Slate Culture Gabfest

If Bono Were a Chess Piece Edition

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf and Julia Turner discuss U2 with Slate music writer Carl Wilson, the ignored world of competitive chess with Seth Stevenson, and Shonda Rhimes and representation with Slate's TV critic Willa Paskin.


PRI's The World

The Italian Bobby Fischer is making chess history in St. Louis

Thursday, September 04, 2014

A tournament in St. Louis has everyone in the chess world mesmerized. Norway's glamorous, 23-year-old World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen was the favorite. But a younger upstart has won a record-setting seven games ... and could unseat him.


PRI's The World

A chess legend fails in his bid to become the sport's official king

Monday, August 11, 2014

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the current president of chess governing body FIDE, beat former world chess champion and Russian dissident Garry Kasparov to win another four-year term. The election turned bitter as the two men sparred over their political ties.



That Was A Hit?!?: Murray Head, 'One Night In Bangkok'

Monday, December 02, 2013

In this installment of Soundcheck's series That Was A Hit?!?, Mario Correa explains how "One Night in Bangkok," a song from a musical about chess, became a chart-topping pop hit.

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The Challenges And Joys Of Parenting Musical Prodigies

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon joins to discuss his new book, Far From The Tree, and shares how the families of musical geniuses such as Joshua Bell and Lang Lang struggled to cope with their children's tremendous talents.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Brooklyn Castle

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Alexis Paredes, I.S. 318 graduate and top-rated high school chess player, and John Galvin, the Assistant Principal at I.S. 318 and chess coordinator there, talk about the documentary “Brooklyn Castle,” which they’re both featured in. The film tells the stories of five members of the chess team at a low-income inner city junior high school that has won more national championships than any other in the country. “Brooklyn Castle” is playing at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center and Sunshine Landmark Cinemas.

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Niche Market | Chess Shop

Wednesday, September 14, 2011


New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market takes a peek inside a different specialty store and showcases the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity. Slideshow below.

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