Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Leonard Lopate Weekend: Melissa Clark on Alternative Thanksgiving, Jazz singer Sheila Jordan, Growing Up in the Bronx
Friday, November 21, 2014
Leonard Lopate Weekend: Chef Marcus Samuelsson, Sci-Fi Writer William Gibson & Controversial Cartoons
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Long Island Assemblyman Robert Sweeney announced new legislation this week which would ban plastic microbeads, the tiny abrasive particles commonly used in personal care products. The legislation would make New York State the first in the country to outlaw the beads, which are turning up in waterways and fish. Last month we spoke with Rolf Halden, Director of the Center for Environmental Security at Arizona State University, and Sherri Mason, Associate Professor of Chemistry at SUNY Fredonia about why microplastics are hazardous to the environment. You can listen to that conversation above.
Friday, December 27, 2013
On today’s Please Explain, we spoke to Apartment Therapy CEO and founder Maxwell Ryan about how to get organized and cut down on clutter as we head into 2014. Here are some of the highlights.
Plenty of New Yorkers rent their homes, but Ryan says that shouldn’t keep you from organizing your stuff while you live there: “Your home starts now...The home you own, the space you may rent.”
For those trying to reorganize a closet, he recommends open shelves, like Elfa shelving, because they allow you to see all of your clothes and have access to them. Winter clothes, especially down jackets, can pack really small, especially if you use those plastic bags where you suck the air out using your vacuum cleaner.
Lots of us struggle with how long to hold on to certain documents and when it’s okay to toss them. Ryan recommends keeping mortgage statement, bank statements and invoices and deductible receipts for 7 years. But your taxes…well, “you have to keep your taxes forever.”
To cut down on space, Ryan recommends putting files and photos in DropBox. It’s also handy in case something happens to your computer.
Ryan says that the front door has to be a filter – things either get to come into your home, stop, or go out again. Create a landing strip – coat hook, places for your keys, phone and wallet, dog leash, waste basket for sorting mail, and storage for mail you want to keep, a mirror, and a place to take off your shoes. “It’s an intentional clutter zone.”
Bottom line: “You have to get life down to its essentials.”
Monday, December 09, 2013
Monona Rossol responds to comments and questions.