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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Washington Post editorial writer and MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart discusses President Obama's much anticipated speech at the NAACP's centennial convention. Also, jazz professor Dan Morgenstern on Billie Holiday, her music and troubled life, fifty years after she passed away. Novella Carpenter talks about converting her small urban lot in Oakland, California, into a bustling farm, complete with chickens and pigs. Plus, our latest Underreported segments look at the cult-like New York Independence Party and at why one-third of the world’s shark species are threatened with extinction.

RSVP to the Lopate Show’s Projections screening of "Baby Face" on July 21st in WNYC’s Greene Space here: projections@wnyc.org

Jonathan Capehart

Jonathan Capehart, editorial writer for the Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, talks to us about President Obama's much anticipated speech at the NAACP's centennial convention tonight. He'll also take a look at some of the issues on the President's agenda.

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Billie Holiday

Noted jazz historian Dan Morgenstern, director of Rutgers University's Institute of Jazz Studies, on the life, music, and legacy of Billie Holiday, who died 50 years ago tomorrow at the age of 44.

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Farm City

Novella Carpenter on her experience moving to a ramshackle house in Oakland, California, and turning a weed-choked, garbage-strewn lot next door into a small farm, complete with egg-laying chickens, turkeys, geese, ducks, rabbits, and two three-hundred-pound pigs. Her memoir, Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is both ...

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Underreported: The New York Independence Party and Its Benefactors

On today's first Underreported segment, we take a look at the long and twisted history of the New York Independence Party and how they’ve become intertwined both with Mayor Bloomberg’s reelection campaign and Judge Sotomayor's confirmation process, with Errol Louis, New York Daily News columnist.

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Underreported: Sharks under Threat

One-third of the world's open ocean shark species are threatened with extinction. On today’s second Underreported we'll speak with Merry Camhi, a member of the Shark Specialist Group with the International Union for Conservation of Nature and lead editor of the book Sharks of the ...

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