Marriage Equality, Mouthwatering Knishes, Movie Musicals, Manhattan and Modern America

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Mano Hirsch, of the eponymous knish shop on Brighton Beach. Sign in the upper left says, in Hebrew letters, Kosher. Mano Hirsch, of the eponymous knish shop on Brighton Beach. Sign in the upper left says, in Hebrew letters, Kosher. (Photo by Barbara Pfeffer/Courtesy of Marvin Hirsch)

On today’s show: David Boies and Ted Olson discuss their five-year battle for marriage equality in front of the Supreme Court. Laura Silver describes traveling around the world to track down the origins of the knish—and finding its modern incarnations. We’ll take a look at what makes movie musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "Singing in the Rain" so popular. And Donald Miller explains how Manhattan was transformed in the 1920s and how it became the country’s cultural and commercial capital.

David Boies and Ted Olson Make the Case for Marriage Equality

The attorneys that argued in the Supreme Court that California's Proposition 8 was unconstitutional talk about the five-year struggle to win the right for gays to marry.

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The Delicious Knish

A worldwide journey in search of the origins of the knish, from Brooklyn to Poland and back again.

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Why Movie Musicals Matter

A look at why "Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," and other movie musicals have become such a major part of our lives.

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Jazz Age Manhattan and the Making of Modern America

New York was transformed by the tremendous energy of the 1920s, making Manhattan the social, cultural, and commercial capital of the country.

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Our Favorite Movie Musical Numbers

Two Lopate Show producers -- and movie musical lovers -- share their favorite numbers from films like Funny Face and Sweet Charity.


Eli Wallach: From Bandit to Broadway

On screen, the Brooklyn native played everything from a Mexican bandit in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," to a French general. But he really loved the theater - he won a Tony Award for his role in Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo." He died Wednesday at 98.


Mrs. Stahl on the corner of Brighton Beach and Coney Island Avenues, near her shop, circa 1940s.

Recipe: Mrs. Stahl’s Potato Knishes

Fannie Stahl sold her knishes in Brighton Beach. Her granddaughters shared this old family recipe.

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