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Norman Lear's Storytelling, the Brooklyn Museum's Killer Heels

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Legendary television writer/producer/creator Norman Lear. Bergdorf Goodman's Betty Halbreich. "Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe."  Struggling after the Great Recession.
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The Film 'Diplomacy' Imagines the Confrontation that Saved Paris During WWII

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Oscar-winning German director talks about his latest film, about preventing the destruction of Paris when the Allies took the city back from the Nazis. 
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Putin's Rise to Power and Who Has Profited From His Rule

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Russian scholar Karen Dawisha discusses evidence that those in Putin's circle and argues that they have used their public positions for personal gain.
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Why Some Girls Are Secretly Raised as Boys in Afghanistan

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Reporter Jenny Nordberg  gives an account of the girls secretly living as boys in a deeply segregated society where women have almost no rights and little freedom.
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Life Lessons: In Economics, Freedom, and History

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What we've learned from the financial crisis. Volker Schlondorff on “Diplomacy.” How Putin's inner circle has become very rich. Girls raised as boys in Afghanistan.
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Crash Course: What We Should Have Learned from the Financial Crisis

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Financial Times', Martin Wolf explains what caused the 2007-08 financial crisis and looks at whether regulations have made out financial system more stable and sustainable.
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Progressive Politics, a Battle of Metrics, and Cooking Around the World

Monday, October 13, 2014

Multi-tasking, cooking with Mark Kurlansky and his daughter, why America never adopted the metric system, and how Teddy Roosevelt helped create the progressive movement.
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How to Master Information Overload Using Neuroscience

Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Many of us struggle with information overload, and feel like we’re expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives than ever before. The average American reports frequently losing car keys or reading glasses, missing appointments, and feeling worn out by the effort required just to keep up. Daniel J. Levitin, professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University, explains how we can master managing information flow. In The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, he looks at how new research into the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory can be applied to our daily lives, helping us better organize our homes, workflow, and time.

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The World Is Your Oyster, or Ramen, Or Empanada

Monday, October 13, 2014

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

Mark Kurlansky has spent over 30 years of traveling the world writing about food, culture, and history. He and his daughter Talia Kurlansky tell us about their weekly cooking ritual—they spin a globe, and wherever Talia’s finger lands becomes the theme of that night's dinner. Many recipes are drawn from techniques Kurlansky learned as a professional chef and from many years of talking to chefs, producers, and household cooks around the world. They write about their tradition in their book International Night: A Father and Daughter Cook Their Way Around the World, which includes recipes, stories, and pen-and-ink drawings.

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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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