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Friday, March 25, 2011

On today’s show: Catherine Deneuve talks about her latest role in the Francois Ozon comedy “Potiche” and about a retrospective of her films at BAM! Richard James Burgess, John Edward, and Dan Morgenstern discuss the turning points in the history of jazz. We’ll find out about a dance production, “Fall and Recover,” about overcoming torture. Also, we’ll get an update on the protests in Syria. Plus, Please Explain is all about radiation!

Catherine Deneuve on "Potiche"

Actress Catherine Deneuve talks about her starring role in “Potiche,” Francois Ozon’s new comedy. She plays Suzanne Pujol, a submissive, housebound trophy wife, who steps in to manage her husband's umbrella factory, when the workers go on strike and take him hostage. Based on a hit play from the 1970s, the film is a satirical take on the war of the sexes and classes. “Potiche” is playing at Paris Theatre, Angelika Film Center, and Clearview Chelsea Cinemas. She also discusses the retrospective of her work at BAM.

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Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology

Richard James Burgess, John Edward, and Dan Morgenstern discuss “Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology,” which includes 111 tracks showcasing artists at their best and most influential. They talk about the turning points in the history of jazz through its legendary innovators—Armstrong, Ellington, Basie, Parker, Gillespie, Davis, Hancock, Corea, Marsalis—and notable styles from early ragtime, to international modernism, and every major movement in between.

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Fall and Recover

Irish choreographer John Scott and performers Kiribu and Nina Oiplea discuss “Fall and Recover.” Based on the experiences and stories of survivors of torture in Africa, Asia, and Romania, the work emerges from workshops with clients of The Centre for Care for Survivors of Torture, which is located in Dublin, Ireland. Two Irish dancers perform with a cast of 11 torture survivors from nine countries-- Kiribu is from eastern Africa and Nina Oiplea is from Eastern Europe. “Fall and Recover” opens at La MaMa’s Ellen Stewart Theatre March 25.

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Update on the Protests in the Arab World

Robert Powell, the Middle East analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, gives us an update on the protests across the Arab World and on the Syrian government’s response to Thursday’s protest marches and the marches planned for today.


Please Explain: Radiation

The crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant following the earthquake and tsunami in Japan has raised many questions about what kind of radiation is leaking and what the health risks of it are. Kenneth Mossman, Professor of Biomedicine and Biotechnology at the University of Arizona, and radiation physicist Jacqueline Yanch, senior lecturer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, explain radiation—from nuclear fallout, to airport body scanners, to x-rays and medical treatment. 

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Uranium: Useful for Atom Bombs & Dinner Parties

Today's Please Explain is about radiation. We present for you a primer on uranium, the radioactive rock:

Uranium is one of the heaviest and certainly one of the most volatile elements in nature. It’s also fairly abundant in the universe and can be found in the Earth's crust at a rate nearly 40 times that of silver. It's nucleus is so densely packed that uranium atoms can only be produced through the extreme force and pressure of a supernova. >>>


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