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WNYC News

Childrens' Book Heroine Madeline Turns 75

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The quintessential Parisian schoolgirl was born in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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Operavore

Paris's Opéra Bastille at 25

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Parisians often like to hate on their charmless, 1980's opera house, the Opéra Bastille. But Fred Plotkin believes the house has been a boon to the surrounding area and has served many productions well.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fifteen Years in Paris

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

When Edmund White moved to Paris in 1983, leaving New York City in the midst of the AIDS crisis, he was 43 years old, couldn’t speak French, and only knew two people in the entire city. When he left 15 years later he was fluent in French, was a working journalist, and had made the acquaintance of everyone from Yves Saint Laurent to Catherine Deneuve to Michel Foucault. Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris is his memoir about his experiences.

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Operavore

Looking for Maria Callas in Paris

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Maria Callas is fading from memory as a performer and is now being built up as a myth and an icon. So how can she be best remembered? Should it be with an opera?

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Exploring Music

Sounds of the City of Light

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week host Bill McGlaughlin takes in the music of Paris from 1830 to the early 1900s.

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World of Opera

Ponchielli's La Gioconda from the Bastille Opera in Paris

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Amilcare Ponchielli's masterpiece La Gioconda, a drama of politics, passion and murder, is one of opera's most delicious "guilty pleasures." Tune in at 4pm to hear it on our Operavore Stream!

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WQXR Blog

Paris Turns to Classical Music to Chase Away Loiterers

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Later this month, Paris will become the latest in a string of international cities to pipe classical music into its train stations in an effort to chase off vagrants.

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Richard Wright's Love Letter to Paris

Monday, January 28, 2013

WNYC

In this brief monologue, the novelist Richard Wright sends home the most glowing postcard of France one could possibly imagine. 

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Virgil Thomson on What Makes a Good Music Critic

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

WNYC

Virgil Thomson is the guest on this 1948 edition of The Reader's Almanac. Not Virgil Thomson the composer, though, but Virgil Thomson the critic, whose collection, The Art of Judging Music (1948), had just been published. 

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Operavore

Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées Stays Cutting Edge

Friday, December 07, 2012

"This Art Deco theater is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places in Paris to attend a performance," writes Fred Plotkin. And it is a good thing that it was not destroyed during a famous 1913 riot.

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The Takeaway

Paris Opens Europe's First Gay-Friendly Mosque

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Despite a long tradition of condemning homosexuality in Islam, Europe's first gay-friendly mosque opened last week in Paris. Similar efforts have also begun in the United States. Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed is the founder of the mosque.

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Selected Shorts

Selected Shorts: Paris Lives

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Paris in the 1920s and 1930s saw an explosion of painting, sculpture, music, and literature, and helped create a Bohemian lifestyle on the Left Bank.  This program features some of the literary figures who helped define the era, and more.

 

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Soundcheck

Lionel Loueke: Musical Heritage From Everywhere

Friday, September 07, 2012

Guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke's latest album is called Heritage, and it reflects upon the musical influence that all of his many homes over the years -- from Benin to Paris to NYC -- have had on his music. He joins us in the studio along with his trio to play live. 

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Top 5 @ 105

The World's Top Five Cities for Classical Music

Thursday, August 02, 2012

As nations vie for athletic superiority at the London Olympics, the Greater London Authority has created an international measuring stick to assess a location’s cultural merit. See where New York ranks.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rosecrans Baldwin on Living and Working in Paris

Friday, July 06, 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin talks about living and working in Paris for 18 months and finding the experience completely unlike what he expected. His memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is a comic, personal account of observing the French capital from the inside out. He's also the co-founder of The Morning News and the author of the novel You Lost Me There.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down

Monday, May 14, 2012

Rosecrans Baldwin talks about living and working in Paris for 18 months and finding the experience completely unlike what he expected. His memoir Paris, I Love You but You’re Bringing Me Down, is a comic, personal account of observing the French capital from the inside out. 

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Operavore

The Operatic Flaneur

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

"Even for someone who has never visited this city, Paris exists in the imagery one finds in paintings, films, print media, literature, wine bottles and much more," writes Fred Plotkin, who samples some of the city's musical treasures.

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Operavore

Planet Opera: Paris When it Sizzles

Friday, April 06, 2012

The French capital has become the most important opera center in Europe in the early 21st century, writes blogger Fred Plotkin. "It has perhaps even surpassed New York."

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Silence Is My Breakup Album Edition

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

In this week's Culture Gabfest, Slate music critic Jody Rosen joins the Gabfest to lament the death of pop superstar Whitney Houston. Next, our critics share their personal Valentine’s Day playlists. For their final segment, Gabfesters find the lost gen

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