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Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Avoid the “Gaffes of 2009” List: Party Etiquette 101

Whether if be an office holiday party, a black-tie winter soiree, or treading unknown territory in a cultural celebration, most people have at some point experienced an embarrassing faux pas at this time of year. Etiquette connoisseurs — and — discuss dos and don’ts and take callers’ questions and tales of caution to help you [...]

Theodore Roosevelt: Conservationist and Unknowing Father of the Green Movement

Theodore Roosevelt: Conservationist and Unknowing Father of the Green Movement

Imagine Theodore Roosevelt in a PETA ad, hunting with Sarah Palin, and advocating for environmental policy before “green” became a catchphrase for environmentally aware. With incredible foresight and conviction, Roosevelt became the father of both the environmental and wildlife conservation movements, making the rich heritage of places like the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Parks [...]

The Wilderness Warrior

The Wilderness Warrior

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Directing An Education

Directing An Education

Danish director Lone Scherfig gained attention with her 2000 film "Italian for Beginners." The movie was part of the Dogme 95 film movement, which emphasized principles such as the use of hand-held cameras and natural lighting. Scherfig's new film is "An Education." Written for the screen by Nick Hornby and set in 1960's London, it [...]

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer’s “Patience with God”

Frank Schaeffer found himself equally disgusted by right-wing evangelists as by “uber liberal New Atheists.” In “Patience with God,” he searches for a middle ground between the polarizing forces of religion—and anti-religion—in America. In this critical look at the goals and strategies of both fundamentalism and New Atheism, Schaeffer offers a kind of spirituality for [...]

Ed Sullivan’s America

Ed Sullivan’s America

"Tonight, we have a really big show…" Gerald Nachman's book "Right Here on Our Stage Tonight!" explores the history of the Ed Sullivan Show and its place as an American institution. As kingmaker (and tastemaker) of American pop culture in the mid-20th century, looking at the Ed Sullivan Show means looking at our own history. [...]

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

Title Wave! A book lover’s roundtable

What do you do with the person in your life that’s just impossible to shop for? You throw the book at them! Patt talks with two local book aficionados about their favorite books of 2009 and opens up the lines to you. What are the best books of 2009? Call in with your choice or [...]

What corporate fiefs will the “pay czar” rule now?

What corporate fiefs will the “pay czar” rule now?

Few wield as much power over Wall Street right now than White House "pay czar" Kenneth Feinberg. He has single-handedly capped the salaries of executives at some of the biggest financial institutions in the nation including, AIG, Citigroup, and Bank of America. He is even credited with prompting Goldman Sachs to starve its top performers [...]

Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Trade-off: why some things catch on and others don’t

Why did camera phones become so popular? Why are Internet TV shows barely present? What's the appeal of iPods and Walmart? With all products, there's a trade-off between quality and convenience. In "Trade Off," writer Kevin Maney looks at the American consumer's relationship with these two conflicting forces and examines how they shaped the relative [...]

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Amy Alkon Sees Rude People

Rude people are everywhere, as they always have been. But what’s the best way to stop them? Advice Goddess columnist Amy Alkon is a little more forthright than Emily Post might be; from noisy cell phone chatters to crying babies in restaurants, she takes no prisoners. Is it the only way to fight back or [...]