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Monday, April 30, 2012

Warren Littlefield talks about the era of NBC’s Must See TV. James Goldston, head of the Open Society's Justice Initiative on arguing the first case about the CIA's program of extraordinary rendition to be heard in a courtroom. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about Pieces of Eight, the world's first global currency. Agnes Gund discusses collecting art and creating Studio in a School. Laurens Grant talks about his documentary “Jesse Owens,” about the famous Olympian.

Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV

Warren Littlefield, former NBC President of Entertainment, talks about creating "Must See TV," which made up the greatest prime-time line-up in television history attracted 75 million viewers and generated more revenue than all other six nights of programming combined. In Top of the Rock: Inside the Rise and Fall of Must See TV, Littlefield and NBC luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Kelsey Grammer, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, Julianna Marguiles, Debra Messing, Jack Welch, Helen Hunt, and Dick Wolf give an account of the rise—and unraveling—of NBC’s Thursday night lineup.

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Making the Case Against Extraordinary Rendition

James Goldston, head of the Open Society Justice Initiative, talks about arguing a landmark court case in front of The European Court of Human Rights in May. Khaled El-Masry, a German citizen, alleges that he was abducted in Macedonia in 2004, flown to Afghanistan, interrogated there and then later released in Albania. It’s the first case to be heard about alleged abuses arising from the CIA’s policy of extraordinary rendition.

 

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Agnes Gund on Studio in a School

Agnes Gund, one of New York City’s most prominent art collectors, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art, discusses Studio in a School, a non-profit organization she founded that has worked with the Department of Education to enhance art education in New York City’s public schools for 35 years.

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“Jesse Owens”

Laurens Grant, producer and director of the documentary “Jesse Owens,” tells the story of the athlete whose triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world, even as it infuriated the Nazis. Owens’ grace and athleticism rallied crowds around the world, yet when the Olympic gold medalist returned home to America, he couldn’t ride in the front of a bus. “Jesse Owens” premieres on the PBS series American Experience May 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm.

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Trash awaiting collection on Pearl Street, Manhattan

Curbing Our Waste

Looking for ways to cut back the amount of garbage you're producing? We have some helpful hints!

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