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Today's Takeaway | March 4, 2013

Monday, March 04, 2013

Lessons in Revitalizing Cities | The Desire to Be Hip Is Making All Our Cities the Same | What Makes a City Quirky? | GOP's New Priority: Spending over Defense | The Changing Face of the South

The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Made Money Off Sandy?

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A group of leading Senators have announced a deal on immigration reform. Chung-Wha Hong of the New York Immigration Coalition talks about the bipartisan proposal. Plus: Benjamin Barber on how cities are responding to global issues; WNYC’s Robert Lewis on the economics of the Sandy recovery, including lucrative contracts; Jad Abumrad and Sean Cole talk about a recent Radiolab piece about what doctors want for their own end of life care; Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY-18) talks about representing the Hudson Valley; and can we ever stop drivers from honking?

The Takeaway

Knoxville One of Three American Cities "Fully Recovered" from Great Recession

Monday, December 10, 2012

What do Pittsburgh, Dallas, and Knoxville have in common? Recent findings from the Brookings Institution show that these three cities are the only major metropolitan areas in the United States that are experiencing an economic recovery since the recession ended in 2009. Knoxville's Mayor Madeline Rogero tells us more about her city's recovery.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Detroit City Is the Place to Be

Monday, December 03, 2012

Detroit-area native Mark Binelli talks about Detroit—it’s long downward spiral and its new role as a laboratory for the future of cities. In Detroit City Is the Place to Be, he goes beyond the usual portrait of crime, poverty, and ruin to show how Detroit is being re-invented as a post-industrial city becoming smaller, less segregated, greener, economically diverse, and better functioning.

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The Decline of American Cities: Lewis Mumford's 'The City in History'

Friday, November 23, 2012

WNYC

"Like a stopped clock," the author Lewis Mumford asserts in this 1961 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, he has been exactly right twice.  

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A Conflicted Portrait of Robert Moses,'The Builder for Democracy'

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WNYC

"I'm not an author. I'm merely a victim" is the unwittingly prescient opening statement from Robert Moses at this 1952 Books and Authors Luncheon. 

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Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WNYC

Jane Jacobs, in this 1962 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.

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The Takeaway

Detroit: The Next Design Mecca?

Friday, September 21, 2012

Reed Kroloff is no stranger to cities that are in need of a rebirth. As dean of architecture at Tulane University, he was responsible for bringing back 97 percent of the school's student body after Hurricane Katrina. This week, Kroloff is a part of the second annual Detroit Design Festival. He explains why he thinks that the Motor City could be the next design mecca.

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: Odd Things Happen When You Chop Up Cities And Stack Them Sideways

Thursday, September 13, 2012

NPR

Robert takes a look at a series of dissected cities, and finds himself falling for the charmingly crooked bits and pieces of one in particular.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Jonathan Kozol on His Book Fire in the Ashes

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Jonathan Kozol discusses the inequalities inflicted upon poor children. Kozol has persistently crossed the lines of class and race, first as a teacher, then as an author of books about the children he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity.” His new book, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, is about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States.

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The Takeaway

Evaluating the Tiny Life

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As cities like San Francisco, Boston, and the already crowded New York are considering lowering the minimum apartment size, we ask: How small is too small? And what are the challenges of tiny living?

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: A Literary Mix Tape

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Two tales of urgency and change, inspired by music.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rebel in the City

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

David Harvey, leading social theorist, Distinguished Professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and author of Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, discusses how cities are at the center of both capital and class struggles--and asks how cities might be reorganized to be more just.

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The Takeaway

New Census Data Reveals Shift from Suburbs to Cities

Friday, April 06, 2012

New Census data released Thursday shows that the annual rate of growth in American cities has now surpassed that of the suburbs for the first time in 20 years. Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, joins us to discuss why that shift is occurring.

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WNYC News

New York Is World's Most Competitive City: Report

Monday, March 12, 2012

New York is the most competitive city in the world, according to a new index published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.

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The Takeaway

Mayors Address Economic Hardships Plaguing the Nation's Cities

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Mayors from across the nation are meeting this week to discuss unemployment and other economic issues hitting their respective cities. The United States Conference of Mayors, who is hosting the event, claims that nearly 80 of the country’s metro areas will not reach pre-recession levels of employment for at least five years. Mayor Steve Benjamin, an attendee of the conference, discusses his own struggles as mayor of Columbia, SC and the hardships other cities face presently in the United States.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Urban Evolution

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jason Munshi-South, assistant professor at Baruch College, and Rob Dunn, associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University and author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, discuss how cities and urban environments change the animals, insects—and even bacteria—that live within them. They’ll also cover how natural selection and evolution work and how they study it.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Nicholas Lemann on city living

Monday, June 20, 2011

Nicholas Lemann on city living.

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The Takeaway

'Aerotropolis': The City of the Future?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

In the 2009 movie "Up in the Air" Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, tells viewers that "all the things you probably hate about traveling are warm reminders that I am home." Bingham and his colleagues built their lives around air travel. "Aerotropolis: The Way We'll Live Next," argues that the cities of the future must do the same.

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The Takeaway

Cities: Better For Your Health and Happiness?

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Over 249 million Americans live on the three percent of land that constitutes our cities. More than half of America’s income is earned in 22 metropolitan areas. And people live longer in New York City than anywhere else in the U.S. That being said, our nation continues to grapple with negative perceptions about cities. Images of loud, dirty, noisy, graffiti and crime-ridden urban wastelands persist. Economist Ed Glaeser wants to change that. He’s convinced that cities make us better, and that the proof can be seen everywhere from Minneapolis to Shanghai.

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