Coming Out and Playing Ball: Jason Collins Heads to Brooklyn Nets

By: Sunday February 23, 2014 4:00 pm

The Brooklyn Nets in their current iteration, having only moved to the borough they call home in 2012, are a fairly new enterprise. Even so, the team will make history this evening.

They’ll sign Jason Collins today to a ten day contract (after he clears waivers at 5:00pm ET), with hopes of having him suit up to go up against the LA Lakers tonight. Signing and frequently trading players isn’t a particularly new phenomenon, but what makes this deal noteworthy is that Jason Collins came out as gay while working as a free agent (meaning he wasn’t associated with a team) last year.

Is It Too Late for More Christmas Music: An Orange Is The New Black Exception

By: Sunday December 29, 2013 4:00 pm

A Holiday/Christmas music mash-up magic video featuring the Orange Is The New Black actors who play Crazy Eyes and Taystee.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Graham A. Rayman, The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-ups, and Courage

By: Sunday September 1, 2013 1:59 pm

Adrian Schoolcraft is the whistleblowing police officer at the center of one of the more bizarre of the NYPD’s ongoing scandals.

Schoolcraft worked in the relatively high-crime 81st precinct in Brooklyn, and he was not a happy camper as a cop. A loner, he began to secretly tape recording precinct roll calls at which commanding officers ordered patrol cops like himself to make it difficult for victims of crimes to make formal complaints. Equally disturbing, cops were also ordered to downgrade felonies — serious crimes — to less serious misdemeanors so that the precinct would appear safer than it actually was.

Schoolcraft’s tape recordings might well have been ignored or forgotten, had not the police department then done something that was indeed shocking.

Food Sunday: Jiminy Cricket!

By: Sunday August 4, 2013 12:45 pm

There are way more bugs than people on earth (and way more microbes in our body than human cells, but that’s another story). Bugs and grubs are protein rich and plentiful, and use far fewer resources to produce protein than say, an Angus steer.

Brooklyn Protests Continue Into Third Night

By: Thursday March 14, 2013 6:59 am

At least 18 have been arrested as protests over a police shooting continued into a third night. The deceased, 16 year old Kimani Gray, was killed by police last Saturday in a controversial shooting.

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Saturday, April 19, 2014
2:00 pm Pacific
Poison Candy: The Murderous Madam: Inside Dalia Dippolito’s Plot to Kill
Chat with Mark Ebner about his new book. Hosted by Beth Karas.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
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The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War
Chat with John White about his new book. Hosted by Pulitzer Prize winner Deborah J. Nelson.

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