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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Julie Nixon Eisenhower and David Eisenhower talk about the life and post-White-House years of David’s grandfather, Dwight D. Eisenhower. Also Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Powers discusses Crazy Horse and the controversy that still surrounds his death. Then, Lily Rabe and Oskar Eustis tell about moving the Public Theater’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” from Central Park, to Broadway! Plus, a look at how climate change is altering the Antarctic landscape through the lives of penguins.

Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower

David Eisenhower, grandson of Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his wife Julie Nixon Eisenhower, daughter of Richard Nixon, give an intimate account of the final years of Dwight D. Eisenhower: one of the giants of the twentieth century. Going Home To Glory: A Memoir of Life with Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961-1969 depicts Dwight Eisenhower as both a beloved and forbidding figure. As the tumultuous 1960s dawned with assassinations, riots, and the divisive war in Vietnam, the former president tried to chart the correct course for himself, his party, and the country.

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The Killing of Crazy Horse

Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Thomas Powers discusses Crazy Horse, the greatest Indian warrior of the nineteenth century whose victory over General Custer at the battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 was the worst defeat inflicted on the frontier Army. In The Killing of Crazy Horse, Powers pieces together his death, which has remained a controversy for more than a century.

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“The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway

Actress Lily Rabe and Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director of The Public Theater, discuss the transfer of The Public Theater’s production of “The Merchant of Venice” from Central Park to Broadway. Lily Rabe discusses reprising her acclaimed Central Park performance as Portia. “The Merchant of Venice” is playing at the Broadhurst Theater.

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A Journey to the Future in Antarctica

Fen Montaigne gives a dramatic account of how Antarctica and its penguins are being affected by climate change. In Fraser’s Penguins: A Journey to the Future in Antarctica, he chronicles the beauty of the wildest place on earth, the lives of the Adélies penguins, and the saga of the discovery of the Antarctic Peninsula, and shows how rising temperatures are swiftly changing the world.

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Guest Picks: Oskar Eustis

Oskar Eustis is a fan of the Boston Red Sox! Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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