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David Carr, Investigating His Own Life

Friday, February 13, 2015

NYTimes media columnist David Carr died Thursday at the age of 58. He covered the media industry for 25 years, but in this interview, which first aired in 2008, he told us his own story.

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Spinning on Air

Connie Converse Walking In the Dark

Sunday, November 25, 2012

During the 1950s Connie Converse lived in New York City writing and singing thoughtful, emotional, smart, witty, personal songs. She accompanied herself on guitar, a "singer/songwriter" before that term or style existed. The music industry of her day couldn't pigeonhole her, and didn't welcome her. Discouraged, Connie left New York in 1960, and in 1974 she wrote a series of farewell letters to her friends and family, packed up her Volkswagen Bug and disappeared. She has not been heard from since. This special edition of WNYC's Spinning On Air with David Garland, airs many of Connie's songs for the first time, and tells her story with interviews, commentary, and readings from her letters, journals, and poetry. 

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Studio 360

Godfather of Bacteria

Friday, December 24, 2010

In 1928 the Scottish biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the fungus from which penicillin is derived. Fleming made the discovery while trying an unusual experiment: painting with strains of bacteria. Lindsay Patterson talked with a team that’s taking bacterial painting to a new level.

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Studio 360

American Icons, The Listener Pick: “Dallas”

Friday, November 19, 2010

For our American Icons series this fall, we've looked at nine different great works, but we've also been asking listeners to suggest what our tenth should be. Laura Detre, a listener in Pittsburgh, suggested the television show "Dallas.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Susan Cheever on Louisa May Alcott

Monday, November 15, 2010

Susan Cheever discusses the life of writer Louisa May Alcott. Louisa May Alcott: A Personal Biography is an account of Alcott’s life, based on extensive research, journals, and correspondence, that portrays her as an idealists who led the charge in support of antislavery, temperance, and women’s rights.

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Studio 360

The Autobiography of Mark Twain

Friday, November 12, 2010

A century after his death, Mark Twain has finally published his autobiography. It's not a cradle-to-grave memoir, but a kind of window into Twain's mind, full of memories and thoughts randomly strung together. Kurt talks with Robert Hirst, an editor of the volume, who explains why ...

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WNYC News

Program Allows Artists to Trade Creative Services for Health Care

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Working artists in New York are twice as likely to be living without adequate health insurance as those who make their living by other means. And after health care funding was slashed by $775 million dollars in the most recent state budget, it may be ...

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WNYC News

"Theater for One" Takes Performance Inside the Box

Sunday, May 16, 2010

In a modified cargo box in Times Square, a production is going on -- with enough room for one performer and a single audience member. WNYC’s Janaya Williams took in a show at the intimate performance space.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Wynton, Whales, and What's for Dinner

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wynton Marsalis talks about Lincoln Center’s Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition. Then, we’ll explore the complex and often violent history of American whaling with filmmaker Ric Burns.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Beetle Queen

Monday, May 10, 2010

Jessica Oreck, animal keeper at the American Museum of Natural History, discusses her lifelong love of insects and her new documentary "Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo," which explores the world of Japanese insect-lovers, looking at the religious, literary, and philosophical underpinnings of a nation’s entomological obsession. "Beetle Queen Conquers ...

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The Council of Dads

Monday, May 10, 2010

Bestselling author Bruce Feiler talks about what happened when he was diagnosed with cancer and began worrying about what his young daughters' lives would be like without him. In The Council of Dads: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me, he tells the story of ...

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America, Whaling & the World

Monday, May 10, 2010

Filmmaker Ric Burns tells the story of three centuries of American whaling. His documentary "Into the Deep: America, Whaling & the World" reveals how whaling helped fuel the expansion of the American economy, pushed tiny backwater ports like Nantucket and New Bedford to the center of the whaling ...

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Essentially Ellington

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center and director of the JLC Orchestra, talks about Lincoln Center's Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Band Competition and Festival. He’s joined by Carlos Henriquez, who performed in the competition as a student at LaGuardia High School and is ...

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WNYC News

Film Project Examines Effect of Public Cameras

Saturday, May 08, 2010

After the discovery of a failed car bomb in Times Square last Saturday, NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly says he'd like to see even more cameras in Times Square and throughout Midtown. In Madison Square Park, a film project called "Surveillance" is calling attention to the ...

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"Metropolis" Reconstructed

Friday, May 07, 2010

Paula Felix-Didier, director of the Museo del Cine Pablo Ducros Hicken in Buenos Aires, Argentina, discusses a new reconstruction of Fritz Lang’s legendary 1927 film “Metropolis.” It includes nearly thirty minutes of long-lost footage discovered recently in Argentina. The new version of “Metropolis” will be playing at Film ...

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"The Oath"

Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras discusses her documentary “The Oath,” about the divergent paths of Osama bin Laden’s bodyguard, Abu Jandal, and driver, Salim Hamdan. Their intertwined personal stories shed light on a world that has confounded the West, and the film offers an unsettling glimpses of the international impact ...

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Weighty Issues

Friday, May 07, 2010

Filmmaker Laura Poitras talks about her documentary "The Oath," about Osama Bin Laden’s bodyguard and driver. It’s been 50 years since the FDA approved the birth control pill, and we’ll look at its cultural legacy. And we’ll find out about the nearly 30 minutes of long-lost footage from Fritz Lang’s ...

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Willie Nelson

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Country music legend Willie Nelson talks about his long career in music, what keeps him inspired, and what it was like to work with producer T Bone Burnett and an all-star posse of pickers, including Buddy Miller, Ronnie McCoury, and Riley Baugus on his latest album, "Country Music."

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Damon Wayans

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Award-winning actor, stand-up comedian, writer, and producer Damon Wayans, talks about becoming famous on his brother Keenen Ivory Wayans's hit show, "In Living Color," his career in television and movies since then, and writing his first novel, Red Hats.

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The Poker Bride

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Christopher Corbett discusses his novel, The Poker Bride. It’s based on a little-known legend about Polly, a young Chinese concubine at an Idaho mining camp who was traded in a poker game during the gold rush of 1849. Years later, when the gold rush receded and the Chinese miners ...

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