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Monday, December 19, 2011

funeral2.jpg Funeral for slain NYPD officer Omar Edwards

On today’s show: WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly discusses the spike murdered police officers. Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya talks about her role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Faust.” Film director Michael Lindsay-Hogg tells about his boyhood and coming of age in the worlds of theater, film, and television. Plus, we’ll take a look at the growth of urban farms and community gardens in New York City!

Bob Hennelly on Police Murders

WNYC senior reporter Bob Hennelly discusses the spike in police officers murders in 2010 nationally and what the trend is so far this year. This spike comes as officers are being laid off and department spending reduced nationwide. He’ll also talk about the 75th precinct overnight tour that Officer Figowski worked from 2002 until his murder on Monday—the 75 precinct in East New York had the highest murder rate in the City. Figowski's funeral is being held Monday.

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Soprano Marina Poplavskaya on "Faust"

Russian soprano Marina Poplavskaya discusses her role as Marguerite, the seduced-and-abandoned village girl whose “Jewel Song” is one of the most famous arias in opera, in “Faust,” at the Metropolitan Opera. "Faust" has a longer history at the Met than any other opera, and was the opening night production the very first season of the house, in 1883. The current production is directed by Des McAnuff, making his Met debut, and it runs through January 19.

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Michael Lindsay-Hogg: Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond

Acclaimed director Michael Lindsay-Hogg talks about his boyhood and coming-of-age in the worlds of theater, film, and television, growing up the son of glamorous Warner’s movie star Geraldine Fitzgerald, and his distant father was an English baronet from a family whose money came from the China trade. His memoir Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond tells of his struggle to make sense of his life, questions of missed chances, and the rumor—never proved or disproved—that his real father is Orson Welles.

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Carrot City

Joe Nasr, Co-author of Carrot City, takes an in-depth look at the growing number of urban farms, gardens, and parks around the world. He’s joined by Eli Zabar, who tells us about the vegetables he grows in the greenhouses situated on the roof of his marketplace, The Vinegar Factory, and Annie Novak, co-founder of the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm in Brooklyn.

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