The New York Philharmonic

The New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world.  Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians led by American-born Ureli Corelli Hill, the Philharmonic performed its 15,000th concert on May 5, 2010 - with nearly 47 million listeners - a milestone unmatched by any other orchestra in the world.  The Orchestra has always played a leading role in American musical life, championing the music of its time.  It is renowned around the globe having appeared in 429 cities in 62 countries, including an historic February 2008 visit to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, where it performed a concert at the East Pyongyang Grand Theatre in the capital city of Pyongyang, which was broadcast live in the United States and

The Two-Way
4:29 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

VIDEO: Paul Ryan Is Interrupted By Hecklers During First Solo Appearance

Republican vice presidential candidate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan speaks during a campagin stop at the Des Moines Register Soap Box at the Iowa State Fair on Monday.
Steve Pope Getty Images

Two days after Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduced him as his running mate, Paul Ryan made his first solo appearance at the Iowa State Fair, today.

It's a grand tradition in Des Moines where candidates stand on a "soapbox" and get a microphone and 20 minutes to say whatever they like.

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Live at the Concertgebouw

Live at the Concertgebouw, RNW's classical concert series, presents performances by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the Rotterdam Philharmonic and the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, in repertoire that reflects the diversity of the Dutch orchestral landscape.

Conductors include Mariss Jansons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Jaap van Zweden and Edo de Waart. Live at the Concertgebouw offers a weekly, year-round classical music show, hosted by Hans Haffmans.

Hans Haffmans, host of Live! At the Concertgebouw, has been active as a producer and presenter of classical music programs for Dutch and international radio broadcasters since 1991.  He has hosted a wide variety of radio programs in both Dutch and English covering early music, contemporary repertoire, symphonic and chamber music and has also presented live opera productions from the opera house  in Amesterdam.  Over the years, Hans has also presented a variety of live programs from the Concertgebouw.  His passion for the hall is evident in his delivery, and he brings informed, relevant, and personable introduction to each concert. 

The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson & Nikki Silva) are producers of the duPont-Columbia Award-winning, NPR series, Hidden Kitchens, and two Peabody Award-winning NPR series, Lost & Found Sound and The Sonic Memorial Project. Hidden Kitchens, heard on Morning Edition, explores the world of secret, unexpected, below-the-radar cooking across America—how communities come together through food. The series inspired Hidden Kitchens: Stories, Recipes, and More from NPR's The Kitchen Sisters, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year that was also nominated for a James Beard Award for Best Writing on Food.

Shots - Health Blog
4:14 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Study Finds Snack, Soda Regulations In Schools Help Kids' Health

A student at Fairmeadow Elementary School buys fruits and vegetables in Palo Alto, Calif., in 2010.
Paul Sakuma AP

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 9:08 am

Lately, parents, teachers and policymakers have been experimenting with all kinds of different ways to keep unhealthy food out of schools. Some schools are limiting bake sales, as we reported earlier this year, while others are preparing lunches from scratch.

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The Salt
4:06 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

From A British King To Rock 'N Roll: The Slippery History Of Eel Pie Island

F. Cooke's, one of the few remaining places to get eel pie in London.
Davia Nelson NPR

Originally published on Mon October 15, 2012 10:59 am

We were in London, searching for Hidden Kitchen stories, when we came upon an Eel Pie & Mash shop. It was full of old white marble tables, tile walls, pots of stewed and jellied eels, and piles of pies. These shops are now a dying breed, along with the eels they serve. Our search for the source of these vanishing eels led us to southwest London — to Eel Pie Island, a tiny slice of land with a flamboyant history that stretches from Henry the VIII to the Rolling Stones.

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PG-13: Risky Reads
4:03 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Wicked And Delicious: Devouring Roald Dahl

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Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 6:09 pm

D.W. Gibson is the author of Not Working: People Talk About Losing a Job and Finding Their Way in Today's Changing Economy.

The bright white Heritage Park library opened up a mile from my house when I was 13, and the first thing I checked out was Roald Dahl's story collection Someone Like You. I should have known what I was in for because of that giant eyeball on the cover; but somehow I saw it as more of a temptation than a warning.

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Participation Nation
4:03 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

A Lasting Legacy In Pomona, Calif.

Dr. Jamie Garcia spent years expanding her small clinic so that more people could receive health care.
Courtesy of PCHC

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 12:33 pm

Dr. Jamie Lynn Garcia was a tireless champion for the poor, devoting her life to healthcare for all.

In 2002, she founded the two-room Pomona Free Clinic. Her community needed more. She spent the next 10 years building and staffing an expanded clinic.

In 2010 she was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She continued to work through her chemotherapy.

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The Two-Way
3:59 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Shooting Near Texas A&M Campus Leaves 2 Dead

Originally published on Mon August 13, 2012 5:40 pm

At least three people are dead after a shooting incident near the Texas A&M campus in College Station, Texas.

During a televised press conference, Assistant Chief Scott McCollum said a police officer and a civilian were killed during the shooting. McCollum said the alleged gunman was also shot, but he is now in custody.

The (Bryan-College Station) Eagle reports that at least five people were taken to the hospital, "but it wasn't known if all were gunshot victims."

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