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How Highways Changed America

Friday, August 15, 2014

Many families who travel for the summer will pack up the car and jump on the highway to their destination. On this week's Please Explain, Dan McNichol, author of The Roads that Built America: The Incredible Story of the U.S. Interstate System, explains how the country's highways were planned and created, more than 50 years ago, how these roadways changed the country by connecting cities and small towns, creating the suburbs, and improving transportation of people and goods.

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Fracking, Futurism, and Funding our National Highway System

Friday, August 15, 2014

On today’s show: A veterinarian and a pharmacologist look at fracking’s impact on the health of people, pets, and livestock. Curator Vivien Greene talks about the Guggenheim Museum exhibition “Italian Futurism, 1909-1944." Amy Bloom discusses her acclaimed new novel, Lucky Us. This week’s Please Explain is all about the interstate highway system that criss-crosses the country!

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How Fracking Affects People, Pets, and Our Food

Friday, August 15, 2014

A veterinarian and a pharmacologist investigate heath problems in people, pets, and livestock living near fracking sites.

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When did the Police Turn into the Military?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Over the last decade many state and local law enforcement agencies have become increasingly militarized. Kara Dansky, a senior counsel at the ACLU and one of the authors of the report War Comes Home, explains how and why federal programs have created incentives for law enforcement to use paramilitary tactics and military grade weapons, including mine-resistant armored vehicles.

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Guest Picks: Marty Stuart

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Marty Stuart was on the Lopate show August 14, 2014 to talk about his new book of photography, American Ballads. He's a fan of Tony Bennett. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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How George Takei Conquered Facebook

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The actor talks about his breakout role as Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," his activism, becoming a social media phenomenon, the new documentary about his life - "To Be Takei," directed by Jennifer Kroot.

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Marty Stuart on Photographing Music Legends and Eccentric Americans

Thursday, August 14, 2014

He began photographing what he called "the history in the making" going on around him when he was a teenager, on tour with Lester Flatt.

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What We Can Learn from the Rats of Manhattan

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This summer Dr. Jason Munshi-South, associate professor of biology at Fordham University, is trapping rats all across Manhattan to analyze their DNA. By identifying related populations of rats, Dr. Munshi-South and his team hope to better understand how the rodents move around the city. The project, which is collecting rats in all of Manhattan’s 41 zip codes, is called Cityscape Genomics of Rats in New York City.

Read more about some of Dr. Munshi-South’s work here.

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Who Decides What Human Rights Are?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Human Rights, Activism and George Takei

Thursday, August 14, 2014

On today’s show: Legal professor Samuel Moyn looks at the history and politics of human rights and talks about what justifies humanitarian intervention. Actor, activist and social media superstar George Takei discusses his life and career—along with Jennifer Kroot, who’s made a documentary called “To Be Takei.” Five-time Grammy winner Marty Stuart talks about his photographs of legendary musicians, eccentric characters and portraits of members of the Lakota tribe. And we’ll look at the growing militarization of American policing and why some small town sheriffs’ departments have been given heavily armored tanks.

 

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Remembering Lauren Bacall

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lauren Bacall died Tuesday at the age of 89. When she spoke with Leonard Lopate in 2006, she brought her dog Sophie to the studio. She reminisced about her career, her friendship with Katharine Hepburn, idolizing Bette Davis, and being "Bogey's wife." She starred in 40 films and worked with many Hollywood legends. She told Leonard, "I still can't believe I've known all the people I've known." Listen to the interview to hear her tell stories in her trademark sultry voice. 

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The Gurus of How-To Help You Keep Your Home Ship Shape

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Al and Larry Ubell offer advice on tackling home repair projects--from dripping sinks to leaking roofs and more.

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Mark Twain in San Francisco and the Reinvention of American Literature

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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Inside and Outside

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

On today’s show, veteran China analyst Ethan Gutmann reveals China’s secret program to eliminate political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs—in many cases to Westerners. We’ll find out how the country’s ex-presidents maneuvered, plotted, advised, aided Lincoln during the Civil War. Ben Tarnoff describes how Mark Twain and San Francisco writers gave voice to the America’s emerging identity. Alvin and Lawrence Ubell, our Gurus of How-To, tackle home repair questions and give advice for keeping your home ship shape.

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Meddling Ex-Presidents during the Civil War

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

When Abraham Lincoln became president in 1861, five former presidents were still alive. Chris DeRose tells how this ex-Presidents’ Club maneuvered, plotted, advised, and aided during the Civil War. DeRose’s book The Presidents’ War: Six American Presidents and The Civil War That Divided Them explores the stories of the ex-presidents who remained active, influential, and occasionally treacherous as the Union sought to save itself. 

 

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China's Secret Organ Transplant Business

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

A China analyst investigates China’s program to get rid of political dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs--in many cases to Western recipients.

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Simple, Delicious, Three-Ingredient Recipes for Summer Foods

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

These ideas make the most of fruits and vegetables in season right now.

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The Dangers of Dust

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Dust is almost everywhere, and while most household dust isn't hazardous, dust in factories and in the environment can contain toxins and particles that are dangerous to inhale and are even flammable.

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Growing Up Among Artists in the Heyday of Abstract Expressionism

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Gabrielle Selz, whose father was chief curator of painting and sculpture at MoMA, talks about spending her childhood among art and artists in the heyday of Abstract Expressionism.

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Recipes: Rozanne Gold's Beetroot Yogurt

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A three-ingredient recipe for roasted beets with yogurt.

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