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Violin That Was Played as Titanic Sank Found, Auction House Says

Friday, March 15, 2013

The violin played by the bandmaster of the Titanic as the oceanliner sank has been unearthed, a British auction house said Friday.

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100 Years Ago, Arrival Of Titanic Survivors In NYC Set Off Media Free-For-All

Sunday, April 15, 2012

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The sinking of the Titanic on April 15 in 1912 was the biggest news story of its day. But people on land had only the barest facts about the tragedy at sea until almost three days later, when more than 700 survivors reached New York on the steamer Carpathia. What followed was an unprecedented media frenzy.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

From the Archives: James Cameron and Bill Paxton on "Ghosts of the Abyss"

Friday, April 13, 2012

In April 2003, Leonard spoke to director James Cameron and actor-director-producer Bill Paxton about "Ghosts of the Abyss," a 3-D documentary that explores the wreck of the Titanic. They describe going down to the wreck in submersibles and filming inside the ship.

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WQXR Features

Echoes of the Titanic

Friday, April 13, 2012

Today at 12 noon, join us for a special one-hour program about classical music's connection to the Titanic -- 100 years to the day after the infamous maritime disaster.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Deep Sea Exploration

Friday, April 13, 2012

David Gallo, Director of Special Projects at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, talks about the mission to map the Titanic wreck, and other underwater expeditions, such as the search for Air France flight 447. He explains how scientists explore the ocean and what they’ve found.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why We Can’t Let Go of the Titanic

Thursday, April 12, 2012

New Yorker contributor Daniel Mendelsohn talks about why the Titanic has such an enduring appeal, 100 years after its sinking. His article “Unsinkable: Why We Can’t Let Go of the Titanic” appears in the April 16 issue of The New Yorker.

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Features

Quinn Remembers Her Grandmother, a Titanic Survivor

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's maternal grandmother, Nellie Shine Callaghan, was 16 or 17 years old when she came to America from Cobh, Ireland, 100 years ago. She booked passage on a brand new ocean liner: The Titanic.

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Titanic: 'A Night to Remember,' 1956

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

One hundred years after the sinking of the British passenger liner RMS Titanic, the tragic story of the unsinkable ship fascinates as much today as it did on that fateful day, April 15, 1912. Though many today are most familiar with James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster film "Titanic,"  the story was first mass-popularized by acclaimed author Walter Lord, whose 1955 book A Night to Remember was drawn from first-hand accounts of 63 survivors on that maiden voyage.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Christine Quinn on Her Grandmother, Titanic Survivor

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn talks about her grandmother, Helen Shine Callaghan, who survived the Titanic. Callaghan was 20 when she was coming over from Belfast, one of only 40 Irish Titanic survivors who would make it to America.

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Features

Titanic: Unsinkable Myth

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Listen to the radio documentary “Titanic: Unsinkable Myth,” first broadcast in 1997 and slightly updated here, which explores the artistic legacy of the ocean liner.

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Top Five Pieces About the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Over the last century, the Titanic tragedy has spawned several books, movies, musicals and plenty of music. Here are five notable pieces.

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WQXR Blog

How the London Symphony Narrowly Avoided the Titanic

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It's long been known that the London Symphony Orchestra almost traveled to the U.S. aboard the Titanic. Now, new details have emerged as to why the orchestra avoided the doomed liner.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Titanic Belfast

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Niall O'Donnghaile, Lord Mayor of Belfast, discusses Belfast’s commemoration of the 100anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Between the years 1909 and 1911, Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard completed construction on the RMS Titanic. Belfast is remembering this tremendous vessel with the opening of a new museum, the Titanic Belfast.

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Unseen Titanic

Monday, April 09, 2012

Hampton Sides, author of the article “Unseen Titanic,” in National Geographic’s April issue, and Dr. James Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) archaeologist who was part of an expedition down to the Titanic, discuss the new technologies that have revealed the most complete—and most intimate—images of the famous wreck.

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The Takeaway

MS Balmoral Retraces the Path of the Titanic

Monday, April 09, 2012

The MS Balmoral set sail from Southampton on Sunday, the same place where the Titanic set sail 100 years ago. The ship is retracing the path of the RMS Titanic for the centennial memorial of its sinking. Chris Buckler, correspondent for our partner the BBC, is on board the MS Balmoral.

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