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The Leonard Lopate Show

From Sideshow to the Big Top: The History of the Circus

Friday, March 13, 2015

Daily life once ground to a halt when the circus rolled into town. Banks closed, schools canceled classes, and factories shut down so that everyone could go to the show.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Investigating Scientology, Inspiring a Brooklyn Superhero

Friday, March 13, 2015

A new documentary about Scientology. Jake Gyllenhaal, Ruth Wilson, and Nick Payne, discuss "Constellations.” The new play "Brooklynite.” Please Explain is all about the circus!

The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in the Big Apple Circus

Monday, August 26, 2013

Paul Binder, founder of the Big Apple Circus, discusses the uncommon life of circus artists, their animal partners. His memoir Never Quote the Weather to a Sea Lion looks at the weird and the workaday, the curious and the commonplace, the exhilaration and the exhaustion of life in the circus.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Glickman"; Gerard Lordahl on Gardening; the Big Apple Circus; Our Social Lives and Our Genes

Monday, August 26, 2013

Director James L. Freedman talks about his documentary “Glickman,” about the Jewish-American athlete who was banned from the 1936 Berlin Olympics and went on to become a revered sportscaster. Former senator—and former basketball player—Bill Bradley, who’s featured in the film, also joins us. Then Gerard Lordahl takes your calls on gardening matters and shares tips on how to get the most out of your plants as the weather starts to get cooler. Big Apple Circus founder Paul Binder describes what it’s like to work under the Big Top. Plus, we’ll look at epigenetics and how our social lives can affect our genes.

Soundcheck

Lions and Tigers and Unicyclists, Oh My!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is in town at Brooklyn's Barclay's Center this week. With it comes tigers, clowns, death-defying acrobatics -- and quite a bit of music. The composer Michael Picton crafted the score for the current tour, called "Built To Amaze." He joins us to talk about the challenges of soundtracking a basketball game played on unicycles and the all-important entrance of the elephants.

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Soundcheck

When The Circus Came To Soundcheck; The Waterboys

Monday, March 25, 2013

In This Episode: The Scottish-led, Dublin-based band The Waterboys have been making a unique blend of Celtic folk rock since 1983. They set the poetry of W.B. Yeats to music in our studio.

Plus: The Ringling Bros & Barnum Bailey Circus has set up the proverbial big top at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The circus’ composer, Michael Picton, talks about creating music for the show. And historian Janet Davis of University of Texas-Austin talks about the sound of the "golden age" of the circus

Later: From “Tears of a Clown” to “The Show Must Go On,” the Soundcheck team puts together a playlist of circus-related pop music.

Soundcheck

Gig Alert: Mucca Pazza

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Mucca Pazza, the rollicking, high-energy 30-piece group from Chicago, plays the David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center for free on Thursday night. Download "Bump" here, which has a Balkan folksy flavor to it.

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Features

Madison Square Garden's Circus Goes...Out of Town

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

For the first time since 1919, the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus won't be coming to town in the spring.

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WNYC News

Circus Clowns Aspire to “The Greatest Show on Earth”

Friday, July 30, 2010

Would-be clowns didn't run away to join the circus Friday morning - they took the subway to Coney Island. That’s where 17 bright-eyed performers auditioned to be clowns for Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey. One applicant had just finished a ten-year career with a ballet company.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Joan Acocella on the allure of the circus

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Joan Acocella on the allure of the circus.

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Cathy Day

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Kurt Andersen talks with Cathy Day, author of The Circus in Winter. Her stories are based on the Indiana town she comes from, where a circus wintered until recent years. Cathy explains how an elephant’s rampage killed her own great-uncle.

Cathy Day is the author ...

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Studio 360

Girl on a Wire

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Parents used to fear their kids running away to the circus, but today, in some cities, they drive their kids to circus school. Marge Ostroushko has been taking her daughter, Anna, for classes at St. Paul's Circus Juventas since Anna was ten. Now she watches as Anna hangs ...

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Studio 360

Mud Show

Saturday, August 27, 2005

The Kelly Miller Circus is one of the last "mud shows," setting up in small towns and breaking down the same night. North Country Public Radio's Gregory Warner visited the circus in Arcade, New York. He found a unique version of family-friendly raunch, and a big grudge against Cirque du ...

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Studio 360

Trapeze, Elephants, Piazza

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Kurt Andersen and author Cathy Day explore the spectacular, seedy, childlike joy of the circus. We’ll visit one of the last of the traveling “mud shows,” trucking elephants and acrobats to a different small town every day. We’ll play with Alexander Calder’s enormous set of circus figures — sculpture that ...

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Studio 360

Clown Care Unit

Saturday, October 11, 2003

At the Babies and Children's Hospital in upper Manhattan, you'll hear the normal medical beeps and buzzes, doctors rushing around to their young patients. Some days you'll also hear laughter — which means the Big Apple Circus has sent out their Clown Care Unit. Produced by Sara Paul. 

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