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Friday, March 18, 2011

Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland discuss their roles in the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “That Championship Season.” Actor Jack Garfein talks about his career and life since arriving in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about digital photography.

Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland on "That Championship Season"

Actors Brian Cox and Kiefer Sutherland talk about the revival of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "That Championship Season,” directed by Gregory Mosher. The play takes place during the 20th anniversary of a Catholic high school basketball team's victory in the Pennsylvania state championship game, when four members of the starting lineup have gathered to celebrate with their coach, who is terminally ill. "That Championship Season” is playing at the Bernard Jacob Theater through May 29.

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Jack Garfein on Life and Acting

Jack Garfein first arrived in America as a teenage Holocaust survivor with little more than his love of the theater. He has since risen to the top of his profession. Film Forum’s A Tribute to Jack Garfein includes screening two films directed by him, “The Strange One” and “Something Wild ” and a documentary about him, “A Journey Back” on March 20 and 21. In Life and Acting, Garfein distills his more than sixty years of experience in the worlds of theater and film, offering tips to young actors as well as detailed lessons on acting techniques for the stage.


Libyan Ceasefire

Moammar Gaddhafi's government agreed to a ceasefire this morning, in a dramatic about face following the UN Security Council authorization of military action and a no-fly zone over Libya. Rami Khouri, director of the American University of Beirut’s Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, discusses events leading up to the ceasefire, and what it means for Gadhafi and the anti-government protests in Libya.

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Please Explain: Digital Photography

The first digital camera came on the market in 1986. In only a quarter century, the technology has fundamentally revolutionized the way we conceive of and take pictures. From camera phones to the latest digital SLR technology, the plethora of digital cameras on the market has made taking a picture both easier and more complicated than ever. David Pogue, tech columnist for the New York Times, and Katrin Eismann, chair of the Digital Photography Department at the School of Visual Arts, look into the history of digital photography, explain how digital photography works, and tell us which cameras are the best on the market. Katrin Eismann's latest book is Real World Digital Photography and David Pogue is the author of David Pogue's Digital Photography: The Missing Manual.

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The Best (or Worst?) Examples of Photographic Manipulation

On today's Please Explain, Leonard will be talking to David Pogue and Katrin Eismann about digital photography. One of the issues we'll be exploring is whether digital imagery is more prone to alteration—and if this manipulability means that we have come to distrust digital photographs more than film photographs.

Below, we've created a slide show of some of our favorite faked images throughout history—both film and digital. Let us know in the comments of some other egregious—or subtle—examples of photographic fakery - and if you think digital is less trustworthy than film.

In case you're curious, the Museum of Hoaxes has a great page devoted to photo hoaxes from the 1850s to the 1950s.


Our Favorite Hamantaschen Recipes

This Saturday is Purim—the Jewish holiday that celebrates the victory of Persian Jews over Haman the Agatite, who was trying to annihilate them. To celebrate, most Jews dress up in costumes and eat a pastry called hamantaschen, which literally means "ears of Haman." Traditionally filled with poppy seeds, dried fruit, or nuts, the pastry is always shaped in a triangle.

Since we often cover food on the Lopate Show, and recently we've covered quite a bit of Jewish home cooking, we thought we might share some of our favorite hamantaschen recipes with you. Below, we've asked Joan Nathan and Gil Marks—two frequent guests on our show—to share their hamantaschen recipes with us. If you're interested in the history of the holiday, you should also check out an interview Leonard conducted in 2006 with Houman Sarshar, the director of publications for the Center for Iranian Jewish Oral History and author of the book Esther's Children. He explains the Persian roots of the holiday, and debunks some widely held myths.

Let us know in the comments if you have a Purim recipe or memory you'd like to share!

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