Looking at the Past, Rethinking the Future

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

On today’s show: Jim Lehrer, host of the PBS news show, The Lehrer Report, discusses his latest novel. And, two architects discuss the ways we may have to "retrofit" and "rethink" the suburbs for the 21st century. Then, critic Michel Ciment on the French films featured in a new series at BAM. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look into the status of the Newtown Creek cleanup and at neodymium: the dirty little secret of clean energy.

Jim Lehrer

You may know Jim Lehrer as a PBS news anchor, but did you also know that he is a prolific novelist? His latest work of fiction mixes baseball, World War Two and romance. It’s called Oh, Johnny.

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The Suburbs New Look

Architects Ellen Dunham-Jones and June Williamson explain how existing suburbs can be redesigned and redeveloped in their book Retrofitting Suburbia.

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Preeminent film critic Michel Ciment is coming back to New York for a upcoming BAMcinématek program highlighting French films that won the prestigious Prix Delluc prize.

Event: Michel Ciment will be introducing films in the Winners of the Prix Delluc series:
Modern Life (La Vie ...

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Underreported Update: Newtown Creek

We take a look at the status of cleanup efforts in the heavily polluted Newtown creek on Brooklyn/Queens border. Alex Matthiessen and Phillip Musegaas are with the Riverkeeper organization.

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Underreported: Neodymium and Green Energy

Neodymium is a rare earth metal and important component in the electric car engines and wind turbines that are being touted as the future of alternative energy. But, neodymium is not without it’s problems. We'll look at what neodymium is and why we may soon face a global shortage of ...

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