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For the third year, Governor Cuomo and the state legislature passed a budget under deadline. Casey Seiler of the Albany Times-Union talks about the winners and losers in the 2013 budget, and who spent the most money lobbying in Albany last year. Plus: Jackie Calmes of the New York Times on the latest push for gun control and immigration reform; Christian activist Jim Wallis explains why the concept of "common good" should matter in politics today; and a new WNYC community project aims to predict the arrival of this year's cicadas.
New York Times reporter Ian Urbina talks about why U.S. authorities have been putting illegal immigrants in solitary confinement, sometimes for weeks at a time. Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen discuss collaborating on their new book about that age-old childhood fear, The Dark. M. G. Vassanji tells us about his new novel, The Magic of Saida. Bob Harris explains how he became a philanthropist $10-$15 at a time.
Fresh Air is one of the most popular programs on public radio, breaking the "talk show" mold, and Gross is known for her fearless and insightful interviews with prominent figures in American arts, politics, and popular culture.
How an Anonymous Rider Functionally Deregulated GMOs | Congress, Like the Rest of America, Losing Interest in Gun Control | Closing the Gender Gap in Tech | Does Finding Purpose Have Health Benefits?
Studio 360 explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and finds out how this compact novel became the great American story of our age. Novelist Jonathan Franzen tells Kurt Andersen why he still reads it every year or two, and writer Patricia Hampl explains why its lightness is deceptive ...
In this episode:
• When Bang Records held singer Van Morrison to his contract and forced him to produce another album for the label – they ended up with songs like “Ring Worm” and “Want a Danish.” We take a look at how artists have dealt with their contractual disagreements – from Marvin Gaye to Lou Reed.
• Plus, singer-songwriter Nataly Dawn is one half of the perky, wide-eyed, YouTube-famous duo Pomplamoose. She comes in-studio to play a subdued set of songs off of her solo debut, How I Knew Her.
• And: APRIL FOOLS’! We revisit a discussion about musical hoaxes and trickery from John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants. (Seriously. That part is not a joke.)
Q is an energetic daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine that takes you on a smart and surprising ride, interviewing personalities and tackling the cultural issues that matter. Hosted by Jian Ghomeshi, with his trademark wit and spontaneity, Q covers pop culture and high arts alike with forays into the most provocative and compelling cultural trends.
Sample some of the new works premiered at our New Sounds Live concert series featuring the Brooklyn Phil and their new music director, Alan Pierson, along with the final concert of the American Composers Orchestra’s SONiC Festival for this program. We’ll hear the premiere of Bryce Dessner’s "St. Carolyn by the Sea," written for the American Composers Orchestra and two electric guitar soloists (Bryce & his brother, Aaron), from the World Financial Center in October 2011.