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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

On today’s show: Dr. Robin Zasio of the A & E show Hoarders offers tips on how to declutter your life. WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks about the cultural importance of the year 1913, when cubism came to America and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring debuted. Timothy Egan tells the story behind some of the most dramatic pictures in Native American history. Richard Sander and Stuart Taylor discuss the current state of Affirmative Action, from who’s benefiting under it to who might not be.

How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life

Psychologist Dr. Robin Zasio, from the A&E show Hoarders gives advice on how to take control of your stuff and unclutter your lives. In The Hoarder in You: How to Live a Happier, Healthier, Uncluttered Life, Dr. Zasio shares stories from the show, including some of the most serious cases of hoarding that she’s encountered—and explains how readers can learn from these extreme examples.

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Sara Fishko on Culture Shock 1913

WNYC’s Sara Fishko talks about her show Culture Shock 1913, about the year 1913 and modernism in all the arts. It centers on three big scandals of that year–the Armory Show in NY, the Rite of Spring in Paris, and the Skandalkonzert (Schoenberg) in Vienna, but also examines the unsettling atmosphere of the first 14 years of the 20th century. There’s also a live event in the Greene Space November 15. Culture Shock premieres on WNYC December 6 at 8 pm.

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Native Americans Captured on Film

Timothy Egan tells the story behind the most famous photographs in Native American history—and the driven, brilliant man who made them, Edward Curtis. In Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher is a portrait of the photographer and his Great Idea: to capture on film the continent’s original inhabitants before the old ways disappeared. Curtis took more than 40,000 photographs, preserved 10,000 audio recordings, and is credited with making the first narrative documentary film, creating a definitive archive of the American Indian.

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Looking at Affirmative Action

Legal journalist Stuart Taylor and law professor Richard Sander examine what affirmative action has become, arguing that while the objective is laudable, the effects have not always been positive. In their book Mismatch they make the case that Affirmative Action hurts the students it’s intended to help and looks at why universities are reluctant to admit it and address problems.

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