Muddling Through

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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

On today’s show: New York Times contributing writer Robin Marantz Henig  and her daughter Samantha Henig talk about why so many 20-somethings are finding it hard to establish independent lives. Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss the New York premiere of “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...” Farmer Eric Herm explains how he thinks community, education, and agriculture will need to change in order for us to survive the 21st century. Plus, we’ll look at the toll Hurricane Sandy took on museums and galleries.


Robin Marantz Henig and her daughter Samantha Henig discuss what it means to be in your twenties today. In the summer of 2010, Robin Marantz Henig wrote an article for the New York Times Magazine called “What Is It About 20-Somethings?” that generated enormous reader response and started a conversation that included people in their 20s and baby boomers. Working with her daughter, she’s expanded the project into a book, Twentysomething: Why Do Young Adults Seem Stuck?

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We Are Proud to Present a Presentation...

Playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and director Eric Ting discuss “We Are Proud to Present a Presentation About the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.” In the play, a troupe of American actors stumble over questions of authenticity and appropriation as they attempt to reconstruct the little known first genocide of the 20th Century—and land in an exploration that hits closer to home. It’s been extended through December 16 at the Soho Rep.

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Community, Education, and Agriculture

Eric Herm examines the vital relationship between humans and nature and how our modern agricultural system and in many of our business and political policies have strained this relationship. In Surviving Ourselves: The Evolution of Community, Education, and Agriculture in the 21st Century, Herm, a fourth-generation farmer, shares his own personal experiences, as well as the inspiring stories of others changing the way we farm.

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Helping Art Galleries Recover from Sandy

Many art galleries, and artists, suffered severe damage during Sandy, and in the wake of the storm, teams of conservators have rushed in to help them recover, and save as much of the artwork as possible. Jim Coddington, MoMA's chief conservator, Lisa Elkin, Chief Registrar and Director of Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History, and Cindy Albertson, conservator at MoMA and the FAIC (Foundation for the American Institute for Conservation) Sandy Volunteer Coordinator, talk about what can be done to conserve damaged artworks.

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