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Leonard Bernstein: American Original

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Leonard Bernstein made his legendary conducting debut at the New York Philharmonic in 1943, at the young age of 25. We celebrate the life and work of Leonard Bernstein with his younger brother Burton Bernstein and New York Philharmonic archivist and historian Barbara Haws. They’ve collaborated on a new book, ...

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Life as a Widow

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

When Anne Roiphe’s husband, Herman, died of a heart attack after 39 years of marriage, she had to learn to cope with life as a widow. Her new memoir is Epilogue.

Weigh in: Tell us how you coped after the loss of a spouse. What's your advice for someone ...

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New American Judaism

Monday, September 22, 2008

Philanthropist Edgar Bronfman is calling for a reinvigorated American Judaism; he says a more celebratory and hopeful religious life will draw and retain young Jews. He’s the author of Hope, Not Fear.

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Edgar Bronfman will be speaking with Charlie Rose
At the 92nd St. Y
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Harold Weston’s Belief in Beauty

Monday, September 22, 2008

Modernist painter Harold Weston’s prodigious output of paintings included New Deal murals, Adirondack landscapes, and gouache abstracts. He also fought to establish the NEA. His granddaughter Rebecca Foster has made a documentary about his life and work, called "Harold Weston: A Bigger Belief in Beauty."

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"Harold ...

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40 Years of New York Magazine

Monday, September 22, 2008

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of New York magazine. A new book, New York Stories, is a collection of some of the magazine’s best articles over the years. Adam Moss is the magazine’s current editor; Gail Sheehy and Pete Hamill are longtime contributors.

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New York ...

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A Bernstein/Bolcom Celebration

Friday, September 19, 2008

Husband-and-wife musical team William Bolcom and Joan Morris are celebrating their 35th performance anniversary together. Also, William Bolcom is being honored at the "A Bernstein/Bolcom Celebration" - a tribute to two composers who have been guiding lights to the New York Festival Of Song (NYFOS): the Broadway music ...

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Rock and Roll Life

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Music industry vet Danny Goldberg has had a big influence on the world of rock and roll - from managing Nirvana to launching Stevie Nicks’s solo career. His new memoir is Bumping Into Geniuses.

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Writing About America, State by State

Thursday, September 18, 2008

In the depths of the Great Depression, thousands of American writers found work under the New Deal’s Federal Writers Project. Find out about a new project updating that model. Matt Weiland and Sean Wilsey are co-editors of State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America; John Hodgman is a ...

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Albrecht Durer: Art in Transition

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

German Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer’s work blended Flemish Gothic with Italy's innovations in perspective and color. The Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) is hosting an exhibit of his work called "Albrecht Durer: Art in Transition," on display through September 21. Paul Tabor is director of exhibitions at MOBIA; ...

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A Blessed Child

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Linn Ullman’s a new novel, A Blessed Child, tells the story a blended family summering on a tiny Swedish island. Ullman is the daughter of Liv Ullman and Ingmar Bergman.

Event:
Liv Ullman will be giving a reading and signing books
Tues. Sept. 16 at ...

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Cheney: A VP Like No Other

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Find out how Dick Cheney shaped the vice president’s role in the White House even before he joined the ticket in 2000 - and how he’s changed the job description for future administrations. Barton Gellman is the author of Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency.

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Barton Gellman ...

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What's Reality?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Find out how our understanding of the nature of reality has changed radically over the past 25 years. Leonard talks to physicist Frank Wilczek, author of Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.

Event: Frank Wilczek will be speaking Monday, September 15 at ...

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Vietnam’s Coastline

Monday, September 15, 2008

A third of Vietnam’s 80 million people live on or near the coastline. Jon Bowermaster talks about his 800-mile kayak expedition along Vietnam’s northern coastline, and what he learned about the sea’s importance to those who live near it. His new book about his journey is Descending the Dragon. ...

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Time to Change Your Life

Monday, September 15, 2008

Most people spend their time less wisely than their money. Find out how a better understanding of the psychology of time can lead to a healthier, happier, and more successful life. Philip Zimbardo’s most recent book is The Time Paradox.

Weigh in: Tell us about time management techniques that ...

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Studio 360

Spore, Burning Man, Malkovich

Friday, September 12, 2008

Studio 360 creates life. Will Wright, game designer and creator of the Sims, shows Kurt how his new game Spore lets players control the evolution of their very own species. Correspondent “Fiona Chutney” (a character played by performer Iris Bahr) tries to get loose at this year’s Burning Man festival. And John Malkovich stops by to talk about his role in the new Coen Brothers film “Burn After Reading.”

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How to Buy a Zoo

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Benjamin Mee and his family bought a zoo in the English countryside, complete with decaying buildings and an assortment of animals, in the hopes of turning it into a sanctuary for endangered animals and a successful business. Things didn’t go as planned. Mee’s new book is We Bought a ...

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Paul Auster’s Man in the Dark

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Paul Auster’s new novel, Man in the Dark, tells the parallel stories of a 72-year-old convalescing in Vermont after a car accident, and a man who wakes up in the middle of a dangerous dream.

Event:
Paul Auster will be giving a reading, Q&A, and signing books
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Being Catholic Now

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

About 80 million Americans call themselves Catholic. RFK’s daughter, Kerry Kennedy, talks about what it means to be a Catholic in today’s world. For her new book, Being Catholic Now, she interviewed prominent American Catholics including Bill Maher, Cokie Roberts, Susan Sarandon, and Douglas Brinkley.

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Cold War Lessons

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

What can lessons learned from the Cold War teach us about how to deal with the threat of terrorism today? Strategic analyst Jonathan Stevenson explains how predictive thinking can help America deal with its current challenges. His new book is Thinking Beyond the Unthinkable.

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Post-Slavery Family Life

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Breena Clarke’s new novel, Stand the Storm, revolves around the Coats family, a black family living in Georgetown around the time of the Civil War, and their struggles to free themselves from the legacy of slavery.

Event:
Breena Clarke will be reading from Stand the Storm

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