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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Horticulturist Gerard Lordahl joins us for our final Summer Stuff segment. He’ll tell us how to take care of your plants and how to clean up your storm-damaged gardens. New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend talks about the controversial measures the city of Costa Mesa, California, is taking to close its budget deficit. Filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega discuss their documentary “Better This World,” about two teenagers who fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary. Plus, we’ll find out about the life of America’s legendary defense attorney Clarence Darrow.

Summer Stuff: Gardening with Gerard Lordahl

Gerard Lordahl, open space greening director of GrowNYC, tells us how to care for our plants—indoor and outdoor—for our final Summer Stuff segment.

Do you have a question about how to keep your garden growing? Call us at 646-829-3985 or leave a comment below.

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Contract City: When a Town’s Budget Fight Turned Deadly

Cities and counties across the country are facing deep budget shortfalls from an underperforming economy. New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend discusses how Costa Mesa, California, is dealing with the crisis. His article “Contract City,” appears in the September 5 issue of the The New Yorker.

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Better This World

Filmmakers Katie Galloway and Kelly Duane de la Vega discuss their documentary “Better This World,” about two boyhood friends from Midland, Texas, who fall under the sway of a charismatic revolutionary. At the 2008 Republican Convention the "Texas Two" cross a line that radically changes their lives. The result: eight homemade bombs, multiple domestic terrorism charges and a high stakes entrapment defense hinging on the actions of a controversial FBI informant. The film is a close look at the War on Terror and its impact on civil liberties and political dissent in post-9/11 America. "Better This World" airs on September 6 on PBS.

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Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned

John A. Farrell discusses the life of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero, Clarence Darrow. His biography, Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s life—from his divorce and affairs to his feud with his law partner, Edgar Lee Masters to his controversial cases: from the landmark Pullman Strike case to the Scopes “Monkey Trial.”

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