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Thursday, September 18, 2008

In the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of American writers found work under the New Deal’s Federal Writers Project. Hear about a new project updating that model. Also: music industry vet Danny Goldberg on how the business has changed. A look at the work of 19th c. Brazilian writer Machado de Assis. And on Underreported: the latest on the Newtown Creek oil spill in Brooklyn - it's the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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Danny Goldberg

Writing About America, State by State

In the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of American writers found work under the New Deal’s Federal Writers Project. Find out about a new project updating that model. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey are co-editors of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America; John Hodgman is a ...

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Rock and Roll Life

Music industry vet Danny Goldberg has had a big influence on the world of rock and roll - from managing Nirvana to launching Stevie Nicks’s solo career. His new memoir is Bumping Into Geniuses.

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Brazilian Writer Machado de Assis

19th c. Brazilian writer Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis was “the greatest author ever produced in Latin America,” according to Susan Sontag. He’s being honored at "Machado 21: A Centennial Celebration," held September 15th - 19th in Manhattan and New Haven. Leonard talks to translator Gregory Rabassa and ...

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Underreported Update: Newtown Creek Oil Spill

The worst oil spill in U.S. history happened right here in New York City, at Newtown Creek in Brooklyn. Find out how cleanup efforts are going, whether Greenpoint residents should be worried about negative health effects, and why Newtown Creek might have a new problem to deal with – illegal ...

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Underreported: California’s Lower Ninth Ward?

The Sacramento delta provides drinking water for 23 million Californians. It’s maintained with jury-rigged levees which are not well-equipped to deal with earthquakes or climate change. We look into why the Sacramento delta is in crisis, and what can be done to save it. Barry Nelson is Western Water Project ...

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