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Friday, February 04, 2011

Stacy Keach and Elizabeth Marvel discuss playing father and daughter in the new hit play, “Other Desert Cities.” Then, Ed Schoenfeld and Grace Young help us ring in the Chinese New Year—we’ll look at the foods and traditions that mark the occasion. Plus, we’ll talk to two actors in the revival of the 1909 play “What the Public Wants” at the Mint Theater. We'll discuss Al Jazeera's coverage of the protests in Egypt and the recent crackdown on the press there. And our latest Please Explain is about Teflon! We’ll look at how it works and whether it poses any health threats.

Other Desert Cities

Stacy Keach and Elizabeth Marvel discuss their roles in the play "Other Desert Cities." Elizabeth Marvel plays Brooke Wyeth, a novelist, who returns home to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents,: former members of the Reagan inner-circle. When she tells them she's about to publish a memoir about an explosive chapter in the family's history, family turmoil ensues. "Other Desert Cities" is playing through February 27 at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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Celebrating the Year of the Rabbit

Ed Schoenfeld, dubbed long ago by Gourmet magazine as "the curator of Chinese food in America," and Grace Young, author of Stir-Frying to the Sky's Edge: The Ultimate Guide to Mastery, with Authentic Recipes and Stories, discuss foods and rituals for the Chinese New Year. This year is the year of the rabbit.

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What the Public Wants

Actors Ellen Adair and Rob Breckenridge discuss the revival of “What the Public Wants” by Arnold Bennett and the Mint Theater Company. This 1909 comedy is a sly satire on tabloid journalism—a lively look at life behind the headlines and proof that the more things change, the more they stay the same. It follows the efforts of media mogul Sir Charles Worgan to boost his newspaper’s circulation as well as his own social standing.

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Crackdown on the Press in Egypt

Patty Culhane, the Washington correspondent for Al Jazeera English, talks about Al Jazeera’s coverage of the protests in Egypt, the latest developments in the ongoing turmoil there, and the recent crackdown on the press.

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Please Explain: Teflon

Polytetrafluoroethylene—also known as Teflon—is slippery, water resistant, stable at high temperatures, and used in hundreds of ways in everything from fabrics to frying pans. Today's Please Explain is all about Teflon—what it's made of, how it works, and the safety concerns about it. Bob Kenworthy, a chemist who, after working for four decades in the chemical industry, now works at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, joins us.

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Al Jazeera's Coverage of the Turmoil in Egypt

Although Al Jazeera English is not available on most U.S. cable providers, the network has emerged as a major source of information for Americans interested in what’s happening in Egypt—they're accessing the network on the Web, and live streaming of it has surged over the past week. On Friday Leonard spoke with Al Jazeera English's White House correspondent, Patty Culhane about Al Jazeera's ongoing coverage of events in Egypt.

 

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Marvel

What is Elizabeth Marvel's favorite comfort food? Read more to find out!

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Guest Picks: Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach shared with us that he is a fan of jazz! Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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