Monday, September 16, 2013
Bikes are taking over America. Major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco are launching public bike sharing systems for the first time, joining Boston, D.C. and Denver. Get out your pens and poetry quills and join our Takeaway Bike Haiku Challenge. Today Adam Reilly, reporter for WGBH news; Alex Goldmark producer at WNYC with Transportation Nation; and Joy Diaz, reporter from KUT Austin Texas discuss the bike revolution.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Today’s best-of show on this Labor Day begins with New York Times columnist Gail Collins discusses her take on finding humor in Republicanism, her time on the editorial board, and her approach to opinion writing. Then, Earl ‘The Pearl’ Monroe looks back on his career at the New York Knicks and at some more recent starting line-ups; we hear about the rich history of the intersection of sports and politics; and poet Maya Angelou reflects on her family. Plus: two takes on gender in the workplace: first on overcoming differences, then on women farmers.
Friday, August 09, 2013
Kenneth Goldsmith trained as a visual artist at the Rhode Island School of Design. In the 1980s, his work became wildly popular with collectors and was shown at some of the best galleries in New York City. “What I had become was a businessman,” he says. “And I did this so I wouldn’t ...
Monday, July 08, 2013
At first, you couldn't ask for a better meal plan. The food is free, delivered straight to you. It lands, literally, right at your feet. All you have to do is bend over and eat. Except: the portions are very small and tend to slip away rather quickly. That's why sandpipers seem so frantic when you see them at the beach. Their food keeps disappearing.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Listen to contemporary settings of great Latin-American poets on this New Sounds. Hear a combination of choir and electric guitar by built around the poetry of Chilean poet Elias Letelier by Canadian composer/electric guitarist Tim Brady. The work, “Atacama,” is sung in Spanish, with text about metal, circuitry, atoms and not thinking about microphones. There’s also a work by the American composer Eric Whitacre and his setting of a text by Nobel Prize-winning Mexican poet Octavio Paz. In it, the vocal group Polyphony together with a children’s choir simulate a storm by rattling tin for thunder and finger-snapping as rain.
Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Federico Garcia Lorca, one of Spain’s greatest poets and dramatists. The current festival Lorca in New York: A Celebration, focuses on the years 1929-1930, when Garcia Lorca was a student at Columbia University and when he wrote Poet in New York. Laura Garcia Lorca, Federico Garcia Lorca’s neice and president of the Federico Garcia Lorca Foundation in Spain, and Christopher Maurer, editor of a newly revised and translated edition of Poet in New York, talk about Federico Garcia Lorca’s life and work.
Saturday, May 11, 2013
By Gisele Regatao : Senior Editor, Culture, WNYC News
There are thousands of artists is New York City. Some are famous internationally, while others are scratching out a living while perfecting their craft in basements or on stage. WNYC is bringing a few of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.
Friday, May 10, 2013
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 ...
Monday, April 29, 2013
April is National Poetry Month, and to celebrate the occasion, our friends at WLRN have been asking for local poetry that captures the texture of their city: Miami, Florida. Scott Cunningham, co-founder the city's biennial poetry festival, "O, Miami," talks about hometown pride, and finding poetry in everyday exchanges.
Thursday, April 04, 2013
The New York Times’ latest technological gadget is the haikubot, a poetry-seeking piece of software engineering that combs the text of every New York Times article as it’s published in search of the 5-7-5 syllable pattern that identifies a haiku.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
She wrote "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," mentored Oprah Winfrey, won a National Book Award, was friends with both Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., and famously delivered the inaugural poem at Bill Clinton's 1993 swearing-in. In this 2013 episode of the Brian Lehrer show, Angelou, who died Wednesday in her home, talked about her memoir, "Mom & Me & Mom," which chronicles the story of her relationship with her mother and the grandmother who raised her.
Friday, March 08, 2013
Artists often draw inspiration from other sources - from musicians sampling songs to painters recreating existing masterpieces. Kenneth Goldsmith believes writers should catch-up with other mediums and embrace plagiarism in their work. Brooke talks with Goldsmith, MoMA’s new Poet Laureate, about how he plagiarizes in his own poetry and asks if appropriation is something best left in the art world.
Monday, February 18, 2013
By Charis Conn
Amiri Baraka died January 9th after weeks of failing health. He was 79. A playwright, poet, critic and activist, Baraka was one of the most prominent and controversial African American voices in the world of American letters. Speaking at the Overseas Press Club ( and airing on WNYC) in 1965 following the release of his Obie award-winning play The Dutchman, Baraka presented himself as a no-nonsense artist who was not about to compromise his message for anyone. The talk catches Baraka (still known as Leroi Jones) at the height of his radical voice in the 1960s and is critical because it was delivered just four days before the assassination of Malcolm X.
The writer and activist LeRoi Jones (who would later be known as Amiri Baraka) speaks here on February 17, 1965, four days before the assassination of Malcolm X, an event that catapulted him from a charismatic Greenwich Village maverick into a radicalized black nationalist in Harlem.