Monday, September 20, 2010

The Road To Recovery For Michael Vick's Dogs : NPR

The Road To Recovery For Michael Vick's Dogs : NPR:

The Road To Recovery For Michael Vick's Dogs

Monday, September 20 2010 04:55 PM

For the past three years, sportswriter Jim Gorant has been following the pit bulls rescued from Michael Vick's compound. Gorant, along with an animal behaviorist and dog trainer, explains how the Vick dogs have been evaluated and rehabilitated.

Jim Gorant, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, has been following the 49 surviving pit bulls the past three years. He's written a book about their story called The Lost Dogs: Michael Vick's Dogs and Their Tale of Rescue and Redemption.

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TV Worth Watching

TV Worth Watching:

David Bianculli

TV Critic and Guest Host, Fresh Air

January 5, 2005

David Bianculli has been a TV critic since 1975 and a Fresh Air contributor since the show's inception. From 1993 to 2007, Bianculli was a TV critic for the New York Daily News.

Bianculli has written three books. Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Story of 'The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour' was published on Dec. 1, 2009, by Simon & Schuster/Touchstone. His previous books are 1992's Teleliteracy: Taking Television Seriously and 1996's Dictionary of Teleliteracy.

His on-line magazine is called, and he teaches TV and film as an associate professor at Rowan University in New Jersey.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly NO LONGER GOD ...stop-and-frisks

 Governor David Paterson's decision to scrap Kelly's databank of people not arrested in police stop-and-frisks is his first public smack-down in eight years as police commissioner.

Last week, after much debate, Governor Paterson signed legislation that stopped the NYPD from accumulating and keeping the controversial stop-and-frisk database that has existed for nearly a decade. Mayor Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly adamantly argued for its effectiveness in crime prevention, with Bloomberg saying, "We didn't lose. The people who are going to lose are the victims...The proponents of the bill are in neighborhoods where crime is high, and we're trying desperately to protect the people who live in those communities—and they've just taken away one of the tools."

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Promised Land

Promised Land

Though apartheid ended in South Africa in 1994, economic injustices between blacks and whites remain unresolved. As revealed in Yoruba Richen’s incisive Promised Land, the most potentially explosive issue is land. The film follows two black communities as they struggle to reclaim land from white owners, some of whom who have lived there for generations. Amid rising tensions and wavering government policies, the land issue remains South Africa’s “ticking time bomb,” with far-reaching consequences for all sides. Promised Land captures multiple perspectives of citizens struggling to create just solutions. A co-production of the National Black Programming Consortium, American Documentary/POV and the Diverse Voices Project, with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Online: July 7, 2010 through October 5, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Drozd: Mr. Drozd's favorite web sites

Drozd: Mr. Drozd's favorite web sites

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New York City Reaches a Milestone in Effort to Improve Quality of Care through Information Technology

New York City Reaches a Milestone in Effort to Improve Quality of Care through Information Technology

June 22, 2010 – The Health Department today announced that it has exceeded its goal of bringing 2,000 doctors into the digital age through the Primary Care Information Project, a groundbreaking effort to improve preventive health care by introducing electronic health records into community-based medical practice. For the more than 1.5 million New York City patients treated by these doctors, advanced technology offers customized alerts for overdue preventive screenings and potential drug interactions, as well as best-practice guidelines for treatment. Doctors enrolled in the Primary Care Information Project can also give patients online access to their medical histories and print visit summaries to remind them of at-home instructions.

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Social Studies for Kids---archaeology, paleontology, and earth sciences

Social Studies for Kids

Welcome to dig™ magazine's website. dig™ brings the excitement, mystery, wonder, and fun of archaeology, paleontology, and earth sciences to children ages 9 and older in a style that both entertains and educates its young readers.  Visit  The Hungate excavation is the biggest ever archaeological dig in York city centre. The archaeologists will be uncovering 2000 years in the life of York until the end of 2011.   Archaeologists try to learn who lived in the past, where they lived, what they ate, what they believed and the effect they had on their environment. Archaeologists learn this through looking at the physical remains left by people. Artefacts, such as pottery, tools, weapons and jewellery, help archaeologists create a picture of the past. Buildings, evidence of farming and plant remains are also useful for understanding how our ancestors lived.

"This site will help you find the scholarship and enjoyment in studying Social Studies. A dual focus will consist of topics for information purposes and topics for help with homework, papers, etc. After all, history is not just dates, economics is not just numbers, geography is not just maps, government is not just laws, and culture is not just 'over there.' These are vibrant disciplines that tell us where we've been, how we afforded to get where we are, where our future will take us, how we can get there peacefully, and how we can share that future with other peoples." David White


TeAch-nology - The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology® - represents a vision of teaching in a world driven by technology. Our mission to provide services designed to support educators' in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning. Our goal is two-fold: to provide a reservoir of online resources for educators to access at any time and to provide effective tools for designing instruction that are time and energy saving.

Teachnology Incorporated developed in response to the challenges associated with Twenty-First Century Learners: The Net-Generation. To meet these challenges, the company first developed a method for individuals to access free on-line resources that support classroom instruction,

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

AddThis - The #1 Bookmarking & Sharing Service

AddThis - The #1 Bookmarking & Sharing Service

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Encyclopedia of Life

Encyclopedia of Life

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Gasland: A film by Josh Fox

Gasland: A film by Josh Fox

HBO Documentary Films: Gasland Trailer (HBO)

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Mars cave, shrouded in mystery, discovered by a group of seventh-graders -

Mars cave, shrouded in mystery, discovered by a group of seventh-graders -

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NASA Hosts Virginia Scholars During Three Weeklong Academies

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program is an interactive, on-line science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning experience that offers selected students workforce experience as well as college credit. This year is the program's third year and because of its success a third weeklong academy was added to the schedule this year to allow more students to participate. The academies will be held June 26-July 2, July 10-16 and July 24-30.
While at NASA, scholars will use what they learned on-line by designing and implementing plans for a human journey to Mars. They will also tour various facilities, build and test robots and talk with NASA scientists, engineers and technologists.
The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars program is modeled after a distance-learning program designed at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Texas. The Virginia program is managed by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium.

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Johnson Space Center

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Monday, June 21, 2010

10 Questions that Count: Your Anecdotal Census

10 Questions that Count: Your Anecdotal Census

How has your community changed in the past 10 years? We need your stories to create a people's history of the New York City area since 2000. Follow the links and start participating!

Your Anecdotal Census: The Schedule

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Monday, June 7, 2010

More Sleep Could Improve Athletics, Academics

More Sleep Could Improve Athletics, Academics

New research adds to a growing body of evidence showing the perks of a good night's sleep.

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Want To Get Faster, Smarter? Sleep 10 Hours A Night

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Drilling Around the Law Report hydrofracturing

Fracking: Live chat with EWG & 'Gasland' director Josh Fox

Josh Fox's new documentary "Gasland" looks at negative results for communities from drilling for natural gas. He dreamed up the project after his family was offered some $100,000 by a company to prospect on their land in Northeastern Pa.

The film focuses on the health and environmental dangers involved in drilling for natural gas. It's the work of director Josh Fox, who started the project after his family in Northeastern Pennsylvania was offered nearly $100,000 from an energy company to take their 19.5 acres of land for hydraulic fracturing. Fox traveled to towns across America where land, water, animals and people have been negatively impacted by natural gas drilling. Drilling Around the Law Report

Debunking GasLand
For other documentaries on this subject, check out: Gas Odyssey and Haynesville

There's another side to the story. You should check out debunking GasLand here,
Energy In Depth Video
Drilling for Natural Gas

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Wu-Tang Way | new book---“The Tao of Wu.” - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

The Wu-Tang Way WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

His new book,  “The Tao of Wu.”

RZA and the Wu-Tang Way
We’re rebroadcasting our show with producer, pioneering hip-hop artist, and Wu Tang Clan founder The RZA.

The RZA joins us from New York. Rapper, producer, and composer, he’s the driving force behind the hugely influential, martial-arts inspired hip-hop empire The Wu-Tang Clan. Born Robert Fitzgerald Diggs, he’s had success as a solo artist under several names – Prince Rakeem, Bobby Digital, the Rzarector. He’s scored movies, including Quentin Tarantino’s “Kill Bill” and the anime series “Afro Samurai.” His 2005 book “The Wu-Tang Manual” explained the history and mythology of The Wu-Tang Clan. His new book, out yesterday, is “The Tao of Wu.”

The Nation of Gods and Earths

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Friday, May 28, 2010

Talib Kweli - The Local Fort Green-Clinton Hill


Fort Greene The Local

Talib Kweli: Brooklyn on the Mic
It all starts with Brooklyn, Talib Kweli told me. “If you’re not crackin’ in Brooklyn, forget about it, you ain’t crackin’.
Mr. Kweli, the Brooklyn-born emcee who recently released the album “Revolutions Per Minute,” with long-time collaborator Hi-Tek, is always excited to talk about his home borough. Much like his sharp delivery on the mic, he was articulate and precise in his views on Kings County and how it has shaped his career during an interview with the Local.

Mr. Kweli lives in Park Slope, the neighborhood where he was raised, but he’s been a fixture and frequent collaborator in the Fort Greene and Clinton Hill hip hop scene for over a decade. The son of two professors (his mother teaches English at Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn and his father sociology at Adelphi University on Long Island), it is clear that Mr. Kweli inherited his parents’ love of critical thinking.

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Radmilla Cody: Two Cultures, One Voice

Radmilla Cody: She is bi-culture African American  and Navajo 

Radmilla Cody says her singing career started in a sheep corral behind her grandmother's home on the Navajo reservation near Flagstaff, Ariz.
Her first audience was the sheep. Her inspiration came from what she saw and heard around her.
"When you're way out in the middle of nowhere, and you're herding sheep, and you're spending time jumping over the salt bushes and sitting around listening to all the beautiful sounds of nature, something's going to make you open your mouth," Cody says.

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Lena Horne

Singer and Actress, Lena Horne, Dead at 92

Actor, Singer
Gender: Female
Born: June 30, 1917
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA

Full Biography

Stormy Weather: The Life of Lena Horne  author  James Gavin Chapter One

"I came from what was called one of the First Families of Brooklyn," Horne explained. They shunned discussing the slave ancestry that had spawned them all - "yet it was the rape of slave women by their masters which accounted for our white blood, which, in turn, made us Negro 'society.'" Home was an immaculate four-story brownstone in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant section.

A class act whose career was limited by her era.
She was the pinup poster for thousands of black GIs in World War II and a fixture of the nightclub and cabaret scene of the 1940s. Lena Horne, a beautiful daughter of Brooklyn, whose career was limited by the apartheid of her time, died Sunday at age 92. Horne grew up in an upper middle class homes in Brooklyn and Pittsburgh but found herself a chorus girl at the legendary Cotton Club by the time she was 16.(May 10, 2010)

Lena Horne - Stormy Weather
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Summertime (From Porgy And Bess)
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I Only Have Eyes For You

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Two Classics From Lena Horne

Watch an In Memoriam Screening of "Lena Horne: In My Own Voice" | American Masters | PBS

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Saturday, May 8, 2010

Arizona’s Law, America’s Dilemma | WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Arizona’s Law, America’s Dilemma WBUR and NPR - On Point with Tom Ashbrook

What does the Arizona Immigration Law say?
Answer: It gives law enforcement the ability to enforce laws, that are already laws. If you are an illegal alien and you are lawfully detained, they may ask your immigration status. If you cannot prove you are here legally, you may be deported.

"They want to punish the immigrants when illegal immigration is only a minor misdemeanor"

Turmoil in Tulsa: The illegal immigration wreck

Maria Hinojosa, journalist, author, and host of NPR’s Latino USA. She has reported for the PBS newsmagazine NOW and has been a correspondent for CNN. She was born in Mexico City and lives in New York

Richard Rodriguez, journalist and author whose works include Brown: The Last Discovery of America, Days of Obligation: An Argument With My Mexican Father, and Hunger of Memory. He’s an editor at New America Media, and he’s contributed to Slate and the PBS “News Hour.” He was born into a Mexican immigrant family in California and lives in San Francisco.

A View From the Melting Pot :: An Interview with Richard Rodriguez

Illegal Immigration is a CrimeJeff Valdez, co-founder and chairman of Si TV, which focuses on programming for young Latinos. He has served as the co-chairman of Maya Entertainment, a film company, and he helped form Sandbox Entertainment.

"Your video, 'Immigration: Threatening the Bonds of Our Union,'
A New York Times/CBS poll out this week finds 51 percent of Americans say Arizona’s got it “about right.”

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Duffy - Official Website

Duffy - Official Website

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Friday, May 7, 2010

FW: My Bullentin Board

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FW: My bullentin board

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

North Carolina Artist Ivey Hayes: A Candid Interview

North Carolina Artist Ivey Hayes: A Candid Interview

His Artwork

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Ivey was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina. Prolific as a painter, his love for painting began at an early age and spans a 30-year period.

Drawing from personal experiences, Ivey uses bold, vibrant colors to express feeling and emotions, making each of his pieces come to life with their own distinct personality. Music, dance, coastal imagery, local and pastoral scenes of his native North Carolina are just a few of the subjects he paints.

Mr. Hayes received a BA from North Carolina Central University. He performed graduate studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then achieved a Master of Fine Arts degree in 1975 from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Ivey has won numerous awards for his work. His artwork has been exhibited throughout his home state of North Carolina, Washington D.C., Boston, and New York as well as galleries and private collections in the United States.

“My paintings reflect life’s experiences. They show who I really am…my heart and soul”

Charlie Rose Interview

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Voicethread Project

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Frank Frazetta, Fantasy Illustrator
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Tomorrow I May Be Far Away                                                 Gifted Hands

"Femme au Grand Chapeau, Buste," by Pablo Picasso's
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Soda In America: Children And Families

May 5, 2010

This week, we're examining soda in America, and today, a look at children and families. Michele Norris talks with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack about his goals for nutrition standards in schools, about the choices he hopes young people and their families will learn to make, and about his own soda habits. She also speaks with community health activist Nura Green of the Aban Institute about the challenges children and families face in urban environments, where there are few healthy choices.

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To Tax Or Not To Tax? States Enter The Soda Wars

Companies that make sugary soft drinks, such as Coke and Pepsi, have been battling with activists worried about obesity in the U.S. The latest fight: whether to tax soda.

Just How Bad Is Soda For The Body?
Two experts debate the issue from different perspectives.

Against Soda
Gail Woodward-Lopez, associate director of the Center for Weight and Health at the University of California, Berkeley, says that as Americans have consumed more sugary drinks, obesity rates have soared.
"We have very strong evidence linking those two trends," she says. What's more, she says, soda doesn't have the same "filling properties" other foods and beverages do, so people drink soda but don't reduce other caloric intake. And they're drinking soda instead of healthier drinks, such as milk. Woodward-Lopez says that sweetened beverage consumption accounts for 50 percent of the sugar intake in the U.S. diet. And sugar intake has been linked to the increase in diabetes. She says that people should drink soda in moderation -- once per week -- but she says it "definitely should not be part of your daily intake."

For Soda
Maureen Storey, senior vice president for science policy at the American Beverage Association and a former research professor at the University of Maryland, says a handful of studies disprove the link between soda and obesity. She says that Americans are consuming more of everything and not exercising enough. "Soda is comprised mostly of water," she says. "Water is the most important nutrient that we have." She says the high-fructose corn syrup in soda also provides energy. "If we are active and need a refreshing beverage after a nice long walk or run, you can have a beverage and quench your thirst and stay hydrated." Storey calls the comparison between tobacco and soda "hyperbole." "Smoking kills people," she says. "There is no safe level of consumption. Soft drinks are an enjoyable, safe product that people have been enjoying for generations." --NPR Staff

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