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Thursday, May 05, 2011

Seven-time Emmy winner and unlikely SNL host Betty White kicks off today’s show. Then, Melissa Fay Greene, who’s best known as a journalist, tells the story of what it’s been like to raise nine children. We’ll take a look at the Rembrandt drawing exhibit at the Frick collection. Plus our latest Backstory segments.

Betty White

Seven-time Emmy winner Betty White talks about her career and her thoughts on friendship, romantic love, aging, television, fans, her love for animals, and the world of celebrity. Her memoir If You Ask Me (and of Course You Won’t) mixes her observations with humorous stories from her seven-decade career in Hollywood, including candid takes on everything from her rumored crush on Robert Redford, to her beauty regimen, to the Facebook campaign that helped persuade her to host “Saturday Night Live.”

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Melissa Fay Greene on Parenthood

Melissa Fay Greene, best known for her books on the civil rights movement and the African HIV/AIDS pandemic, talks about a more personal side of her life—parenthood. No Biking in the House Without a Helmet is her celebration of parenthood and her ingathering of children, through birth and adoption, and it paints a loving portrait of a unique family wobbing between disaster and joy.

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Rembrandt and His School

Colin Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick, discusses the exhibition “Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections on view at the Frick Collection. It features familiar paintings—including a self-portrait recently cleaned and restored—along with Frick prints rarely shown, and a gallery of Rembrandt drawings brought from Europe. The exhibition is on view through May 15, and the drawing and prints on loan from the Lugt Collection will be on view through the May 22. 

The Frick is hosting a free "Rembrandt Night" on May 13, 6-9 pm.

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Backstory: UK Referendum

Voters across the UK are heading to the polls today to vote in their local elections. There’s also a referendum on the ballot that, if passed, would change how the voting system works. On today’s Backstory, David Rennie, Political Editor and Bagehot columnist for The Economist, and Gideon Rachman, Chief Foreign Affairs columnist for The Financial Times, explain what that would mean for UK politics.

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Underreported: Crackdown on Protests in Puerto Rico

Since last summer, there has been a sometimes violent standoff between students at the University of Puerto Rico and the government over an announced budget cut and an increase in tuition fees, but that may just be part of a wider pattern of First Amendment violations. Jennifer Turner, a Human Rights Researcher at the ACLU and Rosie Perez, who just returned from a fact-finding mission in Puerto Rico, describe how authorities have dealt with students, striking workers, journalists, and civilians in recent months.

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