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The Wiley Fox and Crazy Wabbit
The Basically Brooklyn Series
by Jon Simonds

Unbeknownst to many, Bernie Sanders has something in common with Bugs Bunny.

Both came to be in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Folklore has the very liberal and always politically incorrect rabbit, born in a warren on July 27th, 1940 underneath the pitcher's mound of Ebbets Field, where the old Brooklyn Dodgers used to play.

Bernie was born just a stone's throw away on September 8th, 1941. Bugs is 75 years old. Bernie is 74. continued

Krishna Das
Leads Kirtan
on the Upper West Side
of New York City

Victoria Barkley reports.

Life Could Be Verse:
Reflections on Love, Loss, and What Really Matters

An excerpt of prose and poetry from Kirk Douglas' latest book

"Most of my life was spent as an actor who never took the time to know who he really was. For years I lived in a land of make believe..."

Waiting for Elizabeth
Lowell Harris' review of Ben Bryant's new book

The heart of this drama involves the love of his life, Elizabeth Hepburn...

This story of their eventual reconciliation and - hurrah! - remarriage forms the true and very moving climax of this tale. continued

by Rita Heap
What is guilt?

It's feeling we are to take responsibility for another's misery.


NEWSBRIEFS Oprah Winfrey, Jimmmy Fallon and more - with positive news to share.

 Welcoming Talkette from the Editor. An audio hello.

More Talkettes:

  • Judy Collins on why she loves what she does (13 secs)
  • Dr. Oz on what medicine can help us realize (12 secs)
  • Why Pulitzer Prize-winner Jimmy Breslin likes nurses (14 secs)
  • Billy Crystal gets to play for Yankees for one night (15 secs). From the audiobook Still Foolin' 'Em.
  • Author Ben Bryant quotes Vonnegut (actually Vonnegut's uncle, Alex).
  • Parenting humor from Jon Simonds (14 secs)
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