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Today in History: Amelia Earhart

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Amelia Earhart in 1928.

Amelia Earhart in 1928.

On June 18, 1928, Amelia Earhart completes the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean. This clip is a radio broadcast “A Woman’s Place in Science” from 1935.

“This modern world of science and invention is of particular interest to women, for the lives of women have been more affected by its new horizons than those of any other group. Profound and stirring as have been accomplishments in the remoter fields of pure research, it is in the home that the applications of scientific achievement have perhaps been most far-reaching, and it is through changing conditions there that women have become the greatest beneficiaries in the modern scheme.

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Carbon Counter Live in Madison Square Garden

Thursday, June 18, 2009

New York is a little bit greener today -- or at least more aware -- with the launch of the world's first real-time carbon counter. The almost 70-foot high billboard outside of Madison Square Garden shows the running total of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

The current number displayed on ...

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Green Market in Port Authority

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Say hello to a greener Port Authority. The bus terminal near Times Square opened its first green market today, offering fresh produce and baked goods to the more than 200,000 daily commuters who pass through. Florida native Laura Zequeira was on her way to upstate New York when she picked ...

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President Obama Calls for Financial Overhaul

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

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President Barack Obama unveiled a financial system overhaul Wednesday afternoon, including a new consumer protection agency, in what he described as a necessary effort to avert future economic crises.


Excerpts from Obama's address:

'Today, my ...

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Digesting Politcs: Albany Wrangling

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The city budget comes in early…the state’s at a standstill…in Washington, they’re bringing their blackberries to the beach… and Bob Hennelly does his pirate imitation. Andrea, Bob, and Brian chew it all over in this week’s “Digesting Politics.”

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Commemorating Bloomsday

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bloomsday performers outside Davy Byrne's pub, Dublin, Bloomsday 2003.

Bloomsday performers outside Davy Byrne\'s pub, Dublin, Bloomsday 2003.

It's Bloomsday today, a time for fans of James Joyce's epic novel 'Ulysses' to celebrate and read aloud sections of the book. The story ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show: Parting Glances

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Leonard Lopate Show commemorates the 40th anniversary of Stonewall by talking about representations of LGBT life and politics on film, part of the Projections film series. In this segment, Leonard discusses "Parting Glances" (1986) with film critic Nathan Lee and professor of Cinema Studies at CUNY David Gerstner.

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Judge Hears from Warring Senate Factions

Tuesday, June 16, 2009


A judge is again delaying action on the state Senate's power struggle. State Supreme Court Justice Thomas McNamara ordered Democrats and Republicans to return to court at one o'clock this afternoon, after an hour-long meeting this morning fell apart.

Republican and Democratic senators so far have failed ...

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Monserrate on The Brian Lehrer Show

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New York State Senator Hiram Monserrate (D-13) decided to re-defect back to the Democratic caucus. Hear about what changed his mind and how he expects the Senate to proceed with an even 31-31 split.

More coverage of the Senate power struggle >>

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Obama: Reforming Health Care Critical to Economic Well Being

Monday, June 15, 2009

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical Association, June 15, 2009 in Chicago. (AP)

President Barack Obama delivers remarks on health care reform at the annual meeting of the American Medical ...

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Protests in Streets of Iran, at U.N

Monday, June 15, 2009

Monday's outpouring for Mousavi swelled as more people emerged from buildings and side streets wearing the trademark green of his campaign, following a decision by Iran's most powerful figure to investigate vote riggingallegations. (AP)

Monday\'s outpouring for Mousavi swelled as ...

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Monserrate Rejoins the Democrats

Monday, June 15, 2009

In Albany, it's still unclear who's in control. Lawmakers continue to await a court decision on whether last week's Republican takeover of the Senate chamber was legal. Today, Queens Senator Hiram Monserrate switched his allegiance back to fellow Democrats, making an even 31 to 31 vote split in the chamber.

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Redesigning the Gay Flag

Friday, June 12, 2009


Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen is asking listeners to redesign the gay flag for the 21st century. The design firm Worldstudio is also taking on the assignment and will present its ...

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Today in History: Tear Down This Wall

Friday, June 12, 2009

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.

President Ronald Reagan speaking before the Brandenburg Gate.


On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivered an address at the Brandenburg Gate. In his speech, he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev ...

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Sound Portraits: The First Documentary on Stonewall

Friday, June 12, 2009

Photo by Harvey Wang

Photo by Harvey Wang

This documentary from Sound Portraits, broadcast on the 20th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, is the first documentary - in any medium ...

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Tug o' War Continues in the NY Senate

Thursday, June 11, 2009

An appellate court judge has granted State Senate Democrats an injunction that partially blocks the new coalition leadership from taking control. The order blocks Pedro Espada, the dissident Democrat elected Senate president on Monday, from being in line to succeed the governor if he's out of state, or if the ...

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The Decemberists Live

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Decemberists joined Soundcheck to perform songs from their latest album, an hour-long, 17-track rock opera, The Hazards of Love. This story of star-crossed lovers and a shape-shifting beast is set to a score that recalls 1960s British folk-pop and bombastic '70s-style prog rock. Led by songwriter Colin Meloy, the quintet is joined today by vocalists Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond and Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond.

“Won’t Want for Love (Margaret In The Taiga)”

“The Hazards of Love 2: Wager All”

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Near Riot as NY Senate Holds Brief Session

Thursday, June 11, 2009

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Reporter Karen DeWitt reports that it was a near riot in the State Senate chamber in Albany today when Senators Pedro Espada and Dean Skelos finally reconvened under the new Senate leadership. Dewitt says protesters with Citizen Action and ...

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Chaos in the State Capitol

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Uncertainty continues to reign in Albany.Doors to the state Senate chamber in Albany were still locked three hours after the Republicans said they would hold their first Senate session. New York Daily News political columnist and blogger Liz Benjamin was there and she joined Amy Eddings to discuss the debacle.


Reporter Karen DeWitt also found chaos at the Senate chamber.

"Hundreds of reporters, lobbyists, onlookers, a crowd of 200-300 people have been gathered outside the main Senate door for over an hour now, waiting for Senator Espada and Senator Skelos to show up as promised. People are getting very restless. The air is bad. People are threatening to faint. It just seems like the government is disintegrating, because no one will tell give us an answer of where they are or what is going on."

Earlier, Senator Malcolm Smith of Queens -- who is still calling himself the senate majority leader -- said he is seeking a court injunction to prevent Republicans from taking power.

Governor Paterson is asking his fellow Democrats to unlock the doors to the Senate chamber, and for senators to hold another vote to decide who will be their leader, Republican Dean Skelos, or Democrat Malcolm Smith.

"I am urging them all to go back to the chamber. They can simply go in and elect the majority leader, and I will work with whomever it is."

Paterson says a do-over is needed because it is unclear whether Monday's vote to restore the GOP to power happened during the session, or after it was gaveled to a close.

Bronx and Queens constituents are being hit with a wave of robocalls criticizing State Senators Hiram Monserrate and Pedro Espada Jr. for their role in the Republican coup.

In a call, an anonymous young woman says that Monserrate betrayed voters in his district. The 13th District - which he represents - is overwhelmingly Democratic.

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Coup d'Etat, What?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Our Digesting Politics trio plumbs the why and what for of the coup in Albany.

Digesting Politics

A sample of the conversation:

Brian Lehrer: I'm still trying to figure out what this means. To the best of my ability to discern, this ...

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