Margot Adler http://www.kplu.org en Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives http://www.kplu.org/post/nba-was-integrated-we-had-black-fives Most people have heard of the Negro Leagues in baseball and of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in the late 1940s — but relatively few people have heard of the Black Fives, the African-American basketball teams that played up until the NBA was integrated in 1950.<p>An exhibit at the New-York Historical Society aims to rectify that.<p>When basketball was invented in 1891, it was a totally white game. In 1904, Edwin Bancroft Henderson, a black Washington, D.C., gym teacher, took a summer course at Harvard and brought the game back to black segregated schools. Sat, 15 Mar 2014 16:55:28 +0000 Margot Adler 14910 at http://www.kplu.org Before The NBA Was Integrated, We Had The Black Fives A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition http://www.kplu.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 20:16:38 +0000 Margot Adler 14706 at http://www.kplu.org A Plan To Eliminate Wild Mute Swans Draws Vocal Opposition Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City http://www.kplu.org/post/letter-gracie-mansion-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. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 17:45:17 +0000 Margot Adler 12344 at http://www.kplu.org Letter From Gracie Mansion: The New Mayor Meets His City Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task http://www.kplu.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 16:56:11 +0000 Margot Adler 12145 at http://www.kplu.org Assessing Bloomberg's Legacy Is A Complex Task Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage http://www.kplu.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 21:50:02 +0000 Margot Adler 10617 at http://www.kplu.org Anthony Weiner (The Myth, Not The Man) Takes The Stage Occupy may seem to be receding, but look closer http://www.kplu.org/post/occupy-may-seem-be-receding-look-closer For people who watch TV news or read newspapers, the Occupy movement might seem to be in hibernation.<p>Most of the encampments are gone, and diminished numbers take part in protests.<p>But there's a lot of ferment behind the scenes — at least at Occupy Wall Street.<p>Check the Occupy Wall Street <a href="http://www.nycga.net/" target="_blank">website</a> and you'll see at least 15 events every day: meetings by working groups on arts and culture, alternative banking, media, security.<p><strong>'Pop-Up' Protests</strong><p>And there are actions. Sat, 03 Mar 2012 16:26:53 +0000 Margot Adler 4311 at http://www.kplu.org Occupy may seem to be receding, but look closer