"Glickman"; Gerard Lordahl on Gardening; the Big Apple Circus; Our Social Lives and Our Genes

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Director James L. Freedman talks about his documentary “Glickman,” about the Jewish-American athlete who was banned from the 1936 Berlin Olympics and went on to become a revered sportscaster. Former senator—and former basketball player—Bill Bradley, who’s featured in the film, also joins us. Then Gerard Lordahl takes your calls on gardening matters and shares tips on how to get the most out of your plants as the weather starts to get cooler. Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binder describes what it’s like to work under the Big Top. Plus, we’ll look at epigenetics and how our social lives can affect our genes.


Director James L. Freedman and Senator Bill Bradley talk about the documentary “Glickman.” It tells the triumphant story of Marty Glickman, who, due to anti-Semitism, was denied the chance to participate for the U.S. in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, but went on to become one of the most revered and influential sportscasters in history. James L. Freedman wrote, produced, and directed the film. “Glickman” debuts at 9 pm on HBO on August 26.

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Gerard Lordahl Answers Your Gardening Questions

Gerard Lordahl, Director, Open Space Greening Program at GrowNYC, answers gardening questions from listeners! He’ll also tell us what’s in season now, how to keep gardens bountiful into the fall, and ways to make the most of the late-summer and early-fall season.

Leave a question for Gerard! Or call us during the segment at 212-433-9692!

You can send soil and leaf samples to:
GrowNYC 51 Chambers Street
Room 228
New York, New York 10007

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Life in the Big Apple Circus

Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus, discusses the uncommon life of circus artists, their animal partners. His memoir Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion looks at the weird and the workaday, the curious and the commonplace, the exhilaration and the exhaustion of life in the circus.

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Our Social Lives and Our Genes

David Dobbs explains how epigenetics works and looks at how our social lives affect our genes. Studies have shown that our genes are socially fluid and social isolation can be deadly.

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Tributes: Julie Harris

When Julie Harris was asked, later in her life, what she would do today, if she learned that the world would end tomorrow, she replied, "I'd go to the theater."  The actress spent her life on the stage, becoming the most decorated performer in the history of Broadway for her roles in "The Member of the Wedding," "I Am a Camera," "Forty Carats," "The Last of Mrs. Lincoln," "The Belle of Amherst," and "The Gin Game."  She died at the age of 87.  We were lucky enough to have had her on our show.  And you can listen to her interview from 1996 below.


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