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The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection is holding its sixth day of public hearings today, focusing on new evidence and testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to Mark Meadows. WNYC's own Brian Lehrer joins us to preview the hearing and discuss what revelations might be found.
"Ms. Marvel" is Disney's first Muslim superhero to headline her own Marvel comic and television show. Directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah join us to talk about the heroic origins of the character, Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old Pakistani American from Jersey City, and to discuss the show's production.
Following last week's Supreme Court ruling in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization, which overturned Roe v. Wade, Farah Diaz Tello, senior counsel and legal director at If/When/How, and Andrea Miller, president of the National Institute for Reproductive Health, join us to discuss the future of activism and reproductive justice.
This summer, we're hosting our Get Lit with All Of It book club on the radio! This month, we've been reading the acclaimed debut novel of Chantal V. Johnson, Post-Traumatic. The novel tells the story of a lawyer named Vivian, who works defending those sent to a psychiatric hospital in New York. Her own past trauma, disordered eating, and outbursts of self-destructive behavior threaten to derail her life, and all her relationships. Johnson joins us to discuss the novel, and to take calls from Get Lit readers!
A new documentary, “Endangered,” follows four journalists living and working in democratic countries with a free press as misinformation spreads. Executive producer Ronan Farrow and directors Rachel Grady & Heidi Ewing join us to talk about the film and the ongoing culture war over free speech. The film is an official selection of the 2022 Tribeca Film Festival and premieres June 28 on HBO Max.
The 1999 World Cup-winning U.S Women's soccer team has been foundational for millions of girls playing soccer in the 21st century, and for the growth of the sport's popularity in the United States. Briana Scurry was the goalie for this team, and she was also the first black and openly gay woman to ever represent her country on the soccer field. Now, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Title IX and Pride month, Scurry has written a new memoir, My Greatest Save: The Brave, Barrier-Breaking Journey Of a World-Champion Goalkeeper. She joins us to discuss her story.
The Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade. To discuss the decision and what it means for the future of women's rights and reproductive rights, we're joined by Katherine Franke, law professor at Columbia University on the executive committee of Columbia's Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality, as well as Mark Joseph Stern, Slate senior writer covering courts and the law.
Today marks 40 years since the death of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American draftsman who was fatally beaten with a baseball bat in a racially motivated crime on June 19, 1982. He died of his injuries in the hospital days later. To discuss the legacy of his death, we're joined by Christine Choy, a professor at New York University and co-director of the Oscar-nominated documentary "Who Killed Vincent Chin?" Also joining is David Shih, a professor of English at the University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire and author of the recent New York Times op-ed, "How I Became an Asian American."
[REBROADCAST FROM MARCH 30, 2022] It has been 50 years since five men broke into the Watergate office complex and attempted to bug and burgle the Democratic National Committee Offices. Now, author Garrett M. Graff has published a comprehensive history of the scandal and subsequent fallout, titled, Watergate: A New History. Kirkus calls it, "The best and fullest account of the crisis, one unlikely to be surpassed anytime soon." Graff joins us to discuss, and to take calls from listeners with their comments and questions about Watergate fifty years later.
Martha Mitchell was the outspoken wife of Nixon's attorney general John Mitchell. The press called her “Mighty Mouth.” She was one of the first people to realize Nixon was connected to Watergate and she told anyone who would listen. Some believed her, others called her crazy and a drunk. And when she went missing for a few days, she claimed The Whitehouse was behind it. Director/Editor Anne Alvergue and Co-director Debra McClutchy join us to talk about about their new film called "The Martha Mitchell Effect" that tells her story.
Today is the 50th anniversary of Title IX, one of the educational amendments of 1972, being signed into law. The beginning of the amendment declares, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” The law fundamentally changed gender equality in education in the United States. The New York Historical Society is commemorating the 50th anniversary with an exhibition, titled, Title IX: Activism On and Off the Field, on view until September 4. Curator Anna Danziger Halperin joins to speak about what the NY Historical Society has in its archives regarding Title IX, what the amendment meant for the country's education system, and how New York City schools and athletics changed as a result.
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, a law that forbids discrimination based on sex in any school or educational program accepting federal funding, and a law that fundamentally changed women's sports forever. Directors Dawn Porter and Nicole Newnham join us to kick off our hour-long celebration of Title IX, and to discuss their new ESPN documentary, "37 Words," which tells the story of the fight to pass the law. The first two episodes premiered on June 21, and the second half will air on ESPN on June 28 at 8 pm.
In 1987, Rick Astley released the debut album Whenever You Need Somebody. Its first single, "Never Gonna Give You Up," spawned a number one hit the following year and decades later became one of the internet's most enduring memes: Rickrolling. Last month, Astley reissued his debut album, and he's currently on tour. He joins us to talk about his unique career. Astley will be in the NY/NJ/CT area for the following dates, on tour with New Kids on the Block, Salt-N-Pepa, and En Vogue: June 30 - UBS Arena - Elmont, NY July 1 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT July 2 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT July 3 - Hard Rock Live At Etess Arena - Atlantic City, NJ
This Friday, the hotly anticipated new Baz Luhrmann film "Elvis" premieres. Some critics have called the film a hot mess... but some might argue that you could describe nearly every Baz Luhrmann film as a beautiful, over-the-top jumble. New York Times awards columnist Kyle Buchanan joins us to discuss the career of the celebrated director, explain how he developed his unique style, and preview "Elvis."
Ottessa Moshfegh has made a name for herself as a daring novelist not afraid to be grotesque, off-beat, and disturbing. Her latest novel, Lapvona, takes readers back in time to a small feudal village, and tells the story of young boy who becomes entangled in conflict with the lord's family, and with the spiritual world. Moshfegh joins us to discuss.
In the United States, death is often seen as morbid or taboo, however, many people faced the realities of end-of-life planning during the pandemic. We discuss navigating the emotional, practical, legal and spiritual issues while contemplating or nearing the end of life with death doula and Going With Grace founder Alua Arthur.
Beyond their songs or record sales, the greatest legacy of One Direction, a new book argues, might be their massive, passionate, predominantly female fanbase. Kaitlyn Tiffany, a staff writer for The Atlantic, joins us to discuss her new book, Everything I Need I Get From You: How Fangirls Created the Internet as We Know It, which examines how our lives online are shaped by the behavior of fan communities, and the good and ill that can come from these groups.
Julius Eastman was a Black, queer composer and a fixture of downtown New York's music scene in the 1970s, who died in 1990 in relative obscurity. Beginning last year, the Los Angeles-based music collective Wild Up has attempted to honor Eastman's legacy by recording and releasing his work in a seven-part series. Members Christopher Rountree and Jiji join us to discuss the second volume, Joy Boy, for an All Of It Listening Party.
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection is holding its fourth day of public hearings today, focusing on former president Trump's attempts to pressure state election officials into overturning the election results. WNYC's own Brian Lehrer joins us to preview the hearing and discuss what revelations might be found.
In 2021, The Boy Scouts of America agreed to a $2.7 billion settlement for the hundreds of boys who came forward over the years as victims of sexual and physical abuse. A new documentary, "Leave No Trace," sheds light on the BSA policies that enabled predators to continue their crimes while profiling several victims. Award-winning director Irene Taylor Brodsky joins to discuss the film.
[REBROADCAST FROM March 1, 2022] A new museum exhibition in Harlem explores African American contributions to our national culinary identity. African/American: Making the Nation's Table, presented by the Museum of Food and Drink (MOFAD), will run until July 17 at The Africa Center at Aliko Dangote Hall. Curator and culinary historian Dr. Jessica B. Harris (Netflix's "High on the Hog," and recently one of Time's 100 most influential people) joins us to talk about the exhibition.
This year is only the second time Juneteenth has been a public school holiday in NYC and the first time it has been recognized as a federal holiday. This month, the New York Public Library put together a list of books for educators and parents to help teach kids about this important day as well as significant historical moments in Black History. Shauntee Burns-Simpson, Manager of School Outreach for the NYPL, joins us to talk about some of the books on this list.
In honor of Juneteenth, we are spotlighting underreported Black history and culture. Author Eric K. Washington will join to talk about his quest to get official landmark status for a building in Chelsea in which Black children were educated in the years following the Civil War, known as "Former Colored School Number 4."
In 2020, while looking back through his family tree, Grammy-winning musician Fantastic Negrito learned that his seventh-generation grandparents had been a white indentured servant from Scotland and an unnamed enslaved man, living in a common law marriage in 18th-century Virginia. The discovery inspired Fantastic Negrito to write an album about their union, titled White Jesus Black Problems. Fantastic Negrito joins us for a Listening Party. Fantastic Negrito will perform at BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! this Saturday.
Food writer Nicole A. Taylor has written a new cookbook, Watermelon and Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations, inspired by her years observing the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Before the holiday, now officially recognized by the federal government, Taylor joins us to talk about the history of Juneteenth cooking, as well share some recipes for main dishes, desserts, and special drinks you may want to try out this weekend. Southern-ish Potato Salad (exerpt) SERVES 6 TO 8 The greatest failure when making potato salad is overcooking the spuds—creamy mashed pota- toes is a no-go for any potato salad recipe. You want a waxy variety like fingerlings, Yukon Golds, or red potatoes; these varieties will keep their shape and texture when cooked right. Bobby Seale, cofounder of the Black Panther Party, said it well in his 1988 cookbook Barbeque'n with Bobby, where he wrote under a recipe titled “Hunky Crunchy Potato Salad” that his mother's potato salad was a “tasty quasi-mashed potato salad.” My pro tip is to season the potatoes while they are warm. Begin your training to be a queen. 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces⅓ cup plus 2 teaspoons kosher salt 8 ounces bacon (optional)About 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter (if omitting the bacon)1 medium yellow onion, chopped 1 fennel bulb, cored and chopped¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil½ cup sour cream ¼ cup fresh parsley leaves and stems, chopped, plus 2 tablespoons leaves for garnish2 teaspoons ground mustard1 teaspoon smoked paprika, plus extra for garnishZest of 2 lemons (2 tablespoons)3 tablespoons Quick-Pickled Banana Pepper brine (page 44)¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Peel your potatoes and rinse in cold water. Place the potatoes in a large pot and add water to cover (around 10 cups) and ⅓ cup of the salt. Bring to a boil over high heat and cook the potatoes, uncovered, until just tender but with some bite still, 18 to 25 minutes. Be sure not to overcook the potatoes—you don't want mushy potato salad! Drain the potatoes and transfer to a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt and allow to cool for 30 minutes or so. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook the bacon (if using) over medium heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp and browned, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a paper towel–lined plate, leaving the fat in the pan. (If you're omitting the bacon, melt the butter in a large skillet here.) Add the onion and fennel to the hot bacon fat in the skillet and cook until softened, about5 minutes. Season with the remaining 1 teaspoon of salt. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. Add the cooled fennel mixture to the bowl with the potatoes, then add the olive oil, sour cream, chopped parsley, ground mustard, paprika, lemon zest, pickled banana pepper brine, and pepper and stir to combine. Taste! Taste! If necessary, you may need to add a tad more of the seasonings and sour cream. Garnish with the parsley leaves and, if desired, an extra pinch of paprika. We're talking about potato salad here, so: everyone has their way. Some people make it the day of; some people make it the day ahead. Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
June 19th marks the date in 1865 when the news of emancipation reached enslaved Black people in Texas, and has been commemorated as Juneteenth ever since, finally becoming a federal holiday in 2021. WNYC Newsroom culture and arts reporter Precious Fondren joins us to talk about some of the ways Juneteenth is being celebrated across the city.
The late artist Ray Johnson is best known for spreading his multimedia collages through the U.S Postal Service. However throughout his career, he was thought of as, "New York's most famous unknown artist." Recently, 137 disposable cameras Johnson used in his final years were discovered, revealing thousands of photographs of new collages never seen before. The Morgan Library & Museum will display some of these photographs, alongside some of his mail art, in a new exhibition called, Please Send to Real Life: Ray Johnson Photographs, which opens today. Curator Joel Smith joins us to talk about the discovery, the mystery of Ray Johnson, and why his legacy and work matters.
Georgia Senator Raphael Warnock joins us to discuss his new memoir, A Way Out of No Way: A Memoir of Truth, Transformation and the New American Story. The book chronicles his childhood in Savannah, his time as a senior pastor at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, and the runoff election that earned him and Senator Jon Ossoff seats in the Senate, officially handing control of the body over to the Democratic Party.
Pianist Vadim Neselovskyi grew up in the port city of Odesa, Ukraine, which has come under attack from Russia in the ongoing conflict. Recently, Neselovskyi recorded an album about his home city titled, Odesa: A Musical Walk Through a Legendary City, out tomorrow, and has been touring around Europe and the United States to raise money for humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. He will be playing two shows in New York City, one on June 17 at the Salmagundi Club, and again on June 29 at The Stone. Neselovskyi joins to discuss his memories of growing up in Odesa, writing music about the city, and his fundraising concerts to help those suffering from the war.
A Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade is expected in the coming weeks or days, and the new documentary "Battleground," which is screening at the Tribeca Festival, examines the anti-abortion activists who organized to push politics in this direction. Director Cynthia Lowen joins us to discuss.
The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 Capitol insurrection is holding its third day of public hearings today, focusing on the role of former Vice President Mike Pence. WNYC's own Brian Lehrer joins us to preview the hearings and discuss what revelations might be found.
Former Yankees All-Star, right fielder, and five-time World Champion Paul O'Neill joins us to discuss his new memoir, Swing and a Hit: Nine Innings of What Baseball Taught Me, alongside co-writer and YES Network broadcaster Jack Curry. O'Neill and Curry will also take calls from fans!
In the 1940s, the Nicholas Brothers performed a seminal dance routine that continues to inspire dancers decades later. A new film, "Nicholas Brothers: Stormy Weather," documents dancers Les Twins performing their homage to the original. We speak to the film's directors Paul Crowder and Michael Shevloff.
In 1996, the women's Olympic Dream Team featured stars like Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Carla McGhee, capturing the hearts of the nation and setting the stage for foundation of the WNBA. A new ESPN 30 for 30 documentary tells the story of this incredible team, "30 for 30: Dream On." Director Kristen Lappas and member of the Dream Team Carla McGhee join us to discuss. The documentary premieres on ESPN on June 15.
[REBROADCAST FROM January 25, 2022] Writer Ricky Tucker's new book, And the Category Is...: Inside New York's Vogue, House, and Ballroom Community, takes readers behind the curtain into the ballroom community spotlighting its icons, values and history. Tucker joins us to talk about the book.
The 75th Tony Awards took place this past Sunday. We recap who took home the most awards, listen to a performance from Joaquina Kalukango from "Paradise Square," and revisit a conversation with Best Musical Winner "A Strange Loop" creator Michael R. Jackson and director Stephen Brackett.
There are few things that unite New Yorkers better than the city's subway system, both as a means of travel and as something on which to commiserate. The documentary "End of the Line" explores how a transportation system already suffering from deteriorating infrastructure and leadership issues has also navigated a global pandemic. Director Emmett Adler joins us on the day of the film's on-demand release.
Since releasing her album, Punisher, in 2020, Phoebe Bridgers has started her own label, received a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist, appeared on releases from Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and Lorde, and gone on tour. This week her tour stops in Asbury Park, Prospect Park, and Forest Hills. She joins us to preview those shows.
Early on in the pandemic, economists thought the public health crisis would contribute to a wave of early retirements. However, today, many workers at retirement age have returned to work. Lindsey Pollak joins NYT writer Ben Casselman to take listener calls about getting back into the workforce in middle age.
'Macbeth' is back on Broadway, with stars Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga taking the stage under the direction of Sam Gold. Gold joins us to discuss his unconventional staging of the show. We'll also be joined by composer Gaelynn Lea, who was selected by Gold to create the score for the show after he saw her on NPR's Tiny Desk. 'Macbeth' runs at the Longacre Theatre through July 10th.
[REBROADCAST FROM June 9, 2022] For the latest installment of our ongoing Full Bio series, we speak with Amy Odell, author of a new biography about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, called, Anna: The Biography. On day four, we look at Anna Wintour's depiction in popular culture, specifically the film, "The Devil Wears Prada," as well as her relationship with former employee André Leon Talley and her philanthropy and work with the Met Gala.
[REBROADCAST FROM June 8, 2022] For the latest installment of our ongoing Full Bio series, we speak with Amy Odell, author of a new biography about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, called, Anna: The Biography. On day three, we discuss Anna Wintour's route to becoming Vogue editor-in-chief and her leadership style.
[REBROADCAST FROM June 7, 2022] For the latest installment of our ongoing Full Bio series, we speak with Amy Odell, author of a new biography about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, called, Anna: The Biography. On day two, we discuss Anna Wintour's entry into the magazine business, early successes and failures, and her path to New York. NOTE: This segment originally aired on June 7, and has been edited. The aired version stated that Anna Wintour became Vogue's editor-in-chief in 1998. The correct year was 1988.
[REBROADCAST FROM June 6, 2022] For the latest installment of our ongoing Full Bio series, we speak with Amy Odell, author of a new biography about Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, called, Anna: The Biography. On day one, we discuss Anna Wintour's early life growing up in England as the daughter of a well-known newspaperman. NOTE: This segment originally aired on June 6, and has been edited. The originally aired version stated that Anna Wintour became Vogue's editor-in-chief in 1998. The correct year was 1988.