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Thursday, December 06, 2012

New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes gives advice on how to survive the holidays—from regifting to navigating boozy office parties. Susannah Cahalan describes her month of madness, caused by a mysterious illness that affected her brain. Colin Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Frick Collection, talks about the exhibition Mantegna to Matisse. Plus we’ll look at why the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act, which was supposed to help integrate cities, has gone largely unenforced.

Philip Galanes on How to Have Happy Holidays

From gift exchanges to office parties to family gatherings to New Years Eve celebrations, this time of year is full of potentially tricky social situations. Expert Philip Galanes is here to give some advice on how to survive the holidays! He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you need advice on how to face a holiday conundrum? Leave a comment below!

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Susannah Cahalan's Brain on Fire

Susannah Cahalan tells the story of coming down with a mysterious illness that caused hallucinations, violence, and dangerous instability, and how it was diagnosed and finally treated. Her memoir Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness is an account of her struggle to recapture her identity and to piece together the story of her “lost month” and how a celebrated neurologist saved her life.

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Mantegna to Matisse at the Frick Collection

Colin Bailey, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Frick Collection, discusses the exhibition Mantegna to Matisse: Master Drawings from the Courtauld Gallery. It features 58 drawings from the Courtauld Gallery, London, that show extraordinary drawings made between the late Middle Ages and the early 20 century by artists including Mantegna, da Vinci, Dürer, Rubens, Rembrandt Goya, Turner, Degas, Paul Cézanne, van Gogh, Seurat, Matisse, and Picasso.

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Housing Integration

ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones; Fred Freiberg, Executive Director of the Fair Housing Justice Center; and Betsy Julian, former Housing and Urban Development executive, discuss why the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which was supposed to help integrate cities, has gone largely unenforced, and what HUD should do to integrate cities. Nikole Hannah-Jones has been reporting on the topic for ProPublica, and you can read her articles here, and she's the author of a Kindle single called Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law.

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