Speaking Out, Building Up

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

We’ll speak with Mark Logue, grandson of Lionel Logue, the unorthodox speech therapist who’s featured in The King’s Speech. Then, Jed Rothstein talks about his Oscar-nominated short documentary, “Killing in the Name,” about a campaign by a Muslim victim of suicide bombers to change the minds of jihadis. Joseph O’Connor discusses his novel Ghost Light, about the imagined life of the great Irish playwright, John Synge. Also, we’ll take a look at a new exhibition of Picasso’s guitar-themed works at MoMA. We’ll find out about efforts to protect the planet from asteroids. And Backstory looks at the 40-year rule of Gadhafi in Libya.

Mark Logue on The King's Speech

Mark Logue, grandson of speech therapist Lionel Logue, talks about Lionel’s friendship with George VI. His book The King's Speech: How One Man Saved the British Monarchy, written with Peter Conradi, tells the story of how George VI—father of today's Queen Elizabeth II—ascended to the throne when his brother abdicated to marry an American. Painfully shy and cursed with a stammer, he seeks help from Logue, who is not only a commoner, but is also Australian.

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The Documentary Short "Killing in the Name"

Jed Rothstein, producer of the Oscar-nominated short documentary “Killing in the Name,” investigates what gives rise to terrorism and what its true costs are. The film follows Ashraf Al-Khaled, whose wedding was the target of a suicide bomber that killed his father and 26 other family members in front of his eyes. He’s breaking the code of silence in the Muslim community by speaking out against terrorism. "Killing in the Name" is playing through Sunday, February 27, at IFC Center.

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Picasso's Guitars

Anne Umland, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses the exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914.” It brings together two guitars Picasso created—one out of cardboard, paper, string, and wire, the other out of sheet metal—and some 70 collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs.

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Joseph O’Connor on His Novel Ghost Light

Joseph O’Connor discusses his novel Ghost Light, which tells the imagined story of Irish playwright John Synge, and his affair with a young actress he named Molly Allgood.


Vermin in the Sky

The New Yorker staff writer Tad Friend discusses asteroids and the United States’ planetary defense strategy. The Obama Administation proposed increasing NASA's budget for planetary defense to $20.3 million. Tad Friend's article "Vermin in the Sky" is in the February 28th issue of The New Yorker.

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Backstory: Moammar Gadhafi

Dirk Vandewalle, Associate Professor of Government at Dartmouth University, discusses the 40-year rule of Libya’s Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. Professor Vandewalle’s most recent books are A History of Modern Libya and Libya since 1969: Qadhafi's Revolution Revisited.

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Guest Picks: Joseph O'Connor

Joseph O'Connor is a fan of Lady Gaga! Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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