographer for the Associated Press for 32 years before he took his most powerful image on Sept. 11, 2001. Drew has called "The Falling Man" “the most famous photograph no one has seen,” since many outlets refused to publish the photo in the wake of 9/11.
On Sunday, you can experience the sound of a pipe organ in Greenwich Village at the Church of the Ascension on Fifth Avenue and 10th Street.
A large swatch of artist Laurel Nakadate's work features performances in which she performs acts with strangers—and videotapes them. Nakadate recently discussed her work at UnionDocs as part of New York's "Walls and Bridges" conference.
Click hear to listen to the three Story Prize finalists—Anthony Doerr, Yiyun Li and Suzanne Rivecca—read from their work.
WNYC recently attended a conversation between novelist, professor and critic Zadie Smith and her new editor at Harper's, Gemma Sieff.
At last month's True Story: Non-Fiction at KGB Bar, famed essayist, journalist and critic Vivian Gornick talked about womanhood, working and life as a woman worker. Click here to listen.
In the latest episode of KGB's non-fiction reading series, Dan Charnas reads from his forthcoming book "The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop," and Sara Marcus reads from her book "Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrl Movement Revolution."