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Opiates in America, How Migrant Laborers Fare Today

Heroin's grip on America. Les Blank’s documentary about Leon Russell. Debra Granik's documentary about Ron “Stray Dog” Hall. Revisiting Steinbeck’s California for his piece.
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The Rise of Black Tar Heroin

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

For 15 years, Mexican sugar cane farmers created a unique distribution system that brought black tar heroin, the cheapest, most addictive form of the opiate, into the United States. 
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The Legendary Film that Captured Leon Russell's Classic Americana Music

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

“A Poem is a Naked Person” is a documentary about the singer-songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell, and the legendary film finally gets its New York Premier.
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Documenting the Great Vietnam Vet Harley Ride

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A new documentary about Ron "Stray Dog" Hall, a Vietnam War veteran who caravans on his Harley with fellow vets on an annual pilgrimage to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington DC.
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Are Migrant Farmers Better Off Now Than During the Dust Bowl?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Gabe Thompson visits the same migrant farm camps in California that were featured in The Grapes of Wrath and reflects on how conditions for migrant farm workers have changed. 
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A Futuristic Spin on the Next Global Conflict

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Military analyst P.W. Singer and national security analyst August Cole, look at what the next global conflict may be in their thriller, Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War. 
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The Cost of Fighting Mexican Drug Cartels

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Director Matthew Heineman talks about his film, “Cartel Land,” a look at the journeys of two modern-day vigilante groups and their shared enemy - the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
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The Fading American Republic

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Former Colorado Senator Gary Hart's book, The Republic of Conscience, looks at the growing gap between our current political landscape and the principles of the U.S. Constitution.
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The Disruption in Business and Its Profound Consequences

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A collection of articles drawn from The Economist's Schumpeter column, Adrian Wooldridge's new book looks at the causes and consequences of the disruption in business. 
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Vigilantes Who Fight Mexican Drug Cartels, and a Futuristic Look Into Global Conflict

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Gary Hart on our distorted national interest. Matthew Heinemen on his film "Cartel Land." P.W. Singer and August Cole on Ghost Fleet. And Adrian Wooldridge on The Great Disruption. 
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Jamaica Bay, Queens Has Its Own Guardian

Monday, June 29, 2015

Jamaica Bay guardian, Don Riepe, has recruited thousands of volunteers to help him plant marshes to protect the wildlife and Queens citizens from extreme natural disasters. 
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Income Inequality and Why You Should Care

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two Professors and frequent contributors to The New York Times' vertical, The Upshot, discuss the ways that income inequality manifests itself in the country and how it affects us.
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Changing Gender, Before Puberty

Monday, June 29, 2015

Filmmakers Miri Navasky and Karen O’Connor, along with transgender teen, Ariel, discuss what it’s like to grow up trans.
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Spy vs Spy: The Dangerous Life of a Double Agent

Monday, June 29, 2015

A former double agent reveals how he posed as an undercover agent for the Russians.
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Income Inequality and Us, Plus the Marshmaster of Queens, N.Y.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Two frequent New York Times contributors discuss income inequality. The Jamaica Bay guardian and marshmaster. An amateur spy becomes a double agent. And the "Growing Up Trans" doc.
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Leonard Lopate Weekend: George Mitchell, "What Happened, Miss Simone?" and Understanding the Founding Fathers

Friday, June 26, 2015

This week: George Mitchell on the art of negotiation, Liz Garbus on the brilliant Nina Simone, and Joseph Ellis on the Second American Revolution
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An Everything Guide to Farming and Eating Mussels, Clams, and more

Friday, June 26, 2015

Mussels, clams, oysters, and scallops are all bivalves with much more to them than just being delicious. We explore their ecosystems, how to farm them, and how to prepare them. 
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Melissa Clark Returns to Cook Along With Us

Friday, June 26, 2015

Food Columnist, Melissa Clark returns to talk with us about the perfect summer treat to make at home: ice cream and sorbets. 
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The Road to Recovery in the Kitchen

Friday, June 26, 2015

At 28, Jessica Fechtor was focused on school and her new marriage. An aneurysm abruptly left her without smell and partial sight, and she turned to the kitchen to find her way home. 
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Jessica Fechtor's Five-Fold Challah

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jessica Fechtor, author of Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home, shares her recipe for a buttery challah that isn't made with any butter. 
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Jessica Fechtor's Adapted Butter Almond Cake

Friday, June 26, 2015

Jessica Fechtor, author of Stir: My Broken Brain and the Meals That Brought Me Home, shares her adapted recipe of Marcella's butter almond cake. 
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