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Round and Round We Go

Friday, May 01, 2015

With the American History Guys

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PRI's The World

The Rockefellers call it quits on oil, divesting themselves from fossil fuel industries

Monday, September 22, 2014

The name “Rockefeller” is just about synonymous with wealth and power in America. It’s also pretty much synonymous with oil. The family’s vast fortune stems from the oil empire that patriarch John D. Rockefeller built a century ago.

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PRI's The World

When environmental activists march in New York, look for immigrants at the head of the parade

Friday, September 19, 2014

A climate change march expected to draw thousands in New York on Sunday will be led in part by groups of immigrants. Organizers say it shows that the movement for action on climate change is broadening beyond the traditional profile of environmental activists.

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PRI's The World

The US has a wide variety of mosques, and these two guys have seen a lot of them

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Aman Ali and his friend Bassam Tariq know how diverse the Muslim community is- a couple years ago, they criss-crossed the US and visited a different mosque every day for a month. Aman says the Muslim communities he met with are as diverse as America itself- and the mosques are just as unique.

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PRI's The World

To see life's oddities, you have to vist an odd place — a museum in an elevator shaft

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Mmuseumm, the smallest museum in New York, could probably fit in your bathroom — and its contents might not look much different from the stuff in your cabinets. That's because this museum is all about everyday stuff from around the world and, more importantly, the story behind the stuff.

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PRI's The World

Want to tour a toxic beach? 'Anti-tourism' explores the darker, dirtier corners of the world

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The latest trend in tourism doesn't look like tourism at all. With the help of some adventurous tour guides, young urbanites are seeking out the world's most unusual, gross and often dangerous locales.

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Spinning on Air

11 Great Lou Reed Songs

Sunday, December 01, 2013

David Garland presents some great songs by the late Lou Reed, ranging from Reed's music with The Velvet Underground in the 1960s, to more recent recordings, with an emphasis on Reed's song-portraits of New York City outsiders.

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Soundcheck

Leaving New York; Darryl 'DMC' McDaniels' Makes Comics; White Denim Plays Live

Thursday, October 17, 2013

In this episode: In 1967, Joan Didion penned "Goodbye To All That," an influential essay about leaving New York City for the West Coast. Four decades later, New Yorkers are still grappling with the realities of life in the expensive and rapidly evolving city. Sari Botton, the editor of a new collection of essays titled Goodbye To All That, talks about loving and leaving New York.

Then, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels, a founding member of rap's first mainstream sensation, talks about life in Run-DMC, his new comic book company -- Darryl Makes Comics -- and his struggle with a vocal disorder. 

And the Austin-based garage-rock band White Denim perform new songs from its latest record Corsicana Lemonade in the Soundcheck studio.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Day Before Primary Day; Rep. Israel on Syria; Gramsci in The Bronx

Monday, September 09, 2013

It’s T-1 until the primary. WNYC’s Anna Sale and Azi Paybarah of Capital New York preview the mayoral primary and other city-wide races, and discuss how political groups are trying to influence the outcomes. Then, as the debate over intervention in Syria continues, PBS’ Hari Sreenivasan talks about impending votes in Congress; Rep. Steve Israel, discusses his views. Plus: a discussion about a public art installation in The Bronx.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Terror After Boston; NYC Affordability; Bipolar Disorder

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A new study finds that New York City is a bargain for those making around $100,000 a year. Catherine Rampell of The New York Times talks about the findings and new poverty rates in the five boroughs. Plus: Jeffrey Goldberg of Bloomberg View and The Atlantic on new questions about terror threats to the U.S., both foreign and domestic. Also, the author of a memoir about living with bipolar disorder; a call-in on a proposal to raise the age limit for buying cigarettes to 21 from 18; and Matt Gross, formerly Frugal Traveler for The New York Times, on his journeys and how to make the best of yours’.

Gabfest Radio

Gabfest Radio: The "Weiner Redux" Edition

Saturday, April 13, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio from Slate and WNYC, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss the Senate deal on background checks that could help a gun bill move forward, and Anthony Weiner’s strategic steps toward political rehabilitation and a possible run for New York City mayor.  

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Mr. New York: Grover Whalen's Unique Diplomacy

Monday, January 14, 2013

WNYC

In this 1956 appearance at the Books and Authors Luncheon, Grover A. Whalen takes us from his childhood on the Lower East Side to his role in assuring that the United Nations would build its headquarters in New York City. 

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Soundcheck

Five NYC Questions for Missy Higgins

Monday, January 07, 2013

We ask the Aussie pop star five questions about our hometown, from her favorite park to favorite interaction with a New Yorker. 

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A Conflicted Portrait of Robert Moses,'The Builder for Democracy'

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

WNYC

"I'm not an author. I'm merely a victim" is the unwittingly prescient opening statement from Robert Moses at this 1952 Books and Authors Luncheon. 

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Soundcheck

Putting The 'Indie' In Indian Cuisine

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

A new short film, Dosa Hunt from Stereogum executive editor Amrit Singh documents a quest by six indie musicians as they seek out the best dosa in New York City.

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Jane Jacobs Defends Urbanism in 1960s New York City Planning

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WNYC

Jane Jacobs, in this 1962 appearance at a Books and Authors Luncheon, explains her current role as a community leader in the fight against what she views as the excesses and excrescences of the arrogant Modernist redesign of city neighborhoods.

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Backing a Democrat for the White House: Carmine DeSapio's Partisan Politics

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

WNYC

Carmine G. DeSapio rose through the ranks of Tammany Hall, the New York City Democratic machine, starting out as an errand boy and becoming "boss" in 1949. The upcoming presidential contest is very much on DeSapio's mind during this 1955 edition of Campus Press Conference.

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'Embracing Geography': Does New York City Incubate Poets?

Monday, August 13, 2012

WNYC

Poet, playwright, and novelist William Packard moderates this 1968 broadcast: Is there a New York poet?

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Soundcheck

What's Going On Under There?

Monday, July 16, 2012

In this series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with Gabrielle – an "aging" fan of comedy podcasts and Fiona Apple.

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Soundcheck

What's Going On Under There?

Friday, July 06, 2012

In this new series, Soundcheck stops headphone-wearing strangers on the street and gets between their ears. This week, we talk with O’Neil – a hip hop and soca-loving deliveryman who introduces us to his latest downloads and R-rated playlists.

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