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Art Talk: Why Art Critics Matter

Thursday, May 09, 2013

The last full-time art critic in the city of Chicago was laid off by Time Out magazine last month. Now, there are fewer than ten full-time art critics employed by newspapers and magazines in the country.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeless Families, What Conductors Do, James Salter's New Novel, Stolen Disosaur Bones, Why Wall Street Wins

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In January, New York City’s homeless population topped 50,000. On today’s show: we’ll look into the increase in homeless families and talk with a woman about how this happened to her. Leonard Slatkin explains what it is that conductors do, from running rehearsals to raising a baton to start a performance. Celebrated writer James Salter talks about his latest novel, All That Is. Plus, we’ll discuss the case of a stolen Tyrannosaurus skeleton, which is being returned to Mongolia.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Homeless Families in NYC

Thursday, May 09, 2013

In January, the city’s homeless population exceeded 50,000, the highest number since the Great Depression. Kim Velsey, New York Observer senior editor, talks about the growing number of homeless families that made up most of the city’s shelter population. She'll be joined by joined by Anne Pierre, a homeless mother Velsey wrote about in her article “The Return of Hooverville,” in the April 29 New York Observer

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Fishko Files

Rostropovich (1927-2007)

Thursday, May 09, 2013

This Saturday, a special concert celebrates the late Mstislav Rostropovich. Music Director Rostropovich made his reputation in America and the world as a cellist, and WNYC’s Sara Fishko spoke to cello-players for this edition of Fishko Files…

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Weight Loss Surgery

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

We learned yesterday that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had Lap-Band weight loss surgery in February. We open the phoens: Have you had Lap-Band or another kind of weight-loss surgery? What was the experience like? Are you considering it and have questions about the process? Comment here or call 212-433-9692 at 11:40. Joining us to answer questions about bariatric surgery is Dr. Hans Schmidt, chief of bariatric surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The New Domesticity

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Emily Matchar, author of Homeward Bound: Why Women Are Embracing the New Domesticity, examines why so many women are "going home" to knit, pickle, and blog about it. Why now, and what does it mean for gender equality?

 

 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frank Rich on Race and the GOP, Rescuing Italian Art, Bill Cheng's Novel, Patricia T. O'Conner

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New York Magazine’s Frank Rich discusses the Republican Party’s efforts to remake its image in an effort to attract more minority voters. We’ll find out about the American soldiers who rescued some of Italy’s art treasures from destruction by the Nazis during World War II. Bill Cheng discusses his novel, Southern Cross the Dog, about how the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 upends the relationships of three childhood friends. Plus, our word maven Patricia T. O’Conner takes your calls and questions on English language and grammar.

Around Broadway

Kinky Boots Steps Toward the Tonys

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

The show with the most Tony Award nominations this year is, unsurprisingly, a musical. But Kinky Boots does seem to have surprised at least a few Tony-watchers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A Cycling City

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

What can NYC learn from Amsterdam about incorporating more cycling in its traffic flow?  Pete Jordan, author of In the City of Bikes: The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, relocated there and shares its bicycling history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Frank Rich on Race and the GOP

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

New York writer-at-large Frank Rich discusses the Republican strategy to convince mainstream America that it is still the party of Lincoln, even as it fails to win over black voters. In his article “White Wash,” in the May 13 issue of New York magazine, he looks at how the GOP is attempting to remake its image by spinning its racial history.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rescuing Italian Art from Nazis

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Robert Edsel talks about the men and women who rescued great Italian art from destruction during WWII. In May 1944 two unlikely American heroes—artist Deane Keller and scholar Fred Hartt—set out from Naples to track billions of dollars of missing art, including works by Michelangelo, Donatello, Titian, Caravaggio, and Botticelli. Edsel tells the story in Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis.

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New Jersey News

Auctioning Comics to Restore Jersey Shore Staple Post-Sandy

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Comics have always been a big deal to the men in Brick Wenzel’s family. But when Sandy devastated his home and his business, Wenzel realized that the books had more than sentimental value – they had quite a bit of monetary value as well.

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The Takeaway

Judy Woodruff Once Thought She Could Do it All

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

All this week we're talking to women and mothers who have harnessed smarts, spirit, and self-awareness to break into male-dominated careers and rise to the top. Judy Woodruff has covered news and politics as a broadcast journalist for more than three decades for PBS, CNN, and NBC. She is also a wife and mother of three, including a son with spina bifida. Her children are now grown but she hasn't forgotten the feelings of guilt and sacrifice that accompanied juggling a demanding career with a busy home life.

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Life of the Law

A Life on the Bench

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

What does it take to become a judge? No one starts their legal career as a jurist. First they work as a lawyer advocating for one side of a case over another. But transitioning from lawyer to judge means hearing both sides of a case objectively and the...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Political History of New York City's Water

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

David Soll, assistant professor at the Watershed Institute for Collaborative Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and author of Empire of Water: An Environmental and Political History of the New York City Water Supply, uses New York City's efforts to secure a safe supply of water to explore the way politics and environment intersect.

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Studio 360

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

May Update: The weather has definitely made it easier to get outside and work. I have two projects in the planning phase at the moment right now — screening in our back porch and a secret gift for my husband. I am finding that it is hard to keep up with the actual doing of my resolution ...

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Transportation Nation

Top 20 Bike Cities Span Four Continents, But Not U.S.A

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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Montreal is the only North American metropolis to crack the top 20 list for best cities for cyclists. The Danish design consultancy Copenhagenize scored 150 cities along 13 categories of bike-friendliness and the results are clear: American cities are not that bike friendly. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

How Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

K. Eric Drexler, the founding father of nanotechnology talks about the rapid scientific progress that is about to change our world. In Radical Abundance: How a Revolution in Nanotechnology Will Change Civilization he explains that the result will shake the very foundations of our economy and environment.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nathaniel Philbrick on Bunker Hill

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Nathaniel Philbrick tells the story of the Boston battle that ignited the American Revolution, the Battle of Bunker Hill, the bloodiest battle of the Revolution to come, and the point of no return for the rebellious colonists. In his book Bunker Hill: A City, a Seige, a Revolution, Philbrick brings a fresh perspective to every aspect of the story of the battle that led to the Revolution.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Lives of Erich Fromm

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Lawrence J. Friedman talks about Erich Fromm, a political activist, psychologist, psychoanalyst, philosopher, and one of the most important intellectuals of the 20th century. The Lives of Erich Fromm: Love’s Prophet, is the first study of Fromm's influences and achievements, and revisits his most important works.

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