As protests in Syria intensify, the regime of Bashir Assad has responded with increasing brutality. Journalist Brooke Allen shares what she learned as an American traveling in Syria, and then New York Times Beirut Bureau chief Anthony Shadid gives us the latest on the crackdown. Peter Asher, half of the British pop duo Peter and Gordon, talks about his upcoming multimedia show at Feinstein’s. Biographer Meryle Secrest looks at the life and work of artist Amedeo Modigliani. Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about writing a recipe.