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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Roméo Dallaire talks about the use of child soldiers in conflicts throughout the world, and his mission to end the practice. Mamie Gummer and Hamish Linklater discuss their roles in “The School for Lies.”  Robert Sean Leonard and Nina Arianda talk about their roles in “Born Yesterday.” 

Eliminating the Use of Child Soldiers

As the leader of the United Nations peacekeeping force in Rwanda in 1994, Lieutenant-General Roméo Dallaire came face-to-face with child soldiers during the genocide there. Since then, the use of child soldiers has proliferated in conflicts around the world: they are cheap, plentiful, expendable, and loyal. In They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children: The Global Quest to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers, Dallaire looks at how the use of child soldiers can be eliminated.

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The School for Lies

Mamie Gummer and Hamish Linklater discuss their roles in David Ives’ sold-out, highly acclaimed new comedy, “The School for Lies,” a take on Molière’s “The Misanthrope.” It’s playing at Classic Stage Company through May 29.

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Born Yesterday

Robert Sean Leonard and Nina Arianda talk about their roles in “Born Yesterday.” The play had its Broadway premiere on February 4, 1946, and became an instant hit—it remains the seventh longest running play in Broadway history. It was adapted for the screen in 1950, and Judy Holliday won an Academy Award for repeating her stage triumph. Now, it’s back on Broadway, playing at the Cort Theatre.

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Guest Picks: Nina Arianda

Actress Nina Arianda shares the last great book she read and much more after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Hamish Linklater

Hamish Linklater's favorite comfort foods are Hot Wings & Martinis! Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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Guest Picks: Mamie Gummer

Read more to find out what Mamie Gummer has been reading and watching lately!

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