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Revisiting the Cuban Missile Crisis

Monday, August 04, 2014

Stephen L. Carter's historical thriller imagines the secret communications between Kennedy and Khrushchev.

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Shaking Up the World: From Global Conflict to the Classroom

Monday, August 04, 2014

On today’s show: Rebecca Schuman, education columnist for Slate, discusses grade inflation, adjunct professors, tenure, relationships between professors and students, and other issues in higher education. Robert Altman’s widow, Kathryn Reed Altman, and actor Bob Balaban talk about the unorthodox director of M*A*S*H, Nashville, Short Cuts, Gosford Park, and other memorable movies. Stephen Carter talks about his new novel, called Back Channel, a retelling of the Cuban Missile Crisis. And New York Times columnist Roger Cohen looks at the ways WWI shaped the world—and whether a conflict on that scale could happen again.

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Could Another World War Happen?

Monday, August 04, 2014

One hundred years after the start of World War I, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen examines how that conflict shaped the world today and argues that a war on that scale could happen again.

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Guest Picks: Stephen Adly Guirgis

Friday, August 01, 2014

Stephen Adly Guirgis was on the show August 1, 2014 to talk about his new play, Between Riverside and Crazy. He's a fan of hip-hop and the Mets. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Stephen McKinley Henderson

Friday, August 01, 2014

Stephen McKinley Henderson was on the show August 1, 2014 to talk about starring in the play Between Riverside and Crazy. Find out what books and music he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Austin Pendleton

Friday, August 01, 2014

Austin Pendleton was on the show August 1, 2014 to talk about directing Between Riverside and Crazy. He's a fan of milkshakes and tequila. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Freeze! Or Can or Pickle!

Friday, August 01, 2014

Learn how to preserve summer fruits, vegetables, and herbs so you can enjoy them all year long.

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Hanging onto a Rent Stabilized Apartment at All Costs

Friday, August 01, 2014

A new play "Between Riverside and Crazy" tells the story of a widower and his parolee son who try to do just that - all while fending off his landlord, cops, the church and City Hall.

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Tribute: Robert Drew

Friday, August 01, 2014

The pioneer of cinema verite died this week. Listen to him speak with Leonard about his work making documentary films.

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Invasive Species Are Wreaking Havoc

Friday, August 01, 2014

Lion fish, zebra mussels, emerald ash borer, phragmites, and kudzu are among the 50,000 alien species that have taken off in the United States.

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Government Surveillance Is Making Journalism Harder

Friday, August 01, 2014

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A Chilling Effect

Friday, August 01, 2014

We’ll look at the chilling effect that government surveillance is having on journalists who cover national security, intelligence, and law enforcement. Playwright Stephen Adly Guirgis talks about his new play “Between Riverside and Crazy,” along with director Austin Pendleton and Stephen McKinley Henderson, who stars in it. Time magazine’s Bryan Walsh explains how invasive alien species are causing environmental and economic problems. This week’s Please Explain is all about freezing, canning, and pickling!

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Make the Most of Your CSA Vegetables

Thursday, July 31, 2014

If you get a CSA share, you might find yourself stumped, wondering how to cook vegetables like kohlrabi and bok choy and broccoli rabe. Leonard picked up his CSA bag this morning, and Melissa Clark is here to share her ideas for how to use the summer's fresh vegetables. She's a New York Times Dining Section columnist and cookbook writer, and her most recent cookbook is Cook This Now: 120 Easy and Delectable Dishes You Can't Wait to Make.

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Guest Picks: Rivka Galchen

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rivka Galchen was on the show July 31, 2014. She told Leonard that she's a fan of Lucille Ball. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Life Without Parole—At the Age of 15

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The United States is the only country in the world that routinely sentences juveniles to life in prison. Kenneth Young was 15 when he received four consecutive life sentences for a series of armed robberies. He has spent more than a decade behind bars, a U.S. Supreme Court decision could set him free. Director Nadine Pequeneza talks about Young’s case, the subject of her documentary “15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story.” She’s joined by Mishi Faruqee, juvenile justice policy strategist at the ACLU. The documentary airs August 4 on PBS.

 

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Roasted Eggplant with Basil Green Goddess Dressing

Thursday, July 31, 2014

A quick and easy recipe for this summer's eggplant and fresh herbs. 

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Recipe: Melissa Clark's Tomatoes in Peanut Sauce

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Made with coconut milk, ginger, and Thai basil, and peanuts.

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Using Your CSA Vegetables

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Melissa Clark offers many suggestions for what to make with all the fresh vegetables available this summer. We’ll find out what the fact that the US is the only country in the world that sentences juveniles to life in prison means for one young man who’s already served more than a decade behind bars. Rivka Galchen discusses her new collection of short stories, called American Innovations. Luke Nichter talks about digitizing and transcribing 3,700 hours of recordings President Nixon made and what they reveal about his presidency.

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Reinventing Classic Short Stories by Gogol, Thurber, Borges

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Rivka Galchen discusses her new collection of short stories, American Innovations. In one story, a young woman’s furniture walks out on her.  In another, the narrator feels compelled to deliver a takeout order that has incorrectly been phoned in to her. Many of the stories in this collection mirror stories by Borges, Gogol, and James Thurber.

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Richard Nixon Recorded 3,700 Hours of Tape. Luke Nichter Listened to Them All

Thursday, July 31, 2014

President Nixon's voice-activated taping system captured every word spoken in the Oval Office, Cabinet Room, other key locations in the White House, and at Camp David. Some 3,700 hours of recordings were made between 1971 and 1973, yet less than 5 percent of those conversations have ever been transcribed and published. Luke Nichter talks about the project to digitize and transcribe the tapes and what they reveal about Nixon’s time in office. The Nixon Tapes: 1971-1972 by Douglas Brinkley and Nichter is an unprecedented account of one of the most important and controversial presidencies in U.S. history, and offers a selection of scenes from the year Nixon opened relations with China, negotiated the SALT I arms agreement with the Soviet Union, and won a landslide reelection victory. All the while, the growing shadow of Watergate and Nixon's political downfall crept closer and closer.

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