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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Physicist Brian Greene discusses the possibility of multiple universes! Then, Victor Garber and conductor James Bagwell talk about a revival of Kurt Weill’s "Knickerbocker Holiday." Also, New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick puts President Obama’s State of the Union Address into perspective. Plus, New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff tells how his father’s problems with drugs shaped his life. And we’ll learn how bail bonds work—and some of the social justice issues that result from the current bail system.

The State of Union and the President's Agenda

New Yorker editor David Remnick looks back at President Obama’s previous addresses to Congress to see how much of Tuesday’s State of the Union address will serve as the blueprint for his legislative agenda. We’ll look back at last year’s State of the Union and his February 2009 address to Congress. Remnick’s book about President Obama, The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama, is out in paperback.

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Brian Greene on Parallel Universes and the Cosmos

Physicist Brian Greene discusses whether our universe is the only universe and explains recent science that shows our universe may be just one among many. His book The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos is a far-reaching survey of cutting-edge physics and a remarkable journey to the very edge of reality. He shows the range of different “multiverse” theories developed to explain the most refined observations of both subatomic particles and the dark depths of space.

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Knickerbocker Holiday

Performer Victor Garber and conductor James Bagwell talk about Kurt Weill’s “Knickerbocker Holiday,” presented by the Collegiate Chorale. It’s a hybrid of theater somewhere between operetta and musical theater, and includes political satire. “Knickerbocker Holiday” is being performed in concert version January 25 and 26, at 8 pm, at Alice Tully Hall.

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Dave Itzkoff on his Memoir Cocaine's Son

New York Times journalist Dave Itzkoff talks about the ways his father’s drug addiction colored his life. In Cocaine's Son, he chronicles his coming of age in the shadow of his father, who was a strong protector and provider, as well as a junkie.


Making Bail

Jamie Fellner, Senior Counsel, US Program, Human Rights Watch explains how bails are set and the role of bondsmen how bail penalizes the poor.

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The House That George Built by Wilfrid Sheed

Wilfrid Sheed

The British-born American novelist and essayist Wilfrid Sheed died recently at the age of 80.


Guest Picks: Brian Greene

Brian Greene stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to talk about parallel universes, and shared some of his favorite picks.


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