Hidden Places in NYC, Religious Divides in the Middle East

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Canoeing on the Bronx River gives a rare glimpse of part of New York that few people--residents or tourists--get to see.

Everybody knows about the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State building and other favorite tourist sites. On today’s show, we’ll find out about the many secret, hidden gems to explore in NYC. Then, Joe Assadourian discusses his one-man, off-Broadway comedy, “The Bullpen,” about his experiences in prison. Cherien Dabis describes writing, directing and starring in the new film “May in Summer,” which is set in Amman, Jordan. Plus: This week’s Please Explain is all about the various religious communities in the Middle East that we only hear about in times of crisis--like the Alawites and the Yazidis.