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Governor Paterson Outlines Budget Cuts

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

"The world has changed and we have to adjust to it." Those are the words of Governor David Paterson, as he proposed his state budget for the next fiscal year. The governor says next year's deficit has grown to $13.7 billion.

PATERSON: This deficit amounts to more than 25 percent of ...

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NYC Native Makes Podium in Marathon

Monday, November 03, 2008

New Yorkers lined the sidewalks of the five boroughs under brisk, sunny skies yesterday, cheering on the nearly 40,000 runners at the annual marathon.

Queens native Kara Goucher had the best American showing, finishing third. She says New York's marathon is special to her.

GOUCHER: Because I was born here, because this ...

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Sarah Jones on Race and Politics

Friday, October 24, 2008

Politics and art have intersected a lot over the course of this election season. Think of Will.i.am’s tribute to Obama this spring, or the wave of political art exhibitions that have been up all over the city. The actress Sarah Jones makes her living cultivating diverse characters, and exploring connections ...

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Meditations on Homeland Security

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Press your ears against the door at Joe’s Pub in the East Village, and you’ll hear the voice of Mike Daisey, talking about issues like the atom bomb and the Department of Homeland Security. His new one-man show is called, "If You See Something, Say Something." He sits behind a ...

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NJ Governor Outlines Economic Stimulus Plan

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Saying the nation and New Jersey are facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Governor Jon Corzine has presented an economic stimulus plan to a joint session of the legislature. Corzine called for putting $500 million of state funds into community banks to boost their liquidity and make ...

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Market Volatility Forces MTA to Revise Bond Issue

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The turmoil in the bond market has forced the MTA to rethink a half-billion dollar bond issue.

The transit agency delayed selling the bonds for two days because of weak demand. This morning, it got into the market, but reduced the amount it wanted to borrow to $200 million.

The bond's high-yielding ...

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Largest Gathering of Poets in the Nation

Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Geraldine R. Dodge Poetry Festival is a diverse, dizzying array of verse that draws thousands of people to western New Jersey. Jim Haba, poet, professor and director of the four-day festival says being a poet in America can be a lonely enterprise, but that the festival provides an intersection ...

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Metropolitan Museum of Art Picks New Leader

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It was one of the most closely watched job searches in the art world -- but the choice has been made. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has chosen Thomas Campbell to be its new Director and CEO.

Campbell currently serves as the Met's Curator of European Sculpture and Decorative ...

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Whitney Expansion Approved Downtown

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Whitney Downtown Expansion Project won unanimous approval from the City Planning Commission yesterday afternoon. The new building for the Whitney Museum of Art is set to be built in the Meatpacking District. Lee Rosenbaum is an arts writer who was at the city planning commission meeting. She joined Brian ...

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Livery Drivers to get Workers' Comp Fund

Friday, July 25, 2008

Livery drivers in New York City and its suburbs will now have better access to workers' benefits.

Gov. Paterson signed a new law that establishes rules to define which black car drivers are employees, and which ones are independent contractors. It also creates a workers' comp fund for independent-contractor drivers.

He says ...

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High Wire Act at the Twin Towers

Thursday, July 24, 2008

In August 1974, the daredevil tight-rope walker Philippe Petit pulled the stunt of a lifetime when he walked between the top of the Twin Towers. Tomorrow, a film about his escapade, Man on Wire opens in New York. Harlan Jacobson is a film critic and he joined Amy Eddings to ...

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Louise Bourgeois

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The new Guggenheim Museum exhibit Louise Bourgeois fills the rotunda with seven decades of the French-born artist's lifetime of work.

Visitors can see Bourgeois's concepts sketched out on paper displayed next to the sculptures and installations, and follow her career as an American artist through the eras of Surrealism, Abstract Expressionism ...

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Summer Movies Out of Doors

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Outdoor movie screenings are spread throughout the city in the summer time - from Bryant Park to the Socrates Sculpture Garden in Queens. Some of the screenings happen above the city's streets — Rooftop Films shows independent movies from all over the world, on rooftops throughout New York. Mark Rosenberg ...

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Art from Wartime Baghdad

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Over the course of his four years serving in Iraq, military officer Christopher J. Brownfield worked on the sidelines to develop relations with the artists of Baghdad. During the Surge, it was too dangerous for him to see their art shows around the city. Instead, they got the art to ...

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Teatro Para Todos!

Friday, June 06, 2008

Teatro Stagefest -- it's a theater festival dedicated to presenting work by Latino playwrights from the U.S. The plays are being performed in Spanish and English in ten locations in three boroughs -- the Bronx, Manhattan, and Queens. It kicks off tonight.


More information about the Teatro ...

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Playing the Building

Friday, May 30, 2008

At the tip of lower Manhattan, David Byrne has turned the inside of 19th century ferry terminal into a giant musical instrument. The former Talking Heads frontman has set up a retro-fitted, antique organ and wired it to the pipes, beams and plumbing of the Battery Maritime Building – and ...

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A Hole the Ground, All the Way to London

Friday, May 23, 2008

New York and London have been connected by a "telectroscope" - a mystery machine that allows people in London and New York to see each other on glass screens and send messages in real time. It's the invention of London artist Paul St George. The telectroscope will stay up on ...

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Esopus Magazine Takes on the News

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Esopus is a New York-based literary and arts magazine that commissions an album of original music for every issue. Their latest issue is devoted to the theme of "good news." Their editor in chief, Tod Lippy, stopped by the studio recently to walk through some of the "good news" songs ...

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Robert Frost

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Frost began writing poetry while still a schoolboy in New England, where he stayed for college and most of his life. He published his first poem, "Butterfly" in 1894 and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for poetry four times. In the recordings below, Frost is honored at a ...

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Dr. Maya Angelou

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Maya Angelou, the Grammy-nominated author, actor, teacher and activist, enjoys a lifetime position as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She is only the second poet, after Robert Frost, to be invited to read poetry at a Presidential inauguration; Frost recited at JFK's, Angelou at ...

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