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ALL OF IT is a show about culture and its consumers. ALL OF IT is a show about culture and context. ALL OF IT is a show about culture and the culture. Our aim is to engage the thinkers, doers, makers, and creators, about the what and why of their work. People make the culture and we hope, need, and…


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    Carla Cook Performs (Get Lit)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 17:44

    For our September Get Lit event with James McBride, McBride requested that we feature his longtime friend, Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Carla Cook. They speak together about music and their musical "Bobos," and Cook performs.

    James McBride on 'The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store' (Get Lit)

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 31:51

    We air highlights from our September Get Lit with All Of It book club event with National Book Award-winner James McBride. We spent the month reading his acclaimed new novel, The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store, which tells the story of Black and Jewish communities in Pottstown, Pennsylvania who come together to protect a Deaf child from institutionalization. McBride speaks about the book, and takes questions from our audience.

    Habibi Festival at Joe's Pub

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 30:58

    Habibi Festival at Joe's Pub celebrates the many music styles of the South West Asia North Africa (SWANA) region, from "Marrakech to Baghdad." Curators Meera Dugal and Yacine Boulares join us alongside cellist/singer/songwriter Nesrine, who will be making her U.S. premiere at the festival with shows on October 5 and 6. Boulares, a saxophonist and composer, will also perform with his quartet on October 3 and 4. The full festival runs October 1 through 7.

    'Land of Milk and Honey' by C Pam Zhang

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2023 19:24

    A new novel, set in a world where biodiversity and food stores have been decimated by a persistent fog, a chef accepts a job in an elite mountain community that has become mostly isolated from the rest of the world. Author C Pam Zhang joins us to discuss her latest book, Land of Milk and Honey, which Kirkus calls "mournful and luscious, a gothic novel for the twilight of the Anthropocene Era." EVENTS: Tonight at 7:30 pm, Zhang will be speaking at Greenlight Bookstore in Fort Greene in conversation with Sarah Thankam Mathews. On Saturday at 7:30, Zhang will be speaking at the Brooklyn Museum.

    Read It First: Mary H.K. Choi's 'Yolk'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 17:17

    [REBROADCAST FROM June 1, 2021] New York Times bestselling YA novelist Mary H.K. Choi joins to discuss her new novel, Yolk, about two Korean-American sisters in NYC dealing with illness and grief. Kirkus writes, "This poignant story underscores self-sacrifices that prove to be life-sustaining in the name of sisterly love."

    Read It First: Zakiya Dalila Harris' 'The Other Black Girl'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 32:33

    [REBROADCAST FROM AUGUST 6, 2021] We air highlights from our July 2021 "Get Lit with All Of It" book club event. We read The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris. Harris joins us to discuss her new thriller, which is set in the world of book publishing.

    Madison McFerrin's Special 'Get Lit' Performances

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 16:36

    [REBROADCAST FROM AUGUST 6, 2021] We air highlights from our July 2021 Get Lit with All Of It virtual book club event. Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter Madison McFerrin joined us for an interview and two special performances. 

    Read It First: Charmaine Wilkerson's 'Black Cake'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 15:38

    [REBROADCAST FROM MARCH 8, 2022] A debut novel tells the story of two siblings forced to confront family secrets after their mother dies and leaves behind a traditional Caribbean black cake and a voice recording. Author Charmaine Wilkerson joins us to discuss her novel, Black Cake, as part of our ongoing series, "2022 Debuts." This conversation was guest-hosted by Kerry Nolan.

    Read It First: Rumaan Alam's 'Leave the World Behind'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2023 18:28

    [REBROADCAST FROM OCTOBER 5, 2020] Rumaan Alam joins us to discuss his novel, Leave the World Behind, which was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award in Fiction. Set at an AirBnb in a remote corner of Long Island, Amanda and Clay are on vacation with their two teenage children. Late one night, Ruth and G.H., an older couple, knock on their door bringing the news that a sudden blackout has swept the city … and that a mysterious apocalyptic event is coming.

    The Best Fries in the City Goes To...

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 22:59

    New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells returns to discuss his recent newsletter entry rounding up his list of the best places to get French fries in our area. Plus, we take listener calls for their favorite fries.

    A Harlem Braiding Shop on the Broadway Stage

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 26:34

    "Jaja's African Hair Braiding" is a new Broadway play currently in previews written by playwright Jocelyn Bioh. The play tells the story of Jaja and her hair braiding shop in Harlem, featuring a cast of West African immigrant braiders, where on one hot summer day everything comes to blows. Bioh joins us in studio to discuss the production alongside director Whitney White and actor Zenzi Williams (Bea). "Jaja's African Hair Braiding" opens at Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on October 3 and runs through October 29.

    25 Years of Jay-Z's 'Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life' (Silver Liner Notes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 16:45

    Jay-Z released his second album Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life on September 29, 1998. His first number one album, it spent five weeks at the top spot on the Billboard 200, more than any of his LPs since. Two decades later, the same magazine described the record as the moment "he transformed from respected New York MC to axis of American pop." For another installment of Silver Liner Notes, our 25th-anniversary series, we discuss the album's legacy with Andrea Duncan-Mao, All Of It's own senior producer and former MTV producer who covered Jay-Z's early career. And we take your calls.

    Outkast's 'Aquemini' at 25 (Silver Liner Notes)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2023 33:55

    Outkast released their third album, Aquemini, on September 29, 1998. The album made it to number 2 on the Billboard 200 and helped bring legitimacy to Southern hip hop, becoming the first of that regional genre to receive a prestigious five-mic rating from The Source. For our series Silver Liner Notes, we celebrate the Aquemini's 25th anniversary with Rodney Carmichael, NPR Music's Atlanta-bred hip-hop staff writer and author of an oral history on the album. We also take your calls.

    Reservation Dogs' Creator & Director Sterlin Harjo on the Series Finale

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 19:05

    Today marks the series finale of the groundbreaking FX series "Reservation Dogs," which focused on a group of indigenous teenagers living in Oklahoma. Writer, director, and executive producer Sterlin Harjo joins us to discuss the finale, and the show as a whole.

    Exploring Latino Identities with Héctor Tobar

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 31:37

    This Hispanic Heritage Month, we ask the question, how does one define Latino identity? And are there certain contexts when "latinx" is a more appropriate term? We explore these questions, and more, with our callers and with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Héctor Tobar, whose new book, Our Migrant Souls: A Meditation on Race and the Meanings and Myths of 'Latino' is a Kirkus Prize finalist.

    Devendra Banhart: 'Flying Wig' (Listening Party)

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 21:56

    The music of American-Venezuelan singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart tends to attract epithets like "cosmic," "ambient," and "gentle." His new album, Flying Wig, delivers on those fortes, while leaning away from Banhart's folk roots with synth production from Welsh musician Cate Le Bon. Banhart joins us for a Listening Party.Banhart will perform at Webster Hall on October 11 and Asbury Lanes on October 13.

    A Benefit For Ukraine with Michael Imperioli

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 14:29

    This Sunday, Brooklyn venue Baby's All Right will host "A Benefit For Ukraine," a concert with proceeds going to the relief organizations Kind Deeds, which provides prosthetics for wounded Ukrainians soldiers, and Razom, which aids displaced Ukrainians. The concert will feature performances from actor Michael Imperioli's band ZOPA and rock band Loose Buttons, led by Ukrainian-American singer Eric Nizgretsky. Nizgretsky and Imperioli join us to preview the benefit.

    A is For Abortion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2023 12:33

    On October 1, the group 'A is For' will hold its annual gala to raise both money and awareness for reproductive rights. We'll speak to its founders, actors Martha Plimpton and Kellie Overbey about the event and the group's mission in light of legal challenges to abortions and the overturn of Roe vs Wade.

    'Savior Complex' Explores When Missionary Work Becomes Deadly

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 28:57

    A new series on HBO explores the story of Renee Bach, a U.S. missionary who was accused of treating children in Uganda with no medical expertise, many of whom died. Director Jackie Jescko joins us to discuss the three-part series, "Savior Complex," which premieres tonight at 9 pm.  

    New York's Inaugural West Side Fest

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 14:01

    This Saturday, 20 cultural institutions--museums, parks, and arts centers--on the West Side of Manhattan are putting together the inaugural West Side Fest, a free festival with kid-friendly activities and tours where visitors can enjoy all that the west side has to offer. Jane Carey, director of community and government affairs at the Whitney Museum of American Art, and Salvador Muñoz, associate director of Public Programs & Outreach at Poster House, joins us to preview the festival.  

    Sending Love Through the Mail

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 20:47

    If you have a friend or relative going through a hard time and you can't be there in person, you may want to send them a little something. According to Samantha Schoech, gifts writer for Wirecutter, rule number one is simple: "No junk." She joins us to discuss ideas and tips for putting together a care package -- and to take your calls.

    Exploring Goth Culture with Lol Tolhurst

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2023 32:32

    Who better to investigate the origins and history of Goth culture than Lol Tolhurst, former drummer and keyboardist of The Cure? He joins us to discuss his new book, Goth: A History, and take calls from listeners about their own relationship with Goth culture. EVENT: Tolhurst will be speaking tonight at Powerhouse Arena at 7 pm.

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    'Invisible Beauty' Looks at a Force in Fashion

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 22:44

    "Invisible Beauty" documents the life of pioneering fashion icon Bethann Hardison, who was one of the first Black models and went on to operate a successful modeling agency promoting models of color. She joins to discuss the film with co-director Frédéric Tcheng.

    The Timeless Black Portraits of Barkley L. Hendricks

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 23:55

    Other than being a longtime professor of studio art at Connecticut College, the late Barkley L. Hendricks (1945–2017) is thought of as one of the most revolutionary Black American portrait artists, particularly for his work in the late 1960s and into the 1970s. A new exhibition that displays some of his portraits, Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick, is now on view at Frick Madison, the temporary home of The Frick Collection. It's the first show ever dedicated to a Black artist at the Frick. Curators Aimee Ng and Antwaun Sargent join to discuss the show and the importance of the artist. Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick is on view through January 7, 2024.  

    'Ed Ruscha: Now Then' at MoMA

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 25:50

    Ed Ruscha is a pioneer in the world of Pop Art, an artist with a sense of humor, a knack for words, and a great eye for color. Now, in the biggest US exhibition of his work, the Museum of Modern Art features the new retrospective, Ed Ruscha / Now Then. The exhibit features more than 200 works, including a new installation of Ruscha's iconic, "Chocolate Room." Christophe Cherix, chief curator of drawings and prints at MoMA, joins us to discuss the exhibit, running through January 13.

    Why We Can't Keep Weight off our Minds

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2023 29:07

    Weight For It is a podcast hosted by Ronald Young Jr. that "tells the stories of folks who can't keep weight off their minds." Ronald invites listeners on his weight journey, from thin to a self-described fat person, and his thoughts about his future.  He also interviews experts plus real people about what weight means in 2023. He joins us to take your calls.  

    Jesse David Fox on Comedians and the Truth

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 21:56

    A recent New Yorker article details comedian Hasan Minhaj's fabrications and "emotional truths" in his stand-up and political comedy. The story follows another recent article from Rolling Stone alleging a toxic environment at "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon." We explore the role of truth in comedy and the responsibility entertainers have to their audiences with Vulture critic Jesse David Fox, author of the upcoming book, Comedy Book: How Comedy Conquered Culture and the Magic that Make it Work. Plus, we take your calls.

    A New Documentary Examines a Risky and Covert CIA Operation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 27:25

    In 1968, a Russian submarine sank in the Pacific Ocean. While the Russian government didn't know where it was, Americans did, and a new film explores how the Nixon administration, Howard Hughes, and the CIA came together to attempt to retrieve it. The film is called, "Neither Confirm Nor Deny" and was directed by the late Phillip Carter. Investigative journalist Hank Phillippi Ryan joins to talk about the film and her role covering the case.

    Todd Sickafoose's 'Bear Proof'

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 21:43

    Bear Proof is the name of a new album from composer and longtime bassist for Ani DiFranco, Todd Sickafoose. It's his first release of original music in fifteen years. Sickafoose started recording the album in 2013, but then scrapped the project and began again in 2018. The album process had to be put on pause however following the success of the musical "Hadestown," which he helped compose, winning a Grammy and Tony as a result. Bear Proof is out on September 29, and Sickafoose joins us for a preview Listening Party.  

    Ending Imposter Syndrome with Comedian Aparna Nancherla

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2023 29:04

    Comedian and actor Aparna Nancherla is now a published author, with her new memoir Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Imposter Syndrome. This collection of essays covers her life, her journey with anxiety, and her battle against crippling Imposter Syndrome. She joins us to discuss, and to take calls from listeners.  

    Why Do Only Men Have Pockets?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 31:43

    If you've ever wondered why we have pockets in our clothes or why men's clothes have more pockets than women's, a new book examines the history of the pocket. Hannah Carlson, clothing historian and a senior lecturer in the apparel design department at Rhode Island School for Design, joins to discuss, Pockets: An Intimate History on How We Keep Things Close.

    Samantha Bee: Your Sex Ed Teacher?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 32:08

    The Emmy-award winning comedian Samantha Bee, formerly a correspondent of "The Daily Show" and former host of her own late-night show, "Full Frontal with Samantha Bee," comes to BAM this Saturday to perform her current touring standup act, "Your Favorite Woman: The Joy of Sex Education," in which Bee gives her thoughts on all the aspects of understanding our bodies, from puberty to menopause. Bee joins us to preview the show.

    Jazzmeia Horn Previews Her Smoke Jazz Club Residency

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 17:31

    Dallas-born and New York City based singer and composer Jazzmeia Horn last joined us in 2019, around the release of her second album, Love and Liberation. Since that time, she's released a big-band album called Dear Love, recorded with her fifteen-piece band, Noble Force. And starting on Thursday, the Grammy-nominated Horn will be performing at Smoke Jazz Club with her Quartet through September 24. Horn joins us to talk about the residency and her musical journey.

    Our Future Among the Stars

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2023 19:23

    With Congress turning more attention to the study of Unidentified Arial Phenomenon, and with an apparently false presentation last week of alien remains to Mexico's Congress, we hear about the real science of outer space from Harvard University astronomer and theoretical physicist Avi Loeb. His new book, Interstellar: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Our Future in the Stars, explores the challenges of the search for extraterrestrial life and humanity's future in space. Plus, Loeb will explain some recent discoveries including "burping" black holes.

    NYC Program Gives Homeless Kids a Chance to Study Dance

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 21:37

    The new documentary "LIFT" spotlights New York Theatre Ballet's program of the same name that selects at risk and home insecure kids to train in dance. We'll speak to the film's director, David Petersen, and Steven Melendez, a dancer who runs the program.

    Can Friendship Survive Parenthood?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 28:17

    A recent article in The Cut asked why some friendships can withstand everything BUT one friend's entry into parenthood. We'll unpack that and discuss why it can be so hard to maintain friendships with non parents once you become a parent with two co hosts of Slate's podcast Mom & Dad Are Fighting, Jamilah Lamieux and Zak Rosen.

    Exposing An Abusive Doctor at Columbia University

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 29:51

    For years, Dr. Robert Hadden continued as a respected OB-GYN at Columbia University while assaulting hundreds of his patients. A new podcast and series of articles about the case expose Dr. Hadden's abuse, and tell the story of the victims seeking justice. We're joined by Laura Beil, journalist and host of the podcast, Exposed: Cover-Up at Columbia University, and Bianca Fortis, reporting fellow at ProPublica and co-author of the ProPublica and New York Magazine piece, "How Columbia Ignored Women, Undermined Prosecutors and Protected a Predator For More Than 20 Years."

    Parents Under Pressure As School Returns

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2023 21:22

    School is back and so are demands on parents. There's pressure on parents to join clubs, volunteer, bake goods, coach teams, attend conferences, all the while documenting it all on social media. Sara Petersen, author of Momfluenced: Inside the Maddening, Picture-Perfect World of Mommy Influencer Culture, joins us to take calls on how to rethink "perfect parenting."

    Ellen Bradshaw Paints Manhattan From Dusk Until Dawn

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 16:05

    A new exhibition at Pleaides Gallery in Chelsea displays the oil paintings of artist Ellen Bradshaw, and her focus in this show is Manhattan at night. Bradshaw focuses on the infrastructure of the city, whether it's bridges, storefronts, or the routines of everyday New Yorkers. Manhattan: Dusk to Dawn is on view through September 30, and Bradshaw joins to discuss her work.  

    Carole D'Inverno Presents Paintings From Her Notes

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 16:19

    Carole D'Inverno is a self-taught Brooklyn based artist who moved to the U.S. in 1979 after growing up in Belgium and Italy. A new exhibition of her watercolors and drawings, From My Notes, is on view now at Atlantic Gallery in the Landmark Arts Building in Chelsea through September 23, and D'Inverno joins us in studio to discuss the show.

    The Work of Artist Hearne Pardee on View at Bowery Gallery

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 16:51

    The colorful and abstract paintings of artist Hearne Pardee are currently on view at Bowery Gallery in the Landmark Arts Building in Chelsea. Pardee splits his time between New York, where he first started painting in the 1970s, and California, where he worked as an arts professor at UC Davis for over twenty years. The exhibition, called Just Looking, is on view through September 30, and Pardee joins us to discuss his work and career.  

    How Will We Survive on a Warming Planet?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 24:02

    According to experts, this summer was the hottest on record since temperature started being tracked in the 19th century. As New York City Climate Week kicks off, we examine how our lives will continue to change as a result of our warming planet. Jeff Goodell, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Heat Will Kill You First: Life and Death on a Scorched Planet, will join us to discuss.   Event: Goodell will be speaking tonight at The Institute for Public Knowledge at 7 pm.

    The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 24:02

    In honor of Alison's return to the airwaves, and the fifth anniversary of All Of It on WNYC, Jennifer Flood, Heather Flood and Cynthia Flood, co-founders of the Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation, discuss the story of Alison's kidney donation, as well as their own family's experience that led them to found their organization, which helps connect living donors from around the country with patients in need of a kidney.

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    All Of It Turns 5!

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2023 26:48

    All Of It launched on September 17, 2018. In that time, we've aired well over a thousand radio episodes, and approaching 6,000 interviews with artists, musicians, filmmakers, actors, authors, playwrights, doctors, scientists, historians, botanists, cleanliness experts, and more. To commemorate the show's fifth anniversary, we look back on some of those moments, and take calls from listeners to hear what's been going on in their lives over the last five years.

    The Lewis Latimer House Museum Celebrates Latimer's 175th Birthday

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2023 11:06

    This month, inventor Lewis Latimer (1848-1928) turned 175 years old. Latimer was born in Massachusetts to self-emancipated slaves, and after serving in the Union Navy during the Civil War as a teenager, he became an important inventor who worked on the development of the incandescent lightbulb, the telephone, and more. Latimer settled in Queens towards the end of his life, and his house is where The Lewis Latimer House Museum stands today. This Saturday the museum is hosting Lewis Latimer's 175th Birthday Celebration, a free event featuring science activities, musical performances, and more! Executive Director Ran Yan joins us to preview the day.  *This segment is guest-hosted by Tiffany Hanssen.

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