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Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts; Compulsives in America; Babayaga, a Novel; Time Warner v. CBS

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

We’ll find out what 14 of the candidates for mayor said at a recent forum on funding for arts education and culture in New York. Then, find out how compulsive people have shaped American history—from Thomas Jefferson to Steve Jobs. Toby Barlow talks about his latest novel, Babayaga. Plus, a look at the spat between Time Warner Cable and CBS—and the future of television.

Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts

Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Young Audiences, discuss the state of arts education in New York City schools and funding of New York’s cultural institutions. Last week Leonard Lopate and Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson moderated a conversation with mayoral candidates about arts education and funding, and we’ll find out where the candidates stand on those issues.

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How America’s Obsessives Built a Nation

Some of the country’s greatest thinkers had obsessive natures, and many of their greatest achievements—from the Declaration of Independence to the invention of the iPhone—have roots in the disappointments and frustrations of early childhood. Joshua Kendall looks at the arc of American history through the lens of compulsive behavior. In his book the America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy that Built a Nation he presents portraits of American icons such as Charles Lindbergh, Steve Jobs, Thomas Jefferson, condiment kingpin H. J. Heinz, slugger Ted Williams, and Estee Lauder, and looks at how they shaped our culture and country.

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Toby Barlow's Novel Babayaga

Toby Barlow talks about his new novel, Babayaga, about love, spies, and witches in 1950s Paris—and a cop turned into a flea. It follows Will, a young executive at an American ad agency in Paris that’s a front for the CIA. Will doesn’t think he’s a Cold War warrior, he’s just a good-hearted Detroit ad guy who can’t seem to figure out Parisian girls.

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SkyTruth

John Amos, President of SkyTruth, talks about using public domain satellite imagery to monitor environmentally harmful developments.

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The CBS-Time Warner Dispute

Joe Flint of the Los Angeles Times, talks about the standoff between CBS and Time Warner, and why disagreements between cable companies and broadcasters are increasingly more common.

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Tributes: Kongar-ol Ondar

One of the most memorable interviews on our show was when Kongar-ol Ondar came by our old studios at One Centre Street.  He was a master of Tuvan throat singing -- where the vocalist can produce two, or more, notes simultaneously.  Margalit Fox said in the New York Times that it "sounds like the bewitching, remarkably harmonious marriage of a vacuum cleaner and a bumblebee."  With Leonard's coaxing, Ondar demonstrated on air.  And it suddenly felt like we were on the steppes of Mongolia...You can hear for yourself...

Ondar died recently at the age of 51.

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