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Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Friday, August 29, 2014

Architect James Stewart Polshek, whose portfolio includes the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock and the expansion of Carnegie Hall, discusses bringing his ideas to life.

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“Violet” on Broadway

Friday, May 09, 2014

The star and director of the Roundabout Theatre Company’s Broadway production of “Violet” talk about the play.

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Inspired Architect James Stewart Polshek

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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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The High-Flying History of Superman

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, who after 75 years remains one of America’s most enduring heroes. In Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Tye looks at the history of the Man of Steel and also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

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Measuring and Mapping Space

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dr. Roberta Casagrande-Kim, guest curator, and Dr. Jennifer Chi, exhibitions director and chief curator, talk about the exhibition Measuring and Mapping Space: Geographic Knowledge in Greco-Roman Antiquity, focused on ancient cartography and the ways in which Greek and Roman societies perceived and represented both the known and unknown worlds. It’s on view at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University through January 5, 2014.

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The Searchers, an American Legend

Friday, July 05, 2013

Glenn Frankel tells the story behind “The Searchers.” In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches, raised by the tribe, and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years later she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and reunited with her white family. It’s become a foundational American tale and has inspired operas plays, and a novel by Alan LeMay, which was adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, “The Searchers,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. In The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Frankel examines how the story has been shaped over time.

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The High-Flying History of Superman

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Larry Tye tells the history of Superman, who after 75 years remains one of America’s most enduring heroes. In Superman: The High-Flying History of America’s Most Enduring Hero, Tye looks at the history of the Man of Steel and also of the creators, designers, owners, and performers who made him the icon he is today.

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Rescuing Italian Art from Nazis

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Robert Edsel talks about the men and women who rescued great Italian art from destruction during WWII. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—set out from Naples to track billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Edsel tells the story in Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.

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Frank Rich on Race and the GOP, Rescuing Italian Art, Bill Cheng's Novel, Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New York Magazine’s Frank Rich discusses the Republican Party’s efforts to remake its image in an effort to attract more minority voters. We’ll find out about the American soldiers who rescued some of Italy’s art treasures from destruction by the Nazis during World War II. Bill Cheng discusses his novel, Southern Cross the Dog, about how the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 upends the relationships of three childhood friends. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions on English language and grammar.

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The Searchers, an American Legend

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Glenn Frankel tells the story behind “The Searchers.” In 1836 in East Texas, nine-year-old Cynthia Ann Parker was kidnapped by Comanches, raised by the tribe, and eventually became the wife of a warrior. Twenty-four years later she was reclaimed by the U.S. cavalry and Texas Rangers and reunited with her white family. It’s become a foundational American tale and has inspired operas plays, and a novel by Alan LeMay, which was adapted into one of Hollywood's most legendary films, “The Searchers,” directed by John Ford and starring John Wayne. In The Searchers: The Making of an American Legend, Frankel examines how the story has been shaped over time.

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Piero della Francesca at the Frick

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Piero della Francesca was a founding figure of the Italian Renaissance. A new exhibition at the Frick Collection brings together seven of Francesa's works, including six panels from the Sant’Agostino altarpiece.

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David Ives and Carson Elrod: “All in the Timing”

Monday, February 18, 2013

Playwright David Ives and actor Carson Elrod talk about “All in the Timing.” It's currently playing at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters and has just been extended through April 14.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?
Haneke's Amour

What are you listening to right now?

Stravinsky — everything

What's the last great book you read?
Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations"

What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
English punk rock

What's your favorite comfort food?
What's "comfort food"?

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Guest Picks: Chester Higgins

Monday, February 18, 2013

Photographer Chester Higgins was here on February 15 to talk about photographing the ruins of ancient Nubia. He shared a few of his favorite things.

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Tommy Mottola, Hitmaker

Thursday, February 07, 2013

Legendary music executive Tommy Mottola talks about how a college dropout from the Bronx became one of the music industry's most creative and controversial CEOs. He launched the careers of many superstars, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez and Gloria Estefan. In his memoir The Hitmaker: The Man and His Music, he discusses Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and working with giants such as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Beyonce, Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, the Dixie Chicks, Pearl Jam, Aerosmith, Tony Bennett, and Ozzy Osbourne.

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"Matisse: In Search of True Painting" at the Met

Friday, January 25, 2013

Curator Rebecca Rabinow talks about the exhibition “Matisse: In Search of True Painting,” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through March 17. Henri Matisse was one of the most acclaimed artists working in France during the first half of the 20th century, but painting had rarely come easily to Matisse. Throughout his career, he questioned, repainted, and reevaluated his work. This show demonstrates his need to progress methodically from one painting to the next.

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Guest Picks: David O. Russell

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Filmmaker David O. Russell was on the show January 24, 2013, to talk about his movie "Silver Linings Playbook." He shared his guest picks with us. Find out what he's reading, watching, and listening to.

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The Films of 2012 and the NY Film Critics Awards

Friday, December 21, 2012

The New York Film Critics Awards are on January 7, and we’ve invited three critics: John Anderson of Variety and Newsday; Richard Corliss of Time; and Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York and the current Chair of the NYFCC, to talk about their favorite films of the year, as well as some of the flops and box office surprises.

Let us know your favorite movies of the year!

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Christopher Walken on "A Late Quartet"

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Christopher Walken talks about his role in the new film “A Late Quartet.” He plays the cellist of a world-renowned string quartet. When he receives a life changing diagnosis, the group's future suddenly hangs in the balance. “A Late Quartet” is playing at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas at the Sunshine Landmark Cinemas.

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"Faking It" at the Metropolitan Museum

Monday, November 05, 2012

Curator Mia Fineman talks about the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art through January 27, 2013. The exhibition traces the history of manipulated photography from the 1840s through the early 1990s, when the computer replaced manual techniques as the dominant means of doctoring photographs.

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Leonardo and the Last Supper

Monday, November 05, 2012

In 1495 in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci began working on what would become one of the most influential and beloved works of art-The Last Supper. Ross King explores how-amid war and the political and religious turmoil, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations-Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. in Leonardo and the Last Supper, King presents an original portrait of one of the world's greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work. 

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