Bloomberg and Climate Change; the Chelsea Hotel; Winter Solstice Celebration; Oliver Wendell Holmes and Free Speech

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

View of Lower Manhattan, Battery Park, World Trade Center View of Lower Manhattan and Battery Park. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

On todays show, we’ll look into Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy of climate change legislation. We’ll take you inside a legendary place where many artists have lived, loved (and even died), the Chelsea Hotel. Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Paul Winter gives us a preview of his upcoming Winter Solstice Celebration. And Thomas Healy explains how Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes changed changed the history of free speech in America. 

Bloomberg's Legacy on Climate Change

Katherine Bagley and Maria Gallucci of Inside CLimate News talk about their new e-book “Bloomberg’s Hidden Legacy,” about how Mayor Bloomberg’s climate change policies are one of the positive legacies of his administration.

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The Life and Times of the Chelsea Hotel

Since its founding by a visionary French architect in 1884, the Chelsea Hotel has been an icon of American culture—and counterculture. In Inside the Dream Palace: The Life and Times of New York’s Legendary Chelsea HotelSherill Tippins tells the entertaining history of the Chelsea and of the  artists who have lived and created there, including Edgar Lee Masters, Thomas Wolfe, Dylan Thomas, Arthur Miller, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Leonard Cohen, Patti Smith, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, Sam Shepard, Sid Vicious, and Dee Dee Ramone.

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Paul Winter's Winter Solstice Celebration

Grammy-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader Paul Winter discusses his the Winter Solstice Celebration, now in its 34th year. For this year's event, “A Salute to Brazil,” superstar Ivan Lins and colleagues join with the Paul Winter Consort. The concert is dedicated to Oscar Castro-Neves (1940-2013), one of the founding figures of the Bossa Nova. Winter Solstice Celebration "A Salute to Brazil" is happening December 19-21 at New York’s St John the Divine.

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How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed Free Speech in America

Thomas Healy reveals how the Supreme Court justice Oliver Wendell Holmes became a free‑speech advocate and established the modern understanding of the First Amendment. A lifelong skeptic, Holmes disdained all individual rights, including the right to express one’s political views, but in 1919, he wrote a dissenting opinion that would become the canonical affirmation of free speech in the United States. The Great Dissent: How Oliver Wendell Holmes Changed His Mind—and Changed the History of Free Speech in America is a remarkable behind-the-scenes campaign by a group of progressives to bring a legal icon around to their way of thinking.

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