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The Brian Lehrer Show

Earl "the Pearl" Monroe

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

This live interview first aired live on April 23, 2013. An edited version was re-broadcast as part of a special best-of show for Labor Day on September 2, 2013.

With the Knicks in the playoffs and 40 years after the team he was a part of won the championshipEarl "the Pearl" Monroe, former New York Knick, Hall of Fame inductee and author of Earl The Pearl: My Story (Rodale Books, 2013)stops by to talk about the NBA then and now.

→ VIDEO: Earl The Pearl describing how he learned to dribble to music.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Talley's Folley"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson talk about starring in Roundabout Theatre Company’s new off-Broadway production of “Talley’s Folly.” At the end of World War II, a Jewish immigrant who has spent his life keeping others at a distance, returns to the small town where he first met Sally Talley, a nurse with deep misgivings about the country’s future. The two try to figure out their place in the world and with each other. “Talley’s Folly” is playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

MIchael Pollan, "Kon-Tiki," "Talley's Folly," and Selling NYC Parkland

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Michael Pollan has written about how our food is raised, grown and harvested. Today, he talks about how we cook, transforming those foods into dinner. Then, we’ll find out how the Oscar-winning documentary about the voyage of Thor Heyerdahl’s “Kon-Tiki” was made. Also Danny Burstein and Sarah Paulson talk about starring in a revival of Lanford Wilson’s “Talley’s Folly.” And a look at the recent trend of selling of public parkland and historic sites to private developers, and what can be done to protect these spaces.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Stelter on the Cutthroat World of Morning TV

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Brian Stelter, New York Times media reporter and author of the new book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, discusses his book about the battle between Good Morning America and The Today Show, and the role of these morning shows in the national media landscape.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

"Kon-Tiki"

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Olav Heyerdahl and Petter Skavlan discuss the film “Kon-Tiki,” based on the 1951 Academy Award-winning documentary of the same name. It tells the story of Thor Heyerdahl, a Norwegian explorer who crossed the Pacific Ocean in a balsa wood raft in 1947, with five men, to prove that South Americans could have crossed the sea and settled on Polynesian islands in pre-Columbian times. They embarked on this 101 day-long journey across 4,300 miles, while reporting back via morse code, and the whole world was following. Olav Heyerdahl is Thor Heyerdahl’s grandson and Petter Skavlan is the screenwriter who wrote the script with Thor Heyerdahl. “Kon-Tiki” opens April 26 at the Paris Theatre and the Landmark Sunshine Cinema.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chemical Testing and Regulation

Monday, April 22, 2013

Ian Urbina, New York Times investigative reporter, and Monona Rossol, chemist, industrial safety expert and author of Pick Your Poison, talk about the lack of testing of chemicals found in shampoos, cosmetics, cleaners, and other household goods. They’ll explain how the FDA regulates these chemicals, concerns about their safety, and how states are creating their own programs to police chemical safety.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Manners in a Digital World

Monday, April 22, 2013

Daniel Post Senning gives advice on how to behave in the digital world. His book Emily Post’s Manners in a Digital World explains how to appropriately handle a breakup announcement on social media, what makes for the best—and the worst—online comment, how to maintain privacy and security for online profiles and accounts, how parents and children can establish digital house rules, and the appropriate, low-maintenance ways to separate personal and professional selves online.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Online Etiquette, Afghan History, Vittorio Grigolo in "Rigoletto," and Chemicals

Monday, April 22, 2013

From Facebook to accidentally hitting “Reply All” on an email, life online is full of potential faux pas, and today we’ll get tips on how to navigate the digital world with grace and ease—and how to get through those sticky situations. William Dalrymple talks about the first battle for control of Afghanistan in 1839. Tenor Vittorio Grigolo discusses singing the role of the Duke of Mantua in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Rigoletto.” And we’ll find out from Ian Urbina of the New York Times and industrial hygienist Monona Rossol why many of the chemicals in soap, shampoo, and other household products haven’t been tested for safety.

Meet the @WQXRMembers

Meet Molly Yeh: @mollyyeh

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Molly Yeh is the very first person to take the wheel of @WQXRMember, a Twitter feed run entirely by WQXR members. She'll be tweeting from there April 21-27.

More about Molly:
Molly Yeh enjoys playing very loud sounds with very large instruments. Recently, she has done this in Hong Kong, off Broadway, for the premiere of David T. Little's Dog Days, and with the orchestral pop band San Fermin.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Passion for the Park

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Colson Whitehead, Walter Dean Myers, and Susan Cheever celebrate Central Park.  Happy spring!

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WQXR Features

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Snow Maiden

Saturday, April 20, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon we feature Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Dance of the Clowns” from his opera The Snow Maiden.

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WNYC News

One NY Artist: Toni Dove

Saturday, April 20, 2013

There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally, and others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Soundcheck

What David Lee Roth Does on Saturday Night

Friday, April 19, 2013

Most of us know David Lee Roth as the original frontman of Van Halen during the mega-rock band's peak in the early 1980s. You might also know Roth as an onstage martial artist, expert jump-kicker and enthusiast of leather chaps. But to BuzzFeed music editor Steve Kandell, Diamond Dave was a childhood hero. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where to Eat in Queens

Friday, April 19, 2013

Tom Liddy, Queens news editor and columnist for DNAinfo.com, talks about the borough’s diverse variety of restaurants tells us where to eat in Queens. He writes the "Make This Tonight" column.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Veganism and Vegetarianism

Friday, April 19, 2013

We’re talking about vegetarianism and veganism on this week’s Food Friday Please Explain. Joining us: Amanda Cohen, Chef and owner of the restaurant Dirty Candy and author of Dirt Candy: A Cookbook: Flavor-Forward Food from the Upstart New York City Vegetarian Restaurant; food historian Andy Smith; and Rynn Berry, the historical advisor to the North American Vegetarian Society and the author of a number of books including The Vegan Guide to New York City. They’ll explain the basics of vegan and vegetarian diets and how you can cut meat and animal products from your diet without sacrificing nutrition or taste.

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Studio 360

Fiona Shaw and The Testament of Mary

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Irish actress and director Fiona Shaw stars as Mary, the mother of Jesus, in a one-woman show opening this week on Broadway. The Testament of Mary, which Colm Tóibín based on his own novel, presents not the saintly exemplar of maternal love familiar from religious paintings ...

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WNYC News

Tony Cutoff Crunch: Shows Crowd Broadway Stages

Friday, April 19, 2013

"I always look at April as sort of Broadway's clown car; the producers always see how many shows they can cram into that last two or three weeks." — Daily News theater critic Joe Dziemianowicz.

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Studio 360

Live in-Studio: Jessie Ware

Friday, April 19, 2013

South London is like the Brooklyn of Britain. In the past few years, that part of town has churned out pop stars like Adele, Florence Welch (who made a big splash with Lungs), and now Jessie Ware, whose album Devotion finally comes out in the United States this week after great success in the UK ...

Video: "Wildest Moments"

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Studio 360

George Jones: He Stopped Loving Her Today

Friday, April 19, 2013

George Jones talked to Studio 360 about his song "He Stopped Loving Her Today." It was chosen for preservation in 2008 in the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christopher Kimball on Kitchen Tools, Top Food Books, Eating in Queens, Going Vegan

Friday, April 19, 2013

We’ll start off with Christopher Kimball of America’s Test Kitchen, offers tips on the basic equipment that every home cook should have. Editor Judith Jones, who worked with Julia Child, Lidia Bastianich, and James Beard, shares her list of essential books about food. We’ll find out where to eat in Queens. And this week’s Please Explain is all about being a vegetarian or a vegan, and how you can cut meat and animal products from your diet without sacrificing nutrients or taste.