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The New Yorker: Poetry

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads Lucie Brock-Broido.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Jennifer Michael Hecht reads Lucie Brock-Broido.

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Studio 360

Featured Poem: "Hazy Summer Days"

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Hazy Summer Days" by Amy, 15, from Maryland.

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On Being

Samar Jarrah, Wajahat Ali, Sahar Ullah, Et Al. — Revealing Ramadan [remix]

Thursday, July 17, 2014

16 Muslims, in their own words, speak about the delights and gravity of Islam's holiest month. Through vivid memories and light-hearted musings, they reveal the richness of Ramadan — as a period of intimacy, and of parties; of getting up when the world is

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Studio 360

Featured Poem: "Juillet"

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Studio 360 is challenging young writers to create poems on the theme of summer. Featured today: "Juillet" by Emma, 16, from Massachusetts.

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Studio 360

Studio 360’s Summer Poetry Challenge: Battle of the High School Bards

Friday, July 11, 2014

Attention young poets: Write us a poem on the theme of summer, and we’ll feature the best of your submissions online and pick a winner on our show. Send us your poem

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The Takeaway

Nikki Giovanni on Langston Hughes' 'Conversation With the Future'

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

In a speech aired on WNYC in 1957, poet and civil rights icon Langston Hughes grappled with finding an authentic American voice in the face of prejudice.

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Yusef Komunyakaa reads Marilyn Hacker

Monday, June 23, 2014

Yusef Komunyakaa reads Marilyn Hacker

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Annual Poets House’s Bridgewalk

Monday, June 09, 2014

A celebratory procession and poetry reading from atop one of New York's greatest monuments.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Economics and Government, Poetry and Politics

Monday, June 09, 2014

On today’s show: two editors at The Economist explain why we need to reimagine  the role of government. We’ll get a preview of Poets House’s annual Bridgewalk, where poets walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, reciting poems about New York along the way. Cristina Henriquez talks about her new novel, The Book of Unknown Americans. And we’ll find out why the French intelligentsia turned toward militarism and xenophobia in the decades leading up to World War II.

The Takeaway

Maya Angelou's Friend Nikki Giovanni Remembers the Legendary Poet

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Poet Maya Angelou died today at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was 86-years-old. The Takeaway spoke to poet Nikki Giovanni about her 40-plus-year friendship with Maya Angelou. "When you talk about who lived a full and a good and a complete life, you come back to Maya,” Giovanni says.

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The New Yorker: Poetry

Anna McDonald reads Kathleen Graber

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Anna McDonald reads Kathleen Graber

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Mary Karr's "Entering the Kingdom"

Friday, May 09, 2014

Ten years ago, Beth Greenspan put a poem in her wallet that she’s carried ever since. Her son was just on the verge of adolescence, and she was wistful. “I noticed that his wrists were starting to get thicker, his hands were starting to look bigger. His hand was almost the size of my own hand.”

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, May 02, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them.

A Piketty Explainer (First) | Cheerleading and Girls Sports Injuries (Starts at 19:45) | Pulitzer Poet Vijay Seshadri (Starts at 32:03)

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Celebrating Dylan Thomas’s 100th Birthday

Friday, May 02, 2014

President Jimmy Carter, author and activist Kevin Powell, and theater director Charlotte Moore share their remembrances of the poet.

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Studio 360

Our Favorite Poem For National Poetry Month Came From a First Grader

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

And like a good little New Yorker, it's all about music, dancing, and personal space.

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The Takeaway

This Is Where: 'I am Just Feet in the Sand'

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

It's the last day of April, which means it's also the last day of National Poetry Month. Today also marks the end of The Takeaway's month-long poetry series called "This Is Where."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pulitzer for Poetry

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This segment originally aired live on April 30, 2014. An edited version was included in a best-of episode of The Brian Lehrer Show on May 26th. The unedited audio can be found here. 

We conclude National Poetry Month with the author of this year's Pulitzer Prize-winning collection 3 SectionsBrooklyn poet and professor at Sarah Lawrence College, Vijay Seshadri, reads and talks about his poetry (and his life in cities starting in "B" - Bangalore, Brooklyn and Bronxville).

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The Greene Space

Watch: Patti Smith, Jesse Paris Smith and Eric Hoegemeyer in Music and Poetry

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Singer, songwriter and poet Patti Smith opened an evening of music and poetry in The Greene Space by reading these lines from T.S. Eliot's poem, "The Wasteland":

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Church Wachtel Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

In September, 1983, The poet Church Wachtel spoke about his third book and first novel, Joe the Engineer, with Walter James Miller on The Reader’s Almanac. The main  character is a Vietnam Veteran working as a water meter reader in the Richmond Hill section of Queens. 

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

Louis Untermeyer Introduction

Monday, April 21, 2014

Louis Untermeyer was poet and critic was appointed the fourteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1961. In this 1963 interview he talks about his close friend the poet Robert Frost and the book: The Letters of Robert Frost to Louis Untermeyer on this edition of The Reader’s Almanac with host Warren Bower.

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