Streams

One Chef’s Appetite for the Extreme

Friday, October 10, 2014

Jesse Schenker comes clean about his tumultuous past and how he overcame drug addiction and dangerous obsessions to become an acclaimed chef and restaurateur.
Read More

Comments [3]

Eat Better, Live Better

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Sporkful’s Dan Pashman. Chef and restaurateur Jesse Schenker talks about battling drug addiction. This week’s Please Explain is all about seeds!
Read More

Many Varieties of Seeds Are Becoming Extinct. Meet Two People Who Are Bringing Them Back.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Decades ago, as agriculture became centralized, seeds were selected for yield, and many varieties nearly went extinct. Now, a few intrepid farmers, entrepreneurs, and chefs and bringing back these heirloom seeds. On this week's Please Explain, Glenn Roberts and Dan Barber talk about heirloom  and other old seed varieties. Roberts is the founder of Anson Mills, which grows, harvests, and mills near-extinct varieties of heirloom corn, rice, and wheat organically. Anson Mills now works with 30 organic growers in six states to grow a variety of native heirloom grains. Barber is the Chef of Blue Hill and Blue Hill at Stone Barns, located within the nonprofit farm and education center, Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture. He's also the author of the book, The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food.

Read More

Comments [8]

From "Amortization" to "Zombie Banks": Making Sense of Money Jargon

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The ever-eloquent John Lanchester explains how the world of finance really works--from what GDP is and how hedge funds work to what AAA ratings and yield curves actually mean. 
Read More

Comments [8]

Can Louisiana Stay (Literally) Afloat?

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Lousianna is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of about a football field every day. That’s equivalent to a space the size of Central Park disappearing each month. New York Times reporter Nathaniel Rich explains why this is happening, and what can be done about it. His article "The Most Ambitious Environmental Lawsuit Ever," appears in The New York Times Magazine.

Read More

Comments [1]

Remembering Actor, Choreographer, Director, Dancer, Painter, Costume Designer, and Singer Geoffrey Holder

Thursday, October 09, 2014

The Tony winner is probably best remembered for playing Punjab in the 1982 film "Annie."
Read More

Comment

Color and Form: Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs at MoMA

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Curator Jodi Hauptman and conservator Karl Buchberg talk about the Museum of Modern Art’s groundbreaking exhibition “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.”
Read More

Comments [2]

Francis Fukuyama on Why Liberal Democracy Is Ideal But Hard to Achieve

Thursday, October 09, 2014

An examination of the crucial factors that enable stable, equitable, open societies to form, and a look at some successes and failures, from the French Revolution to today.
Read More

Comments [2]

Finance, Fine Art, Francis Fukuyama

Thursday, October 09, 2014

John Lanchester explains the language of finance. MoMA’s exhibit “Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs.” Francis Fukuyama looks at what creates a well-functioning modern state.
Read More

'The Overnighters,' a Modern-day Take on 'The Grapes of Wrath'

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Jesse Moss discusses his documentary, about tens of thousands of unemployed men who came to a small North Dakota town in hopes of finding work in the oil fields.
Read More

Comments [1]

Retired General Wesley Clark on the Pitfalls of Wartime Decisions

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Retired General Wesley K. Clark says that making decisions in the midst of war and conflict is a poor substitute for the country's long-term strategic vision.
Read More

Comments [11]

Big Fixes

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Al and Larry Ubell talk home repair. Jesse Moss on “The Overnighters.” Cartoonists Drew Friedman and MAD magazine’s Al Jaffe. Wesley K. Clark on challenges to U.S. security.
Read More

The Gurus of How To Prepare for Fall

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Al and Larry Ubell offer advice and field questions on home repair and maintenance.
Read More

Comments [12]

MAD Magazine, Superheroes, and Inventing the Comics

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Drew Friedman and Al Jaffee talk about the famous and not-so-famous men and women cartoonists who created superheroes, Mad magazine, and more.
Read More

Comments [11]

Remembering Marian Seldes

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Marian Seldes had an enviable career that spanned six decades, and included the stage, screen, radio, and television. Listen to her on the Leonard Lopate Show in 2003 and in 2004.
Read More

Comments [1]

Bringing 'The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time' to the Stage

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Simon Stephens talks about his play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,” based on the novel by Mark Haddon, with Alexander Sharp, who stars in it.
Read More

Comment

How Medicine Can Improve Life — and Death

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Medicine can improve our lives, but surgeon and writer Atul Gawande wants medical care to also  improve the way we die.
Read More

Comments [9]

Joe Perry Dreamed of Becoming a Marine Biologist, Until He Met Steven Tyler

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Joe Perry talks about his years with Aerosmith—the knockdown drag-out fights; the drugs, the booze, the rehab; the hits and arena shows; the reconciliations and the comebacks.
Read More

Comments [2]

Life and Death, Mystery and Music

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Atul Gawande on how medicine can improve how we die. Playwright and star of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Reconsidering Jefferson Davis. Joe Perry on Aerosmith.
Read More

Was Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, a Failed Leader or Fundamentally Misunderstood?

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson argues that Davis's place in history deserves to be reconsidered.
Read More

Comments [1]