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Lunar New Year Parade 2009

Monday, February 02, 2009

Thousands of New Yorkers welcomed the Year of the Ox at the 10th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade on February 1, 2009.

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Liyana's Music from Zimbabwe

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This is Liyana performing their song "Never Give Up" at Teachers College-Columbia University on January 27th. The band's eight members all have physical disabilities. One is hearing impaired and four rely on wheelchairs.

People with disabilities are often shunned in Zimbabwe. Singer Marvelous Mbulo says some people believe they are under the influence of witchcraft. Mbulo has muscular dystrophy. He's 23 years old and sings backup. Lead singer Prudence Mabhena, who's 21, says her parents wanted nothing to do with her when she was born with arthrogryphosis, which withers the joints. She was raised by a grandmother and says doctors removed three of her limbs to ease her discomfort. Her remaining left arm is twisted, but she is able to manage her motorized wheelchair. Mabhena started singing when she was four years old with her grandmother. Her musical idol is the late South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, and her voice is often compared to Makeba's. Mabhena also loves the American pop stars Alicia Keyes and Beyonce.

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Mohamad Yunus on Socially-Conscious Business

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Nobel Laureate Mohamad Yunus told WNYC's Leonard Lopate that creative, socially-conscious approaches to business can both reinvigorate capitalism and help eliminate global poverty.

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Going Digital - Can 10 TV Anchors Be Wrong?

Monday, January 26, 2009

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Fox 5's Ernie Anastos with Mayor B (credit Edward Reed)

If you're the kind of public radio listener who actually watches a little local TV, god forbid, you may have noticed the steady drumbeat of news segments on the coming revolution of digital TV. 'Get your digital converter TODAY, or else...' - cut to shot of TV screen as primetime sitcom suddenly gives way to all-black - '...you COULD be left in the dark.'

Mayor Bloomberg joined the chorus today, reminding people that Feb. 17 is the last day when regular analog TVs will get a signal. The remedy, of course, is to either buy a brand-new digital TV - do it for America, viewers - or buy a relatively inexpensive digital converter box, about $40 to $70.

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Madoff: A Jewish Reckoning

Saturday, January 17, 2009

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Bernard Madoff walks out from Federal Court after a bail hearing in Manhattan January 5, 2009. (Getty)

On Thursday night, at the Yivo Institute for Jewish Research, there was an overflow crowd for a talk entitled 'Madoff: A Jewish Reckoning'. For ...

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Radiolab’s Audio-Visual Smackdown

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Radio Lab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich face off over which medium is superior -- television or radio -- with Ira Glass, whose program, This American Life, is both a radio show and TV show, acting as referee.

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