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How to Save the Pork Industry

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway

You can't get swine flu from eating pork. (And it’s not even called swine flu anymore--technically it’s H1N1 Influenza A.) Nonetheless, the pork industry can’t be ...

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The Next New York Conversation

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


Dr. Cornel West and Dr. Eddie Glaude launched The Next New York Conversation Series on May 5 in The Greene Space. The series identifies and furthers the dialogues that are reshaping, redefining, and re-imagining our world in the 21st century.

Photos by Scott Ellison Smith

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Burlesque Plus Lucha Libre Equals Epic Entertainment

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Oh, the gods have been good to us today. Morning Edition has proffered up the most glorious Cinco de Mayo battle of all: Lucha VaVoom. It's a cross between lucha libre wrestling and burlesque dancing. Do not miss Cassandro -- the wrestler whose teeth were knocked out AGAIN by ...

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Tracking the Teachers

Monday, May 04, 2009

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

Merryl Tisch, Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents

The new Chancellor of the Board of Regents says New York State will apply this summer for a piece of the federal stimulus package dedicated to education reforms. The Obama Administration has made $5 billion available for states and districts to come up new assessments, data systems and ways of improving teacher effectiveness. Chancellor Merryl Tisch says New York's application will include a proposal to track graduates of teaching colleges to see which ones are most effective when they're placed in urban areas.

'It will help us give them the appropriate professional development,' she says. 'And mostly if we do those things right, the preparation and the professional development, we will be able to retain teachers throughout the system instead of hemorrhaging teachers in urban centers.'

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St. Francis Prep, Center of NYC Swine Flu Outbreak, Reopens

Monday, May 04, 2009

It's back to school day for students at St. Francis Preparatory School. Mayor Bloomberg and other officials were on hand to welcome the students returning to the Queens parochial school, which closed last week after 45 students came down with confirmed cases of swine flu. All of the cases have ...

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The Fall of the City

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The people invent their oppressors: they wish to believe in them.
They wish to be free of their freedom: released from their liberty —
The long labor of liberty ended!
-- Archibald MacLeish, “The Fall of the City”

Archibald MacLeish’s 1937 radio drama “The Fall of the City,” about the subjugation of a nameless city by a faceless tyrant, declares at the moment of conquest that “the long labor of liberty has ended,” a strong and frightening conclusion to this lyrical drama that the poet/playwright said was “about how people lose their freedom.”

The original production of Fall starred Orson Welles, who went on the following year to create the most notorious broadcast in radio history, “The War of the Worlds.” The tumult surrounding this production, which caused widespread panic and several suicides, has somewhat obscured “The Fall of the City,” in many ways a more potent and nuanced work. Because of this, our broadcast program offered a documentary about the original production and its milieu, and you can listen to that here:


This feature, “Fall of the City: Prophetic Classic,” is narrated by “Radio Lab” host Jad Abumrad. You can also learn more about Archibald MacLeish at Poets.org among other sites.

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An Enchanted Evening of Music

Friday, May 01, 2009

Terrance McKnight and David Garland brought Evening Music to the new Greene Space stage Thursday night with live performances by some of the brightest lights of the classical, contemporary and new music scenes today: Simone Dinnerstein, Don Byron, Jason Moran, Ute Lemper, John Zorn, and Nico Muhly as well ...

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Downtown: World in a Word

Friday, May 01, 2009

For decades, the term 'downtown' described the experimentalism of music, art and culture in lower Manhattan. On Wednesday, WNYC's Soundcheck explored how that shorthand definition is changing in a live broadcast from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Guests included rocker Lou Reed, indie new-wave artist Santigold and string quartet ...

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What Does Pandemic Mean?

Friday, May 01, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway


We hear it and we think PANIC. But strangely the word pandemic has no other synonym in the English language. The Takeaway asks Grant Barrett, lexicographer, ...

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Kids Reflect on Economic Woes of Their Parents

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

by Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeway



Femi Oke and Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway talk with middle school students in Brooklyn, New York, about how they're dealing with ...

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The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space Opens at WNYC

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Four drum ensembles, representing African, Peruvian, Indian, Punjabi and Arabic drumming and musical traditions play as WNYC's President and CEO Laura Walker cuts the ribbon to open the Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Located at 44 Charlton at the intersection of Varick Street, WNYC's street-level, multimedia broadcast studio ...

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Swine Flu: Sorting Truth from Hyperbole

Monday, April 27, 2009

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the Nationals Olympics 2009 in Tijuana on April 26, 2009. The Mexican national games were canceled due to the outbreak of swine flu In Mexico. (Daniel Conejo, AFP/Getty)

Mexican athletes wear face masks at the ...

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Today in History: Babe Ruth

Monday, April 27, 2009

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On April 27, 1947, the ailing baseball legend appeared before 60,000 in Yankee Stadium to speak on 'Babe Ruth Day.' Ruth was suffering from throat cancer at the time. He died a little more than a year ...

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Reverend Timothy Wright Dies

Friday, April 24, 2009

wrightThe Brooklyn pastor and gospel singer, Timothy Wright, has died, after an eight-month struggle to recover from injuries he received in a car crash last year. Wright was 61 years old. Wright, the pastor at the Grace Tabernacle Church of ...

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Bird Strikes on the Rise

Friday, April 24, 2009

birdsAs promised the Federal Aviation Administration released a report today documenting the number of bird strikes on airplanes. From 1990 to 2007, the FAA reports there have been 82,000 bird strikes involving birds and land animals like deer. During ...

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GPS on School Buses Still MIA

Thursday, April 23, 2009

School BusLast fall, city parents were outraged when a school bus carrying a bunch of kindergarten and first graders got lost for almost five hours in Brooklyn. The incident led to renewed calls for a Global Positioning System for school buses.

But Department of Education officials told a City Council committee hearing today that such a system is still nowhere near ready to be rolled out - despite more than four years of planning, and expectations that a pilot program would take place in 2006. Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm says it 'is certainly bigger than we originally expected, given the complexity of building a system that links buses, satellites, and a command center, as well as the challenge of scaling the system to fit the size and nature of our bus fleet - and it will take longer than we originally predicted.' She noted that the MTA had also run into problems with GPS technology as well as other school districts.

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Today in History: JFK on the Bay of Pigs

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

On April 21, 1961, President John F. Kennedy accepts 'sole responsibility' for the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

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“There's an old saying that victory has 100 fathers and defeat is an orphan...I've said as much as I feel can ...

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The Pulitzers Now Include Online News Organizations

Monday, April 20, 2009

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When Columbia University announces the winners of the 2009 Pulitzer Prizes later today, online news organizations may be among the recipients of what many consider the highest honor in American print journalism. For the first time, the prizes will include Web sites that produce original news ...

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Spacebuster: Inflatable Building Rises in Lower Manhattan

Friday, April 17, 2009

A giant, inflatable plastic dome has touched down on the far West Side -- it's called Spacebuster. The portable pavilion is a project of Raumlabor, a Berlin-based group of architects and urban designers who specialize in reclaiming unused urban space. Benjamin Foster-Baldenius is a member of Raumlabor. He says the ...

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Newark Mayor Endorses Bloomberg

Friday, April 17, 2009

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker comes to Harlem to endorse Bloomberg.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker traveled to Harlem today to endorse Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Booker said Bloomberg had become a national advocate for ...

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