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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The New York Public Library flagship building on 5th Avenue is turning 100 years old. NYPL president Dr. Paul LeClerc discusses the centennial and the role of the library over the next 100 years. Plus: New Yorker writer and Harvard historian Jill Lepore is back with a cautionary tale about the parrot fever panic of 1930; author Francise Prose on her new novel; and On the Media's Brooke Gladstone is back with another tale from her new book. 

New York's 26th Special Election

Anna Sale, It's A Free Country political reporter, discusses the contentious special election in NY's 26th district.

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Library Centennial

The New York Public Library's flagship building on 5th Avenue is celebrating its centennial this weekend. Paul LeClerc, president of the NYPL, talks about the role of the library.

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Albania, America

Francine Prose, essayist and author of My New American Life: A Novel, talks about her new novel about a young Albanian woman seeking a new life in post 9/11 New York.

Events: Francine Prose will be reading at Greenlight Bookstore on Friday, May 20th, at 7:30pm.  She will also be interviewed by Leonard Lopate, in addition to reading from her new novel, at the Brooklyn Public Library on Saturday, May 21st at 4:00pm.

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Past and Present with Jill Lepore: Parrot Fever Panic of 1930

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, continues her stint as our weekly guest for the month of May. She will discuss how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States.

Today's historical moment: The Parrot Fever Panic of 1930

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Reporting Stories and Influencing People: 2 - The Machines

Continuing a series of conversations, Brooke Gladstone, host and managing editor of WNYC’s On the Media, talks about her new book, The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media, which is a work of graphic nonfiction illustrated by Josh Neufeld and which explains the history and workings of the media. Today: media machines throughout history. 

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