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The White Women of the Black Renaissance

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Carla Kaplan discusses the white women who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem in the 1920s.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Director Mike Nichols on "Betrayal"; the Harlem Renaissance; NY Film Festival at 50; Richard Dawkins

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Mike Nichols talks about directing the upcoming Broadway revival of Harold Pinter’s play, “Betrayal.” We’ll take a look at the white women who became part of the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s. We’ll get a preview of this year’s New York Film Festival, which is marking its 50th anniversary. Richard Dawkins talks about his early life, of becoming a scientist and writing The Selfish Gene.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark

Monday, September 23, 2013

Journalist Bill Dedman tells the story of a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman so secretive that, at the time of her death at age 104, no new photograph of her had been seen in decades. Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune describes the battle over her $300 million inheritance.

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Radiolab

Meet Monkbot

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monkbot is our affectionate nickname for a mechanical man commissioned by King Philip II of Spain almost 450 years ago. We tell the clockwork model's story in our Ghost Stories episode -- if you haven't heard it, take a listen while you check out ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A History of Weapons "Red Lines"

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

From biological weapons to nuclear non-proliferation efforts, John Isaacs, executive director of the Arms Control Center looks at the history of weapons of mass destruction and the efforts to curb their use.

 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Brains Have No Sex

Monday, September 16, 2013

Pioneering feminist broadcaster on WQXR.
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Classics Matter

Monday, September 16, 2013

Classicist Mary Beard talks about Greek and Roman history and why it still matters. In Confronting the Classics, she explores our rich classical heritage—from Greek drama to Roman jokes, from Alexander the Great to the great writers Thucydides, Cicero.

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Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A new PBS documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion — she has a record 20 Wimbledon titles — and the leader of a female player uprising that demanded fairer treatment and pay. She tells Fresh Air about the challenges of being a female player before there was a women's league.

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Challenging Obama, Putin Appeals Directly To Americans On Syria

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

In an op-ed in The New York Times on Wednesday night, Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unusual and direct appeal to the American people to reject President Obama's calls for possible use of force against Syria. He countered many of the arguments Obama made 24 hours earlier in a speech to the nation.

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Earl Of Sandwich Blended Frappes Long Before Starbucks

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Looks like culinary genius can run in the family. Historians have stumbled upon a 350-year-old English recipe for a frozen chocolate dessert that's a cross between sorbet and a frappe. The author is the great-grandfather of the inventor of the sandwich.

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Woodrow Wilson Brought New Executive Style To The White House

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

No. 28 was the first president to team up with America's legislative branch, and he used a groundbreaking moral argument to get the U.S. involved in World War I. A. Scott Berg's new book, Wilson, fills in missing pieces of the president's life.

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Remembering A 'Brave,' 'Lucky' Hero In The War Of 1812

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

That war gave us our national anthem and a stable border with Canada, but otherwise, not much is remembered about that conflict nowadays. This changed over Labor Day when the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. marked the anniversary of a remarkable victory in that war.

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Analyzing How Presidents Wage War

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Virtually every president before President Obama has viewed the 1973 War Powers Act as unconstitutional, says historian Michael Beschloss. In a conversation with Renee Montagne, Beschloss analyzes Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for military action in Syria — and what it says about his presidency.

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Congress Honors Victims Of Infamous Alabama Church Bombing

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Congressional Gold Medals for Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley come 50 years after the black girls were killed by a Ku Klux Klan bomb. Just as the federal recognition is long in coming, so was justice.

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From The Fall Of Failure, Success Can Take Flight

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Risking and embracing failure is part of the job for explorers and adventurers like aeronaut Salomon August Andrée. His fatal attempt at reaching the North Pole motivated others to push their own limits. The September issue of National Geographic investigates "famous failures" and why they mattered.

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Nuremberg Prosecutor Makes The Case For Trying Assad

Sunday, September 08, 2013

Former Nuremberg war crimes prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz about a letter he wrote to the New York Times on Syria arguing that believes the International Criminal Court, not the U.S. government, should decide how to deal with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Ferencz explains with Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Martin Scorsese and the American Underground

Friday, September 06, 2013

WNYC
Early interview with Scorcese provides a glimpse into his formative years.
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Hitler's Last Bodyguard Dies; Was With The Fuhrer In Bunker

Friday, September 06, 2013

Rochus Misch was 96. Throughout his life, he remained loyal to the man he called "the boss." Misch claimed he did not know about the scale of the crimes and atrocities committed by German Nazis.

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Did The NAACP Learn Anything From Meeting With The Klan?

Friday, September 06, 2013

Two groups you'd never expect to sit down together and talk: the NAACP and the KKK. But when the NAACP in Wyoming asked for a meeting, they got one. Journalist Jeremy Fugleberg was there, and tells host Michel Martin more about the historic and bizarre event.

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Pfister Sisters Bring Fun To Old Jazz Standard

Thursday, September 05, 2013

In the final installment of Tell Me More's 'Summer Songs' series, Gwen Thompkins, host of WWNO's Music Inside Out, tells Michel Martin about a 'grown' girl group, The Pfister Sisters, singing the jazz standard Everybody Loves My Baby.

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