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Frederick Douglass and July 4th

Saturday, July 05, 2014

With the American History Guys

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WQXR Features

American Original: A Salute to Louis Moreau Gottschalk

Thursday, July 04, 2013

July 4th provides an ideal opportunity to focus on the adventurous life and original music of American pianist and composer, Louis Moreau Gottschalk. David Dubal takes us on a musical tour.

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Fishko Files

Unison

Thursday, July 04, 2013

If you happen to see a parade this Independence Day weekend, you might be spending some time watching large numbers of people, walking in step. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, there’s a particular synergy that comes from many people doing the same thing.

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WNYC News

Service Changes and Closures for 4th of July

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Fourth of July means changes for mass transit, trash collection and street cleaning. Here's what you should know if you're planning travel for today.

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Soundcheck

Independence Day Playlist

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

After heartbreak, history is probably the most well-worn topic for singers and songwriters. But while the Civil War and the Great War have been sung to the ends of the earth, the American Revolution hasn't received nearly as much love. For this July 4th, we're remedying that with a playlist - and we're going to be historically correct. Listen to our discussion with a music critic and a historian.

The Takeaway

A Syrian-American in Chicago Fights for Democracy in his Homeland

Monday, July 04, 2011

This Fourth of July, as Americans across the country celebrate the country’s freedoms, Syria’s government is cracking down on its citizens’ democratic rights. Syria’s government has sent tanks into the city of Hama, two days after tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated there, and called for an end to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The Government has cut off power and telephone lines, and arrested scores of people, in an attempt to suppress a movement that mirrors the upheaval in Tunisia and Egypt.

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Features

Countdown to Blast-Off: Preparing for the Macy's Fireworks Show in Staten Island

Friday, July 01, 2011

For the past two weeks, 60 licensed pyrotechnicians have been wiring and packaging over 40,000 firework shells in preparation for the 35th annual Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks show. Check out a slideshow of the team preparing at an undisclosed pier in Staten Island.

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The Takeaway

Hot Dog! Countdown to the Crown Jewel of Competitive Eating Events

Friday, July 02, 2010

This Fourth of July, many of us will be enjoying a hot dog or three. But if you’re one of a few select Major League Eating athletes in Coney Island, you’ll more likely be eating forty, fifty, or sixty — in the space of only ten minutes. We refer, of course, to the competitors in the crown jewel of all competitive eating events: The Coney Island Nathans Hot Dot Eating Contest; which, since 1916, has taken place on July 4th, Independence Day.

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The Takeaway

The White House Pastry Chef on Patriotic Desserts, Obama's Sweets

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

This Fourth of July weekend, a lot of us will be eating hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob, and hamburgers. But when we’re done feasting on the char-broiled delicacies that have come to represent our nation’s independence, how should we finish it all off?

Bill Yosses has some suggestions. He’s the official White House Pastry Chef, and author, along with Melissa Clark, of a new cookbook called “The Perfect Finish.” Chef Yosses joins us live from the White House, where he gives us the scoop on everything from what he serves official visitors to the first family's favorite sweets.

Below, Bill Yosses and Melissa Clark's red, white and blue berry buttermilk bundt cake with orange glaze.

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