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The Smear Campaign that Kept Us Off the Metric System

Monday, October 13, 2014

This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.

Most of the rest of the world is on the metric system, and for a time in the 1970s America seemed ready to make the switch, but it never happened. Instead, the country stayed with its odd, inconsistent system of measurement. John Bemelmans Marciano explains the variety of standards throughout Europe and the 13 American colonies, the combination of intellect and circumstance that resulted in the metric system’s creation in France in the wake of the French Revolution and America’s stubborn adherence to the hybrid United States Customary System. In his book Whatever Happened to the Metric System?: How America Kept Its Feet, Marciano tells a human drama, with great inventors, visionary presidents, obsessive activists, and science-loving technocrats.

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Theodore Roosevelt, Godfather of Progressive Politics

Monday, October 13, 2014

This is a rebroadcast of an interview originally aired on August 18.

At the turn of the 20th century, the Republican Party was on the brink of an internal civil war. Following a devastating financial crisis, a new breed of politicians came to Washington—they vowed to overthrow the party leaders and purge Wall Street’s corrupting influence from Washington. While their opponents called them “radicals,” and “fanatics,” they called themselves Progressives. As their crusade gathered momentum, the country polarized, and the middle ground melted away. Michael Wolraich tells the story and looks at the role of President Theodore Roosevelt in finding compromise. His book Unreasonable Men: Theodore Roosevelt and the Republican Rebels Who Created Progressive Politics  takes us into the heart of the power struggle that created the progressive movement, and defined modern American politics.

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Leonard Lopate Weekend: Alan Cumming, Dying Better & MAD Magazine!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Each week The Leonard Lopate Show will bring you our three favorite segments from the last week, in case you missed them. 

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Dan Pashman on Chip Dipping, Soggy Sandwiches, and How to Eat More Better

Friday, October 10, 2014

The host of The Sporkful podcast analyzes everyday foods and finds ways to make every bite more delicious.
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An Italian Invasion of NYC's Greenmarket

Friday, October 10, 2014

How the agri-food centre of Bologna approaches sustainability, food insecurity, food waste, and the loss of local farmland, and what New York's greenmarkets can learn from the Italians.
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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.
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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!
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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.

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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. 
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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.

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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."
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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'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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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