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Where Recycling Goes; the Musical "The Landing"; Russell Banks's New Short Stories; Homelessness in NYC

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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

New York City Department of Homeless Services intake center in the Bronx. New York City Department of Homeless Services intake center in the Bronx. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Adam Minter describes what happens to our soda cans, glass bottles,and old newspapers after they’re put out on the curb, and how recycling became a global industry. Composer John Kander and lyricist Greg Pierce on their new musical, “The Landing.” Russell Banks talks about his new collection of short stories. And New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Coalition for the Homeless president Mary Brosnahan discuss why homelessness in New York has reached such high numbers.

Junkyard Planet

When you drop your Coke can or yesterday’s newspaper in the recycling bin, where does it go? Adam Minter—journalist and son of an American junkyard owner—tells us. He gives an account of a vast, often hidden, multibillion-dollar industry that’s transforming our economy and environment. In Junkyard Planet, Minter traces the export of America’s recyclables and the massive profits that China and other rising nations earn from it.

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“The Landing”

Greg Pierce, who wrote the book and lyrics, and John Kander, who wrote the music, talk about the Vineyard Theatre's world-premiere production of “The Landing.” It’s a beautiful and haunting new musical made up of three thematically connected tales of desire, love and loss. It's playing at the Vineyard Theatre through November 24.

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Russell Banks on A Permanent Member of the Family

Russell Banks discusses his new collection of short stories, A Permanent Member of the Family. The 12 stories in the collection examine the ways we try—and sometimes fail—to connect with one another. Banks looks at the families we make for ourselves and the ones we're born into.

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Why New York Has More Homeless Now Than In Decades

New Yorker staff writer Ian Frazier and Mary Brosnahan, president of Coalition for the Homeless, discuss what life is like for many homeless families in the city, and what the new mayor should do to address the problem.

 

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Guest Picks: Richard Serra

Richard Serra was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about how he designs and constructs his massive sculptures. He also told us 

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Guest Picks: Greg Pierce

Lyricist Greg Pierce was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his new musical, "The Landing." He also told us that he's a fan of tuna melts. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: John Kander

Composer John Kander was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about his new musical, "The Landing." He also told us what he's been 

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