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The Takeaway

This Is Where: Poems About Places That Matter

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Think of a place that carries a lot of meaning. Can you put that place into words? Our friends at WLRN in Miami are teaming with O, Miami, a regional poetry festival, to get members of their community to share poems about the places they care about with the hashtag #ThisIsWhere.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Life and Legacy of Poet E. E. Cummings

Thursday, March 06, 2014

E. E. Cummings was a novelist, painter, and playwright who is considered to be one of America’s preeminent 20th-century poets. Susan Cheever talks about his life and work and her new biography E. E. Cummings: A Life. She discusses his childhood, and explores where his rebellion against conventional authority and the critical establishment came from, and talks about his friendships, influences, and the impact of his work.

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Studio 360

Jessica Lange & Leaves of Grass

Saturday, March 01, 2014

In this special edition of the show, Kurt talks with Jessica Lange talks about the thrill of playing an evil witch on American Horror Story. We learn how Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, a radical, polyamorous book of poems became an American Icon. And an artist paints combat scenes in Iraq after being inspired by Winslow Homer's Civil War paintings.

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Radiolab

'I Will Fight Gravity For You,' Said Superman To Lois Lane

Thursday, February 13, 2014

He could fly like a speeding bullet, leap tall buildings in a single bound, but that's not what made Superman super. The real source of his power, we learn from five fine dancers, is the love he had for a certain newspaper reporter: A dancer's valentine.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Artist Jen Bervin and Emily Dickinson scholar Martha Werner discuss putting together the first full-color facsimile edition of Emily Dickinson’s manuscripts ever—a deluxe edition of her late writings, presented exactly as she wrote them on envelopes. The Gorgeous Nothings: Emily Dickinson’s Envelope Poems presents all 52 of the envelope writings reproduced life-size in full color both front and back, with an accompanying.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Billy Collins, Two-Time Poet Laureate

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Two-term Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins, discusses putting together his first compilation of new and selected poems in 12 years, Aimless Love. He talks about his singular voice, which combines plain speech with imaginative surprise.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Galanes on Gossip; Poet Billy Collins; Emily Dickinson's Envelope Poems

Thursday, January 23, 2014

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes tackles your questions and quandaries about gossip! Billy Collins, two-term Poet Laureate of the United States talks about his first compilation of work in 12 years. Scholar Martha Werner and artist Jen Bervin talk about a new book of Emily Dickinson’s poems that she wrote on scraps of envelopes.

The Takeaway

Looking Back at Motown's Civil Rights Recordings

Monday, January 20, 2014

Motown has become an American institution. But Motown also had a spoken-word label called Black Forum, which was set up in 1970. Two years after he was assassinated, the label released a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Television and radio broadcaster, Alvin Hall recently completed a half hour story on the Black Forum label for the BBC. He shares what he learned and describes why Motown got involved in civil rights recordings.

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Studio 360

Video: Inking an Epic

Monday, December 30, 2013

Charlie Capp pledged to draw a comic book adaptation of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner in 2013, and he’s poised to finish it. At 144 illustrated pages, that's about one page per stanza.

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On The Media

Plagiarism: Maybe It's Not So Bad

Friday, December 27, 2013

Artists often draw inspiration from other sources - from musicians sampling songs to painters recreating existing masterpieces. Kenneth Goldsmith, MoMA’s new Poet Laureate, believes writers should catch-up with other mediums and embrace plagiarism in their work.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco

Monday, December 23, 2013

Poet Richard Blanco talks about delivering the inaugural poem at President Obama’s second inauguration in January 2013. In For All of Us, One Today: An Inaugural Poet’s Journal, he reveals the inspiration and challenges—including his experiences as a Latino immigrant and gay man—behind the creation of the inaugural poem, "One Today," as well as other poems commissioned for the occasion.

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Studio 360

2013 Resolutions: Final Chapters

Friday, December 13, 2013

In the final weeks of 2012, we asked Studio 360 listeners for their creative New Year’s resolutions. We followed up with a small group, promising to gently pressure them into following through on their artistic ambitions, including writer Linda Brewer and visual artist Charlie Capp ...

Slideshow: Charlie Capp's illustration of Rime of the Ancient Mariner

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poetry in Motion

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

You probably know his work from your subway reading -- he was commissioned to write "Grand Central" to celebrate the terminal's 100th anniversary and it was reprinted on the trains and on MetroCards.  

Billy Collins, former U.S. (and New York State) Poet Laureate, professor of English at Lehman College at the City University of New York, and author of Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems (Random House, 2013), talks about that poem and those in his new collection.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Amanpour on the Iran Deal; FDA stops 23andMe; Billy Collins

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Christiane Amanpour of CNN and ABC explains how Middle Eastern leaders are reacting to the news of a nuclear deal with Iran, and what their responses say about the deal’s chance of success. Then, the FDA has warned the genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing their product. We’ll take your calls if you’ve used the service to guide your medical decisions. Plus: Billy Collins, former US and New York State poet laureate, on his new collection of work.

Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Romeo had Juliet Edition (LOUDER VERSION)

Monday, November 04, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss Rock 'n' Roll great Lou Reed, Shakespeare and the effect of the internet on poetry.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

The Culture Gabfest: Romeo had Juliet Edition

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Slate critics Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner and Dana Stevens discuss Rock 'n' Roll great Lou Reed, Shakespeare and the effect of the internet on poetry.

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New Tech City

A Glitchy Link Poem, That's Also An Obamacare Summary

Thursday, October 17, 2013

We're looking into some glitches for an upcoming episode of New Tech City. Naturally, the NTC team shares links and ideas with each other via email. Rarely though, do the clipped rhythms of a busy journalist pecking away at a keyboard accidentally land so poetically as this dispatch on Obamacare.

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Studio 360

Syria's New War Poetry

Friday, October 11, 2013

“Poetry has always been central” in Syria, according to poet and translator Ghada Alatrash. Schoolchildren recite epics, pop stars set poetry to music, and literary parlor games can go on for hours, she says. Now, in the two-and-a-half years since demonstrations became an uprising ...

Read "When I Am Overcome By Weakness"

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Studio 360

Cuarón's Gravity & Untitled Film Stills

Friday, October 11, 2013

Kurt Andersen speaks with a poet who is translating new poems coming out of wartime Syria. Alfonso Cuarón explains why the astounding special effects in his new film Gravity take second place to Sandra Bullock’s performance as an untethered astronaut. In American Icons, we look at Cindy Sherman’s remarkable faux ...

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Studio 360

American Icons: Leaves of Grass

Friday, September 27, 2013

Walt Whitman set out to invent a radically new form of poetry for a new nation. His book was first viewed as bizarre and obscene — one reviewer said that the author should be publicly flogged. But revising and adding to the book until his death, Whitman accomplished his goal, creating a new Bible for American poets.

Slideshow: The changing editions of Leaves of Grass

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