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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

NYU, expansion Birds-eye-view of NYU's expansion plans (Courtesy of NYU)

Jonathan Capehart fills in for Leonard today. He’ll speak with three NYU professors about the university’s expansion plans and the role of corporate influence in higher education. Mitch Winehouse discusses the life and untimely death of his daughter, the singer Amy Winehouse. Jimmie Walker talks about his memoir, Dyn-o-mite! And Carlin Romano argues that America is one of the most philosophical cultures in the history of the world.  


Jonathan Capehart

Professors Weigh in on NYU's Expansion Plan

As the City Council prepares to vote on NYU's controversial expansion plan, 34 of the University's academic departments and divisions have passed resolutions against the plan, including the Stern School of Business and the Economics Department. Three faculty members: Jeff Goodwin, Professor of Sociology, Andrew Ross, Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, and Ann Pellegrini, Professor of Performance Studies and Religious Studies, explain their concerns, and look at how corporate influence is affecting higher education in general.

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Mitch Winehouse Remembers Amy Winehouse

Mitch Winehouse talks about the life and untimely death of his daughter, the singer Amy Winehouse. Amy, My Daughter, is an intimate account of Amy's life as she lived it—from her musical coming-of-age to her distinctive sound and look to her substance abuse problems and the swirl of tabloid-fueled rumors about her.

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Jimmie Walker: Dyn-O-Mite!

Jimmie Walker discusses his career in comedy and his years playing the role of J. J. Evans on “Good Times.” His new memoir, Dyn-o-Mite! Is an account of his rise and the tensions on the set of “Good Times.”

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America the Philosophical

Carlin Romano, Critic-at-Large of The Chronicle of Higher Education and professor of philosophy and humanities, explores America’s philosophical culture. In America the Philosophical, he writes of the men and women whose ideas have helped shape American life over the previous few centuries, from well-known historical figures like William James and Ralph Waldo Emerson to modern cultural critics Kenneth Burke and Edward Said to thinkers such as Cornel West and Susan Sontag.

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Guest Picks: Dave Hill

Dave Hill is in love with Chilli from TLC and death metal by Swedish Satanists! Find out what else he likes!


Tributes: Nora Ephron

Nora Ephron was many things – a screenwriter and director, responsible for “Sleepless in Seattle,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “You’ve Got Mail,” and “Julie and Julia.”  She loved writing, and came on the show a number of times over the years for her books I Feel Bad About My Neck, and I Remember Nothing,” as well as for her play, “Love, Loss & What I Wore.”  She was also a very funny, and very generous person, who volunteered to be on the show on the spur of the moment, should a guest cancel.  But she had her priorities: one of the last times we invited her to be a guest, she said that her son was performing in a band that night, and she had to be there.  She died at the age of 71. You can listen to her conversations with Leonard below.

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