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Friday, May 04, 2012

Live dinoflagellates (Pyrocystis fusiformis) (©AMNH\D. Finnin)

Daniel Imhoff explains the inner workings of the massive but little understood Farm Bill. The co-director of the Frieze Art Fair talks about its first year in New York. We’ll take a look at the restoration of Shirley Clarke’s 1962 film “The Connection,” with the restorer, Clarke’s daughter, and one of the stars. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a Spanish missionary map used in Mexico. And our latest Please Explain is about bioluminescence.

The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill

Daniel Imhoff talks about the Farm Bill, an economic and policy engine that drives the nation’s food and farming system and provides nutritional assistance to tens of millions of Americans. In Food Fight: The Citizen’s Guide to the Next Food and Farm Bill, Imhoff offers a resource to deconstruct this complex bill, and he urges people to vote with their forks.

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The Frieze Art Fair in New York

Matthew Slotover, co-director of the Frieze Art Fair and co-publisher of Frieze magazine, discusses the fair, which runs May 4–7 in Randall's Island Park. The Frieze Art Fair usually takes place in London, but this year is the first time it’s being held in New York. It features 180 galleries from the United States and Europe.

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The 50th Anniversary of "The Connection"

In 1962, after just two matinees of "The Connection," the screenings were stopped, the theater closed, and the projectionist arrested, because the New York State Board of Regents had declared the film, about heroin addicts waiting for their dealer, to be obscene. Wendy Clarke, daughter of Shirley Clarke, the film's director, talks about the controversial film. She’s joined by Garry Goodrow, who played Ernie in it, and by Dennis Doros of Milestone Film & Video, which restored the film, "The Connection" opens May 4 at IFC Center.

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Please Explain: Bioluminescence

John Sparks, associate curator and curator-in-charge, department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History, and David Gruber, assistant professor at the City University of New York and a research associate at the museum, discuss the variety of bioluminescent organisms—from fungus to dinoflagellates to jellyfish—and explain the various ways they glow, the functions of bioluminescence, and how scientists study it. The exhibition Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence is on view at the American Museum of Natural History through January 6, 2013.

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Things We Learned This Week

A collection of the unexpected, somewhat random things we learned on the Lopate Show this week.

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