In 2013 the prolific cartoonist Al Jaffee - best known for creating Mad Magazine's fold-in back cover - donated his entire archives, including fan mail, sketches and never-before-published comic strips, to Columbia. Late City Edition sat down with Karen Green, Columbia's graphic novels librarian, to discuss Jaffe's work and its relation to the history of publishing, censorship, and comic books in New York City.
Late City Edition producer Danielle Smith sat down with Dr. Rachel Adams, author of Raising Henry: a Memoir of Motherhood, Disability and Discovery. The book recollects her experience of raising her son Henry, who was diagnosed with Down Syndrome at birth. Dr. Adams discusses her writing process, reactions to the book, and the complex and coded language can surround discussions of disability.
An exclusive interview with conductor Alain Altinoglu. A young conductor famous already for his interpretations of French opera, Altinoglu speaks about French style and conducting at the greatest opera houses in the world. This interview was conducted on February 10, 2014 at the Metropolitan Opera following a rehearsal for a new production of Werther, which Altinoglu is leading.
Our first interview with Men's Basketball Head Coach Kyle Smith on his team's performance in non-conference and a look ahead to not only this weekend's games at Yale and Brown, but also to the remainder of the Ivy season.
New York Times Bestselling Author and Vice President of Biographers International, Brian Jay Jones, talks about his second book, Jim Henson: The Biography. This definitive book about the Muppets creator has been hailed a New York Times Bestseller, chosen as the Best Biography of 2013 by Goodreads, and voted one of the Top Ten Books by CNN viewers. This interview was hosted by Brianna Brown on December 12, 2013 and originally aired on January 24, 2014.
An exclusive interview with legendary mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig. Born in Germany, Kammersängerin Ludwig sang for nearly 50 years, with a repertoire from Bach to Berg. Considered by many as the definitive interpreter of Wagner, Brahms, and Mahler, Ks. Ludwig speaks about her extensive career and experiences performing with some of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at the Blakely Hotel on January 16, 2014, which was the day after a masterclass she led at Carnegie Hall.
January's installment of our series with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4) features John Zinsser, an instructor at the negotiation and confilct resolution masters program at Columbia University. Zinsser discusses his experience as an organizational ombudsman, a designated neutral and confidential mediator within organizations like hospitals, universities and corporations.
A week after he was drafted by the Seattle Mariners, Columbia baseball star and Ivy Player of the Year Dario Pizzano joined Ryan Young and Jim Pagels on the Firing Lion to discuss being drafted, his expectations for professional baseball and the Pulaski Mariners, Columbia baseball and much more.
For this Late City Edition, check out our coverage on After Tiller, an award-winning documentary on late-term abortions. The film follows the only four doctors in the United States who perform third-trimester abortions; the fifth, George Tiller, was assassinated in 2009.
Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris joined Sam Tydings and Ryan Young to discuss her job, the Ivy League/Big 10 concussion initiative, the basketball postseason, Columbia's struggles, and much more.
WKCR alumnus and current Mets TV play-by-play man Gary Cohen joined Gigi Clark to discuss his time at Columbia, his life in broadcasting, and the Mets. Recorded 5.1.12. For further discussion with Gary, listen to his interview from 2015.
Michael James (@ivybball) joined Ryan Young and Peter Andrews on the Firing Lion to preview the 2014 Ivy men's basketball season. (Order of discussion: Princeton, Harvard, Penn, Brown, Yale, Dartmouth, Cornell, Columbia, the league)
Zach Wyhe interviews EOM before his show at Highline Ballroom, during the Wintervention Tour with Wax, Anderson.Paak (Breezy Lovejoy), and Parker (Dumbfoundead). It is a quick interview, but future and past projects are dicussed, along with production techniques and food preferences. EOM's music an be found at http://eom703.bandcamp.com/This was recorded December 6th, 2013.
Interview with American Verdi soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Preparing for her appearances in the Met's Trovatore, Radvanovsky describes the challenges of her newest roles Aida and Tosca, as well as her preparation for her (then) upcoming roles, Norma and Donizetti's Tudor Queens. Interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Lincoln Center on April 15, 2011.
Author Lynne Sharon Schwartz joins us to discuss her latest novel, Two-Part Inventions, now out in paperback. The novel traces the life of Suzanne, a classical pianist, whose sudden death forces her husband to reflect on his desicion to fabricate over one hundred recordings of her music. During the interview, Schwartz discusses her earliest publications from the 1970s, her childhood in Brooklyn, and her writing process. Hosted by Mahima Chablani.
Dr. Stephan Mayer, director of the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Columbia University Medical Center, joins our producer Ruby Dutcher to discuss his experience as an intensive care physician and the epidemic of slow, machine regulated death that has accompanied advances in modern medicine, and explains why we should talk about death at dinner.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with George M. Martin. Author of the recent book Verdi In America, Martin is one of the foremost American scholars of the great Italian composer. He speaks here about the US performance history of Verdi's operas and how Verdi became the most popular opera composer in the US during the second half of the twentieth century. Interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at WKCR on September 18, 2013.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with American soprano Sondra Radvanovsky. Often considered today's great Verdi singer, Radvanovsky has made her mark in roles from Leonora to Aida. Now today's great Norma, the multifaceted diva speaks about balancing her career between Verdi, verismo, and bel canto. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian at Lincoln Center on October 6, 2013.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast with Dolora Zajick. Since her Met debut in 1988, Ms. Zajick has sung over 150 performances of four Verdi roles: Amneris; Azucena; Eboli; and Ulrica. What is more remarkable is that, now in her 60's she still manages to sing them with the same vocal health and authority as when she first started singing. In this exclusive interview, Zajick speaks about technique and nurturing the next generation of dramatic voices. This interview was conducted by Stepan Atamian via phone on September 27, 2013.
Interview from our Viva Verdi! bicentennial broadcast celebration. For the past twenty-five years, Maria Guleghina has sung on all the world's leading stages and has made dramatic Verdi roles such as Lady Macbeth and Abigaille her specialty. In this particular interview, she speaks about her views on some of the most punishing roles of the repertoire. Interview conducted by Stepan Atamian via Skype (Ms. Guleghina was in Russia) on September 21, 2013.
Interview with Maria Guleghina from our Vivi Verdi! two-day bicentennial broadcast. One of the leading Verdi singers of the past twenty-five years, Guleghina is known for numerous Verdi heroines including Lady Macbeth, Amelia, and especially Abigaille.
The Jordan river has inspired countless poems and spirituals, but these days it is hardly recognizable. Partially due to human intervention, the flow of the Jordan has dramatically slowed, and the river is now ecologically endangered. In our December 2013 collaboration with the Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity (AC4), Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, an expert in conflict reslolution, is joined by three of her students.
In this Late City Edition feature, producer Naomi Cohen moderated a round-table discussion on mining and oil drilling -- also known as extraction -- in Latin America. She sat down with Lisa Sachs, Director of the Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment; Chris Santiago, a Phd candidate in Columbia University's Anthropology Department who is researching the protests in Cajamarca, Peru against gold mining; and Nicolas Chango, the last leader of his tribe in Salasaca, Ecuador and a speaker on indigenous rights issues.