Endangered Environments

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Ted Smith, the founder and senior strategist of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, looks at some of the most harmful things we throw away. Then, Tim Gallagher tells us about his recent sighting of the ivory-billed woodpecker, which had long been considered extinct. Next, Paris Review editor Elizabeth Gaffney describes her first novel: Metropolis. Finally, actress Vanessa Redgrave and director Tony Harrison tell us about their current production of Hecuba at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.


Vanessa Redgrave

Toxic Trash

The fast pace of technological changes means that devices like computers and iPods eventually make their way into landfills. Ted Smith, the founder and senior strategist of the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition, explains what happens to electronics and other household items after we throw them out, and why they may ...


The Grail Bird

Tim Gallagher tells us about his quest to prove that the ivory-billed woodpecker is not extinct in his new book, The Grail Bird.

» Read an excerpt in the Reading Room

Tim Gallagher talk
Tuesdy, June 14 at 6:30PM



Elizabeth Gaffney revisits post-Civil War Manhattan in her debut novel, Metropolis. Her focus on the historic underworld of the city is drawing comparisons to E.L. Doctorow and Caleb Carr.

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Elizabeth Gaffney will be ...



Tony winner Vanessa Redgrave returns to the Royal Shakespeare Company after more than four decades for a production of Euripides’s Hecuba, directed by Tony Harrison. Set after the end of the Trojan War, the play follows Hecuba—the former Queen of Troy—as she struggles to gain revenge as a prisoner of ...


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