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Friday, January 01, 2010

It's the beginning of a new decade. Advocate and author Ralph Nader proposes a utopian future; performer Anna Deveare Smith explores human resiliency; president and CEO of The Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson discusses leadership; Rufus Griscom, founder of the website talks about good and bad parenting; honoring Basement Bhangra; toxic waters; and name that decade.


Rufus Griscom, Walter Isaacson, Ralph Nader and Anna Deveare Smith

Body of Work

Writer and performer Anna Deavere Smith, talks about her new show "Let Me Down Easy," an exploration of the body's resiliency and vulnerability when confronted with illness.

Watch an excerpt from Let Me Down Easy:

"Let Me Down Easy" runs through ...


Ralph Nader's Utopia

Ralph Nader, politician and author of Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us, talks about how the rich can save the world.

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Babble: Dirt is Good for You

Imperfect parenting is authentic parenting, says Rufus Griscom, founder of and an editor of the new compilation of parenting essays, Dirt is Good for You: True Stories of Surviving Parenthood.


People's Hall of Fame: DJ Rekha

Five notable New Yorkers are inductees into the City Lore 2009 People's Hall of Fame. One of those inductees joins us:

Rekha Malhotra, better known as DJ Rekha, creator of the monthly NYC tradition of Basement Bhangra, talks about her unique fusion of ...


Do Great Minds Think Alike?

President and CEO of The Aspen Institute, Walter Isaacson, a former chairman and CEO of CNN, and editor of Time Magazine, reflects on what all the leaders he's known have in common in his new book, American Sketches: Great Leaders, Creative Thinkers, and Heroes of a ...


Overflowing With Toxins

Sewer systems in U.S. cities may be inadequately preventing environmental and public health crises. Charles Duhigg, New York Times reporter, covers the issue in his series "Toxic Waters", exploring the waterways of cities across the U.S., including New York.


Name the Decade

Is it the "Noughty-Aughts"? "The Era of Misplaced Anxiety"? The first decade of the millennium is ending, and New York Times reporter David Segal takes a shot at naming it.

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