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May 20, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Perhaps no other city has influenced the culture of the entire country quite like New York. In his book The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire: Politics, Art, and Bohemia, David Reid writes about the city’s important figures, cultural accomplishments, and political climate during the period between 1945-1950. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Reid about this fascinating […]

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May 02, 2016 at 6:27 pm

A year ago, Carmelyn Malalis took over as Commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights. Within weeks of being in office, Malalis vowed to enforce the city’s human rights laws and revitalize the agency. Now, we speak with her to see what has been accomplished and what still needs to be done for undocumented immigrants who find themselves at the mercy of the law and discrimination.

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April 19, 2016 at 12:48 pm

After years of working as a non-profit executive, primarily in educational institutions, Ed Boland decided to become an inner city high school teacher. In his new book, The Battle for Room 314: My Year of Hope and Despair in a New York City High School, Boland tells the story of how his dream of making a difference became a nightmare […]

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April 12, 2016 at 4:51 pm

In order to face today’s complex challenges, it is essential that we create solutions that are just, healthy, and sustainable. In her new book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, author Zoe Weil details how a humane education system can help create thoughtful solutions and a better world. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Weil about […]

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March 01, 2016 at 2:38 pm

Perhaps no historical event has been discussed, written about, and sensationalized quite like the Salem Witch Trials. In her book The Witches: Salem 1692, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Stacy Schiff details the hidden stories of the unbelievable historical event. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Schiff about the cast of characters and events surrounding the trials, and why they have captivated our […]

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February 05, 2016 at 3:34 pm

With the recent water crisis in Flint, the importance of water has become a hot topic of conversation in the United States. However, in his new book, Let There Be Water: Israel’s Solution for a Water-Starved World, entrepreneur Seth M. Siegel contends that we should always pay more attention to water. Rafael Pi Roman speaks with Siegel about Israel’s water innovation, how it can serve as a model for other countries, and the importance of not taking water for granted.

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February 01, 2016 at 6:47 pm

With little to no sanitation system and wild animals roaming the streets, Manhattan in the first half of the 19th century was far from the urban metropolis we know today. In her book, Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City, historian Catherine McNeur details life in Manhattan between 1815 and 1865, and the struggles that ensued in the effort to urbanize the city. Rafael Pi Roman speaks to McNeur about what life was like in Manhattan during this era.

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January 15, 2016 at 6:29 pm

Ex-mayor Bloomberg’s Health Commissioner Dr. Tom Farley discusses the role of the government in public health. Kevin Powell (a familiar face to those who watched MTV’s “Real World”) shares his lifelong struggle to overcome a legacy of poverty. And Executive Director of the New Renaissance Basketball Association Andy Borman explains how orange patches on kids’ sports jerseys fight gun violence.

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