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Critic's Picks: Books

Thursday, October 20, 2011

James Hannaham, Village Voice book reviewer and author of the novel God Says No, shares what books he's looking forward to this fall.

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Libya Update

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Benjamin Barberpolitical theorist and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the policy center Demos, discusses reports that former Libyan leader Col. Moammar Gadhafi died of injuries sustained during his capture this morning in Sirte.

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The White House and The Root: Open for Questions

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernment Affairs, talks about the American Jobs Act and a new report from the White House on Creating Pathways to Opportunity. Cynthia Gordy, Washington reporter for The Root, is moderating an event tonight and talks about the kinds of questions readers of The Root want the White House to answer about the Jobs Act. 

Event: Tonight at 5:30 p.m., White House officials Valerie Jarrett and Melody Barnes take questions at The Root!

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Open for Questions

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Valerie Jarrett, a senior advisor and assistant to President Obama for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs, talks about the American Jobs Bill and what this administration says it has done for the middle class. The Root’s Cynthia Gordy, who will be moderating an event with Jarrett tonight, also joins. Plus: Oliver Sacks on mental disorder associated with vision; Benjamin Barber on Libya; Jeffrey Sachs; and upcoming books to watch for. 

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Civilization and Its Discontents

Thursday, October 20, 2011

In a detour from his usual focus on global issues, Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and author of The Price of Civilization: Reawakening American Virtue and Prosperity, looks at the current situation in the U.S.

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Just Desserts

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

From cheesecakes to cookies, Kim Ima, owner of The Treats Truck and the author of the soon-to-be-published The Treats Truck Baking Book: Cookies, Brownies & Goodies Galore!, Christina Tosi, chef and owner of Momofuku Milk Bar and the author of the about-to-be-published Momofuku Milk Bar, and Alan Rosen, the grandson of Junior’s founder, co-owner of the Brooklyn restaurant, and co-author of Junior's Dessert Cookbook: 75 Recipes for Cheesecakes, Pies, Cookies, Cakes, and More, talk about what makes a great NYC dessert.

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NPR's Deb Amos on Syria and the Arab Spring

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Having just wrapped up a reporting trip to Syria, Deborah Amos, who covers the Middle East for NPR, reflects on the trip and also on the latest news from Egypt after the revolution there.

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Privately Owned Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue, Yolanne Almanzar, reporter for The New York World, discusses a new project about privately owned public spaces like Zucotti Park, and a crowdsourcing project where you help find out how public these public spaces are. She's joined by Jerold Kayden, professor of urban planning and design at Harvard and author of Privately Owned Public Space: The New York City Experience, who explains why privately owned public spaces exist and how they differ from city- and state-owned public parks.

New Project!: Help Us Map and Report on NYC's Privately Owned Public Spaces

 

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Critics' Picks: Theater

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Get ready for the theater with Time Out New York's theater critic David Cote, who shares what he's looking forward to this fall, on and off Broadway.

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Out in the Open

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

NPR’s Deborah Amos has just wrapped up a reporting trip to Syria. She’ll discuss the situation in Syria as well as the latest news from Egypt post-revolution. Plus: privately owned public spaces, like Zucotti Park, are all over New York—but how public are they? Today we launch a new project and we hope you’ll help us answer that question. And: 20 years after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thomas’ confirmation hearings, NPR’s Nina Totenberg reflects on Anita Hill’s role; theater critic for Time Out New York talks about what theater to look forward to; and three local dessert makers discuss what’s sweet in New York these days.

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20 Years Later: Anita Hill and the Justice Thomas Confirmation Hearings

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two decades later, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, talks about the ripple effects of Justice Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings and Anita Hill's accusations against him.

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POPS Report: Tell Us About New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

WNYC's Brian Leher Show and The New York World are collaborating on a project to map and report on New York City's Privately-Owned Public Spaces, aka POPS. We want to figure out how public these public spaces really are. Through zoning incentives, New York's city planners have encouraged private builders to include public spaces in their developments. Many are in active public use, but others are hard to find, under heavy surveillance, or essentially inaccessible.

With the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park drawing attention to the regulations and usage of these spaces, we want you to tell us about the POPS in your life. Whether it's parks, plazas, atriums or fountains, find all of NYC's POPS on the map below, then use the form to report on your experience.

Here's How -- Deadline for Submissions is November 9th!

1) Find your space on the map below. You can zoom in to different parts of the city, and click on a particular space to see information such as the owner, the boundaries, and the total area.

2) In the pop-up menu you'll also see a Site ID - a unique ID we've assigned to each space.

3) If you want to report on a particular space, enter the shortcode in the form below and tell us about your experience!

4) That's it! Read some of the response highlights here, and we'll follow up online and on-air in the coming weeks.

If you're on Twitter, you can tweet photos with the hashtag #privatepublic and the name or site ID code for your location.

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Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Leymah Gbowee, Liberian activist and winner of this year's Nobel Peace Prize and author with Carol Mather of  Mighty Be Our Powers: How Sisterhood, Prayer and Sex Changed a Nation at War, talks about her work and the documentary about her life premiering tonight on PBS at 10 p.m. EST and streamed on their website. She is joined by the director of Pray the Devil Back to Hell,  Gini Reticker.

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Bruce Davidson on Photographing the Subway

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Legendary photographer Bruce Davidson discusses the 25th anniversary of his collection Subway, which has just been re-released. Plus, he discusses the submissions to our listener subway photo project - including those from Vesna Gajic, Olga Kasatkina, and Ernest Herman.

EXHIBIT: Aperture Gallery presents Bruce Davidson: Subway | On view: Monday, October 3-Saturday, October 29, 2011 | Info and Directions»»

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Wall Street: History Repeats?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Senior fellow at Demos, former investment banker, and author of the new novel Black Tuesday, Nomi Prins joins Matt Taibbi, contributing editor for Rolling Stone and author of Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History, in a conversation about past economic crashes and the current protests.

Event: Nomi Prins with Matt Taibbi at The Strand 7p.m. Oct. 18 (free with purchase of book or gift card) 

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Speaker Quinn on the Economy

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses budget news and other city issues, including Occupy Wall Street, new jobs proposals, and the living wage bill. 

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Mind the Gap

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Leymah Gbowee, one of the three women who received this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, discusses her activism work in Liberia. She is joined by Gini Reticker, director of a new documentary about Gbowee’s life. Then, photographer Bruce Davidson discusses the 25th anniversary of his “Subway” collection and looks at listener-submitted subway photos. Plus: New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn discusses budget news; and Nomi Prins of Demos and Matt Taibbi of Rolling Stone talk about Wall Street. 

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Open Phones: Nominate a Question

Monday, October 17, 2011

Suggest a question that starts a conversation in this open phones segment. It can be anything from the personal to the political. One hint: yes or no questions don't start conversations!

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Health Insurance Rate Increases

Monday, October 17, 2011

Vice president of health initiatives at the Community Services Society and co founder of Health Care for All New York Campaign (HCFANY), Elisabeth Benjamin, is urging the state not to approve the health insurance premium increases by the companies.

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OWS: One Month In

Monday, October 17, 2011

Political reporter for Slate Dave Weigel discusses what impact the month-old Occupy Wall Street action is having on the political debate.

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