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The Timekeeper's Things

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

On my way to the workshop, I pass a haunted house. It's not October, not even close, so I'm pretty surprised to see scarecrows and plastic skeletons and—is that a hearse? Yes it is. It takes all my strength not to pull into the parking lot for a little off-season ...

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How Brazil Saved The World Cup In The Aftermath Of World War II

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Germany invaded Poland in 1939, and the world's biggest sporting event was almost relegated to the second division of history. That's when Brazil stepped up.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How New York Went from Natural Paradise to Man-Made Wonder

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Today, the topography of New York City contains skyscrapers, subways, and iconic bridges. But New York was once home to oyster reefs, whales, and blueberry bog thickets. In his book, Gotham Unbound: The Ecological History of Greater New York, Ted Steinberg brings a vanished New York back to life and tells the story of the ongoing struggle between the metropolis we know today and the natural world. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Don't Look Back

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

John Hope Bryant, the founder of Operation HOPE, explains how the poor can help revitalize our economy. We’ll find out what life is like aboard an aircraft carrier that’s home to 5,000 sailors and pilots. Boris Fishman on his novel, A Replacement Life, about a man who’s asked to forge a claim for Holocaust restitution. And a look at the fight between nature and man in one of the most man-made spots on Earth -- New York City.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Snowden's Lawyer Speaks Out, New Immigration Challenges Test System, Tea Party Support Slides

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

1. Wave of Immigration Tests Ill-Equipped System | 2. Chaos, Violence Erupt in Pakistan | 3. Tea Party Support Slides Among Republicans | 4. Majority Leader Eric Cantor and the GOP Face Off Against the Tea Party | 5. America's Police Departments See Influx of War Gear | 6. Snowden's ...

The Wailers Carry On Bob Marley's Legacy

Monday, June 09, 2014

The Wailers have sold more than 250 million albums. As they celebrate the 30th anniversary of their iconic album Legend, the group shares what it's like to carry on Bob Marley's legacy.

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Morning Edition

FBI Director Comey Looks Ahead To His Next Nine Years

Monday, June 09, 2014

FBI Director Jim Comey serves for a decade, longer than a president or any other national official. That tenure's designed to insulate the FBI from political influence.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Economics and Government, Poetry and Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

On today’s show: two editors at The Economist explain why we need to reimagine  the role of government. We’ll get a preview of Poets House’s annual Bridgewalk, where poets walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, reciting poems about New York along the way. Cristina Henriquez talks about her new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans. And we’ll find out why the French intelligentsia turned toward militarism and xenophobia in the decades leading up to World War II.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Embrace of Unreason in France Leading Up to WWII

Monday, June 09, 2014

Frederick Brown tells the story of France in the decades leading up to World War II. The Embrace of Unreason: France 1914-1940 shows through how the French intelligentsia turned away from the humanistic traditions and ideals of the Enlightenment in favor of submission to authority, patriotism, militarism, and xenophobia. Brown sees the Paris World’s Fair of 1937 as the  perfect representation of Europe’s cultural doomsday, featuring two enormous pavilions, the first built by Nazi Germany, the second by Soviet Russia.

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Radiolab

Big Moments Get Less Weighty: Whatever Happened To Stiff Paper?

Sunday, June 08, 2014

It's no big deal. It shouldn't matter. I just realized that something that's been around forever, that I grew up with, took for granted and used all the time, is slowly vanishing. Now that it's going, I suddenly care and want it back again, back in my hands so I ...

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When One Of New York's Glitterati Married A 'Quadroon'

Saturday, June 07, 2014

The 1924 marriage and separation of Leonard "Kip" Rhinelander, member of the New York glitterati, and Alice Jones became perhaps the most examined interracial relationship in our nation's history.

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All Things Considered

One Day At Normandy Sent Ripples Across Two Veterans' Lives

Friday, June 06, 2014

Ralph Frias and Eugene Levine, two veterans, speak about the D-Day landings in Normandy 70 years ago. They offer stories and relate what it was like to take part in a day that changed the world.

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All Things Considered

D-Day On Tape: Listen To A Report From The Landing As It Happened

Friday, June 06, 2014

Audie Cornish shares archival tape from BBC reporter Colin Wills, who had been embedded with British troops as they came ashore on D-Day.

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Rabbi: American Jews Should Not Worry About Anti-Semitism

Friday, June 06, 2014

A new survey from the Anti-Defamation League estimates that nearly one in 10 Americans are prejudiced against Jews. But Rabbi Eric Yoffie says American anti-Semitism is not a real threat.

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The Takeaway

Reuniting 'Band of Brothers' for D-Day

Friday, June 06, 2014

As the world pauses today, first hand accounts of the events D-Day continue to slip away from our national collective memory. Eric Jendresen, lead writer and supervising producer for Band of Brothers, tells the story of one company.

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Morning Edition

World Leaders Mark 70 Years Since The Day That Saved The World

Friday, June 06, 2014

In Normandy, France, President Obama is among the world leaders taking part in ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

American Spymaster Jack Devine, the Man Behind Charlie Wilson's War

Friday, June 06, 2014

He recalls his more than 30 years in the agency, rising to become the acting deputy director of operations

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All Things Considered

Mississippi Marks 50 Years Since History-Changing 'Freedom Summer'

Thursday, June 05, 2014

After decades of trying to ignore the turbulent summer of 1964, when a campaign to register black voters was met with violent resistance, Mississippi is now embracing its history.

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'Guns Kept People Alive' During The Civil Rights Movement

Thursday, June 05, 2014

In his book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, former activist Charles Cobb Jr. says weapons kept people and communities safe during that era.

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The Takeaway

Voting Rights 50 Years After Mississippi's Freedom Summer

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton helped organize and lead the Mississippi Freedom Summer movement, which began 50 years ago this month. She reflects on the volunteer's accomplishments, the movement's confrontation with President Lyndon Johnson, and the state of voting rights today. 

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