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The Leonard Lopate Show

Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Monday, March 10, 2014

Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced women of a certain age. She discusses the anti-aging offerings at a department-store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenager, and the reality that she’ll probably never be able to afford to retire in her book of essays, I See You Made and Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50.

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New Jersey News

The League of Former Governors

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New Jersey Public Radio

No, it's not the latest series from DC comics. NJ Spotlight featured a "Holiday Sampler" this past week - a collection of year-end essays written by four former New Jersey governors: Brendan Byrne, Jim Florio, Christie Todd Whitman and Dick Codey. New Jersey's ex-governors have been getting a significant amount of attention lately as pressure group on a mission.

 

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WNYC News

Six Months After Sandy: Lessons from Red Hook

Monday, April 29, 2013

I was born and raised in the Red Hook projects and we’ve weathered a few storms. The last one — Sandy — has people pooling resources to brace us for future disasters.  I believe I know the biggest resource that should be in any storm-plans.

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The Takeaway

2013: What's in a Number?

Friday, January 04, 2013

2013 marks the first time since 1987 that the numerical year contains four unique digits: no number repeats. Takeaway host John Hockenberry discusses the significance for a numbers man like himself.

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The Takeaway

A Day of Twelves, But What Does It All Mean?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Today is the last day in nearly one hundred years that the date will line up along the same number, as in 12/12/12. What, if anything, does it mean? John Hockenberry investigates.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Topical College Essays

Monday, December 10, 2012

Some high school seniors had their college applications delayed by Sandy, and may be writing about the experience. What real-life events were in your essay? Call us at 212-433-9692 or leave a comment below. Plus, Don Fraser, Director of Education and Training at the National Association for College Admission Counseling, offers suggestions on how to best address the interruption. 

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Schoolbook

Don't Succumb to Application Pressure

Sunday, December 09, 2012

In the next installment of a SchoolBook series on the college application process from the perspective of high school seniors, one applicant argues that colleges are doing themselves a disservice with the college essay. By asking 17- and 18-year olds to write about profound subjects, he says, colleges are inviting students to misrepresent themselves

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The Takeaway

Essay: Life in Danger's Path

Friday, November 02, 2012

John Hockenberry usually wouldn't say it out loud, but sometimes he wonders to himself, 'Are New Yorkers crazy to live so directly in danger's path?' The city has weathered twisters, earthquakes, and now a major hurricane that has left dozens dead and millions without power. Shouldn't we live where it's safe, rather than rebuild where it's not?

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The Takeaway

My Son, the Boy Scout

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I understand the anger many people now feel toward the Boy Scouts of America. After a two-year, very secretive review, the organization has reaffirmed its decision not to allow gay boys to join or gay parents to serve.

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The Takeaway

Celebrating Rowling and Her Voracious Readers

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Fifteen years ago today, "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" hit bookshelves in London. Today, her books are converting young readers to the idea that a new book can be as exciting as a new video game, that a novel is just as thrilling as a 3D movie, and that good writing is as valuable as good food.

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The Takeaway

Heroes and their Valets

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

We have left the age of heroes behind us, perhaps forever. They say no man is a hero to his valet, and why is that? Because your personal attendant knows too much about you. He sees you with bed head, watches you swipe your runny nose when you have a ...

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Soundcheck

Literary Listening, with Rick Moody

Monday, March 19, 2012

It’s no secret that novelist Rick Moody (The Ice Storm; The Four Fingers of Death) is a music fan. Song runs through his writing – and his albums, as solo artist and with his band, the Wingdale Community Singers. Now, the best-selling writer has a new release: a collection of essays called “On Celestial Music - And Other Adventures in Listening.” He joins us for a look at the link between literary writing and music, and more.

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The Takeaway

America Gets a Pep Talk From Tough Guy Clint Eastwood

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Sunday's Chrysler Super Bowl ad caused some political reaction, but maybe America needs a pep talk from America's outlaw and tough guy Clint Eastwood. Host John Hockenberry looks at the Eastwood speech in the context of his epic career and America's need for some tough love in these troubled times. Half time in America? Maybe, but we could sure use some encouragement from Clint.

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The Takeaway

Kodak: A Walk Down Memory Lane

Friday, January 20, 2012

Considering Kodak's recent financial woes, the imaging giant's Chapter 11 filing should have come as no surprise. But that hasn't lessened the cultural impact of losing such an iconic American institution. Kodak has been a part of American culture for more than a 100 years. The company made the first consumer camera, and people even called cameras "Kodaks" at the turn of the century. In this commentary we explore the rise and fall of one of America's most identifiable brands.

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The Takeaway

Fascist, Marxist, Socialist: The Misuse of Political Terms

Thursday, January 19, 2012

When President Obama's political opponents describe his administration's ideological bent, harsh words are often tossed into the fray. Whether it's Socialism, Marxism or Fascism, the President’s first term has been marred with accusations of adherence to a number of controversial ideologies. Is there any truth behind these heavily loaded terms? James Morone, political scientist and author, speaks about the many "isms" used to describe the Obama administration.

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The Takeaway

A World Without Wikipedia

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The anti piracy laws being considered in the U.S. have produced worldwide internet turmoil. Perhaps you are already aware that the giant Wikipedia website in English is down not because of some pirates, but in protest to what the Wikipedia people think this would do to the internet. Well Wikipedia's message today is that we in the 21st century world community need the open architecture of the internet and sites like Wikipedia. Just check out what it is like suddenly not to have them.

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The Takeaway

Remembering British Cartoonist Ronald Searle

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

British artist and cartoonist Ronald Searle died on December 30 at age 91 at his home in southern France. Best known as the creator of the "St. Trinian's School" series, and illustrator of the "Molesworth" books, Searle was revered as one of the greatest British graphic artists. Celeste Headlee remembers Searle's life and career.

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The Takeaway

Pain, Music and Destiny: Bob Dylan

Monday, January 02, 2012

Some might joke that his vocal chords are indeed much older, but celebrated folk legend Bob Dylan turned 70-years-old last year. Recently audio has surfaced from 1966, in which the singer speaks to a good friend during a flight from Nebraska to Colorado about struggling with addiction and contemplating suicide. It's the latest in a long narrative about a truly singular singer whose mysteries are still being revealed. We take a listen to some of the audio in question, and music that made Dylan a force of musical nature.

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The Takeaway

Country Music Reflects America's Struggles

Monday, January 02, 2012

Country music has enjoyed a long tradition of reflecting the everyday concerns of working men and women, good times and bad times. With 14 million Americans currently out of work, a crippling national debt, and a record number of people living below the poverty line, country music may be going through a sea change. Call it an indicator of economic times but in the time it took pickup trucks to go from stripped down working class boxes of mud and steel to plush seated luxury vehicles, country music went from the folksy tinny common man voice of Woody Guthrie to the likes of Tim McGraw singing about the perils of being rich.

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The Takeaway

Year in Review: Celeste Looks Back on 2011

Friday, December 30, 2011

Some contrarians out there bemoan the custom of the year-end review. But not Takeaway host Celeste Headlee. She picks up all the "best whatever of the year" issues on the newsstands, clicks through all the year-in-pictures slideshows, and makes new year's resolutions. She loves the changing over of the years, and is thrilled to share her favorite moments of 2011, from the Arab Spring to some newly discovered planets to the end of the world that never quite happened.

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