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Doris Kearns Goodwin's The Bully Pulpit; History of Paper; "In No Great Hurry"; Ethanol Production

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Historian Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about the intense relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, a friendship became a rivalry in the 1912 election. We’ll look at how the invention of paper 2,000 years ago has shaped civilizations ever since. Tomas Leach talks about his documentary, “In No Great Hurry,” about the photographer Saul Leiter. And we’ll examine the ecological and economic costs of ethanol production.

Doris Kearns Goodwin on The Bully Pulpit

Pulitzer-Prize-winning author Doris Kearns Goodwin talks about the intense friendship of Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft — a close relationship that ruptured in 1912, when they engage in a fight for the presidential nomination that divides their wives, their children, and their closest friends, and had vast political repercussions.

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The 2,000-Year History of Paper

Nicholas A. Basbanes talks about paper—from its invention in China 2000 years ago through all of its uses to record history, make laws, conduct business, and establish identities. In On Paper: The Everything of Its Two-Thousand-Year History, Basbanes looks at paper’s important role in the world and historical events such as the Stamp Act of 1765, the Zimmerman Telegram that led to America’s entry into World War I, the Alger Hiss spy case, the Pentagon Papers, and Watergate.

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Photographer Saul Leiter, “In No Great Hurry”

Director Tomas Leach discusses his documentary “In No Great Hurry,” about the life, art and work of photographer Saul Leiter. Together with contemporaries Diane Arbus and Robert Frank, Saul Leiter is recognized as one of the founders of The New York School of photography of the 1940s and 1950s, but he never sought the spotlight. He’s amassing an archive that threatens to take over the apartment he’s  lived in since 1946. “In No Great Hurry” is screening as part of DOC NYC, and is being shown November 16 at 1:45 pm at SVA Theater.

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Ethanol, an Environmental Disaster?

Corn production has surged since 2007, when Congress required oil companies to mix more ethanol into their gasoline to reduce greenhouse gases. Associated Press reporters Matt Apuzzo and Dina Cappiello reveal that there are profound environmental consequences from increased corn production. Some 6.5 million acres of land set aside for conservation—more than Yellowstone, Everglades, and Yosemite National Parks combined—have vanished, while nearly 19 new million acres of corn have been planted.

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