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Ida Unveiled at the Natural History Museum

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg at the unveiling of the 47-million-year-old fossil May 19, 2009. (Edward Reed)

Mayor Bloomberg at the unveiling of the 47-million-year-old fossil May 19, 2009. (Edward Reed)

It may be small, but scientists say the remarkably complete skeleton of a 47-million-year-old ...

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Causing Scenes of Joy & Chaos

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

by Jennifer Hsu of The Takeaway


Networking technology has radically changed how we do many things — including startling other people. The group Improv Everywhere uses it to pull off pranks — ...

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Getting Inked

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Wilson Osborne gets an "impulse" tattoo he got at 18 covered up at the tattoo convention happening all this weekend at the Roseland Ballroom. Osborne is now 24 and is in the process of getting an elaborate woman inked on his arm with ...

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A Day in the Life: Peter Pan Donuts

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop in Greenpoint has been around for decades, and so have some of the shop's regulars. On a recent afternoon, Walter Staszewski tells why he spends every weekend at the cozy eatery. Andrew Kreiling and Jess Gunning explain how, despite not speaking Polish, Jess got ...

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With Liberty, and Sweaty Climbs for All

Friday, May 08, 2009

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Lady Liberty's crown will reopen to visitors this July 4th. Closed since the terrorist attacks in 2001, because of security concerns, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar says, initially, 30 visitors an hour will be allowed into the crown, with 10 people at a time permitted to ascend the single, spiral staircase leading up to it.

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Brooklyn Congressman Anthony Weiner campaigned hard for the statue and remembers making the climb as a child, and says there's nothing like it.

'It's one thing to be able to tap her toes, it's something entirely different to be able to go up into that cramped stairwell.'

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Broadway's Back: This Year's Tony Nominations

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

NY Post Theater Critic Elisabeth Vincentelli tells us what got picked and what got shafted in this year's Tony nominations.

A handful of this year's nominees have been to the station this year, including Geoffrey Rush in Exit the King, the stars of God ...

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Voices from the Boroughs

Tuesday, May 05, 2009


The Greene Space’s first visual arts exhibition, opening May 8, celebrates New York City’s artistic diversity with works by emerging and experienced artists from all five boroughs along with a dialogue with curators and artists, moderated by Studio 360 Host Kurt Andersen. The exhibit is curated and produced ...

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Picture This: Your Morning News Illustrated

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

by Annie Shreffler
Brooklyn-based artist Alessandra Olanow draws a segment of news every morning as a matter of routine. For this slide show, she focused on week's worth of news produced at WNYC. Other favorite images from her blog are included. Click on the captions for story names and ...

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Burlesque Plus Lucha Libre Equals Epic Entertainment

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Oh, the gods have been good to us today. Morning Edition has proffered up the most glorious Cinco de Mayo battle of all: Lucha VaVoom. It's a cross between lucha libre wrestling and burlesque dancing. Do not miss Cassandro -- the wrestler whose teeth were knocked out AGAIN by ...

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Seeger Celebrates 90 Winters

Monday, May 04, 2009

Was2316390Pete Seeger continues to work hard for what he believes in. And his fans are right there with him. His 90th birthday birthday party (and sing-a-long) at Madison Square Garden on May 3 turned into a retrospective of many of ...

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Gaffemeister Out-gaffed!

Monday, May 04, 2009

The White House is still sweeping up after Vice President Biden's biggest whoops to date -- telling Americans to stay off mass transit for the duration of the swine flu outbreak. Shame, that, because he's done so much in his short tenure to own the transit issue. ...

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The Fall of the City

Sunday, May 03, 2009

The people invent their oppressors: they wish to believe in them.
They wish to be free of their freedom: released from their liberty —
The long labor of liberty ended!
-- Archibald MacLeish, “The Fall of the City”

Archibald MacLeish’s 1937 radio drama “The Fall of the City,” about the subjugation of a nameless city by a faceless tyrant, declares at the moment of conquest that “the long labor of liberty has ended,” a strong and frightening conclusion to this lyrical drama that the poet/playwright said was “about how people lose their freedom.”

The original production of Fall starred Orson Welles, who went on the following year to create the most notorious broadcast in radio history, “The War of the Worlds.” The tumult surrounding this production, which caused widespread panic and several suicides, has somewhat obscured “The Fall of the City,” in many ways a more potent and nuanced work. Because of this, our broadcast program offered a documentary about the original production and its milieu, and you can listen to that here:


This feature, “Fall of the City: Prophetic Classic,” is narrated by “Radio Lab” host Jad Abumrad. You can also learn more about Archibald MacLeish at Poets.org among other sites.

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Ridin' Around Town, Hogging the Road

Friday, May 01, 2009

Natalie Shea, 7, trying a bike at South Street Seaport.

Natalie Shea, 7, trying a bike at South Street Seaport.

Too tired to take the subway? Try pushing pedals on a two wheeler. This month is Bike Month and starting May 12, Downtown Alliance will be working with local bike companies to provide 630 free rentals at Pier 17 at the South Street Seaport. Riders must reserve their bike online first, but will be able to drop them off at several locations around the city.

Hannah Borgeson is a spokesperson for Bike New York and advises riders to wear a helmet, reflector, and remember that although you may never forget how to ride a bicycle it can still be stressful out there.

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An Enchanted Evening of Music

Friday, May 01, 2009

Terrance McKnight and David Garland brought Evening Music to the new Greene Space stage Thursday night with live performances by some of the brightest lights of the classical, contemporary and new music scenes today: Simone Dinnerstein, Don Byron, Jason Moran, Ute Lemper, John Zorn, and Nico Muhly as well ...

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Downtown: World in a Word

Friday, May 01, 2009

For decades, the term 'downtown' described the experimentalism of music, art and culture in lower Manhattan. On Wednesday, WNYC's Soundcheck explored how that shorthand definition is changing in a live broadcast from The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Guests included rocker Lou Reed, indie new-wave artist Santigold and string quartet ...

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Got a Poem In Your Pocket?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

It's Poem in Your Pocket Day and lyrical verses are being recited all over the city. In Bryant Park this afternoon, students from all five boroughs read poems they penned themselves. Fourteen-year-old Anais McCalaster goes to the Bronx High School for Writing and Communication Arts. She read her poem "Where I'm from."

Some of the poems were light hearted rhymes, while others took serious turns. Eleventh grader Rahad Gul read a poem inspired by his war-torn homeland, Pakistan. It's called "My Other Home:"

The city's diverse student population was reflected in the subject matter. Fourteen year old Naomi Castillo read a poem called "it's not just Puerto Rico."

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Christmas in April; Rockette Auditions Kick Off Today

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

It's like Christmas in April. The Rockettes kicked off auditions today for the 2009 Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Over 400 aspiring Rockettes from across the country came to test their mettle for a coveted spot in the legendary dance troupe known for their chorus line leg kicks in perfect unison. Besides proficiency in jazz and tap dancing, Rockettes must be between 5'6 and 5'10, and over 18 years old. Joy Girard attended Rockette summer camp, just turned 18, bought a new leotard for today, and flew in from California for the audition.

I wanted to be a Rockette since I was four years old and I saw them on TV in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, so I finally turned 18 and it's my chance to audition.

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Loveliest of Trees, the Cherry Now....

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

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On a sunny Sunday at the tail-end of National Poetry Month, WNYC visited the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where people lounged on the grass in the shade of the 76 flowering cherry trees planted in the Cherry Esplanade. To celebrate the season, we asked a few people to read ...

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The Poetry of Mayor Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters in his newly-opened Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Four more poetic years? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with supporters in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In honor of 'Poem in Your Pocket Day,' Mayor Bloomberg has written an ode to volunteerism. Last week, the mayor joined MTV News's Sway Calloway to kick off NYC Service, the city's new volunteer project. The Upper Manhattan event was described by WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly as having 'pulsating dance music and wild exuberance from the youthful audience.'

This week, Hizzoner is taking a more low-key approach to promoting public service. His poem smells less like teen spirit and more like... well, the importance of being earnest:

NYC SERVICE
By Mike Bloomberg

“Volunteer!” says our latest plan

Here's how all New Yorkers can:

Read to kids

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Help some seniors have some fun

Serve some soup

Or plant trees

Spend some time at food pantries

Coach a team

(Always nice)

Give some legal or tax advice

Learn to do CPR

Or...

Join the NYC Civic Corps

Help in any way, kind volunteers

You'll receive New Yorkers’ cheers

But right now, to get the biggest thanks

Help the pitching on the Mets and Yanks

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Russell Simmons on Reducing the Carbon Footprints

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Record promoter and mogul Russell Simmons has been a part of some of the biggest acts in hip-hop, including The Beastie Boys and Run DMC. But his latest passion is reducing the carbon footprints of America's college campuses. To meet that goal he's running ...

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