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There Are No Hunger Games in the New 'Hunger Games' Film

Friday, November 21, 2014

Francis Lawrence talks about directing the latest in The Hunger Games films—The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1.” It’s based on the third in Suzanne Collins’ trilogy, and it film opens nationwide November 21.

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Ozzie and Harriet, Pulled Apart By The Vietnam War

Friday, November 21, 2014

David Rabe discusses the revival of his Tony Award-winning play “Sticks and Bones,” along with Holly Hunter and Bill Pullman, who star in it. It’s the first major New York revival of the play, and it opens the New Group’s 20th Anniversary season. It’s a savagely comic portrait of an average American family pulled apart by the return of a son from the Vietnam War. It’s playing at Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Felicity Jones Portrays the Wife of Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of Everything"

Friday, November 21, 2014

Felicity Jones tells us about playing Stephen Hawking’s wife Jane in “The Theory of Everything.” The film tells story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking. Once a healthy, active young man, Hawking received an earth-shattering diagnosis at 21 years of age. With Jane by his side, Stephen embarks on his most ambitious scientific work, studying time. The film is based on Jane Hawking’s memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen.

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How the Best Minds In The Field Search for Life in Outer Space

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sara Seager, Planetary Science and Physics Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Seth Shostak, Senior Astronomer and Director of the Center for SETI Research, tell us all about how astronomers look for extraterrestrial life and other planets like earth in the universe. 

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The "Apocalyptic Endgame" of Tar Sand Oil Extraction

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ted Genoways explains how tar sands mining is done and looks at its environmental and health consequences
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Remembering Mike Nichols

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The film and theater director was on the Lopate Show in 2012 and 2013. He spoke about why he loves directing plays on the stage and why he fired himself from the 'The Sopranos.'
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Better than Tofurkey: Melissa Clark's Alternative Thanksgiving Recipes

Thursday, November 20, 2014

There are plenty of people who would rather make something other than turkey for Thanksgiving dinner. Melissa Clark shares some of her ideas and recipes for alternatives. Share yours!
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Secret DOJ Program Collects Cellular Data Using Airplanes That Mimic Cell Towers

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Department of Justice has been collecting the data of thousands of Americans in an effort to track criminals using cell phones. Devlin Barrett, reporter with The Wall Street Journal, reported on the secret program, which involves special devices on planes that mimic cell phone tower signals. 

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Honey Roasted Duck with Apple and Potato Confit

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Another alternative to turkey this Thanksgiving is sweet and tender roasted duck.
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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Maple-Bacon Glazed Pork Loin with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash

Thursday, November 20, 2014

If turkey isn't a favorite food, you could serve roast pork with Brussels sprouts and butternut squash instead.
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A Chinese-American Leaves Home in Search for Freedom, In Communist China

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Val Wang was raised in a strict Chinese-American household in the suburbs--she got good grades, took piano lessons, and performed in a Chinese dance troupe. She tells us why she moved to China in 1998, the country her parents fled before the Communist takeover in 1949. Her memoir Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China, is about moving to China, living with relatives in Beijing, and discovering a city rebelling against its roots just as she was finding her own identity. 

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Hygiene, Handshakes, and Holding Back: Rules for a Western Etiquette Guide

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eden Collinsworth talks about the profound transformation she’s seen in China, how she came to write a Western etiquette guide for Chinese businessmen and prompted a branch of China's Ministry of Education to suggest that she create a curriculum for the school system. In I Stand Corrected: How Teaching Western Manners in China Became Its Own Unforgettable Lesson, Collinsworth shares stories of her time living in China while writing an etiquette book featuring advice on personal hygiene, the rules of the handshake, and making sense of foreigners. 

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Thanksgiving Turkey Alternatives

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Turkey alternatives. Beijing in 1998 and what the city was like at that time. Western etiquette guide for Chinese businessmen. The environmental and health affects of tar sands mining.
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Why is Turkey Called Turkey? Your Other Language Questions Answered

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Our word maven, Patricia T. O’Conner, looks at the etymologies of some “New World foods” found on our Thanksgiving tables.
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A Photographer Captures The Perils, and Hopes, of Children Growing Up in The Bronx

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Photographer Stephen Shames tells the story of a 1977 assignment to the Bronx, where he began photographing a group of boys coming of age in what was at the time one of the toughest and most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States. They lived in a "family" they created for protection and companionship on streets ravaged by poverty, drugs, violence, and gangs. Shames spent the next two-plus decades following the boys, as the crack cocaine epidemic devastated the neighborhood. His extended photo essay Bronx Boys, with contributions by Martin Dones and José "Poncho" Muñoz, chronicles their lives and the fights, shootings, arrests, and drug deals that left many of the young men dead or in jail.

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Sex, Violence, Espionage and Drama in Istanbul

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Charles King tells the story of how Istanbul entered the modern world and reshaped the meaning of cosmopolitanism.
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Protecting Journalists, Documenting Lives in the Bronx

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Threats against journalists around the world. How Istanbul became a modern, cosmopolitan city. Stephen Shames' Bronx Boys. Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner.
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As More Governments Seek To Control Information, The Lives of Journalists Are Increasingly At Risk

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Journalists are being imprisoned and killed in record numbers. In 2014, 42 have been killed—not just covering conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Ukraine, but covering politics, corruption, and human rights around the world. Joel Simon, the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, discusses threats by authoritarian governments, militants, criminals, and terrorists, who all seek to use technology, political pressure, and violence. In The New Censorship: Inside the Global Battle for Media Freedom, Simon warns that these threats are leading to a shortage of the news reports we need to make sense of our globalized world and to fight against human rights abuses, manage conflict, and promote accountability.

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Vocalist Sheila Jordan's 70 Years in Jazz

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Sheila Jordan tells how she went from poverty in Pennsylvania's coal-mining country to success as a jazz vocalist.
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How an American Company Supported War Criminal Charles Taylor in Liberia

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller and Frontline producer Marcela Gaviria investigate the ways the American tire company Firestone funded Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
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