An Epic Saga

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Atlantic's Don Peck tells how the Great Recession has transformed American society, from where we live to the size of our middle class. Jane Smiley joins us for our latest Underappreciated segment to discuss the Icelandic epic Egil’s Saga. Rebecca Kilgore talks about reinterpreting the Marilyn Monroe songbook. Plus, the Gurus of How-To, Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, take your calls on home repair questions.


Don Peck examines how the recession has changed the places we live, the work we do, and even who we are. In Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Future and What We Can Do About It, he looks at how the middle class is shrinking faster, wealth is becoming more concentrated, new college graduates are struggling, and working-class families and communities are under growing pressure. 

Don Peck’s article “Can the Middle Class Be Saved” is the cover story in the September issue of The Atlantic magazine.

How has the recession changed your life? Leave a comment below.

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Underappreciated: Egil’s Saga

For this week’s Underappreciated segment, novelist Jane Smiley discusses the anonymously authored Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic saga dating back to 1240 AD, which follows the family history of Egil Skallagrímsson, a skaldic poet with a hot temper. Predating Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales by almost a century, the saga is part of the rich Viking literary tradition often overlooked by American readers. Jane Smiley wrote the preface of Sagas of Iceland.

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Vocalist Rebecca Kilgore

Acclaimed vocalist Rebecca Kilgore discusses Marilyn Monroe’s musical career and her own jazz explorations of the Marilyn Monroe songbook—from “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” to “Some Like It Hot.” Rebecca Kilgore will be performing “Some Like it Hot: The Music of Marilyn Monroe” at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency August 9-13.


The Gurus of How To on Summer Heat and Home Repair

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from drooping stoop steps to leaking roofs and sagging wood floors.

Call 646-829-3985 with your questions or leave a comment below.

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