When Stars Align: Wynton Marsalis, Political Upsets and “Starchitects”

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery’s historian, celebrate the jazz greats – including Miles Davis and Duke Ellington – who are buried near each other in their own distinguished corner of the cemetery. Plus: a call for local architects, not high-profile “starchitects;” analysis of Eric Cantor's stunning defeat; Diane Ravitch on the ruling on teacher tenure in California; Pope Francis calls for peace and holds a prayer meeting with the heads of Israel and Palestine; and immigrant soccer fans plug the national teams from their home countries.

Overturning Teacher Tenure

A California judge just threw out teacher tenure, calling it the moral equivalent of segregation. Then the Obama administration quickly embraced the ruling. Hear why.

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Israel, Palestine, Peace and the Pope

Pope Francis hosted the Israeli and Palestinian presidents in the Vatican for a prayer meeting. Aaron David Miller, vice president at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former U.S. Mideast negotiator and adviser, explains what the summit means for the peace negotiations, led by Secretary of State John Kerry, that have broken down.


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Your Guide to the Emerging Theories About Why Eric Cantor Lost

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary last night in a result that virtually no one predicted. That doesn't mean there aren't plenty of theories about what led to the shocking result. Buzzfeed DC bureau chief John Stanton talks about the emerging narratives, from the impact of the Tea Party, immigration, redistricting, and more.

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Celebrating the Immigrant World Cup

On Monday we heard about how the U.S. will try to make its way in Brazil. Now, fans from anywhere else call in to talk about their team, their country, their style of play -- and how you'll be cheering on from NYC.

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Why "Starchitects" Are Ruining Skylines

Superstar architects, who often work in cities they know nothing about, keep designing buildings that just don't mesh with the surroundings.

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Wynton Marsalis on Woodlawn Cemetery's "Jazz Corner"

Jazz great after Jazz great has requested to be buried near "Duke" Ellington. So now, Miles Davis, Celia Cruz, Lionel Hampton, Max Roach, and many others can all be found in Woodlawn Cemetery's unofficial "Jazz Corner." A concert at Woodlawn is being held tonight in celebration of these Jazz giants. Wynton Marsalis, trumpeter, composer, and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, and Susan Olson, Woodlawn Cemetery historian, weigh in on their legacy and NYC's jazz history.


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