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Growing Up Among Artists in the Heyday of Abstract Expressionism

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gabrielle Selz, whose father was chief curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA, talks about spending her childhood among art and artists in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism.

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After a Fatal Plane Crash, a David-vs-Goliath Legal Battle

Monday, August 11, 2014

After a plane crash killed his wife and badly injured his two daughters, Toby Pearson was thrust into a David-vs-Goliath legal confrontation with a multi-billion dollar insurance company.

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Brando Skyhorse Unravels His Past in Search of the Truth

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Growing up, Brando Skyhorse was told that his father was an American Indian in prison for armed robbery, but 30 years later he  began to search for the truth and discover who his biological father really was.

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Great Art, Dismal Politics: A Tale of Two Italies

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Joseph Luzzi tells the story of his Italian family and looks at Italy's many divisions and contradictions.

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From Mandela’s Enemy to His Right Hand

Monday, July 21, 2014

Zelda la Grange's beliefs, prejudices — everything she once believed — were completely transformed by the man she had been taught to fear.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Walter Dean Myers, A 'Bad Boy' in Central Park

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Eric Poindexter reads an excerpt from Bad Boy, a memoir by Walter Dean Myers, who died July 1st.

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Ken Griffey, Sr., and the Big Red Machine

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Ken Griffey, Sr. on his his 19-year major league career, as an outfielder, scout, coach, and manager, and father of two professional ballplayers.

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Lee Grant: 'I Said Yes to Everything'

Thursday, July 10, 2014

The story of her life and career, from her breakout role as a teenager to being blacklisted to rebuilding her career and winning an Oscar for her role in "Shampoo."

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Inside the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots

Thursday, July 03, 2014

In 1994 AJ Mass became the first person to put on the Mr. Met suit since the mascot was retired in the 1960s, and he played Mr. Met through the 1997 season. His book Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots he describes life inside the suit and explores the entertaining history of the sports mascot from its roots in Renaissance society.

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Bob Saget, a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Bob Saget played the sweet, neurotic father on “Full House,” and the wisecracking host of “America's Funniest Home Videos,” but he also has a darker, dirtier side, as fans of the film "The Aristocrats" know.

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It's a Jungle Out There: Internet Lies, Mexico City, and Joan Rivers

Monday, June 30, 2014

Charles Seife explains why, when it comes to the Internet, you shouldn’t believe everything you read—and how to tell the difference between truth and fiction. Francisco Goldman talks about trying to make sense of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises. We’ll find out how many words in the English language were once considered linguistic mistakes, slang, or just plain wrong. And the one and only Joan Rivers takes us inside her everyday world and shares her thoughts on life, celebrities and pop culture.

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Jón Gnarr Accidentally Became the Mayor of Reykjavik and Changed the World

Monday, June 23, 2014

Satire, dinosaurs, and a fight against corruption. That's not the plot of a sci-fi movie - it's a recipe for political success. 

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A Political Education from the Nixon Years to the Age of Obama

Monday, June 16, 2014

An Washington insider recounts his four decades inside politics.

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Three American Hikers Talk About Being Imprisoned in Iran

Monday, May 26, 2014

Shane Bauer, Joshua Fattal, and Sarah Shourd were hiking Iraqi Kurdistan when they mistakenly crossed the Iranian border, were arrested, and were held in Iran's Evin Prison for two years on charges of espionage.

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Protesting the Draft and Going to Prison During the Vietnam War

Monday, May 26, 2014

Bruce Dancis became the first student at Cornell to defy the draft by tearing up his draft card and soon became a leader of the draft resistance movement in the 1960s.

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Improving Women's Rights in Pakistan, Improving Agriculture in America

Friday, May 23, 2014

On today’s show, we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews. Humaira Awais Shahid talks about becoming a prominent Muslim woman activist in Pakistan, and how Islamic values could become an agent for change. Classical historian James Romm looks at the dramatic life of Seneca, one of Ancient Rome’s best-known writers and philosophers. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

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Writer Edmund White's Fifteen Years in Paris

Friday, May 23, 2014

He moved from New York City to Paris in 1983, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, without knowing French.

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Searching for a Birth Mother

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A journalist searches for her birth mother and discovers that she's Nat King Cole's granddaughter.

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Seriously Not All Right

Monday, May 12, 2014

A senior military intelligence officer and Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State developed PTSD after witnessing war crimes adn genocide around the world.

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The Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

“You’re in the costume and you’re kind of getting all this Justin Bieber-esque attention, like everyone wants to take their picture with you. And everybody’s coming at you. And it’s kind of like a drug. It’s an adrenaline surge.”

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