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Leonard Lopate Weekend: Wonder Woman, Prison Reform & Rachel Dratch!

Friday, October 31, 2014

This week: New Yorker contributor Jill Lepore shares the surprising history behind the iconic character Wonder Woman (First). Then, Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative tells us why the criminal justice system treats the rich and guilty better than the poor and innocent (21:22). Plus Mario Correa and Rachel Dratch talk about the new show about real life political sex scandals, called "Tail! Spin!" (44:25)

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Guest Picks: Tony Gilroy

Friday, October 31, 2014

Tony and Dan Gilroy were on the show on October 31 to discuss their film, Nightcrawler. We found out that Tony Gilroy is a fan of Game of Thrones. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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'Nightcrawler' Is a Thriller Set in LA's Seedy Underbelly

Friday, October 31, 2014

Director Dan Gilroy and his brother, producer Tony Gilroy, talk about their new film, which follows a crime reporter chasing stories in LA's nocturnal underbelly.
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Mexico: The Cookbook

Friday, October 31, 2014

Culinary legend Margarita Carrillo Arronte tells us about the rich diversity and flavors of Mexican cuisine.
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Untangling the Dynamics of the Syrian Civil War

Friday, October 31, 2014

Reese Erlich gives spoke to rebel leaders and President Bashar al-Assad to sort through this critical power struggle and explains why it matters for the United States and the world.
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The History of Medical Quarantines, and What That Could Mean For Americans Today

Friday, October 31, 2014

Kaci Hickox, the Ebola health worker who was the first person forcibly quarantined under New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s controversial health order, was released on Monday, October 27. She returned home to Maine, and said that she would defy the the voluntary quarantine policy in Maine. Maine's Governor, Paul R. LePage, issued a statement Wednesday saying that his office is seeking “legal authority to enforce the quarantine” on Hickox. As states and the federal government conflict over how to regulate, police, and enforce quarantines, citizens get caught up in the middle.

On this week's Please Explain, we are talking about the history of and medical and legal guidelines for quarantines.We’re joined by Howard Markel, George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine and Director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan. Dr. Markel is the author, co-author, or co-editor of ten books including the award winning Quarantine!: East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892 and When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed.

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Recipe: Pan de Muerto - “Day of the Dead” Bread

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sweet rolls to commemorate the Day of the Dead, November 1.
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Behind the Scenes: In Syria, in the Film 'Nightcrawler'

Friday, October 31, 2014

A look at the complex power dynamics behind the Syrian civil war. Dan and Tony Gilroy on “Nightcrawler.” Margarita Carrillo Arronte talks about Mexican home cooking. Please Explain.
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Recipe: Jalisco-Style Red Pozole - Pozole Rojo Estilo Jalisco

Friday, October 31, 2014

A flavorful soup from Jalisco.
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Recipe: Hot Chocolate

Friday, October 31, 2014

The perfect cup of hot chocolate.
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Tribute: Galway Kinnell

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Galway Kinnell’s poems straddled the social and the spiritual, focusing on outsiders and the underside of life. He died Tuesday at the age of 87. Over his long career he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize, a National Book Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship, and he was Vermont’s poet laureate. His friend and fellow poet W. S. Merwin remembered Kinnell as “a very generous soul.” He was a guest on the Leonard Lopate show a number of times, and you can listen to three interviews below.

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Eimear McBride Spent Nine Years Trying to Get Her Novel Published

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Eimear McBride discusses her acclaimed debut novel, A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. It tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother, and the long shadow cast by his childhood brain tumor. McBride spent the next nine years trying to get this novel published, and now that it has been, the author has won the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, the Desmond Elliott Prize, Kerry Group Irish Novel of the Year, the Goldsmiths Prize, and Shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

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Cheap Water. Big Crisis.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In parts of California, the water shortage is so bad that restaurants won't offer any to customers and people can't bathe. Here's how the cheap cost of water is threatening our supply.
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Matthew VanDyke Went From Behind the Camera To the Front Lines in Libya

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Documentary filmmaker Marshall Curry talks about his new film, “Point and Shoot,” along with the film’s subject, Matthew VanDyke. “Point and Shoot” chronicles VanDyke’s journey, on motorcycle, across the Middle East, armed with a video camera. He strikes up an unlikely friendship with a Libyan hippie, and when revolution breaks out in Libya, VanDyke joins his friend in the fight against dictator Muammar Gaddafi. When he’s captured he spends six months in solitary confinement.“Point and Shoot” opens October 31 at the Landmark Sunshine theater.

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Revising the Rules: Insurgency, Criminal Justice, Revolution

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Former Lt. Col. John Nagl on writing the army's counter-insurgency manual. The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. “Point and Shoot.”
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Does Our Criminal Justice System Treat the Rich and Guilty Better Than the Poor and Innocent?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, on why he feels that the poor, wrongly condemned, and women and children can too often get lost in our criminal justice system. 
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Writing the Book on Counterinsurgency in War

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, recounts his experience on the battlefield in Iraq and talks about crafting the army's new manual on counterinsurgency, shaping our course in Iraq.
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The Secret History of the Man who Created Wonder Woman

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Wonder Woman, created in 1941, is the most popular female superhero of all time. Her creator, William Moulton Marston, was influenced by early suffragists and feminists, starting with Emmeline Pankhurst, who was banned from speaking on Harvard's campus in 1911, when Marston was a freshman. Marston and his wife bought their home from Olive Byrne, the niece of Margaret Sanger, one of the most influential feminists of the twentieth century, and they lived a life of extraordinary nonconformity. Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore has uncovered an astonishing trove of documents, including the never-before-seen private papers of William Moulton Marston, for her new book The Secret History of Wonder Woman.

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Was Climate Change Responsible for Hurricane Sandy?

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Atmospheric scientist and Columbia University professor Adam Sobel discusses whether Hurricane Sandy was a freak event or a harbinger of things to come, if climate change was responsible for the storm, and why we were not prepared for this unprecedented "Superstorm." Sobol's new book is Storm Surge: Hurricane Sandy, Our Changing Climate, and Extreme Weather of the Past and Future.

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The Human Impact of the Worst Offshore Oil Spill in American History

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

In 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico killing 11 workers and causing the worst offshore oil spill in American history. For four years, Margaret Brown traveled through small towns and major cities across the Gulf of Mexico, documenting the impact of the oil spill in on local citizens. She spoke to industry insiders, small-town fishermen, lawyers administering BP's faulty compensation fund and shell-shocked survivors of the initial blast. Her new documentary, The Great Invisibleopens October 29 at the Village East Cinema. 

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