Margot Adler http://iowapublicradio.org en Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block http://iowapublicradio.org/post/eccentric-heiress-untouched-treasures-head-auction-block She had three apartments on New York's Fifth Avenue, all filled with treasures worth millions, not to mention a mansion in Connecticut and a house in California. But the enigmatic heiress Huguette Clark lived her last 20 years in a plainly decorated hospital room — even though she wasn't sick.<p>It's just one of many curiosities about Clark, the late heiress to the fortune of copper magnate Sen. Andrew Williams Clark. For years, even friends and family thought she was living on Fifth Avenue. Her lavish gifts to her nurse prompted a police investigation. Tue, 17 Jun 2014 08:40:00 +0000 Margot Adler 42329 at http://iowapublicradio.org Eccentric Heiress's Untouched Treasures Head For The Auction Block A Beer Backlash To LGBT Exclusion In St. Patrick's Parades http://iowapublicradio.org/post/beer-backlash-lgbt-exclusion-st-patricks-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 20:30:00 +0000 Margot Adler 37693 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://iowapublicradio.org/post/plan-eliminate-wild-mute-swans-draws-vocal-opposition A plan in New York state to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/wildlife_pdf/muteswanmgmtpln2013.pdf">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 20:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 37407 at http://iowapublicradio.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. http://iowapublicradio.org/post/he-fell-earth-little-prince-was-born-ny 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 17:14:00 +0000 Margot Adler 35328 at http://iowapublicradio.org Before He Fell To Earth, 'The Little Prince' Was Born In N.Y. Small Museum Shows Off Weird Objects http://iowapublicradio.org/post/small-museum-shows-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 10:12:00 +0000 Margot Adler 35258 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York's Medical Marijuana Experiment Begins With Caution http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-yorks-medical-marijuana-experiment-begins-caution New York is one of the only states in the Northeast without a medical marijuana program.<p>Gov. Sun, 19 Jan 2014 17:49:00 +0000 Margot Adler 35059 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories http://iowapublicradio.org/post/tiny-museum-preserves-proof-creators-crazy-stories Imagine a museum that's only 6 square feet. It's called, simply, <a href="http://mmuseumm.com/">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 34347 at http://iowapublicradio.org Tiny Museum Preserves Proof Of Creators' Crazy Stories Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://iowapublicradio.org/post/assessing-bloombergs-legacy-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 12:14:00 +0000 Margot Adler 34179 at http://iowapublicradio.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Investigation Of New York Train Derailment Continues http://iowapublicradio.org/post/investigation-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 22:36:00 +0000 Margot Adler 32952 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? http://iowapublicradio.org/post/can-starbucks-do-tea-what-it-has-done-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 31468 at http://iowapublicradio.org Can Starbucks Do For Tea What It Has Done For Coffee? Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso http://iowapublicradio.org/post/forget-lottery-you-have-better-odds-winning-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="http://www.1picasso100euros.com/?lang=en">1 Picasso for 100 Euros</a>" raffle Sotheby's is currently putting on. Fri, 25 Oct 2013 18:54:00 +0000 Margot Adler 31149 at http://iowapublicradio.org Forget The Lottery; You Have Better Odds Of Winning This Picasso Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage http://iowapublicradio.org/post/anthony-weiner-myth-not-man-takes-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 31030 at http://iowapublicradio.org Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square http://iowapublicradio.org/post/does-capitalism-work-truefalse-quiz-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 30139 at http://iowapublicradio.org Does Capitalism Work? A True/False Quiz In Times Square Fashion Designer Mark Jacobs To Leave Louis Vuitton http://iowapublicradio.org/post/fashion-designer-mark-jacobs-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 30026 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests http://iowapublicradio.org/post/elegant-whimsical-pop-dinner-party-had-4000-guests On a gorgeous night, some 4,000 people, dressed all in white, have come to dine in a public, yet secret place in New York's Bryant Park.<p>They have come for <a href="http://dinerenblanc.info/">Diner en Blanc</a>, an unusual pop-up event that takes place in 20 countries. The guests eat in splendor at a location they only learn about minutes before they arrive. The thousands wave white napkins to signal the beginning of the event.<p>They arrived at 6:30 in the evening last Wednesday, carting white tables and chairs, china, food, wine glasses and cutlery. Tue, 24 Sep 2013 07:59:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29549 at http://iowapublicradio.org This Elegant, Whimsical Pop-Up Dinner Party Had 4,000 Guests The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages http://iowapublicradio.org/post/occupy-movement-two-many-voices-many-messages By 10 a.m. Tuesday, several hundred people had already gathered in Manhattan's Zuccotti Park to mark the second anniversary of the movement known as Occupy Wall Street.<p>With many people coming and going, heading for actions like a McDonald's protest or a march on Washington Square Park, it was difficult to assess actual numbers. Much like Occupy itself, groups changed and reformed all morning.<p>At 10:30 a.m., Sumumba Sobukwe, a spokesman for the group Occupy Evolve, mounted the Zuccotti Park steps for a news conference. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Margot Adler 29236 at http://iowapublicradio.org The Occupy Movement At 2: Many Voices, Many Messages Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine http://iowapublicradio.org/post/growing-latest-16th-century-medicine The Renaissance Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, a re-creation of a 16th-century medicinal garden, is so lush and colorful, it takes only a stroll through to absorb its good medicine.<p>The garden, part of a summer exhibit called Wild Medicine: Healing Plants Around the World, is a small-scale model of the Italian Renaissance Garden in Padua, Italy, Europe's first botanical garden.<p>The landscape includes Mediterranean flowers in multiple colors, fountains and odd plants that many people have never seen, like the opium poppy, with its unusual seed pods. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 08:31:00 +0000 Margot Adler 23513 at http://iowapublicradio.org Growing The Latest In 16th-Century Medicine Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group http://iowapublicradio.org/post/old-safe-reveals-historical-relics-womens-suffrage-group Started in 1888 by suffragettes like Susan B. Anthony, the National Council of Women of the United States still exists today in a small office near the United Nations.<p>On the organization's 125th anniversary, it teamed up with the University of Rochester to open an old safe painted with the words "Woman Suffrage Party." No one knew what was in the safe or when it had last been opened.<p>On the website of the University of Rochester's Susan B. Anthony Center, people were speculating all week about what might be in the safe. Would it be lists of secret members? Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:00:00 +0000 Margot Adler 23033 at http://iowapublicradio.org Old Safe Reveals Historical Relics Of Women's Suffrage Group Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam http://iowapublicradio.org/post/discovering-family-members-lost-time-amsterdam When I found out that one of my cousins — now 88 — had hidden from the Nazis in Amsterdam, just like Anne Frank, it was a revelation. It made me want to know more about my cousin's life and story.<p>"I like to analyze what happens and to put it in writing; that gives you neatness in your head, and that is what I'm after," says my cousin, retired Judge Suzanne Hoogendijk. She was 87 at the time, and was talking about why she loved being a judge. Tue, 21 May 2013 20:41:00 +0000 Margot Adler 21140 at http://iowapublicradio.org Discovering A Family Member's Lost Time In Amsterdam Court Case Winds Down In New York's Stop-And-Frisk Challenge http://iowapublicradio.org/post/court-case-winds-down-new-yorks-stop-and-frisk-challenge Closing arguments are set to take place Monday in the federal class action trial involving New York City's stop-and-frisk policy. The trial has been going on for two months in Manhattan.<p>Plaintiffs in <em>Floyd v. City of New York</em> claim the New York Police Department, its supervisors and its union pressured police officers to stop, question and frisk hundreds of thousands of people each year, even establishing quotas. Mon, 20 May 2013 12:02:00 +0000 Margot Adler 21045 at http://iowapublicradio.org Court Case Winds Down In New York's Stop-And-Frisk Challenge Times Square's Naked Cowboy Wrangles Some Co-Workers http://iowapublicradio.org/post/times-squares-naked-cowboy-wrangles-some-co-workers In the bustle and craziness of New York's Times Square on a busy afternoon or night, you will see scores of costumed figures: Batman, Elmo, the Statue of Liberty.<p>But for more than a dozen years, arguably the most original of these is the Naked Cowboy. His fame has now spawned a franchise, with eight different cowboys and cowgirls.<p>Almost anytime you go to Times Square, you will see the original Naked Cowboy in a white cowboy hat, white boots and white underwear briefs, with the words "Naked Cowboy" written across his butt. Sat, 04 May 2013 20:52:00 +0000 Margot Adler 20258 at http://iowapublicradio.org Times Square's Naked Cowboy Wrangles Some Co-Workers New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too http://iowapublicradio.org/post/new-york-concrete-jungle-and-city-trees-too You expect to find great trees in city parks and botanical gardens. But you might not expect to find ancient or unusual trees in the inner city or smack dab in the middle of a highway.<p>Benjamin Swett has a love of trees so deep that he's written pamphlets about them, created photo exhibits and now has a new book, <a href="http://www.benjaminswett.com/TreesofNewYork2.php"><em>New York City of Trees</em></a>. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Margot Adler 20040 at http://iowapublicradio.org New York: A Concrete Jungle And 'City Of Trees,' Too You Can't Put A Headline On William Klein http://iowapublicradio.org/post/you-cant-put-headline-william-klein Try to put him in a box and he'll find his way out. Still working at nearly 85 years old, William Klein has gone rogue in at least four different fields: abstract painting, photography, filmmaking and commercial copy writing.<p>Klein now lives in Paris but I caught up with him in New York City — the place where he was born, but no longer has much affinity for. He's just here to promote a new book, <em>William Klein ABC.</em><p>When I ask him what he thinks about the city, he says:<p>"One thing that annoys me is the talk. I went into Starbucks, and I wanted tea — and there was a cookie. Wed, 03 Apr 2013 17:45:00 +0000 Margot Adler 18652 at http://iowapublicradio.org You Can't Put A Headline On William Klein At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD http://iowapublicradio.org/post/stop-and-frisk-trial-cops-describe-quota-driven-nypd Police officers testifying at a federal trial challenging New York City's stop-and-frisk policy say they were ordered to increase their number of arrests, summons and 250s — the code for stop, question and frisk.<p>Some 5 million street stops of mostly black and Latino men have taken place in the city in the last decade.<p>The city contends that the policy has helped make New York safer, leading to record-low crime rates, and that stop-and-frisks take place in areas where crime is often minority on minority. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Margot Adler 18038 at http://iowapublicradio.org At 'Stop-And-Frisk' Trial, Cops Describe Quota-Driven NYPD Once On Death Row, He Now Fights To Defeat The Death Penalty http://iowapublicradio.org/post/once-death-row-he-now-fights-defeat-death-penalty Maryland is about to become the 18th state to abolish the death penalty.<p>A bill has passed the state Senate and is expected to pass the House of Delegates easily with the governor's ardent support. The strongest advocate to end the death penalty in Maryland is Kirk Bloodsworth, who was convicted of murder in that state in 1985 and was the first person in the U.S. to be sentenced to death row then exonerated by DNA evidence.<p>When you meet Bloodsworth, he comes across as the kind of guy you might want to go for a beer with. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 21:01:00 +0000 Margot Adler 17482 at http://iowapublicradio.org Once On Death Row, He Now Fights To Defeat The Death Penalty NYC Labor Chorus Tries To Hit Right Note, Attract New Voices http://iowapublicradio.org/post/nyc-labor-chorus-tries-hit-right-note-attract-new-voices Union membership is at its lowest point since the 1930s. New figures show a drop, and only about 11 percent of workers belong to unions today.<p>But these numbers don't deter the New York City Labor Chorus, which has been singing in praise of unions for more than 20 years.<p>Jana Ballard, the choral director of the labor chorus, is one of the youngest in the group. She's 38. The average age of the 80 members is about 65.<p>Ballard grew up in Kentucky and now teaches voice and chorus at La Guardia High School — often called the <em>Fame</em> school — in New York City. Sat, 09 Feb 2013 11:37:00 +0000 Margot Adler 14777 at http://iowapublicradio.org NYC Labor Chorus Tries To Hit Right Note, Attract New Voices Federal Aid For Religious Institutions In Murky Waters After Sandy http://iowapublicradio.org/post/federal-aid-religious-institutions-murky-waters-after-sandy More than 200 houses of worship damaged in Superstorm Sandy have applied for aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 08:29:00 +0000 Margot Adler 14682 at http://iowapublicradio.org Federal Aid For Religious Institutions In Murky Waters After Sandy In Lower Manhattan, Sandy Still Keeping Businesses Dark http://iowapublicradio.org/post/lower-manhattan-sandy-still-keeping-businesses-dark When compared with its neighbors Coney Island and the Rockaways, Manhattan seemed hardly touched by the waters and winds of Superstorm Sandy in late October. But almost three months later, areas of lower Manhattan are still laboring to recover.<p>Earlier this month, a museum devastated by Sandy finally reopened. About 800 people packed the lobby and upstairs galleries of the South Street Seaport Museum in lower Manhattan as Mayor Michael Bloomberg addressed the crowd.<p>"The best days are yet ahead," he said, pulling out various sailing references. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:57:00 +0000 Margot Adler 13943 at http://iowapublicradio.org In Lower Manhattan, Sandy Still Keeping Businesses Dark Pulling Together, Newtown Celebrates Holiday 'As Best We Can' http://iowapublicradio.org/post/pulling-together-newtown-celebrates-holiday-best-we-can The days leading up to Christmas are typically bustling in Newtown, Conn. But given the depth of grief in this community since the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, preparations for the holiday began very late.<p>Local shopkeepers say Saturday was the first day many people came out for holiday shopping since the tragedy. Mon, 24 Dec 2012 20:51:00 +0000 Margot Adler 12464 at http://iowapublicradio.org Pulling Together, Newtown Celebrates Holiday 'As Best We Can' Free Toy Shop Brings Cheer To Sandy's Displaced Families http://iowapublicradio.org/post/free-toy-shop-brings-cheer-sandys-displaced-families The New York borough of Staten Island was hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy. Almost two months after the storm hit, many residents will not be back in their homes by the Christmas holiday.<p>One organization is trying to make the season a bit brighter for uprooted families with a free toy store on the island. Fri, 21 Dec 2012 22:06:00 +0000 Margot Adler 12385 at http://iowapublicradio.org Free Toy Shop Brings Cheer To Sandy's Displaced Families