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How Gary Hart and 'Monkey Business' Changed Politics and the Media

Friday, December 26, 2014

Gary Hart seemed set to win the 1988 Democratic nomination for president until rumors of infidelity led to his downfall, creating a new standard for political scandal as entertainment.
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Alan Cumming Digs Up Family Secrets

Friday, December 26, 2014

When television producers invited Cumming to appear on a celebrity genealogy show in 2010, he discovered more than he bargained for about himself, his past, and his own father.
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Was Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, a Failed Leader or Misunderstood?

Friday, December 26, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning historian James McPherson argues that Davis's place in history deserves to be reconsidered.
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Joe Perry Wanted to be a Marine Biologist, Until He Met Steven Tyler

Friday, December 26, 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.
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Christmas Gospel Music, Spun By Leonard Lopate

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Leonard's selection of gospel favorites to put you in the Christmas mood.
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Leonard's Christmas Gospel Playlist

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Leonard plays some of his favorite gospel tunes to get you in the Christmas spirit.
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The Failures of Elite Colleges, Opposites Attract, the Successes of Chinese Americans

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How elite colleges are falling short. Lucinda Franks talks about Robert Morgenthau. James Ellroy's novel Perfidia. Eric Liu on the Chinese American identity.
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Do Colleges Hinder Critical Thinking?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

As a professor at Yale, William Deresiewicz noticed that his students seemed to be adrift when it came to knowing how to think critically and creatively. And isn't that the whole point?
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Lucinda Franks on Life, Love, and her Marriage to Manhattan District Attorney Morgenthau

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

She was 26 when she interviewed the 53-year-old  Manhattan District Attorney in 1973. She admired his high forehead and he couldn't stop thinking about her hippie poncho.
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Brutality and Beauty in James Ellroy's Noir Novel Perfidia

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

The master of the crime thriller discusses his novel Perfidia, set in Los Angeles during World War II.
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What it Means to be Chinese American

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Author, educator and entrepreneur Eric Liu explores language and identity and looks at what it means to be Chinese American today.
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Kicking Off Frank Sinatra’s Centennial Celebration With Michael Feinstein

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Performer, vocalist, pianist and scholar of American popular song Michael Feinstein will talk about his week-long engagement at Birdland over the holidays. 
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Staging The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, 25 Years After His Passing

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Alvin Ailey's Artistic Director Robert Battle is only the third person to head the Company since it was founded in 1958. 
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China is Now The World’s Largest Economy, An Accolade Its Leaders Are Hesitant to Embrace

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

China became the world’s largest economy in 2014, but as questions arise about China’s record on global warming and income inequality, it is not so eager to be in the spotlight.
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The Surprisingly High Cost, And Lack of Transparency, Of Simple Medical Procedures

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Elisabeth Rosenthal discuss her latest (and final) story in her New York Times “Paying Till It Hurts” series, about the price of medical tests.
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The World's New Largest Economy, Staging the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Over-billing Medical Procedures

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Joseph Stiglitz on China. Robert Battle on staging Alvin Ailey's new season. Michael Feinstein on Frank Sinatra. Elisabeth Rosenthal on the price of medical tests.
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Since the U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan, Conditions for Women have Barely Improved

Monday, December 22, 2014

Jen Percy traveled to Afghanistan, discovering that conditions for women have hardly improved since the U.S. invasion.
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A Shepherd Rises to Power in Christopher Marlowe’s “Tamburlaine the Great”

Monday, December 22, 2014

"Tamburlaine the Great," a thrilling play about conquest, revolves around a Scythian shepherd of ferocious will who rises to power to become king of half the world.
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Winter is Coming: How to Make Sure Your Plants Survive

Monday, December 22, 2014

Greening Director of GrowNYC Gerard Lordahl teaches us about winter gardening, including how to help your plants survive the winter indoors, and which plants do well in the winter.
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Planting in Winter, and A Revival of Christopher Marlowe’s epic "Tamburlaine the Great"

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gerard Lordahl teaches us about winter gardening. A new production of Christopher Marlowe’s "Tamburlaine the Great. "The Social Climber's Bible." Women in Afghanistan.
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