Richard Hake fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Rebecca Charles of Pearl Oyster Bar gives us a primer on how to prepare and enjoy summer seafood! Then, we’ll look at the personalities and events that dominated prohibition-era New York. Jane Borden talks about trying to adapt southern hospitality to New York City and her transformation into a “hipster-debutante.” Plus, Please Explain is all about roller coasters!
Guest host Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. He’ll speak with Peter Elkind and Jennifer Reingold from Fortune magazine about a scandal at Pfizer, the world’s largest drug company. Charles Lachman tells us about President Grover Cleveland’s sex scandal and the child he fathered out of wedlock. Graphic designer and typographer Paul Shaw talks about the use of Helvetica in New York’s subway system. Plus, Our latest Backstory segments look at the brutal government crackdown in Syria, and at a large dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
With the eyes of the world scrutinizing the royal couple's every move, there’s a British tradition they may want to enjoy to get away from it all. That of course is Afternoon Tea.
Theater critics Elisabeth Vincentelli of The New York Post and Adam Feldman of Time Out New York agree that this spring is the best theater season they've seen on Broadway in a long time. But that may be the only thing they agree on. Listen to their conversation with WNYC host Richard Hake about spring shows on Broadway.
Today marks the bicentennial of the Manhattan street grid system, a latice-work of streets created during a time when the city's population exploded and the streets needed to be ordered in a "regular way," according to NYU professor and curator of an upcoming museum exhibit, Hilary Ballon.
At 96th Street and 3rd Avenue on what's normally a leisurely walk from the subway at the end of a work week, there was quite a commotion. How did this jeep get on top of the town car? Fortunately the drivers of both vehicles didn't seem injured. Nonetheless, emergency medical technicians were checking them out in an ambulance.
One of Albany's most powerful lobbyists has been implicated in Attorney General Andrew Cuomo's investigation of the New York State pension fund. Patricia Lynch and her firm, Patricia Lynch Associates, is accused of arranging contributions to former state Comptroller Alan Hevesi's campaign account among other charges. While admitting no wrongdoing, the firm is agreeing to pay a $500,000 fine. Lynch is also agreeing to a five-year ban on lobbying the state comptroller's office. Here with the details is Jimmy Veilkind, political reporter with the Albany Times-Union.
The candidates for U.S. Senate in Conneticut are butting heads over the economy and character. In a debate last night in Hartford, Repubican Linda McMahon portrayed herself as an entrepreneur who has created more than 600 jobs. Meanwhile, Democratic candidate Richard Blumenthal promoted his career in public service working as the state's Attorney General. Colin McEnroe, host of "The Colin McEnroe Show" on WNPR and a columnist for The Hartford Courant, watched the debate.
This week's death of a Rutgers University freshman left many shocked and angry. The young man, Tyler Clementi, 21, killed himself by jumping from the George Washington bridge after his roommate allegedly put a live video feed of Tyler having sex with another man on the Internet. The suicide occurred days before students were set to immerse themselves in a program designed to encourage greater civility.
For years, some of New York's most prestigious art museums have gotten heat for not featuring enough female artists. A searing 2007 report by Jerry Saltz in New York Magazine revealed that women often made up less than 15 percent of a museum's permanent collection on display. Since then, there has been a move to make up for this imbalance. In fact, this week, a number of local arts institutions have female-heavy rosters.
Stories of preservation always catch my interest. As a New York City history buff, nothing irks me more than watching an old building or a vestige of the past getting destroyed. That's why I was so interested in speaking with photographer Stephen Mallon whose exhibit, "Next Stop on the Atlantic," on view at the Frontroom Gallery captures images of retired subway cars plunging into the ocean as part of the artificial reef program.
Gov. David Paterson gave misleading answers to investigators questioning how he got Yankees World Series tickets last year. That's the main finding of Independent Counsel Judith Kaye. WNYC's Bob Hennelly discussed Kaye's findings and their implications.
The dramatic steel of Frank Gehry's new Beekman Tower makes it one of the flashiest skyscrapers on the Lower Manhattan skyline. Paul Goldberger, the architecture critic for The New Yorker and a professor of design at the New School, joined WNYC's Richard Hake to talk about the building.
Reforms are coming to four seriously troubled upstate youth detention facilities. A settlement has been reached between the Department of Justice and the state agency that is overseeing the facilities, which is calling for strict new rules limiting the use of physical restraints and requiring greater mental health services for emotionally disturbed youth.
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Local Poles are calling it one of the most terrible tragedies in their country's history. On Saturday, 96 people including President Lech Kaczynski were killed in a plane crash along with the First Lady and top members of the Polish military, the head of the national bank and other significant ...
Governor Paterson says he's suspended a close aide and asked for an investigation by Attorney General Andrew Cuomo. The request follows an article in today's New York Times which raises questions about the governor and state police intervening in a domestic abuse case involving the aide.
Our Albany reporter Karen DeWitt ...
That's the sound of Rain Machine, one of bands featured in our latest Gig Alert. Every day WNYC's Culture Team helps curate the city's music scene for listeners, offering daily downloads from our website from artists performing in the city that night. And on the Takeaway, WNYC digital producer Otis ...
Three New York City police officers are on trial in State Supreme Court in Brooklyn. These officers are accused of sexually assaulting a Brooklyn man at a subway station during an arrest.
REPORTER: They deny the incident and defense attorneys have sought to discredit Michael Mineo's claims, in part, by questioning ...
The owners of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are turning the complex over to their creditors, relinquishing control of over 11,000 apartments in Manhattan.
City Councilman Daniel Garodnick lives at the Stuyvesant Town apartments and he's been working on behalf of tenants there for years. He joins WNYC's Richard Hake ...