The Mayor's Race; Astronaut Wives; Balanchine, Ballet, and Revolution; Beach Erosion and Protection

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Andrew Meier explains why Mayor Bloomberg’s 12 years in office may be the biggest issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Lily Koppel looks at the wives of the Mercury Seven astronauts, who became national celebrities as their husbands launched into space. We’ll find out about the working and personal relationship between choreographer George Balanchine and his childhood friend, ballerina Lidia Ivanova. Kate Sheppard talks about how coastal communities from Maine to Miami are adapting to rising sea levels and the threat of flooding.

The NYC Mayor's Race

The New York mayor's race is heating up. Andrew Meier looks at the candidates and surveys the political climate after three terms of Mayor Bloomberg. His article “Smile! One of You Will Be the Next Mayor” is the July 28 New York Times Magazine’s cover story.

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The Astronaut Wives Club

As America's Mercury Seven astronauts went into space, the media focused on their brave young wives, and overnight they were transformed from military spouses into American royalty.

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George Balanchine, Liidia Ivanova, and Revolution

Elizabeth Kendall tells the story of two key figures in Russian ballet: famed choreographer George Balanchine and his close childhood friend and extraordinary ballerina Liidia (Lidochka) Ivanova. Balanchine and the Lost Muse: Revolution and the Making of a Choreographer traces the lives and friendship of these two dancers from just before the 1917 Russian Revolution to Balanchine's escape from Russia in 1924, and sheds new light on a crucial point in the history of ballet.


Beaches, Floods, and the Government

Mother Jones reporter Kate Sheppard looks at how coastal communities from Miami to Martha’s Vineyard are adapting to rising sea levels and the ongoing threat of repeated floods. Her article “Under Water,” in the July/August issue of Mother Jones, examines existing laws on flood insurance, flood maps, and looks at how the federal and state governments are meeting these challenges.

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