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Independence Day

WNYC News

New Americans on the 4th of July

Friday, July 04, 2014

A video slideshow of the thoughts of immigrants who became U.S. citizens this week.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How Are You Patriotic?

Thursday, July 03, 2014

On this day before July 4th, how does the idea of patriotism change across generations?

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The Takeaway

The Science Behind Fireworks

Thursday, July 03, 2014

For chemists, this time of year is a moment to celebrate not just the summer season, but all the different ways to release chemical energy fast and furiously.

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WQXR Features

John F. Kennedy Reads the Declaration of Independence on WQXR

Monday, July 01, 2013

On July 4, 1957, senator John F. Kennedy appeared on WQXR, reading the Declaration of Independence as part of the station's observance of Independence Day.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Lidia Bastianich Celebrates America

Friday, June 28, 2013

Lidia Bastianich discusses her one-hour special, “Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence.” She and a few celebrity guests travel the country exploring how various cultural groups observe different symbolic events marking independence. She also shares her own personal tale of escaping from behind the Iron Curtain at age 12, outrunning bullets and dogs to cross the border. “Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom and Independence” airs June 28 at 10 pm on PBS.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The NY Waterfront; Hitchcock's Early Films; Lidia Bastianich; Please Explain Sinkholes

Friday, June 28, 2013

Richard Hake fills in for Leonard. Justin Davidson, New York magazine’s architecture critic, discusses Mayor Bloomberg’s plans for the city’s waterfront. We’ll find out about Hitchcock’s earliest films. Lidia Bastianich looks at how immigrants and others celebrate independence in America. And Please Explain is all about sinkholes!

The Takeaway

A Rwandan-American's Take on Independence Day

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Here in the United States, July 4 means fireworks, parades and barbeque. But this date means something very different in other parts of the world. In Rwanda, July 4 is Liberation Day, a holiday created to commemorate the end of the 1994 genocide.

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WQXR Blog

Poll: Has the 1812 Overture Lost its Boom?

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Is the 1812 Overture going out of fashion as the fireworks soundtrack of choice for July Fourth? Is it time for the piece to be retired? Take our poll.

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The Takeaway

Juneteenth: The Other Independence Day

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ever since 1776, America has acknowledged July Fourth as our day of independence. But there’s another independence day — today, June 19 — that’s acknowledged by many others as our true day of freedom. Why? Because it was on this date in 1865 that slavery in the United States ended.

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The Takeaway

Audio Essay: From 1776 to 2011, America to Arab Spring

Monday, July 04, 2011

On America's Independence Day, we take a listen to moments from our history alongside a far different struggle for more democracy and independence during the Arab Spring, from Yemen to Syria and Saudi Arabia. 

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The Takeaway

My America: John Hockenberry's Roots on New York's West Side

Friday, July 01, 2011

My heritage, folks, relatives, DNA connection to America, call it what you will, has been kicking around this continent since the 1600s. My mom’s side of the family is descended from one of the original Dutch settlers in New York. The Stryker family founded a Dutch Reformed Church on Long Island and for years there was a “Stryker Mansion” on the woody, wilderness edge of Manhattan’s West Side.

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Studio 360

A New National Anthem

Friday, July 02, 2010

This Sunday is the 234th birthday of the United States of America, and across the nation people will be watching baseball, illegally shooting off fireworks, eating apple pie, and generally swelling with patriotic pride.  And on radio stations across the land, Studio 360 will modestly proffer a new national anthem ...

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