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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life in Public and Lives Forgotten

Monday, May 04, 2015

A new biography of Michelle Obama. The forgotten master caricaturists. Atticus Lish's debut novel. A new documentary on why Ebola spread so quickly, and widely. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

A New Biography of Michelle Obama: From Chicago's South Side to the White House

Monday, May 04, 2015

Peter Slevin's biography of the first lady follows Mrs. Obama from her working-class childhood on Chicago’s largely segregated South Side to the White House.

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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, October 31, 2014

WNYC
Michael Ian Black started beef with Michelle Obama. Gov. Christie told a protestor to sit down and shut up. Writers can't quit New York. Here are some of the week's most popular stories.

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LIES

Michael Ian Black Started Beef with Michelle Obama

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The actor, comedian and co-author of "America, You Sexy Bitch" is at the forefront of the Twitter wars. He started with a Levar Burton feud. Then he sort of called the First Lady a cow.

Schoolbook

Teen Leaders-in-Training Get Boost from First Lady

Friday, July 11, 2014

WNYC

“The best moment of my life,” said Annie Willis, the New York teen who invited Michelle Obama to visit Global Kids.

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WQXR Blog

First Lady: Arts Education Good for Good Schools

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Michelle Obama said Tuesday that it isn't something to be introduced after student test scores go up but is a critical element of achieving those higher test scores in the first place.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: Women as Moms-in-Chief at the National Conventions

Friday, September 07, 2012

Conventional visions of women were at the heart of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, especially in the speeches given by Ann Romney and Michelle Obama.

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It's A Free Blog

DNC Dispatch: Grace, Chills and a Perfect 10

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Cory Booker and Deval Patrick moved the crowd in exceptional ways, ways that worried me. Would there be enough inspiring-black-man sauce left for President Obama Thursday night?

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It's A Free Blog

DNC Dispatch: Michelle Obama Caps Rollicking Good Night for Inclusive, Disciplined Dems

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The convention looks like the America the Obama team describes: diverse, cross-generational, truly a nation inside the hall. And the crowd was ready to cheer for a beloved First Lady who delivered the most passionate and successful speech of the night.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The First Lady's Family Tree

Thursday, July 05, 2012

New York Times correspondent and author of American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White, and Multiracial Ancestors of Michelle Obama, Rachel L. Swarns, discusses her book about the ancestry of Michelle Obama, illuminating the complexity of racial intermingling in a changing nation.

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The Takeaway

Tracing Michelle Obama's Multiracial Ancestry

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

New York Times reporter Rachel Swarns has followed Michelle Obama's journey all the way back to through her ancestry. Swarns' new book "American Tapestry" explores the first lady's surprising genealogy.

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The Takeaway

The Role of the Candidate's Wife, Then and Now

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

The candidate’s wife is now front and center throughout the campaign. While they're expected to speak at national conventions and fundraisers, their role is still constrained. Now that Mitt Romney's officially secured the Republican nomination, Ann Romney joins Michelle Obama in the spotlight.

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WNYC News

First Lady Seeks More Help for Military Families

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Michelle Obama has been everywhere from a West Point mess hall to a NASCAR speedway in the past year to drum up support for military families through her "joining forces" campaign. On Wednesday, she marked the program's one-year anniversary by taking stock of what's been done and challenging Americans to do even more.

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Features

WATCH | First Lady Michelle Obama on Letterman

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

On "Late Night with David Letterman" on Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama talked about the notion of unconditional love, going to Target, personal conversations with Barack and her dog, Bo. Watch video clips from the show here.

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The Takeaway

Jodi Kantor on Controversy Over 'The Obamas'

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Jodi Kantor, correspondent for The New York Times, has written a new book called "The Obamas," which gives an inside look into the first family. Specifically, she reports on Michelle Obama's role as First Lady and her interactions with the President and with his senior advisers. Though Mrs. Obama has not yet read the book, in a CBS This Morning interview she responded that people have tried to portray her as an "angry black woman" since the day her husband announced his bid for the presidency.

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The Takeaway

New Book Offers Portrait of First Lady Michelle Obama

Monday, January 09, 2012

In the past, first ladies were expected to be pleasant housewives that did a little charity work on the side. But Michelle Obama has bucked that trend: as a Harvard-trained lawyer with a significant career, she has criticized both her husband and his staff. A new book about the first family, "The Obamas" also elaborates on her discomfort with the media spotlight as well as with remaining on the sidelines.

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Schoolbook

Honors For Two City Groups, and a Visit With the First Lady

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

It's not everyday that schoolchildren from New York City get to visit the White House -- plus meet Michelle Obama. But it happened on Wednesday when students from two groups accepted the 2011 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for their programs, which bring together students from across the city and enhance learning.

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The Takeaway

Michelle Obama in South Africa

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

First lady Michelle Obama continues her trip in South Africa today, after visiting former President Nelson Mandela. She headed to Soweto to give a keynote speech to the Young African Women Leaders Forum today. Tomorrow she will visit the prison cell Mandela lived for decades; and then addresses young people at the University of Cape Town. 

 

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The Takeaway

A 'Common' Misunderstanding

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Michelle Obama is hosting a poetry program tonight at the White House, and her guest will be hop-hop artist, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., better known as, Common. Many conservatives are outraged by this decision, Fox News called the rapper, "vile." Conservatives are pointing to a set of lyrics from Common's "A Letter to the Law," where he says:"With that happening, why they messing with Saddam? Burn a Bush cos' for peace he no push no button. Killing over oil and grease, no weapons of destruction."

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The Empire

Obama and the insurgents from Brooklyn

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Insurgent Democrat Lincoln Restler, campaign manager Sarah Baker, and the couple that inspired them. (Sarah Baker's Facebook page)

Lincoln Restler and his campaign manager, Sarah Baker, share a moment with Barack and Michelle Obama.

Obama's campaign was the catalyst for Restler's own scrappy, and narrowly successful, fight to become a Democratic district leader in Brooklyn. The Brooklyn County Democratic organization is still controlled by Assemblyman Vito Lopez who, reportedly, has not been eager to embrace some of the Obama-inspired activists in the borough.

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