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Arts & Culture
11:45 am
Tue March 11, 2014

NYU's Skirball Center For The Performing Arts

    New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts is the premier venue for the presentation of cultural and performing arts events for NYU and lower Manhattan. Since opening in 2003, the 860-seat Skirball Center has been an educational and community building resource, providing NYU's first large-scale, professional performance space on campus. Through university events, presentations, and partnerships, the Skirball Center offers a unique multi-arts performance program in its intimate proscenium theater located on the south of Washington Square in the heart of Greenwich Village.

Michael Harrington is the Executive Director of the Skirball Center and he joins us to talk about the goals of the venue, past presentations, and their annual Visions + Voices Global Performance Series.

The Roundtable
10:35 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine

    This morning in our Ideas Matter segment, we spotlight New York Humanities and discuss Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine.

12 Years a Slave, which just won the Oscar for Best Picture, tells the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped from upstate New York and sold into slavery. Told from his point of view, the movie doesn't tell what happened to his family while he was gone. This week we'll learn about his wife Anne, who worked as a cook at the Morris-Jumel House in New York City.

Our guests are: Carol Ward, Executive Director of Morris-Jumel House and Emilie Gruchow, Archivist at Morris-Jumel House.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Wed February 26, 2014

STOMP Celebrates 20 Years In NYC

    Matchboxes, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters and more fill the stage with energizing beats at STOMP, the inventive and invigorating stage show that's dance, music and theatrical performance blended together in one electrifying rhythm.

The Olivier, Obie, and Drama Desk award winning rhythmic phenomenon celebrates 20 years at New York’s Orpheum Theatre on February 27  and it will be  honored that day when the Empire State Building lights up red and white to commemorate this monumental achievement.

STOMP performers, Jason Mills and Penelope Wendtlandt join us to tell us about their STOMP experiences.

Arts & Culture
10:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

La Soirée Spins, Sings, Smiles And More At The Union Square Theatre In New York City

Marawa The Amazing

    La Soirée is a theatrical phenomenon currently running at the Union Square Theatre on East 17th Street in New York City. Part cabaret, part circus, part cirque and part side-show - part vaudeville, part burlesque - all astounding.

  La Siorée’s international acts include balancing duos, high-flying feats, song - and so much more. Marawa the Amazing and Mooky join us to tell us more.

New York News
3:22 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Rare Documents From Vast NY Collection Up For Sale

Nearly 300 rare items from a vast private collection of historical papers are being put up for auction in New York City. They include a document celebrating Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe in the 16th century and a book considered one of the earliest printed in America.

The artifacts are from the collection known as the Caren Archive, owned by Eric Caren of suburban Westchester County. The items being auctioned April 7 at Bonham's in Manhattan include rare Revolutionary War newspapers and a Butch Cassidy mug shot.

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New York News
8:48 am
Fri January 3, 2014

De Blasio Swears In Bratton; Reform Promised

William Bratton has taken over the nation's largest police force and is pledging reforms to how New York City police officers work with the community.

The 66-year-old was sworn in Thursday by Mayor Bill de Blasio at a ceremony at police headquarters.

Bratton says he will work to improve the relationship between cops and New Yorkers who feel over-policed by the department's stop-and-frisk policy. He also says he will continue the department's massive counterterrorism efforts.

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New York News
6:06 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Bill De Blasio Sworn In As 109th Mayor Of NYC.

Bill de Blasio has been sworn in as the 109th mayor of New York City.

He is the first Democrat to occupy City Hall in more than two decades and vows to pursue a sweeping liberal agenda for the nation's largest city.

He took the oath of office in a small ceremony in his Brooklyn home Wednesday, minutes after midnight.

The 52-year-old de Blasio was joined by his wife and their two teenage children. The oath was delivered by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.

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WAMC Programs - The Book Show
3:06 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

The Book Show #1327 - Pete Hamill

Pete Hamill is a veteran New York journalist and novelist. He's the author of numerous books, including Downtown: My Manhattan and his memoir, A Drinking Life. His nine novels include Snow in August, Forever and Tabloid City. His new book is The Christmas Kid: And Other Brooklyn Stories, a collection of Brooklyn-based stories spanning thirty years.

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New York News
4:42 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

NYC Mayor Regrets Not Changing City Elections

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said he never plans to run in another election. But he still rues not having persuaded New Yorkers to make city races nonpartisan.

The mayor said on his local WOR-AM radio show Friday that the election issue may be his biggest regret as he reflects on his 12-year tenure. He leaves office Dec. 31.

The Republican-turned-independent mayor says an unaffiliated voter "doesn't get a real, practical chance" to participate. He says in an overwhelmingly Democratic city, "it's only the primary that matters."

With that said, no Democrat had won the mayor's office in a generation before Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio.

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Arts & Culture
11:40 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Gianni Valenti And The Jazz Corner Of The World

    Named for alto saxophonist and jazz pioneer Charlie "Bird" Parker who dubbed it "The Jazz Corner of the World," Birdland opened on December 15th 1949. For 60 years it has been home to jazz legends, from Parker, John Coltrane Duke Ellington and Count Basie to Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, Diana Krall and everyone in between.

The original 52nd street location was a cultural barometer and meeting place, inspiring the songs "Birdland" and "Lullabye of Birdland," and serving as a regular haunt for celebrities and cultural figures. The modern incarnation is a state of the art nightclub featuring award winning Southern and Cajun cuisine, first rate sound and lighting and a who's who of contemporary musical artists, 7 nights a week.

Gianni Valenti is the owner/operator of Birdland Jazz, located on West 44th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues in New York City, and he joins us to tell us more about the club.

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