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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Gerard Lordahl, greening director of GrowNYC, comes by with tips on how to care for your plants in the winter. Then, Liz Murray describes her difficult journey from having to live on the streets as a homeless teenager to getting a scholarship to Harvard. Also, Mona Simpson talks about her first novel in ten years, My Hollywood. Backstory looks at what the Wikileaks documents reveal about corruption around the world. And for Underreported, we'll find out about the 2010 census of marine life!

Gerard Lordahl on Caring for Plants

Gerard Lordahl, Greening Director of GrowNYC, discusses how to take care of plants in the winter, both outside and inside—from how to keep your Christmas trees and poinsettias healthy, to winter tips for houseplants and gardens.

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Homeless to Harvard

Liz Murray talks about growing up with parents addicted to drugs, and her journey from a troubled home to homelessness and, finally, to Harvard. She tells her story in Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.

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Mona Simpson's My Hollywood

Mona Simpson talks about her first novel in ten years, My Hollywood. It tells the story of two women whose lives come together behind the glittery surface of Hollywood: a composer and new mother, and the nanny she hires.

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Backstory: What the WikiLeaks Documents Reveal about Corruption Around the World

The revelations contained in the State Department cables that were published by WikiLeaks have captured headlines for the last few weeks. On today’s Backstory, Elizabeth Dickinson, Assistant Managing Editor for Foreign Policy, explains what the WikiLeaks cables have revealed about government corruption around the world—and how the United States has responded.

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Underreported: The 2010 Census of Marine Life

Dr. Ron O'Dor, Senior Scientist, Census of Marine Life, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, tells us about the first Census of Marine Life—a 10-year exploration carried out by scientists from 80 nations. It reveals what, where, and how much lives and hides in the world’s oceans. He’ll explain how the census was carried out and what it shows about life under water.

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Guest Picks: Mona Simpson

Mona Simpson stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about some of her favorite books, movies, and more!

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