Margot Adler http://wuis.org en On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars http://wuis.org/post/auction-block-stradivarius-guitars <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNrLvKJnpfI</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Margot Adler 22088 at http://wuis.org On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://wuis.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:30:00 +0000 Margot Adler 21058 at http://wuis.org Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives http://wuis.org/post/nba-was-integrated-we-had-black-fives Most people have heard of the Negro Leagues in baseball and of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the late 1940s — but relatively few people have heard of the Black Fives, the African-American basketball teams that played up until the NBA was integrated in 1950.<p>An exhibit at the New-York Historical Society aims to rectify that.<p>When basketball was invented in 1891, it was a totally white game. In 1904, Edwin Bancroft Henderson, a black Washington, D.C., gym teacher, took a summer course at Harvard and brought the game back to black segregated schools. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:45:00 +0000 Margot Adler 20914 at http://wuis.org Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://wuis.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Margot Adler 20646 at http://wuis.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. http://wuis.org/post/he-fell-earth-little-prince-was-born-ny One of the world's most beloved books is <em>The Little Prince</em> by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.<p>If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 17:14:00 +0000 Margot Adler 17642 at http://wuis.org Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects http://wuis.org/post/small-museum-shows-weird-objects In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 17541 at http://wuis.org New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution http://wuis.org/post/new-yorks-medical-marijuana-experiment-begins-caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 17257 at http://wuis.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories http://wuis.org/post/tiny-museum-preserves-proof-creators-crazy-stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="http://mmuseumm.com/">Museum</a> and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.<p>The museum was created by three filmmakers: Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. Josh Safdie says the idea grew out of a combination of frustration and storytelling. The filmmakers would tell each other amazing tales of what they had seen and found, and the others would want proof. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Margot Adler 16183 at http://wuis.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://wuis.org/post/assessing-bloombergs-legacy-complex-task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Margot Adler 15940 at http://wuis.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues http://wuis.org/post/investigation-new-york-train-derailment-continues Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 14187 at http://wuis.org New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21 http://wuis.org/post/new-york-city-raises-smoking-age-18-21 New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 21:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 13369 at http://wuis.org Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? http://wuis.org/post/can-starbucks-do-tea-what-it-has-done-coffee Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray soft seats, charcoals, chestnut browns. Teavana teas line one wall. Beakers filled with colored liquids greet you at the entrance.<p>The cococaramel sea salt tea latte is delicious, but at 350 calories it's not an everyday drink. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Margot Adler 12124 at http://wuis.org Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso http://wuis.org/post/forget-lottery-you-have-better-odds-winning-picasso Imagine buying a genuine Pablo Picasso painting valued at $1 million — and paying only $135.<p>That's the prize if you win the "<a href="http://www.1picasso100euros.com/?lang=en">1 Picasso for 100 Euros</a>" raffle Sotheby's is currently putting on. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 11728 at http://wuis.org Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage http://wuis.org/post/anthony-weiner-myth-not-man-takes-stage The sexting scandal surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has been fodder for comedians, punsters and those who love double entendres. Now it's the source material for a play, <em>The Weiner Monologues</em>, coming to off-off-Broadway's Access Theatre Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.<p><strong>'Found Texts' (You Finish The Joke)</strong><p><em>The Weiner </em><em>Monologues</em> began a couple of years ago, when a group of very young actors, most just out of Hunter College, were taking a summer workshop in New York. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Margot Adler 11557 at http://wuis.org Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square http://wuis.org/post/does-capitalism-work-truefalse-quiz-times-square I'm walking through Times Square, the crossroads of the world. Just when I reach the line for cheap Broadway tickets, I see it: a giant billboard with the word "capitalism" in bright white lights and the words "works for me!" in cursive below. There's a podium and two buttons where you can vote whether the statement is "true" or "false."<p>Peggy Demitrack, a tourist from Cleveland, is adamant when she pushes the "true" button. She says capitalism works for anyone who strives and educates themselves.<p>When asked whether she has money for retirement, she adds: "Something! Yes. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Margot Adler 10351 at http://wuis.org Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square Fashion Designer Mark Jacobs To Leave Louis Vuitton http://wuis.org/post/fashion-designer-mark-jacobs-leave-louis-vuitton Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And in other business news, Marc Jacobs is packing his bags. The fashion designer is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years. He is expected to focus on an eventual IPO for his own Marc Jacobs brand.<p>NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: There was a sense of foreboding at Marc Jacob's spring fashion show in Paris. First, the music.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ADLER: Very funereal. Then black was the dominant color on the models on the runway. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Margot Adler 10169 at http://wuis.org This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests http://wuis.org/post/elegant-whimsical-pop-dinner-party-had-4000-guests On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.<p>They have come for <a href="http://dinerenblanc.info/">Diner en Blanc</a>, an unusual pop-up event that takes place in 20 countries. The guests eat in splendor at a location they only learn about minutes before they arrive. The thousands wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.<p>They arrived at 6:30 in the evening last Wednesday, carting white tables and chairs, china, food, wine glasses and cutlery. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Margot Adler 9515 at http://wuis.org This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages http://wuis.org/post/occupy-movement-two-many-voices-many-messages By 10 a.m. Tuesday, several hundred people had already gathered in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to mark the second anniversary of the movement known as Occupy Wall Street.<p>With many people coming and going, heading for actions like a McDonald's protest or a march on Washington Square Park, it was difficult to assess actual numbers. Much like Occupy itself, groups changed and reformed all morning.<p>At 10:30 a.m., Sumumba Sobukwe, a spokesman for the group Occupy Evolve, mounted the Zuccotti Park steps for a news conference. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Margot Adler 9056 at http://wuis.org The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine http://wuis.org/post/growing-latest-16th-century-medicine The Renaissance Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, a re-creation of a 16th-century medicinal garden, is so lush and colorful, it takes only a stroll through to absorb its good medicine.<p>The garden, part of a summer exhibit called Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, is a small-scale model of the Italian Renaissance Garden in Padua, Italy, Europe's first botanical garden.<p>The landscape includes Mediterranean flowers in multiple colors, fountains and odd plants that many people have never seen, like the opium poppy, with its unusual seed pods. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Margot Adler 5301 at http://wuis.org Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group http://wuis.org/post/old-safe-reveals-historical-relics-womens-suffrage-group Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations.<p>On the organization's 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words "Woman Suffrage Party." No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.<p>On the website of the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Center, people were speculating all week about what might be in the safe. Would it be lists of secret members? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Margot Adler 4827 at http://wuis.org Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group Disruptive Broadway Audiences Master Stage Whisper http://wuis.org/post/disruptive-broadway-audiences-master-stage-whisper Transcript <p>LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST: <p>There have been several incidents, even fights, during recent New York theater performances. An argument over a woman nosily unwrapping her Twizzlers, a man throwing a Web-browsing woman's cell phone across the theater. What is going on? Are audiences less well mannered today?<p>We sent NPR's Margot Adler to find out.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: I'm standing around the TKTS line on Broadway, where tourists and New Yorkers line up for lower priced tickets. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Margot Adler 4088 at http://wuis.org Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam http://wuis.org/post/discovering-family-members-lost-time-amsterdam When I found out that one of my cousins — now 88 — had hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just like Anne Frank, it was a revelation. It made me want to know more about my cousin's life and story.<p>"I like to analyze what happens and to put it in writing; that gives you neatness in your head, and that is what I'm after," says my cousin, retired Judge Suzanne Hoogendijk. She was 87 at the time, and was talking about why she loved being a judge. Tue, 21 May 2013 21:43:00 +0000 Margot Adler 3026 at http://wuis.org Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam Court Case Winds Down In New York's Stop-And-Frisk Challenge http://wuis.org/post/court-case-winds-down-new-yorks-stop-and-frisk-challenge Closing arguments are set to take place Monday in the federal class action trial involving New York City's stop-and-frisk policy. The trial has been going on for two months in Manhattan.<p>Plaintiffs in <em>Floyd v. City of New York</em> claim the New York Police Department, its supervisors and its union pressured police officers to stop, question and frisk hundreds of thousands of people each year, even establishing quotas. Mon, 20 May 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Margot Adler 2929 at http://wuis.org Court Case Winds Down In New York's Stop-And-Frisk Challenge Times Square's Naked Cowboy Wrangles Some Co-Workers http://wuis.org/post/times-squares-naked-cowboy-wrangles-some-co-workers In the bustle and craziness of New York's Times Square on a busy afternoon or night, you will see scores of costumed figures: Batman, Elmo, the Statue of Liberty.<p>But for more than a dozen years, arguably the most original of these is the Naked Cowboy. His fame has now spawned a franchise, with eight different cowboys and cowgirls.<p>Almost anytime you go to Times Square, you will see the original Naked Cowboy in a white cowboy hat, white boots and white underwear briefs, with the words "Naked Cowboy" written across his butt. Sat, 04 May 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Margot Adler 2184 at http://wuis.org Times Square's Naked Cowboy Wrangles Some Co-Workers New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too http://wuis.org/post/new-york-concrete-jungle-and-city-trees-too You expect to find great trees in city parks and botanical gardens. But you might not expect to find ancient or unusual trees in the inner city or smack dab in the middle of a highway.<p>Benjamin Swett has a love of trees so deep that he's written pamphlets about them, created photo exhibits and now has a new book, <a href="http://www.benjaminswett.com/TreesofNewYork2.php"><em>New York City of Trees</em></a>. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:44:00 +0000 Margot Adler 1969 at http://wuis.org New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too You Can't Put A Headline On William Klein http://wuis.org/post/you-cant-put-headline-william-klein Try to put him in a box and he'll find his way out. Still working at nearly 85 years old, William Klein has gone rogue in at least four different fields: abstract painting, photography, filmmaking and commercial copy writing.<p>Klein now lives in Paris but I caught up with him in New York City — the place where he was born, but no longer has much affinity for. He's just here to promote a new book, <em>William Klein ABC.</em><p>When I ask him what he thinks about the city, he says:<p>"One thing that annoys me is the talk. I went into Starbucks, and I wanted tea — and there was a cookie. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Margot Adler 627 at http://wuis.org You Can't Put A Headline On William Klein At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD http://wuis.org/post/stop-and-frisk-trial-cops-describe-quota-driven-nypd Police officers testifying at a federal trial challenging New York City's stop-and-frisk policy say they were ordered to increase their number of arrests, summons and 250s — the code for stop, question and frisk.<p>Some 5 million street stops of mostly black and Latino men have taken place in the city in the last decade.<p>The city contends that the policy has helped make New York safer, leading to record-low crime rates, and that stop-and-frisks take place in areas where crime is often minority on minority. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Margot Adler 177 at http://wuis.org At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD