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Afronerd: No More Excuses!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Guest blogger: Afronerd
The Afronerd blog

Who or dare we say what is an Afronerd? The short answer is a person of color with intellectual, artistic and perhaps 'geekish' interests. More specially, Afronerd is the brainchild of Desmond Burton (co-authored with long time friend and colleague, Robert Bishop--code named, Mr. Starks) that initially started out as web presence to vent about the lack of diverse imagery in current African-American culture.

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A New American Face

Monday, January 19, 2009

Robert George
Robert George

The CBS/New York Times poll released last week said that 58 percent of respondents who voted for John McCain have an optimistic feeling about Barack Obama -- and are hopeful that he will have a successful presidency. I share the sentiment myself as one of the so-called Obama-cons. In a previous life in the political world, I worked for the Republican National Committee and was also a staffer for former Speaker Newt Gingrich. For a variety of reasons, I became disaffected with the Bush administration.

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Engraving the Inaugural in Words

Monday, January 19, 2009

Elizabeth Alexander is the latest in a long line of commemorative poets that includes Homer and Virgil and W.H. Auden, but will be only the fourth poet to read at a presidential inauguration when she honors Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Robert Frost couldn’t read the playful “Dedication” he had composed for John F. Kennedy’s 1960 inauguration because of sun glare and high winds, and instead spoke these powerful lines from memory:

In 1993, at the first inauguration of Bill Clinton, Maya Angelou also personified the land:

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"Never in My Wildest Dreams"

Monday, January 19, 2009

Musicians Pete Seeger and Bruce Springsteen perform in front of the Lincoln Memorial during the We Are One concert January 18. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)



WNYC asked New Yorkers what the inauguration of Barack Obama meant to them. Here are some ...

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Can Obama Make a Post-Racial Society Reality?

Monday, January 19, 2009

WNYC Guest blogger: Young Jean Lee

Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez
Young Jean Lee, photo by Raul Vincent Enriquez

I'm a Korean-American playwright/director, and I've spent the past two years working on a black identity-politics show called THE SHIPMENT (you can read the Times review here). Nothing excites me more than a masochistic challenge (my artistic mission is to make the last show in the world I've ever want to make), and the goal was to collaborate with a black cast to make a show that addressed racism against black Americans in a way that a jaded and defensive audience couldn't dismiss. Usually it takes me a year to make a show, but this one was so difficult that it took two. I worked on it for a year and ended up throwing out everything I'd worked on and starting over from scratch. (I documented this second process in a blog).

I mistakenly thought that the biggest challenge in making the show was going to be the fact that I'm not black. Bizarrely, that ended up being the least of my problems. As soon as the cast knew that the show was going to be collaborative and that that had full creative agency, they were on board and my race never came up as a problem. When we did the show (first at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH and now at The Kitchen in NYC) there wasn't a single audience member, black or white, who brought up the fact that I wasn't black. Maybe it's because the show never attempts to achieve any kind of cultural 'authenticity' (whatever that means).

The Shipment,  (c) 2009 Paula Court

The Shipment, (c) 2009 Paula Court

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A Collective Catharsis: Obama Inauguration Brings Hope to LGBT Americans

Monday, January 19, 2009

WNYC Guest blogger: Michael K. Lavers

Michael K. Lavers
Michael K. Lavers

Does President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration on Tuesday mark the merciful end of an abusive relationship that has lasted eight tortuous years? The majority of my LGBT brothers and sisters would arguably agree with this assessment.

George W. Bush’s decision to use marriage for same-sex couples as a wedge issue to drive his socially conservative base to the polls in the 2004 presidential election remains an unforgiveable act of political cynicism. The Democratic takeover of Congress in 2006 almost certainly indicated this strategy backfired, but the Bush administration’s decision to use it proved yet again it was all too willing to throw gay and lesbian Americans under the bus in order to sustain its discriminatory and exclusionary ideology.

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Plane Debris Recovered

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Photo by NYPD Sgt. Kevin Hayes, DCPI

Photo by NYPD Sgt. Kevin Hayes, DCPI

The stern of an NYPD Harbor vessel is filled with parts of US AIR Flight 1549 that police officers recovered from the Hudson River on Thursday January 15, ...

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Flight 1549 First 911 Calls

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

Rescue workers assist a New York City Fire Department boat. (Getty)

WNYC's Bob Hennelly received audio and transcripts for US Air Flight 1549 911 calls:

January 15, 2009. Time: 15:29

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Madoff: A Jewish Reckoning

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Bernard Madoff walks out from Federal Court after a bail hearing in Manhattan January 5, 2009. (Getty)

On Thursday night, at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, there was an overflow crowd for a talk entitled 'Madoff: A Jewish Reckoning'. For ...

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"Are You There, Barack? It's Me, Artist."

Friday, January 16, 2009

Studio 360 asked some of their favorite artists what they wanted from our president-to-be. Listen to voicemail messages of their answers - no holds barred.

Cintra Wilson

Cintra Wilson

In this installment: David Harrington of the Kronos ...

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NYPD Divers Rescue Crash Victims

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The NYPD press conference (Photo by Bob Hennelly)

The NYPD press conference (Photo by Bob Hennelly)

NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne gave the following account in an e-mail message to WNYC' s Bob Hennelly:

'Just after the plane hit the water, NYPD Harbor ...

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Plane Crashes in Hudson River

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A US Airways pilot ditched his disabled jetliner into the frigid Hudson River after a collision with a flock of birds apparently knocked out both engines. Rescuers pulled all 155 people on board into boats.
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William Duckworth and his wife Nora Farrell saw the plane go down ...

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Inauguration Day Schedule

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Join us on Inauguration Day for coverage of the ceremony, cultural analysis, live music and all the familiar voices you've come to trust: John Hockenberry and Adoara Udoji, Brian Lehrer, Leonard Lopate, Andrea Bernstein, Jon Schaefer and Terrance McKnight. Highlights include an early start to the Brian Lehrer Show, a ...

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Share Your Inauguration Story

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

About two million people are expected to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration in January 20, a record number. For many Americans, this marks a historic event--one marked by a mix of hope and crisis.

WNYC wants to know what inauguration day means to you. Phone in your 30-second message at ...

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Investors Feeling Wall St. Pain

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Investors in the financial sector are feeling the pain of zigzagging stock prices in the wake the demise of banking giants Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch.

Business school student Robert Cestola started investing overseas eight months ago and says he wants to keep his investments there for now.

CESTOLA: I think that ...

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Radio Problems Cited in Former Deutsche Bank Building Fire

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Firefighters had a lot of trouble communicating by radio when they fought a fire last year at the former Deutsche Bank building at the World Trade Center site. Firefighters made more than 30 distress calls from inside the burning building, but not all of them were heard.

A Fire Department official ...

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City Restaurants Comply with Calorie Count Rules

Friday, August 01, 2008

Most city restaurants are complying with new rules requiring them to list calorie counts on their menus, according to state health officials.

City inspectors cited just nine restaurants for failing to post calorie counts in the first week after they began enforcing the rule on July 19.

Violators included a Dunkin' Donuts ...

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NAACP: Historical Audio Files

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

On the eve of the centennial convention, WNYC looked into its archives for some historical perspectives:

>> Marian Anderson on the Lincoln Memorial, April 9, 1939American contralto Marian Anderson performs in front of 75,000 spectators. Finnish accompanist Kosti Vehanen is on the piano.

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Radiolab’s Audio-Visual Smackdown

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.

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