Taking the Stage

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

David Lindsay-Abaire, Estelle Parsons, and Tate Donovan talk about their roles in the play “Good People.” Edward Dolnick talks about the founding of the Royal Society, the world's first scientific organization. Shirley Jones talks about her acting and singing career. Plus, our latest Underreported and Backstory segments.

Good People

Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire and actors Estelle Parsons and Tate Donovan discuss "Good People," which is now up at the Manhattan Theatre Club. "Good People" is set in Southie, a working-class Boston neighborhood where Margie Walsh has just been let go from another job and is looking to catch a break with her old fling.

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The Invention of Science

Edgar Award-winning author Edward Dolnick recounts the story of a group of scientists who set out to read God's mind, but whose work instead culminated in the founding of the Royal Society: the world's first scientific organization. In his book, The Clockwork Universe: Isaac Newton, The Royal Society, and the Birth of the Modern World, Dolnick explains how the 17th century belief that God was a mathematician drove an eccentric band of outsiders, led by Sir Isaac Newton, to some of the world's most profound scientific discoveries.

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Transitioning from Screen to Stage

Academy Award-winning actress and singer Shirley Jones discusses her debut at Feinstein's at Loews Regency. Primarily known for her roles in Rodger and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! and Carousel, as well as her stint on television's The Partrige Family, Jones will explain what drew her back to her first love: singing.

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Backstory: Guantanamo

More than two years after President Obama pledged in an executive order to close the detention facility at Guantanamo bay, the prison remains open. On Monday the President also reversed course and will allow military tribunals of detainees there to resume. We’ll speak with Carol Rosenberg, a reporter for McClatchy and the Miami Herald, about the reasons why the prison was created in the first place and what the future holds for its prisoners. We’ll also be joined by Emily Berman, counsel in the Brennan Center's Liberty and National Security Program.


Two Things You May Not Know About Guantanamo

On today’s Backstory segment we spoke with The Miami Herald's Carol Rosenberg and Emily Berman from the Brennan Center for Justice about the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which just turned 9 years old. Here are a two things we learned about the facility and the legal concepts that sustain it.

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Before there was gravity, there was...the cat piano

The world of 17th century scientific and mathematical experimentation was, as Edward Dolnick told Leonard today, one of alchemy, experimentation, and god-fearing superstition. The experiments undertaken by the Royal Society may have led to some incredible discoveries, but some had less serious goals and were, in truth, nothing more than idle amusements. Take the cat piano.

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