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Episode 123: Dr. Thomas Farley

 The commissioner of health for New York City under Mayor Bloomberg, he battled cigarettes, transfats, and the fifty gallon vats of cola traditionally sold at movie theaters. He is the author of Saving Gotham and recently became the health commissioner of Philadelphia. We convened at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with musician Kevin … Continue reading »

Art

Episode 120: Gregory Crewdson

  Photographer Gregory Crewdson takes pictures much the way a director makes movies: working with a crew, including a DP, and never touching a camera. The results are haunting and beautiful. We convened at Planthouse Gallery with musical guest Paul Grimstad.  PERSON: his father, Frank Crewdson  PLACE: Upper Goose Pond  THING: a Fender Stratocaster guitar … Continue reading »

Fiction

Episode 119: Joseph O’Neill

  His novels include the much admired Netherland, and The Dog, long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. We spoke at the American Irish Historical Society, where we were joined by the splendid musicans Eamon O’Leary and Stephanie Coleman who put down their instruments during the conversational part of the program. People are so considerate.  PERSON: Seamus Heaney … Continue reading »