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An Undocumented Farm Worker’s Story

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Director Chris Eska’s new film, "August Evening," tells the story of an aging undocumented farm worker and his young, widowed daughter-in-law as their lives are thrown into unpheaval. It’s now showing at the Village East Cinema (181 - 189 2nd Ave.).

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Bob Schieffer’s America

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

CBS News veteran Bob Schieffer shares his thoughts on war, political campaigns, and other headlines from his 50-year career in journalism – and looks ahead to the final presidential debate between Sen. Obama and Sen. McCain, which Schieffer will moderate on Oct. 15. His new book is Bob Schieffer’s ...

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A Field Guide to the British

Monday, September 08, 2008

England and the U.S. share a language and intertwined histories, but are still two very different cultures. Sarah Lyall, a New York Times reporter based in London, uses her American perspective to help us make sense of English culture…from the traditional “stiff upper lip,” to modern consumerism. Her new book ...

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Surviving a Major Illness

Friday, September 05, 2008

Writer Sarah Manguso struggled for nine years with an autoimmune blood disorder so rare it doesn’t even have a real name. Her new memoir is The Two Kinds of Decay.

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Sarah Manguso will be giving a reading
Tuesday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. ...

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Social Mobility in Goa, India

Thursday, September 04, 2008

American director Chris Smith’s new film, "The Pool," explores social mobility in neighborhoods of poverty and privilege of Goa, India. It’s making its U.S. premiere at the Film Forum (209 W. Houston St.), and Chris Smith will be there for Q&A sessions at the Thurs. Sept. ...

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Moms Returning to Work

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Returning to the workplace can be a challenge for stay-at-home moms who’ve taken time off to take care of kids. Hear why more and more employers are specifically choosing to hire returning mothers, and how those women manage to balance their families and careers. Emma Gilbey Keller’s recent book is ...

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Post-Soviet Stories

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Sana Krasikov’s debut short story collection, One More Year, explores the experiences of Russian and Georgian immigrants who have settled in the U.S., and the many uncertainties that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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Photos from 1960s and 70s NYC

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

New York photographer Oscar Abolafia took over 300,000 photographs that captured the city in the 1960s and 70s. He's worked for 35 years as a photographer for Time, People and Look magazines.

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How Jazz Can Change Your Life

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Pulitzer Prize-winning musician and composer Wynton Marsalis says that understanding jazz can improve your personal life, your creativity, and even your career! His new book is Moving to Higher Ground: How Jazz Can Change Your Life.

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Wynton Marsalis will be in conversation with Geoffrey C. Ward
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Underappreciated: Yuri Olesha’s Envy

Monday, September 01, 2008

When it was published in 1927, Yuri Olesha's Envy was celebrated by the Soviet establishment as a condemnation of the bourgeois psyche. But two years later Olesha came under suspicion when Communist officials realized that the novel was a satire. Marian Schwartz, who translated Envy for the

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Kelli O’Hara in "South Pacific"

Friday, August 29, 2008

Kelli O’Hara stars as Nellie Forbush in the hit revival of "South Pacific" at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center. It’s the musical's first revival since it first opened in 1949 to thrilled audiences. Go here for the full schedule and tickets.

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Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State

Friday, August 29, 2008

Democrats tend to win in wealthy states, while Republicans tend to get the votes of wealthy voters. Columbia statistics and political science professor Andrew Gelman explains American voting patterns, and debunks what he calls the myth of red America/blue America. His new book is Red State, Blue State, Rich ...

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Charlton Heston: Cinematic Atlas

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Holly Heston, Charlton Heston’s daughter, talks about her father’s career in Hollywood, and tells us what it was like to grow up with Ben Hur and Moses for a dad. Walter Seltzer is one of Heston’s long-time producing partners. Both are in town for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s ...

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Chinese Apples: Poems by W.S. Di Piero

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

San Francisco-based poet and art critic W.S. Di Piero’s recent book of new and selected poems, Chinese Apples, ranges from character studies of his South Philadelphia youth and meditations on Italian-American culture, to word portraits of California.

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Art Conservation as Forensic Science

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

We look at art conservation as a forensic science. Guggenheim Museum conservationist Carol Stringari recently used a severely damaged Ad Reinhardt painting, "Black Painting, 1960–66," that had been deemed all but destroyed to develop new conservation techniques! A Guggenheim exhibit, "Imageless," explores the scientific study ...

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Pre-Fabricated Homes

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Pre-fabricated housing dates back to the 1830s, when a Chicago builder developed a “balloon frame” method of wood construction to help ease the growing city’s housing shortage. A new exhibit at MoMA, "Home Delivery," looks into the past, present, and future of pre-fabricated homes. It’s on display through ...

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The Future of TV

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

We may have reached the end of television as we know it. What comes next? Find out why the three major networks will need to make some major changes if they want to survive, and whether niche programming and "choose your own plot" interactive options might be the future. Entertainment ...

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Is Public Access TV Still Relevant?

Monday, August 25, 2008

In the era of YouTube and other citizen media like blogs, online social networks, and wikis, is public access television still relevant? Dan Gillmor is author of We the Media; Dee Dee Halleck is co-founder of Paper Tiger Television.

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The History of Humanitarian Intervention

Monday, August 25, 2008

Humanitarian military intervention is not a new idea; Princeton international affairs professor Gary Bass says that it dates back to Victorian times when the British naval victory at Navarino against Turkish troops assured Greek independence. Professor Bass’s new book is Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention.

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The Power of Progress

Friday, August 22, 2008

Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta talks about the historical context of progressivism in America, and explains why he thinks progressive politics can help the U.S. save our economy and our climate. His new book is The Power of Progress.

Weigh in: What's your definition of progressive ...

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