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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Legendary coaches Digger Phelps and Bobby Knight and sports analyst Billy Packer discuss college basketball. Then, a favorite Lopate Show guest host, Julie Burstein, visits to discuss how creativity works and what inspires artists. Plus, Tariq Tapa discusses his new film, “Zero Bridge,” about a troubled young man in troubled Kashmir. And Patricia T. O'Conner discusses the complexities of the English language and takes your calls!

College Basketball

Billy Packer, who was lead analyst for NCAA Basketball for more than three decades, Digger Phelps, Notre Dame coach from 1971 to 1991, and Bobby Knight, coach at Indiana from 1971 to 2000, where he led his teams the three NCAA championships and 11 Big Ten Conference championships, trade notes on college basketball.

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Julie Burstein on How Creativity Works

Julie Burstein, creator of Studio 360, talks about some of the most influential and creative thinkers—from writers, to artists, to architects and filmmakers. In Spark: How Creativity Works, she pulls back the curtain to reveal the sources of these artists' inspiration and the processes they use to create.

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Tariq Tapa on His Film "Zero Bridge"

Tariq Tapa talks about writing and directing the film “Zero Bridge,” which was shot in Kashmir and shows what everyday life is like there. The film tells the story of a teenage pickpocket who develops an uneasy alliance with a young woman fleeing an arranged marriage, and looks at two young people's struggle to retain their humanity, despite poverty and the fatalism, sexism and casual cruelty of their families. The film opens February 16 at Film Forum.

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Word Maven Patricia T. O'Conner on Mayor Bloomberg's Speech

Our word maven Patricia T. O'Conner talks about Mayor Bloomberg's speech. She also answers questions about our confounding and complex English language. An updated and expanded third edition of her book, Woe is I: The Grammarphobe's Guide to Better English in Plain English, has recently been published in paperback, and a paperback version of Origins of the Specious, written with Stewart Kellerman, was just issued.

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