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The Leonard Lopate Show

“American Promise,” a Documentary

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Directors Joe Brewster and Michele Stephenson discuss their documentary, “American Promise,” which spans 13 formative years in the lives of two young black boys, their son Idris and his best friend Seun, as they navigate an elite New York City prep school. The environment is still largely segregated by race, class and culture. It follows both boys as they face challenges at school and the pressures of growing up. “American Promise” opens at the IFC Center and at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on October 18.

Joe Brewster and/or Michele Stephenson will be appearing in person and answering questions at the following screenings at IFC:
Friday, 10/18, at 7:00
Saturday, 10/19, at 1:10, 4:05, 7:00
Sunday, 10/20, at 1:10, 4:05, 7:00

Joe Brewster and/or Michele Stephenson will be appearing in person and answering questions at the following screenings at Film Society of Lincoln Center:
Friday, 10/18, at 8:00
Saturday, 10/19, at 2:00, 5:00, 8:00
Sunday, 10/20, at 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

 

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Funding for the Arts

Friday, October 11, 2013

It’s Grab-Bag Week on the Brian Lehrer Show’s election series “30 issues in 30 Days.” See the full 30 Issues schedule and archive here.

New York City Cultural Affairs Commissioner, Kate Levin, talks about the Bloomberg administration's support for NYC's artists and arts organizations as listeners call in to make the case to the next mayor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Michael Flowers: On Data in the Bloomberg Era

Friday, October 11, 2013

The use of data about New York City has expanded under the Bloomberg administration. We know more about pedestrian traffic, recycling, 311 calls, tree plantings, elementary school testing, and more from the numbers collected.

Director of Analytics for Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, Michael Flowers, explains what metrics tell us about how NYC runs now and will run in the future. The Guggenheim houses his event tonight at 6:30 pm

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Radiolab

Poop Quiz!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Our latest podcast, Poop Train, is packed with unexpected facts about what happens after New Yorkers flush. For even more sewer trivia, take our Poop Quiz.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Building Smart Cities

Monday, September 30, 2013

Urbanist and technology expert Anthony Townsend takes a broad historical look at the forces that have shaped the planning and design of cities from the 19th century to today. Today, cellular networks and cloud computing tie together tens of millions of people. In Smart Cities, Townsend examines how cities are using technology to improve urban life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The White Women of the Black Renaissance

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Carla Kaplan discusses the white women who became Harlem Renaissance insiders. Miss Anne in Harlem: The White Women of the Black Renaissance focuses on six of the unconventional, free-thinking women, some from Manhattan high society, many Jewish, who crossed race lines and defied social conventions to become a part of the culture and heartbeat of Harlem in the 1920s.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inequality in NYC

Friday, September 20, 2013

"Why is all this job creation not lifting all of NYC in the ways it has before?" Greg David says concentrated wealth is not actually trickling down.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

David Dinkins on Governing the City

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins talks about his memoir, A Mayor’s Life: Governing New York’s Gorgeous Mosaic. Dinkins, the son of a barber and a domestic worker, grew up in Harlem and Trenton and became the 106th mayor of New York City, in office from 1990 to 1993.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Robert Sullivan's American Revolution

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Robert Sullivan looks at the role New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania played in the American Revolutionary War. He talks about his adventure re-creating a heroic part of the past in the urban, suburban, and sometimes even rural landscape of today. In his book My American Revolution: Crossing the Delaware and I-78, Sullivan sets off on a personal odyssey that involves camping in New Jersey backyards, hiking through lost “mountains,” and traveling from Brooklyn to Manhattan by handmade boat.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mayor Bloomberg's Legacy

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

New Yorker writer Ken Auletta evaluates Mayor Bloomberg’s legacy as he prepares to leave office after 12 years running New York. Auletta looks back on how Bloomberg has shaped the city and influenced politics.

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Soundcheck

Just Dance: Lady Gaga, DJ VH1 And The Lower East Side

Monday, August 26, 2013

Writer and DJ Brendan Jay Sullivan discusses his book Rivington Was Ours: Lady Gaga, The Lower East Side and the Prime of Our Lives.

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The Takeaway

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Legacy

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

New York City will soon be electing a new mayor, but the city's current mayor, Michael Bloomberg, has left an indelible mark on the nation’s largest city. After 12 years and three terms, he will move on in January 2014. Brian Lehrer, host of WNYC’s Brian Lehrer show, discusses Mayor Bloomberg's legacy. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center

Monday, August 19, 2013

Elizabeth Greenspan talks about the tension between commerce and commemoration at the World Trade Center site. Plans to rebuild at the site often have been conflicting, and there have been disagreements over what the site should represent and what it should become. In Battle for Ground Zero: Inside the Political Struggle to Rebuild the World Trade Center, based on years of Greenspan’s reporting on Ground Zero for the Atlantic Monthly and other publications, she details the building of One World Trade Center.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Talking Trash with NYC Sanitation Workers

Friday, August 09, 2013

New York City generates 11,000 tons of household trash each day on average, and the city’s sanitation workers keep a regular schedule to take all that trash away. Anthropologist Robin Nagle discusses New York’s City’s 400-year struggle with trash, which she documents in Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City. She’s joined by Angelo Bruno, who was a sanitation worker in Greenwich Village for 31 years; Annalee Feliciano, supervisor in the Bronx, and Myron Priester, former Borough Chief of Brooklyn South, who was involved in the Department's response to Hurricane Sandy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Talking Trash; "Punk: Chaos to Couture"; "Love's Labour's Lost"; Please Explain

Friday, August 09, 2013

New York City generates an average of 11,000 tons of household trash each day, and on today’s show an anthropologist and three sanitation workers explain how the Dept. of Sanitation handles all of that waste. Andrew Bolton, curator of the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute, talks about the exhibition “Punk: Chaos to Couture.” Rachel Dratch and composer Michael Friedman tell us about Shakespeare in the Park’s production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.” Plus, this week’s Please Explain is about in vitro fertilization.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Mayoral Candidates and Funding for the Arts

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Heather Woodfield, Executive Director of One Percent for Culture, Susan Fuhrman, President of Teachers College, Columbia University, and Nancy Kleaver, Executive Director of Young Audiences, discuss the state of arts education in New York City schools and funding of New York’s cultural institutions. Last week Leonard Lopate and Studio 360 host Kurt Anderson moderated a conversation with mayoral candidates about arts education and funding, and we’ll find out where the candidates stand on those issues.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

FDR, LaGuardia, and the Making of Modern New York

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Mason Williams tells how the New Deal—and two political titans—shaped New York. City of Ambition: FDR, LaGuardia and the Making of Modern New York gives an account of how Roosevelt and La Guardia, patrician president and immigrant mayor, fashioned a route to recovery from the Great Depression for the nation and the master plan for a great city.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The NYC Mayor's Race

Monday, July 29, 2013

The New York mayor's race is heating up. Andrew Meier looks at the candidates and surveys the political climate after three terms of Mayor Bloomberg. His article “Smile! One of You Will Be the Next Mayor” is the July 28 New York Times Magazine’s cover story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

MTA Chairman Prendergast

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tom Prendergast, chairman and CEO of the MTA, talks about transit improvements and interruptions as the MTA prepares its next budget

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Bill Thompson

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bill Thompson, former NYC Comptroller and one of the Democrats running for mayor, discusses the latest news from the mayor's race.

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