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Monday, January 17, 2011

During the first hour of today’s show, we pay our annual musical tribute to Martin Luther King, Jr., with classic gospel! Then, we’ll look at a program that promotes teaching chess as a way to boost academic performance in New York City schools. Also, Doug Merlino discusses a social experiment in the 1980s that put inner-city black children and privileged white kids on the same basketball team. Plus, “Toy Story 3” director Lee Unkrich!

Martin Luther King Day Gospel

Leonard hosts his annual Martin Luther King Day gospel hour.

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Chess in the Schools

Ron Boocock, senior program manager and chess instructor, talks about Chess-in-the-Schools, a nonprofit organization dedicated to using chess to improve academic performance and self-esteem among students in New York City public schools. He’s joined by Michael Suarez and Jonathan Whyte, ninth graders at the Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem and Chess-in-the-Schools participants.

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The Hustle

Doug Merlino talks about a 1986 experiment to mix white players from an elite Seattle private school and black players from the inner city on a basketball team. The experiment was testing if exposure to privilege would give the black kids better opportunities and the white kids a view of a different side of life. He tells the story of being on that team in The Hustle: One Team and Ten Lives in Black and White, and looks at how crossing lines of class, race, and wealth affected the lives of these ten boys.

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Toy Story 3

Lee Unkrich talks about the challenges of directing “Toy Story 3” the third film in the series of extremely popular, commercially successful animated Pixar films.

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Guest Picks: Lee Unkrich

What movies has Academy Award-winning director Lee Unkrich been watching recently? Read more to find out what he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Whyte

Find out some of ninth grader Jonathan Whyte's favorite books, music, and more!

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