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Friday, July 29, 2011

On today’s show: We continue our Summer Stuff series with a look at outdoor activities to do in and around New York City. Alex Kotlowitz and “Hoop Dreams” director Steve James talk about “The Interrupters,” their new documentary on stopping gang violence. Then the producers of “The Harvest” tell us about their documentary, which chronicles the lives of child migrant laborers working in the United States. And Please Explain is about how animals adapt to urban environments and what that teaches us about evolution!

Summer Stuff: Out & About in New York

Our Summer Stuff series continues with a look at fun activities to do in New York City! New York Magazine Strategist editor Jon Steinberg and Time Out New York senior editor Amy Plitt give us a rundown of places to go, things to see, and even some food to eat if you’re feeling adventurous!

Do you have a favorite summer activity in New York City? Leave a comment to tell us about it!

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The Interrupters

Producer-director Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz talk about their creative partnership and the documentary “The Interrupters,” inspired by Kotlowitz’s New York Times Magazine article. The film focuses on former gang members who disrupt violent situations as they happen. “The Interrupters” opens at the IFC Center on July 29.

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The Harvest

Albie Hecht and Susan MacLaury discuss their documentary “The Harvest,” about child migrant laborers. The film tells the stories of three adolescents who travel with their families across thousands of miles to pick crops in southern Texas, northern Michigan, and northern Florida during the harvest season. They face back-breaking labor in 100-degree heat, the hazards of pesticides, the burden of helping their families through economic crises, and separation from their families.  “The Harvest” opens in New York July 29 at the Quad Cinema.

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Please Explain: Urban Evolution

Jason Munshi-South, assistant professor at Baruch College, and Rob Dunn, associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University and author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, discuss how cities and urban environments change the animals, insects—and even bacteria—that live within them. They’ll also cover how natural selection and evolution work and how they study it.

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