What Makes for Greatness

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Today we’ll explore the qualities that make a great teacher…and be sure to tell us what you think by calling or leaving a comment below. Then, Daniel Menaker explains what makes for a good conversation. Plus, legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne discusses her career and her return to Carnegie Hall. And Ruth Reichl, the former editor-in-chief of Gourmet, discusses its closing and the future of food magazines.

What Makes a Great Teacher

Amanda Ripley, a contributor to The Atlantic, looks into how Teach for America has drawn on two decades of observation and research to determine what makes a great teacher. Her article "What Makes a Great Teacher?" appears in the January/February issue of The Atlantic. Call in ...

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A Good Talk

Good conversation remains deeply important, but it seems to be increasingly endangered by e-mail and texting and cell phones. Daniel Menaker explains what elements create quality conversation—from subtext to structure to subliminal signals. His book A Good Talk: The Story of Skill and Conversation is a celebration of the ...

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The Song Continues

Legendary mezzo-soprano Marilyn Horne discusses her career in music and her return to Carnegie Hall. Her acclaimed vocal festival "The Song Continues..." takes place January 19–22, and includes master classes with renowned artists, including Ms. Horne, conductor James Levine, and pianist Warren Jones, and recitals by Marilyn Horne Foundation artists and special guests.

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Ruth Reichl after Gourmet

Ruth Reichl, former editor-in-chief of Gourmet discusses the magazine’s sudden closing and the future of food magazines.

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Leonard's Questions: Marilyn Horne

Which baseball team is Marilyn Horne's favorite? Find out here! 


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