Margot Adler en On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars <p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:25:00 +0000 Margot Adler 37840 at On The Auction Block: The Stradivarius Of Guitars A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades Beer makers Guinness and Sam Adams withdrew sponsorship from New York and Boston's St. Patrick Day parades, respectively, over the exclusion of openly gay, lesbian and transgender participants. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 20:09:00 +0000 Margot Adler 36658 at A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="">eliminate all wild mute swans there by 2025</a> has drawn protests and petitions on all sides. While some see elegant white birds gliding across the water, others see a dangerous aggressor destroying the local ecosystem.<p>According to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the swans — which don't honk but make hoarse, froglike grunts — are not native, and they destroy and attack native species. Tue, 11 Mar 2014 20:41:00 +0000 Margot Adler 36198 at A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. One of the world's most beloved books is <em>The Little Prince</em> by Antoine Saint-Exupery. Published in 1943, almost two million copies are sold every year, in about 250 languages.<p>If asked where you think the book was written, you might say Paris. You'd be wrong. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 16:56:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32824 at Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects In this encore report, we hear about a small museum in an elevator shaft in lower Manhattan. It's only six feet square, and only about three or four people can enter it at a time. The exhibits document the weird and wonderful of modern life, including prison contraband made from bread. (This piece originally aired on Jan. 2, 2014 on All Things Considered). Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32720 at New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32385 at Across The Country, People Have Been Caught In The Cold Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Sub-zero temperatures broke records in the Midwest, the East and even the South. In Chicago it was minus 16 degrees, in Atlanta a record low of six degrees. And the temperature at Baltimore-Washington Airport hovered near zero.<p>Many people had to change their routines, even our reporter Margot Adler in New York City, where the low of four degrees broke a-century-old record.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: I am standing in Bryant Park across the street from our office. Usually on a Tuesday, I walk a mile and a half to the gym. I took a cab. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:39:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31493 at Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City I've always wondered what it would have been like to be at the White House in 1829 when President Andrew Jackson was inaugurated. He threw open the White House to the public and some 20,000 people stomped through, apparently causing a rowdy mob scene.<p>So I was intrigued with the fact that New York's new progressive mayor, Bill de Blasio, planned to open Gracie Mansion to the public this past Sunday. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 23:56:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31420 at Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="">Museum</a> and it's housed in an old elevator shaft in an alley near New York City's courts. It has some odd exhibits on 18 small shelves, and only about four people can fit into the space at a time.<p>The museum was created by three filmmakers: Alex Kalman and brothers Josh and Benny Safdie. Josh Safdie says the idea grew out of a combination of frustration and storytelling. The filmmakers would tell each other amazing tales of what they had seen and found, and the others would want proof. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 23:18:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31169 at Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task At the end of this month, Michael Bloomberg ends his three terms as mayor of New York City. Assessing Bloomberg's legacy, a man who went from Republican to Independent, is not a simple thing to do. His 12 years in office were groundbreaking, locally and even globally.<p>But at the same time, many New Yorkers found him arrogant and insensitive to the poor. It's a vein that was tapped successfully by Democratic Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, who described New York as a city of haves and have nots. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 12:29:00 +0000 Margot Adler 30894 at Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Now You Can Buy Your Occupy Wall Street Poster From Wal-Mart Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And finally this hour, an unlikely twist in the story of Occupy Wall Street. For the past several years, the movement has critiqued everything from the structure of banking to low wage pay. Well, now, you can own a part of Occupy. It's a large panoramic poster of protesters camped out in New York's Zuccotti Park. And as NPR's Margot Adler reports, you can only buy it online at Wal-Mart.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: The publisher of the poster is Lieberman's, a wholesale supplier of art posters. Wal-Mart is selling it online in two sizes for about 52 and $42. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 30083 at Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues Transportation officials are investigating what caused a Metro-North Railroad passenger train to derail along the Hudson River in New York on Sunday morning. The crash left four dead and injured dozens more. Mon, 02 Dec 2013 21:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 28941 at New York's Next Mayor Tries New Tactic To Get Feedback Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>New Yorkers have a new way to deliver messages to their newly elected mayor, Bill de Blasio. It's a tent, a huge, translucent one on Canal Street called The Talking Transition Tent. More than 11,000 people have wandered through it so far, and it's become a kind of 21st-century soapbox, as NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: In front of the tent is a huge, illuminated arrow that changes colors, and the word talk is spelled out in large, black milk crates with sparkling lights. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Margot Adler 28350 at New York City Raises Smoking Age From 18 To 21 New York City raised the smoking age, officially, from 18 to 21 Tuesday, making it the first large U.S. city to do so. Tue, 19 Nov 2013 22:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 28112 at Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations A year and half ago, Baruch Herzfeld, an entrepreneur in New York City, had a novel idea: connect immigrants in the U.S. with radio stations in their home country using nothing more than a cheap cellphone.<p>The result is <a href="">ZenoRadio</a>.<p>ZenoRadio employee Atif Enin, who's from Egypt, points to a list of countries, each with a U.S. Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:46:00 +0000 Margot Adler 27859 at Cellphones As Radios: Immigrants Dial In To Native Stations Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Starbucks, which revolutionized the coffee industry, is now taking on tea. It has opened its first tea bar, and it's creating mixed tea beverages, some even more complex and customized than the coffee beverages we all know.<p>This first store, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, has minimalist decor: gray soft seats, charcoals, chestnut browns. Teavana teas line one wall. Beakers filled with colored liquids greet you at the entrance.<p>The cococaramel sea salt tea latte is delicious, but at 350 calories it's not an everyday drink. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Margot Adler 26770 at Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Imagine buying a genuine Pablo Picasso painting valued at $1 million — and paying only $135.<p>That's the prize if you win the "<a href="">1 Picasso for 100 Euros</a>" raffle Sotheby's is currently putting on. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 26303 at Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage The sexting scandal surrounding former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner has been fodder for comedians, punsters and those who love double entendres. Now it's the source material for a play, <em>The Weiner Monologues</em>, coming to off-off-Broadway's Access Theatre Nov. 6 through Nov. 10.<p><strong>'Found Texts' (You Finish The Joke)</strong><p><em>The Weiner </em><em>Monologues</em> began a couple of years ago, when a group of very young actors, most just out of Hunter College, were taking a summer workshop in New York. Wed, 23 Oct 2013 20:07:00 +0000 Margot Adler 26142 at Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square I'm walking through Times Square, the crossroads of the world. Just when I reach the line for cheap Broadway tickets, I see it: a giant billboard with the word "capitalism" in bright white lights and the words "works for me!" in cursive below. There's a podium and two buttons where you can vote whether the statement is "true" or "false."<p>Peggy Demitrack, a tourist from Cleveland, is adamant when she pushes the "true" button. She says capitalism works for anyone who strives and educates themselves.<p>When asked whether she has money for retirement, she adds: "Something! Yes. Sat, 05 Oct 2013 12:03:00 +0000 Margot Adler 24886 at Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square Fashion Designer Mark Jacobs To Leave Louis Vuitton Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And in other business news, Marc Jacobs is packing his bags. The fashion designer is leaving Louis Vuitton after 16 years. He is expected to focus on an eventual IPO for his own Marc Jacobs brand.<p>NPR's Margot Adler reports.<p>MARGOT ADLER, BYLINE: There was a sense of foreboding at Marc Jacob's spring fashion show in Paris. First, the music.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>ADLER: Very funereal. Then black was the dominant color on the models on the runway. Thu, 03 Oct 2013 09:23:00 +0000 Margot Adler 24703 at