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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera talk about the many details and devils that helped bring about the financial crisis. Then, director Claire Denis and actress Isabelle Huppert discuss their latest film, “White Material.” Also NPR’s Michael Goldfarb discusses the emancipation of Europe’s Jews in the 18th and 19th centuries. Plus, word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about our convoluted and often confusing English language.

All the Devils are Here

Business journalists Bethany McLean and Joe Nocera discuss the many problems that helped bring down the economy. The full story is like the legend of the blind men and the elephant—almost everyone has missed the big picture, and almost no one has put all the pieces together. Their book All the Devils are Here: The Hidden History of the Financial Crisis goes back several decades to explore the complex, hidden history of the financial crisis.

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Claire Denis and Isabelle Huppert Discuss "White Material"

Director Claire Denis and actress Isabelle Huppert discuss “White Material.” Set in Africa, the film tells the story of a woman trying to sustain the coffee plantation she runs with her ex-husband while the country around her is in the throes of a volatile regime change. “White Material” opens November 19 at the Lincoln Plaza Cinemas and IFC Center. There’s also a retrospective of Denis’ films, “No Fear: The Films of Claire Denis,” at IFC Center through November 18.

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The Liberation of European Jews

Michael Goldfarb discusses the emancipation of Europe’s Jews in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Emancipation: How Liberating Europe's Jews from the Ghetto Led to Revolution and Renaissance gives a account of how Jews ushered in a second renaissance after they were freed from their ghettos, and how within a century, Marx, Freud, and Einstein revolutionized politics, human science, and physics that continue to shape our world.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O’Conner

Word maven Patricia T. O’Conner answers questions about the confounding English language and talks about ungrammatical song lyrics. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and  Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was also recently issued in paperback.

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