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Friday, August 03, 2012

Julie Burstein fills in for Leonard. Taras Grescoe describes public transportation in this country and abroad, and advocates for more and better trains and fewer cars. Nine-time Grammy Award winner and Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri talks about his career. This week’s Please Explain is all about meditation. Plus, singer-songwriter and fiddler Sara Watkins performs live and talks about her new album, “Sun Midnight Sun.”

Straphanger

Taras Grescoe describes public transportation all over the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—and looks at how convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation can lead to better city living. Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile makes an impassioned case for the end of car culture and starting a transportation revolution.

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Eddie Palmieri

Nine-time Grammy Award winner and Latin music icon Eddie Palmieri talks about his career in music and about receiving the 2013 NEA Jazz Masters, Nation's Highest Honor in Jazz. He’s performing tonight at SOB’s.

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Please Explain: Meditation

The practice of meditation has existed for some 2,500 years. David McKeel, Director of Practice & Education at Shambhala Meditation Center of New York, and Dr. Norman E. Rosenthal, clinical professor of psychiatry at Georgetown Medical School and author of Transcendence: Healing and Transformation through Transcendental Meditation, tell us what meditation is, how it works, and the research into its health benefits.

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Sara Watkins Performs Live

Singer, fiddler, songwriter Sara Watkins performs songs from her new album “Sun Midnight Sun.” She’s performing August 3 and 4 at the Beacon Theatre with Jackson Browne.

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Guest Picks: Eddie Palmieri

9-time Grammy Award winner Eddie Palmieri was on the Lopate Show recently. He talked about his career and he also told us what his favorite comfort food is. (It sounds perfect for the summer heat!)

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