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Mmmmmm...Meat.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Wild game is showing up on more and more restaurant menus these days. The editor-in-chief of Field and Stream had some cabin-to-condo tips on preparing venison.

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Geraldo Rivera on the role of Hispanics in Shaping America

Monday, September 14, 2009

Award-winning journalist Geraldo Rivera details the evolving role of Hispanics in shaping America's future. The Great Progression: How Hispanics Will Lead America to a New Era of Prosperity features interviews with prominent Hispanics, including Ken Salazar, Antonio Villaraigosa, and Jennifer Lopez, and looks at the growing impact Hispanics are making ...

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Rod Blagojevich on his book "The Governor"

Monday, September 14, 2009

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich offers an account of his arrest and the subsequent media storm that engulfed him after he was caught up in a political scandal this year. In his book The Governor, he describes his view of politics and government.

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Jeff Johnson on Discovering Your Personal Best

Monday, September 14, 2009

Jeff Johnson, BET correspondent and the author of Everything Im Not Made Me Everything I Am: Discovering Your Personal Best, discusses his new book and his documentary about Kurdistan.

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Beth Fertig on Why Can't You Teach Me 2 Read?

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Beth Fertig, WNYC reporter and author of Why Can't You Teach Me 2 Read?, explores urban schools through the story of three NYC students who made it to high school without being able to read.

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Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn on Developing Women

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn offer a call-to-arms to challenge the oppression of women worldwide in their new book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Knopf, 2009).

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Annette Bernhardt and Amy Carroll on Unprotected Workers

Thursday, September 03, 2009

A comprehensive new report reveals widespread abuse of low-wage workers in Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. Annette Bernhardt, policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project and co-author of the new report, Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers, discusses the findings. Plus, Amy Carroll, supervising ...

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James Barron on 549 Stories

Friday, August 28, 2009

James Barron, New York Times Metro Section reporter, discusses his compilation of stories, The New York Times' Book of New York: 549 Stories of the People, the Streets, and the Life of the City Past and Present.

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Rebecca Cammisa on Which Way Home

Monday, August 24, 2009

Director Rebecca Cammisa discusses her feature-length documentary "Which Way Home," which follows three unaccompanied children as they leave their homes in Latin America and travel through Mexico to the U.S. border in order to reunite ...

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Judith Matloff on Home Girl

Friday, August 21, 2009

Judith Matloff explains why, after 20 years as a foreign correspondent, she decided to put down roots in New York by buying a dilapidated brownstone on a rough block in West Harlem. She tells the ...

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103 Reasons the Back of Your Neck is All Sweaty and Gritty

Friday, August 21, 2009

The temperature was 103 degrees Friday afternoon on the Number 1 train platform at 72nd Street

The temperature was 103 degrees Friday afternoon on the Number 1 train platform at 72nd Street

Make no mistake, it's hot and sticky out there.

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Welcome to New York. Enjoy the Oysters

Thursday, August 20, 2009

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New York City is the former oyster capitol of the world. There was a time when New York Harbor had over 350 square miles of oyster beds, half of the world supply. Street-side oyster vendors were as popular as hot dog carts are today. Local oysters were a delicious treat, they cleaned the waterways and they bolstered aquatic wildlife. But oysters have since disappeared from New York Harbor, mostly because of human intervention. Now, there are new efforts to reintroduce them in Jamaica Bay.

Mark Kurlansky, the author of The Big Oyster: History on the Half Shell, and Jeffrey Levinton, distinguished professor of ecology and evolution at SUNY Stony Brook, visit The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about the history of oysters in New York Harbor, and plans to reintroduce them.

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Andrea Bernstein: Let's start with a history. I'm very intrigued by this idea of oysters being sold like hot dogs.

Mark Kurlansky: Well, oysters are an animal that lives in brackish water, which is water that's saltier than fresh water but not as salty as the sea. Estuaries of rivers, places where fresh water dumps into sea water are the ideal climate. New Yorkers too easily forget that the five boroughs of New York City are at the magnificent estuary of the Hudson River and the estuary used to be full of oysters.

That means the East River and the Hudson and out in the harbor around Staten Island and Liberty Island and Ellis Island, which used to be called Big and Little Oyster Island. The coast of the Bronx, back when the Bronx had a non-industrial coast, and the Brooklyn coast into Queens and Jamaica...it was all full of oysters. There was this tremendous natural resource that was identified with New York so that, for centuries, if somebody said they were going to New York City, the typical response was 'Enjoy the oysters!' They were sold everywhere.

Bernstein: Until when?

Kurlansky: Until 1927 when the last bed was closed. A process began in the 1880's when they started understanding about germs. There were chronic epidemics in New York history and they never really understood the cause of them. Everybody sort of assumed that it must be caused by foreigners and immigration and poverty. Then they started understanding what really caused things like cholera and developed the ability to trace them. They kept tracing them to oyster beds. One by one, with each disease outbreak, a bed was closed. The last bed, which was in Raritan Bay between Staten Island and New Jersey, was closed in 1927. Then it was over.

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The Wisdom (or not) of Twitter

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

David Pogue, the personal technology writer for The New York Times, visited The Brian Lehrer Show to talk about his new book The World According to Twitter.

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UNDP Report Reveals Unemployment, Malnutrition in Arab World

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Seven years ago, the United Nations conducted a study of human development in the Arab world. Now it has released a follow up and there’s not a lot of good news for the 330 million ...

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Dan Klores on Black Magic

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

In his documentary "Black Magic", filmmaker Dan Klores looks at how African-American players and coaches changed the game of basketball. The film won a Peabody and has just been released on DVD.

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Studio 360's Kurt Andersen on "Casino Economy"

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

According to Studio 360's Kurt Andersen, the economic crisis might have an upside. His latest book is called Reset.

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Cracking Your Knuckles: Annoying But Doesn't Cause Arthritis

Friday, August 14, 2009

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Should you wait an hour after eating before you jump in the pool? Do you lose most of your body heat through your head? Dr. Aaron Carroll is the co-author of Don't Swallow Your Gum! Myths, Half-Truths, and Outright Lies ...

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Do The Right Thing 20 Years Later

Friday, August 14, 2009

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Spike Lee's 'Do The Right Thing' came out 20 years ago. Kai Wright, senior writer for The Root, and Dayo Olopade, political reporter for The Root, talk about the impact of the movie with Brian Lehrer.

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Uh Oh! Babies May Be Smarter Than We Think

Thursday, August 13, 2009

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Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and philosophy visited The Brian Lehrer Show today to talk about her new book The Philosophical Baby: What Children's Minds Tell Us About Truth, Love, and the Meaning of Life. She spoke with guest host Mike Pesca.

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Here's an excerpt from their conversation:

Mike Pesca: What’s interesting or significant about “uh oh”?

Alison Gopnik: It turns out that “uh oh” is one of the very first things that young children say which is sort of surprising. When you actually look carefully at how they use it, which is what I did when I was in graduate school, it turns out that they’re actually using 'uh oh' to talk about the fact that they’re trying to do something, that they have vision of the world and it's not working out. That’s a very abstract thing for very young babies to be talking about.

Pesca: Maybe it’s overstating it, but your premise is that babies are not only smarter than we thought they were, they may in some ways be smarter than we are. What do you think of that?

Gopnik: Babies and young children are really designed for learning. One of the puzzles about human beings is, why do we have this long period of childhood at all? Why are we immature for so long and dependent on our parents for so long?

One of the ideas that has come out of both evolution and psychology is that we have that protected period so that we can learn all the things that we need to learn before we actually have to put them into action. From that perspective, it makes sense that babies and young children would be the best learning machines in the universe. Then when you actually look at what they can do, especially work we’ve done in the last 10 years, it turns out that they can recognize statistics they can use probabilistic logic, they can do things that the best machine learning programs and scientists can do.

Pesca: Obvious question is, how do you know they can learn statistics? Maybe it's best to talk about the ping pong ball experiment you set up.

Gopnik: This was actually an experiment that my colleague Fei Xu set up. What she did was show babies a box full of mixed up ping pong balls, 80% of them white 20% of them red. Then she showed babies an experiment, either taking all white balls out of the box or all red balls out of the box.

If you’ve got a mixed-up box, both of those sequences are possible, but it's much more probable statistically that you’ll pick out all white balls for an 80% white box and all red balls. In fact, the babies were very surprised. They looked much longer when they saw the experimenter picking out the red balls from the mostly white box. That means that they must have been sensitive to this pretty abstract statistical fact about the sample that you can take from a population.

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Neighborhood Stories

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Thomas Beller and Said Sayrafirzadeh visited The Brian Lehrer Show to discuss the new anthology Lost and Found: Stories from New York. Thomas Beller is the editor of the anthology and the author of three books, Seduction Theory, The Sleep-Over Artist, and How To Be a Man. Said Sayrafirzadeh is the author of When Skateboards Will Be Free: A Memoir of a Political Childhood and a contributor to Lost and Found. Guest host Mike Pesca conducted the interview.

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You can read Sayrafirzadeh's stories and hundreds more at Mr. Beller's Neighborhood

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