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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll hear from people upstate about what’s happening with drilling for natural gas in their area. Anne Bass director of the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders,” and Cambodian-born dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss his unlikely journey from Angkor Wat to the School of the American Ballet. Plus, we’ll look at the new film that recreates Jerome Robbins’ 1958 ballet in sneakers called “NY Export: Opus Jazz.” And, in 1937 President Roosevelt tried to stack the Supreme Court by adding justices. We’ll talk to historian Jeff Shesol about the legacy of that political fight.

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Drilling Upstate

We’ll look into the controversy over drilling for natural gas in Marcellus shale in Upstate New York, and discuss the challenges landowners face when deciding whether to lease their land to gas companies, the role of landowners coalitions, and how public officials are managing the drilling already occurring in their ...

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Dancing Across Borders

Anne Bass, director, and dancer Sokvannara Sar discuss the documentary film “Dancing Across Borders,” which tells the story of Sokvannara "Sy" Sar, who was dancing with a small troupe in Angkor Wat when Anne Bass, a longtime patron of dance in America, saw him perform and arranged for ...

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NY Export: Opus Jazz

New York City Ballet soloists Ellen Bar and co-director Jody Lee Lipes, who made the film with Henry Joost, discuss “NY Export: Opus Jazz,” a new film adaptation of Jerome Robbins’ “ballet in sneakers,” which became a smash hit in 1958. Set to an evocative jazz score by ...

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Supreme Power

Jeff Shesol describes FDR’s battle with the Supreme Court. Beginning in 1935, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority made a series of decisions that devastated much of FDR’s agenda.

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