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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons talks about balancing material success with spiritual convictions. Then, Jack O’Brien talks about directing Puccini’s Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera. Plus, a look at some surprising and unorthodox new trends in knitting. And Jack Kemp talks about the political legacy of his mentor, the late Jeane Kirkpatrick.

Russell Simmons on Success and Spirituality

Russell Simmons, the co-founder of Def Jam Records, helped transform hip-hop from a New York subculture to an international phenomenon. He talks about balancing business and spirituality in Do You!. Plus, he tells us about his call to ban three ubiquitous racial and sexist epithets from rap, and weighs in ...

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From Stoppard to Puccini

Jack O’Brien, director of Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, talks about his latest project: directing Puccini’s three one-act operas Il Trittico at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Radical Lace and Subversive Knitting

Knitting has emerged from the home and taken a place in museums and galleries worldwide, while interactive knitting performances have been staged in public places like the London Underground. Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting, an exhibit at the Museum of Arts and Design, showcases some of knitting's unorthodox ...

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Making War to Keep Peace

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick served as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations from 1981 to 1985, and was a member of the National Security Council during the Reagan administration. In Making War to Keep Peace, her last book before her death in 2006, she shared her thoughts on post-Cold War ...

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