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It's a Jungle Out There: Internet Lies, Mexico City, and Joan Rivers

Monday, June 30, 2014

Charles Seife explains why, when it comes to the Internet, you shouldn’t believe everything you read—and how to tell the difference between truth and fiction. Francisco Goldman talks about trying to make sense of Mexico City, one of the world’s largest metropolises. We’ll find out how many words in the English language were once considered linguistic mistakes, slang, or just plain wrong. And the one and only Joan Rivers takes us inside her everyday world and shares her thoughts on life, celebrities and pop culture.

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A Mexico City Chronicle

Monday, June 30, 2014

Francisco Goldman discusses the life and culture of one of the world’s most remarkable and often misunderstood cities—Mexico City. Mexico’s narco war continues to rage on, and in the summer of 2013, Mexican organized crime violence erupted in the city. His book The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle is an account of his personal and political awakening in Mexico City and a look at the challenges the city faces.

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How Bad English Became Good English

Monday, June 30, 2014

English is a glorious mess of a language, cobbled together from a wide variety of sources and syntaxes, and changing over time with popular usage. Many of the words and usages we embrace as standard and correct today were at first considered slang, impolite, or just plain wrong. Ammon Shea looks at language “mistakes” and how they came to be accepted as correct—or not. His book Bad English: A History of Linguistic Aggravation chronicles the long history of language mistakes.

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How To Learn a Foreign Language

Friday, June 27, 2014

Katharine B. Nielson, chief education officer at Voxy, discusses how we learn languages, why it can get more difficult to learn new languages as we get older, and why the challenge of learning a language is good for our brains.

 

 

 

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Postpartum Depression and Maternal Mental Health

Friday, June 27, 2014

Pam Belluck discusses her two-part series on maternal mental health and postpartum depression, “Mother’s Mind” in the New York Times. She speaks with women who’ve experienced mental health issues during and after pregnancy. A growing body of research shows that maternal mental illness is more common and varied than previously thought. She’ll be joined by Emily Guillermo whose story is featured in part one of the series. Part one is "Thinking of Ways to Harm Her," Part two is "After Baby, An Unraveling."

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Searching for Answers

Friday, June 27, 2014

New York Times health reporter Pam Belluck talks about her two-part series that looks at why postpartum depression may be more common —and varied—than previously thought. Then, the director of a new documentary about Aaron Swartz, the Internet prodigy and activist who took his own life at the age of 26. Richie Mehta discusses his film “Siddarth,” which was inspired by a real-life encounter he had with a man he met on the streets of India, with one of the the film’s stars, Tannishtha Chatterjee. And this week’s Please Explain is all about how to learn a foreign language as an adult—and why it gets more difficult the older you get.

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The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Friday, June 27, 2014

Director Brian Knappenberger discusses his documentary “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz.” The film is about Internet prodigy Aaron Swartz, who co-founded Reddit, co-created RSS, and was an activist for free access to digital information before he committed suicide, at the age of 26, after a two year fight with the Federal government, which arrested him for hacking. “The Internet’s Own Boy: the story of Aaron Swartz” opens at the IFC Center June 27, and is also available on demand.

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“Siddharth,” a Film about a Father Searching for His Son in India

Friday, June 27, 2014

Director Richie Mehta discusses his film “Siddharth,” along with Tannishtha Chatterjee, who stars in it. Inspired by a real life encounter the filmmaker had in 2010 with a man he met on the streets of India, this narrative film details an impoverished father's attempts to find his missing child, searching throughout the urban slums of India. “Siddharth” opens June 27 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.  

 

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What ISIS in Iraq Means for the Middle East

Thursday, June 26, 2014

As the Sunni insurgent group the Islamic State in Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) has gained control of parts of Iraq, the country’s sectarian tensions have become evident. Michael Crowley, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for Time, describes the rise of ISIS and what the group’s violent moves in Iraq mean for the rest of the region, including Saudi Arabia and Iran. Crowley’s article, “The End of Iraq,” appears on the cover of the June 30 issue of the magazine.

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Can Viruses Treat Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria?

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. As a possible solution, researchers are looking toward a century-old treatment using viruses to kill bacteria. Sara Reardon talks about how and why the Soviet Union invested heavily in the use of the viruses, called bacteriophages, to treat infections. She wrote about renewed western interest in bacteriophages in her article "Phage Therapy Gets Revitalized" in Nature.

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Major Influence: Extremism on the Rise, Creating Fiction out of Reality

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On today’s show: Eliza Griswold talks about the roots of extremism in Africa and how American Special Forces are dealing with organizations like Boko Haram. Akhil Sharma joins us for this month’s Leonard Lopate Show Book Club to talk about his novel, Family Life. We’ll get a preview of four radio plays based on James Joyce’s Dubliners that will be performed in the Jerome L. Greene Space. Plus, a look at how Middle Eastern nations like Saudi Arabia and Turkey are playing a role in the rise of the insurgent group ISIS in Iraq. And find out how a Soviet era medical technique of injecting certain kinds of bacteria could help wean us off of our dependence on antibiotics.

 

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Special Operations Forces and the Terrorist Threat in Africa

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Journalist Eliza Griswold talks about the roots of extremist organizations like Boko Haram in Africa, and how the United States’ special forces are approaching them. She wrote about it in her article “Can General Linder’s Special Operations Forces Stop the Next Terrorist Threat?” in the New York Time Magazine Sunday, June 15. Griswold is also the translator of  I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays from Contemporary Afghanistan, a book of poems by Afghan women, and The Tenth Parallel.  

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Dubliners: A Quartet

Thursday, June 26, 2014

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s Dubliners, WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Space, in association with the Irish Arts Center, presents "Dubliners: A Quartet," a newly commissioned audio play written by playwright Arthur Yorinks and inspired by Joyce’s stories. Yorinks discusses the play and the performance with musical director Edward Barnes and actress Aedin Moloney (daughter of Paddy Moloney from The Chieftains). A company of actors will perform all four parts in The Greene Space on June 28-29.

 

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Reality into Fiction: Akhil Sharma on Family Life

Thursday, June 26, 2014

In Akhil Sharma’s darkly funny, heart-wrenching second novel, Family Life, the Mishra family leaves Delhi, India, for a better life in America. To eight-year-old Ajay and his older brother Birju, their new home is full of possibility and wonder until an accident at a swimming pool leaves one brother severely injured and the other lost and virtually orphaned in a strange land. Ajay feels the lonely weight of obligation to live up to the promise of his injured brother.

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The Delicious Knish

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Laura Silver describes her round-the-world quest for the origins and modern-day manifestations of the knish. Starting in New York, she tracks down heirs to several knish dynasties and discovers that her own family has roots in a Polish town named Knyszyn. In Knish: In Search of the Jewish Soul Food Silver tells stories of entrepreneurship, survival, and delicious knishes. She even meets legendary knish maker Mrs. Stahl’s granddaughters, who share their family recipe.

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Why Movie Musicals Matter

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Historian Richard Barrios looks at movie musicals and how they’ve become a major part of our lives. In Dangerous Rhythm: Why Movie Musicals Matter. Barrios goes behind the scenes, Barrios explores movie musicals from those first hits, "The Jazz Singer" and "Broadway Melody," to present-day Oscar winners "Chicago" and "Les Miserables," and uncovers the rocky relationship between Broadway and Hollywood. He recounts which films became our most indelible cultural touchstones— like" Singin' in the Rain," "The Sound of Music," "Camelot, and "West Side Story" to name a few—and others ended up as train wrecks.

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Our Favorite Movie Musical Numbers

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Inspired by today's conversation about movie musicals, here are some of our favorite numbers, going all the way back to Busby Berkeley.

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Jazz Age Manhattan and the Making of Modern America

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Manhattan was transformed by jazz, night clubs, radio, skyscrapers, movies, and the tremendous energy of the 1920s. Donald Miller details the story of Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the roaring twenties and the brilliant people behind it. His book Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America looks at everyone from Walter Chrysler to William Paley, Elizabeth Arden and her rival Helena Rubenstein, who all shared ambition and a drive to fulfill their dreams in New York. He explains how Manhattan became the social, cultural, and commercial hub of the country.

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Eli Wallach: From Bandit to Broadway

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Eli Wallach's acting career spanned six decades. The Brooklyn native played everything from a Mexican bandit to a French general to a Mafia don on screen, but he really loved the theater. He won a Tony Award for his role in Tennessee Williams's "The Rose Tattoo."  He and his wife Anne Jackson appeared together on stage in many plays. He continued working well into his nineties with films like "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." He died recently at the age of 98 and you can hear his 2006 conversation with Leonard about his work in the film, "The Holiday."

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Marriage Equality, Mouthwatering Knishes, Movie Musicals, Manhattan and Modern America

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

On today’s show: David Boies and Ted Olson discuss their five-year battle for marriage equality in front of the Supreme Court. Laura Silver describes traveling around the world to track down the origins of the knish—and finding its modern incarnations. We’ll take a look at what makes movie musicals like "The Sound of Music" and "Singing in the Rain" so popular. And Donald Miller explains how Manhattan was transformed in the 1920s and how it became the country’s cultural and commercial capital.

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