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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Police Commissioner William Bratton talks about returning to New York and how he’s changing the department. Film accompanist Ben Model and film historian Steve Massa discuss a newly restored series of silent slapstick comedies that haven’t been publicly available for 97 years. Swoosie Kurtz looks back at her life and acting career. Architect James Stewart Polshek talks about his work, which includes the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History.

Bratton: We Don't Need 1,000 New Cops

The Police Commissioner talks about changing stop-and-frisk, why he wants to crack down on graffiti, and why "politics is a big part of any police commissioner’s life.” 

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The Nearly Forgotten Mishaps of Musty Suffer

Silent film accompanist Ben Model and film historian Steve Massa discuss “The Mishaps of Musty Suffer,” a forgotten series of silent slapstick comedies, which have been unavailable to the public for 97 years. “Musty Suffer” was wildly popular during its release, but the series has been oddly overlooked and neglected ever since. Fortunately the Library of Congress preserved the 24 surviving films from the Musty Suffer series. Model did the score and produced the new DVD, co-curated by Massa.

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Swoosie Kurtz: Part Swan, Part Goose

Actress Swoosie Kurtz looks back on her life and career. Her new memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose is a combination of personal misadventure and showbiz lore. She candidly reflects on the right choices that empowered her, the wrong choices that enlightened her, and her experience caring for an aging parent.

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Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Architect James Stewart Polshek, whose works include the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and the Newseum in Washington, D.C.,  discusses his life’s work and the process of designing buildings. He also served as the dean of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1972 to 1987. His book Build, Memory is about witnessing changing architectural tastes, working with numerous high-profile personalities, and designing some of America’s most prominent buildings, including the William J. Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock, Arkansas, and the renovation and expansion of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

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