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Monday, April 18, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll look at the not-so-friendly skies—rising fares, airplanes that are losing their roofs and air traffic controllers snoozing on the job. We’ll learn about life at one of the country’s last fire lookouts. We’ll hear about the Belarus Free Theater’s production of “Being Harold Pinter.” And we'll talk about a new documentary about when and how we should forgive.

The Unfriendly Skies

Barbara Peterson, Conde Nast Traveler’s Senior Aviation Correspondent, discusses the trend of air traffic controllers falling asleep, problems with plane maintenance and planes losing their cabin roofs, rising airplane prices, last-minute canceled flights, and other aviation matters. She’ll also be answering questions from callers! If you have a question about air travel, call us at 646-829-3985!

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Philip Connors' Fire Season

Philip Connors talks about leaving his job as an editor at the Wall Street Journal to take a job as one of the last fire lookouts in America, spending nearly half the year in a 7' x 7' tower, 10,000 feet above sea level in remote New Mexico. Fire Season: Field Notes from a Wilderness Lookout is about his job to keep watch over one of the most fire-prone forests in the country and sound the alarm at the first sign of smoke. It’s also a reflection on work, the power of nature, our place in the wild, and the charms of solitude.

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Belarus Free Theater's “Being Harold Pinter”

Mark Russell, producer of the Public’s Under the Radar festival, and Natalia Koliada, cofounder of the Belarus Free Theater, discuss the company's three productions in repertory at La Mama April 13-May 15. In December the troupe had to sneak out of Belarus to come to New York for the Under the Radar Festival, where they performed “Being Harold Pinter.” They've returned to New York with that play along with "Zone of Silence" and "Discover Love." 

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Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate

Helen Whitney, writer, producer and director, of the film “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate,” is joined by Donald Shriver, former president of Union Theological Seminary, and Father Petero Sabune, a prison chaplain who has visited many of Rwanda’s prisons after the genocide, to discuss the human capacity to forgive. The two-part film explores stories—from adultery and personal betrayal to global reconciliation after genocide. “Forgiveness: A Time to Love and a Time to Hate” airs April 17 and 24 at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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April is Poetry Month

T.S. Eliot has said that April is the cruelest month. It’s also Poetry Month, and here at the Lopate Show we’ve been marking it in our own way. Last week we had poet Meghan O’Rourke and former Poet Laureate Billy Collins on to talk about their new works.

We also asked Leonard’s Facebook friends what their favorite poems are and got some great responses. >>>

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