The Real Sochi; Borough Presidents Roundtable; Quitting; the Beatles in NYC

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Friday, February 07, 2014

The beach, Adler, Sochi region, 2011 (From "An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus" by Rob Hornstra and Arnold van Bruggen)

"The Sochi Project" chronicles everyday life in "The Florida of Russia." The presidents of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx discuss economic development, housing policy, snow removal, and compare notes about their diverse communities. Plus: when quitters come out ahead, and a look back – 50 years – to the Beatles’ first U.S. visit.

A Visit to the Real Sochi, 'The Florida of Russia'

In 2007, Dutch photographer Rob Hornstra and writer/videographer Arnold van Bruggen traveled to Sochi to begin documenting everyday life in the resort town.

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Where Does Road Salt Go?

Steven Corsi, research hydrologist for the U.S. Geological Survey, explains the problem of using too much road salt. Then, Joshua Dawsey, Wall Street Journal reporter, talks about the shortage of road salt, plus some of the consequences of using so much.

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Meet the Borough Presidents

In the first of a series of roundtables with the borough presidents, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., new Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, and new Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams discuss life and politics in New York City and compare notes about our diverse neighborhoods.


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Aphorism Be Damned, Quitters Often Win

From feeling like you've already invested too much to being surrounded by physical reminders of your efforts, it can seem really tough to move on from something that's not working. But Alan Bernstein, co-author of Mastering the Art of Quitting has some practical advice about how to move on, and make the most of it.

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The Beatles Land at JFK: Were You There?

The Beatles made their first stateside appearance 50 years ago today, arriving at the newly named JFK to thousands of screaming fans and hundreds of reporters. Sunday is the 50th anniversary of their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, marking what's known as the beginning of the British Invasion. Jim Von Schilling, professor of English and Humanities at Northampton Community College and the Baby Boomer Studies area chair for the American and Popular Culture Associations, talks about what happened when John, Paul, George and Ringo came to the U.S.

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