Wednesday, April 08, 2015
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By Fred Plotkin
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Thursday, February 20, 2014
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
A rookie mayor takes office, and a few days later, crazy winter weather hits and keeps on hitting in what ends up being a test of leadership. Sound familiar? It happened to Ed Koch, and it's happening now.
Friday, January 10, 2014
Stephen Colbert begins a five-show stint as our guest host with a ride on the wild side with gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Monday, January 06, 2014
On this week's Weekend Edition, Robert Indiana called his iconic LOVE sculpture 'a terrible mistake', but in this 1971 conversation from the archives, he seemed much more optimistic about the work's influence on his career.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Most listeners know Shuggie Otis from his song, “Strawberry Letter 23,” which went on to be one of the big hits of 1977 in a version by the Brothers Johnson. But Shuggie Otis also released three albums in the early 1970s, including Inspiration Information. Now, that record is being reissued, and with it, Wings of Love, an album of previously unheard song, is being released for the first time.
Friday, March 29, 2013
These photos are beautiful. They're also sad, and hopeful, and quaint.
In the 1970s the EPA commissioned photographers to roam the country and document daily life in places like coal mines, riverbanks, cities, and even an early clean tech conference in a motel parking lot. The images were meant to be a baseline to measure change in the years to come, but there was no funding to go back to the original places.
The Documerica project photos are up on Flickr now (hat tip to FastCoExist for posting some of these gems). It's an overwhelming album of nostalgia for everyday life, but also, devastatingly depressing to see how dirty and toxic so many inhabited places could be in the 1970s ... and how little has changed in some places today.
What makes the project so powerful though, is how beautiful the photography is, even of the mundane moments, or tragic scenarios like kids playing in a river next to a power plant.
Strum through the albums yourself and share your favorites with us on our Facebook page and we'll add more pics to this post later on.
In the albums, there are also early editions of clean technology, like Frank Lodge's photos from the first First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems held at what seems to be a motel parking lot.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
In 1979, teenage musician Donnie Emerson and his brother, Joe, recorded an album called Dreamin' Wild in a home studio built on their family's farm in Washington State. John talks with Emerson and New York Times reporter Steven Kurutz about an obscure gem that was recently reissued.
Monday, April 23, 2012
In the 1960s and ‘70s, Latin boogaloo arose from the jazz, soul and R&B traditions around New York. Spanish Harlem native Johnny Colon was part of the boogaloo wave and helped define the iconic sound with hits like like “Boogaloo Blues." Today, the bandleader, pianist and educator joins us for a look at boogaloo's past and present.