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Larissa MacFarquhar: Journalist, Author

Posted by on Jan 6, 2017 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Larissa MacFarquhar: Journalist, Author

Larissa MacFarquhar:  Journalist, Author

    Introduction to Larissa MacFarquhar:  2:13 min.  Photo & design:  Raymond Elman.   Larissa MacFarquhar has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998. Her Profile subjects have included John Ashbery, Barack Obama, Noam Chomsky, Hilary Mantel, Derek Parfit, David Chang, and Aaron Swartz, among many others. She is the author of “Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help” (Penguin Press, 2015). Before joining the magazine, she was a senior editor at Lingua...

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A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

Posted by on Jan 4, 2017 in Home-Slider, Literary Arts, Performing Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

A Video Chat with Eric Bogosian — Actor, Dramatist, Director, Author — But Not a Poet

  Introduction to Eric Bogosian.  4:25 min.  Photo:  Raymond Elman.  Music mix: Marleau Eric Bogosian (b.1953) is an Armenian-American actor, dramatist, monologuist, novelist and historian.  He grew up in Woburn, Massachusetts, setting for the book and movie A Civil Action, but left his blue-collar roots to attend the University of Chicago. Bogosian is the author of six produced plays, including Talk Radio at the New York Shakespeare Festival, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and subsequently adapted to film by Oliver Stone, garnering...

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A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

Posted by on Oct 29, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016, Visual Arts | Comments Off on A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize-Winning Political Cartoonist Jim Morin

  INTRODUCTION: 2:22 min. Introduction to Jim Morin.  Music: Tri Tachyon, Little Lily Swing.   Jim Morin, whose work is distributed by Morintoons Syndicate, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial cartooning in 1996 and shared the Pulitzer with other members of the Miami Herald editorial board in 1983. He was a Pulitzer finalist in 1977 and 1990. He has also won the 2007 Herblock Prize, the 2000 John Fischetti Award, the 1999 Thomas Nast (international) Prize, the 1996 National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award, the 1992 National...

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Stephen Kinzer:
Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Interviews, Interviews: 2015, Literary Arts, Visual Arts | Comments Off on Stephen Kinzer:
Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

Stephen Kinzer:Our Man in Istanbul, Berlin, and Nicaragua

      Stephen Kinzer is an award-winning foreign correspondent who has covered more than fifty countries on five continents. Stephen worked at the New York Times for more than twenty years, serving as bureau chief in Turkey, Germany, and Nicaragua. He previously worked as Administrative Assistant to Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis, and then as Latin America correspondent for the Boston Globe. Stephen has written nine books on foreign affairs. The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire...

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A Prophet in Our Own Land: A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Literary Arts | Comments Off on A Prophet in Our Own Land: A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

A Prophet in Our Own Land:  A Personal Reminiscence of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

          “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”. – Martin Luther King Jr.   The day Martin Luther King Jr. died–April 4, 1968–my father was cradling his right hand with his left. Somehow, he’d injured his thumb. “What’s going on?” I asked. “Shot!” He shook his head. “Assassinated! Just like that.” He was weeping, turning his...

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A Lifetime of Reporting: Video Chatting
with Kerry Sanders, NBC News

Posted by on Sep 27, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on A Lifetime of Reporting: Video Chatting
with Kerry Sanders, NBC News

A Lifetime of Reporting:  Video Chattingwith Kerry Sanders, NBC News

  INTRODUCTION: 1:22 min. Introduction to Kerry Sanders.   Kerry Sanders (b. 1960) has been NBC’s Miami-based correspondent since 1996, covering news mainly in the South and throughout Latin America. Sanders contributes regularly to NBC Nightly News, Today, MSNBC and occasionally to Dateline NBC. Sanders covers breaking news and feature stories. He has more than 30 years experience providing in-the-field-reports during hurricanes. He was a member of the NBC Nightly News reporting team that was awarded a Peabody and the RTNDA...

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Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:
A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

Posted by on Jul 21, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:
A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

Once Upon a Time in Cambridge:  A Conversation with Author Ben Mezrich

  INTRODUCTION: 1:15 min. Introduction to Ben Mezrich     Ben Mezrich (b. 1969), was born and raised in Princeton, N.J., graduated from Harvard University, and now divides his time between Boston and Miami Beach when not traveling.  I first met Ben when he was the guest of honor at a Breakfast Arts Salon at The Betsy Hotel, where Ben was the Writer-in-Residence as part of The Betsy’s Writer’s Room program. A prolific author, Mezrich is best known for his two New York Times Best Seller books, Bringing Down the House:...

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Backstory: A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Backstory: A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

Backstory:  A Video Discussion with Gerald Posner – Investigative Journalist & Author

  INTRODUCTION: 1:58 min. Introduction to Gerald Posner.  Music:  Billy Torrello, America vs. Ivan Drago   Gerald Posner (B. 1954), a resident of Miami Beach, is an investigative journalist and the best-selling author of twelve books, including Case Closed: Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK (1993), Killing the Dream: James Earl Ray and the Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. (1998), Miami Babylon, the history of the rise, the fall, and the resurrection of Miami and Miami Beach (2009), Why America Slept, which...

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Five Poets

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Articles, Articles: 2016, Home-Slider, Literary Arts | Comments Off on Five Poets

Five Poets

    Poetry from Miami reflects the diversity of the city itself. We don’t just mean writers’ nations of origin, ethnicity, and subculture. There is no single style one could identify as a Miami school of poetry. There are no factions either. One dip of the stick into the poetic wetlands and up comes narrative drama, fragmentation, spoken word, formalism, and more. Such factions and schools are foolish anyway. Miami is an organic case in point. —  Annik Adey-Babinski —  Michael Martin Inspicio Poetry Editors   Ricardo...

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Believer: David Axelrod’s
Improbable Journey

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Literary Arts, Videos, Videos: 2016 | Comments Off on Believer: David Axelrod’s
Improbable Journey

Believer: David Axelrod’sImprobable Journey

  INTRODUCTION: 1:44 min. Introduction to David Axelrod.  Music: Jahzzar, Solitude.   David Axelrod (b. 1955) was born and raised in New York City, graduated from the University of Chicago, was a reporter for the Chicago Tribune, became a political operative and TV analyst, wrote a wonderful New York Times bestselling memoir titled, “Believer:  My Forty Years in Politics,” and along the way became a rabid Chicago Cubs fan (2016 is a good year for that). Of course, Axelrod is best known as the chief strategist for Barack...

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