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Was It Worth Observing the Wagner/Verdi/Britten Anniversaries?

Monday, January 13, 2014

The Wagner and Verdi bicentennials in 2013 reinforced certain negative attitudes about the two composers, writes Fred Plotkin. But the Britten centenary was filled with many revelations.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The 50th Anniversary of Johnson's War On Poverty

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Peniel Joseph, professor of history, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, and author, discusses poverty today, 50 years after President Johnson famously declared a "war on poverty" in America.

 

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WNYC News

Word Up: Youth Fills in the Blanks as Crosswords Turn 100

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crosswords are a hundred years young as a new generation of constructors adds LOL and more.

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Hammered!

Anniversary and Birthday Tributes

Monday, November 11, 2013

There are many reasons to tip the musical hat this week: Charles Wuorinen's 75th birthday; Ned Rorem's 90th!; the one year anniversary of Elliott Carter's passing; and the centennial celebration of Witold Lutoslawski. Listen weekdays at 10 am for music by this handful of extraordinary composers.

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On The Media

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and The Public Imagination

Friday, January 18, 2013

On August 28, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. did what he’d done countless times before: he began building a sermon. And in his sermons King relied on improvisation, drawing on sources and references that were limited only by his imagination and memory. It’s a gift — and a tradition — on full display in the "I Have A Dream" speech, but it’s also in conflict with the intellectual property laws that have been strenuously used by his estate since his death. In a segment originally aired in 2011, OTM producer Jamie York speaks with Drew HansenKeith MillerMichael Eric Dyson and Lewis Hyde about King, imagination and the consequences of limiting access to art and ideas.

Charles Mingus - Prayer for Passive Resistance (Live at Antibes)

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The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years of Juan Gonzalez

Friday, January 11, 2013

Juan Gonzalez, New York Daily News columnist, discusses his 25-year career at the Daily News, where he's covered everything from race relations to city corruption.

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The Takeaway

Remembering US Foreign Policy and the Bay of Pigs

Friday, April 15, 2011

Fifty years ago this weekend, the Central Intelligence Agency launched a covert attack on Cuba in what became known as The Bay of Pigs. The three day assault, which was carried out under the auspices of a Cuban rebel group, was a fiasco. The rebels were captured and killed, along with a handful of CIA intelligence officers. It was just three months after John F. Kennedy took over the White House, and while the plan had been initiated under Dwight D. Eisenhower, it was Kennedy who signed off on the operation.

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WQXR News

New Footage of "The Blitz" Unveiled

Monday, September 06, 2010

Rare color footage of the bomb damage inflicted on London during World War II has surfaced on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the Blitz.

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The Takeaway

In Living Color: Looking Back, Twenty Years Later with David Alan Grier

Friday, April 16, 2010

Twenty years ago this weekend, a new sketch comedy show, "In Living Color," made its debut on the then-fledgling network, Fox.

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The Takeaway

After Thirty Years of Mugabe, Zimbabweans Still Wait for Liberation

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Thirty years ago today, Robert Mugabe was elected as Zimbabwe’s first Black Prime Minister, and the country erupted in celebration. But in the interem, many have regretted his era of rule, which has been sometimes characterized by executive power-grabbing and economic disaster.

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The Takeaway

'The Sound of Music' Turns 45

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

On this day in 1965, "The Sound of Music" opened in theaters. It was hugely successful, winning five Academy Awards, including best picture.

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The Takeaway

Reviews of President Obama's First Year

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We hear from listeners and people on the National Mall in Washington D.C., where one year ago today, President Obama was sworn into office.

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The Takeaway

Takeouts: President's First Year in Office

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

We check in with two states, Missouri and Georgia – both states that went to Sen. John McCain in 2008 – to see how voters view President Obama today and what they think he needs to do going forward.

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The Takeaway

Harry Shearer on The Simpsons, Twenty Years Later

Friday, January 08, 2010

20 years ago, The Simpsons stepped out of the Tracy Ullman show and into their own half-hour timeslot on the then-fledgling FOX network.  450 episodes later, they're still going strong.  We talk this morning with one of the show's long time voice actors, Harry Shearer, who hosts public radio's Le Show when he's not providing the voice of Mr. Burns, Smithers, Ned Flanders, Rev. Lovejoy, Kent Brockman, Dr. Hibbert, Lenny, Principal Skinner, Otto, Rainier Wolfcastle...

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The Takeaway

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, Five Years Later

Friday, December 25, 2009

Tomorrow, December 26, is the 5-year anniversary of the Indian Ocean Tsunami. How have things changed since 2004? Indeed, have things changed? The BBC's Karishma Vaswani reports on the progress Indonesia's Aceh province. We also talk with Christoph Gorder, Vice President of Emergency Response with Americares, about what's still needed for the region to fully recover.

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The Takeaway

The Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan, 30 Years Later

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Today marks thirty years since the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. On December 24, 1979, the Soviet 40th army was ordered to deploy in Afghanistan by then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev.  Of course, today’s anniversary resonates not just with Russians and other members of the former Soviet Union, but also with Americans after the recent announcement of 30,000 extra US troops to Afghanistan.  To remind us of the events of 30 years ago, Kira Fomenko from the BBC Russian service joins us.

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The Takeaway

In Romania, Remembering Revolution 20 Years On

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

All year long, people around the world have been recalling the events of 1989, 20 years ago, when the Soviet Empire in Europe collapsed, country after country.  They were generally known as "Velvet Revolutions": in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the embrace of democracy all across central Europe, culminating with the final collapse of the Soviet Union itself, early in the 1990s. But shortly before Christmas 1989, the revolution came to the closed, bizarre dictatorship of Romania's Nicolai Ceauşescu ... and there, the revolution wasn't so velvety.  We talk with Nick Thorpe, BBC Central Europe correspondent and author of "'89: The Unfinished Revolution," from Opera Square in Timişoara, where the revolution happened 20 years ago.

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The Takeaway

One Year After Madoff's Arrest

Friday, December 11, 2009

Hard to believe, but it's been one year since Ponzi scheme 'mastermind' Bernie Madoff was arrested for scamming over $50 billion from investors. We thought it'd be the perfect time to check in and see how Madoff's victims and associates are doing, one year after his arrest. Aaron Lucchetti is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal whose latest article says the Madoff sons are having an incredibly hard time finding themsleves new jobs. Cynthia Crane was one of Madoff's many victims; she decided to adapt her story for the theatre in a show titled, "John Denver, Bernie Madoff, and Me."

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The Takeaway

Mumbai, One Year After The Massacre

Thursday, November 26, 2009

A year ago, terrorists attacked hotels in Mumbai, India. We talk to Linda Blake, contributor for the Wall Street Journal in Mumbai, about what's happening there today, and to Felix Ambrose, who helped rescue victims at the Leopold Café last year, directly across from the site of the attacks.

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The Takeaway

Forty Years After the Occupation of Alcatraz

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Forty years ago this month, a group of Native Americans staged an occupation of the Island of Alcatraz. The occupation lasted nineteen months and was part of a protest movement that was intended to bring the rights of Native peoples into the public consciousness. This morning, a group of Native Americans will gather for a sunrise meeting to commemorate the takeover. We talk to Andrea Carmen, executive director of the International Indian Treaty Council.

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