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Monday, December 20, 2010

Millions of American Google medical conditions online every day, we’ll look at some of the problems that poses for doctors and for the medical industry. Then, two founding players of Mummenschanz, the internationally renowned Swiss performance troupe, talk about their work. Also, we’ll look at a new interpretation of “The Nutcracker” by the American Ballet Theater, at BAM. Plus, David Garland discusses the U.S. death penalty, and why he says it’s a peculiar institution.

Tabloid Medicine

Every day, nearly 8 million Americans search the Internet for medical advice on everything from skin rashes to cancer treatments. Dr. Robert Goldberg argues that consumers should be wary of the instantaneous medical advice found online. In Tabloid Medicine: How the Internet Is Being Used to Hijack Medical Science for Fear and Profit he argues that the Internet can be used to scare the public, and that hidden agendas can undermine public health.

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Mummenschanz

Bernie Schurch and Floriana Frassetto, two founding players of the pioneering Swiss performance troupe Mummenschanz talk about their work, which brings to life fantastical forms and creatures made of ordinary objects such as toilet paper, note pads, wires, and boxes. Mummenschanz is performing in New York for the first time since 2003, December 20 through January 8, at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

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American Ballet Theatre's The Nutcracker

Richard Hudson, who designed the sets and costumes for the “The Nutcracker,” and principal dancers Gillian Murphy and David Hallberg, discuss the American Ballet Theatre production of the holiday classic, choreographed by ABT artist-in-residence Alexei Ratmansky. “The Nutcracker” is being performed December 22–January 2 at BAM.

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America and the Death Penalty

David Garland discusses why capital punishment continues in dozens of American states despite the abolition of the death penalty elsewhere in the Western world. Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition looks at its uneven application, legal challenges, and the uncertainty surrounding it don’t seem conducive to effective crime control or criminal justice.

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Guest Picks: Richard Hudson

Richard Hudson is listening to Chopin and Bach. Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show!

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Guest Picks: Floriana Frassetto

Find out what Floriana Frassetto's favorite comfort food is!

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Guest Picks: Bernie Schurch

Bernie Schurch discusses his favorite movies, books and more after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: David Hallberg

What is David Hallberg listening to right now? Read more to find out!

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Guest Picks: Gillian Murphy

Dancer Gillian Murphy stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of her favorite books, and more.

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Holiday Tipping Guide

Holiday tipping can be confusing and intimidating, and the list of people we should tip or give a gift to seems to be growing. Last Thursday, two etiquette experts, Peter Post and Jodi R. R. Smith, joined us to explain who to tip during the holidays and how much we should give. We received a lot of calls and comments, especially about how much to give door men and supers. Here are some of the guests’ recommendations:

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