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Alternative Energy; Vermeer at the Frick; The Rosie Project, a Novel; Walking 6,000 in NYC

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Jeremy Shere looks at what the new sources of energy will be after we’ve exhausted our supply of accessible fossil fuels. Then, we’ll get a peek inside the exhibit of paintings by Dutch masters Vermeer, Rembrandt, and Hals, which are on view at the Frick. Graeme Simsion talks about his debut novel,The Rosie ProjectWilliam Helmreich’s walked almost every block of every street in the 5 boroughs, and he’ll give us the highlights of his 4-year-long tour of New York City.

The Future of Alternative Energy

Producing energy from fossil fuels is a dirty, expensive but hugely profitable enterprise. At some point we will have exhausted all the easily accessible sources of fossil fuel and will have to turn to other, cleaner, renewable energy sources. Jeremy Shere looks at what those alternatives will be. In Renewable: The World-Changing Power of Alternative Energy, he tours a traditional coal-fueled power plant, a solar farm at Denver’s airport, attends a Wind Power Expo and a wind farm tour in Texas, and investigates turbines deep in New York City’s East River. He explains the most promising types of renewable energy: namely, biofuel, solar, wind, geothermal, and hydropower.

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Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals: Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis at the Frick

Curator Margaret Iacono discusses “Vermeer, Rembrandt, Hals: Masterpieces from the Mauritshuis” on view at The Frick, the final American venue of a global tour of paintings from the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis in The Hague, the Netherlands. Vermeer’s  “Girl with a Pearl Earring” and other paintings that have not traveled in nearly 30 years, are on view through January 19, 2014.

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Graeme Simsion's Novel The Rosie Project

Graeme Simsion talks about his debut novel, The Rosie Project, about a brilliant yet socially challenged professor of genetics who designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner. He meets Rosie Jarman, and while he disqualifies her as a candidate for the Wife Project, he helps Rosie on her own quest: identifying her biological father. 

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Walking 6,000 Miles in the City

William Helmreich has walked virtually every block of all five boroughs of New York--an astonishing 6,000 miles. He spoke with hundreds of New Yorkers from every part of the globe and from every walk of life, including Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former mayors Rudolph Giuliani, David Dinkins, and Edward Koch. He tells their stories in his book The New York Nobody Knows: Walking 6,000 Miles in the City.

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