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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

On today’s show: Henry Kissinger talks about China, a country he’s known intimately for 40 years. Violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses her residency with the New York Philharmonic, and her upcoming performances. Playwright Lynn Nottage and Sanaa Lathan talk about the play “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.” And Barbara Sinatra talks about her relationship with the charismatic Frank Sinatra.

Henry Kissinger on China

Dr. Henry Kissinger discusses China, a country he has known intimately for decades, and whose modern relations with the West he helped shape.  In On China, he draws on historical records as well as his conversations with Chinese leaders over the past 40 years to examine how China has approached diplomacy, strategy, and negotiation throughout its history, and reflects on the consequences for the global balance of power in the 21st century.

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Anne-Sophie Mutter

Renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter discusses her time as Artist-in-Residence with the New York Philharmonic and her distinguished career. She returns for the third, and final, installment of her residency in June when she will give the world premiere performance of composer Sebastian Currier’s "Time Machines," one of five premieres she has brought to New York this season.

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By the Way, Meet Vera Stark

Lynn Nottage talks about her critically acclaimed comedy, “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark,” which stars Sanaa Lathan. The play draws upon the screwball films of the 1930s to take a funny and irreverent look at racial stereotypes in Hollywood. “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark” is playing through June 12 at Second Stage Theatre.

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Barbara Sinatra: Lady Blue Eyes

Barbara Sinatra, Frank Sinatra’s fourth and final wife, talks about their marriage. Lady Blue Eyes: My Life with Frank is her first public love letter to the husband she adored, and she celebrates the singer, possessive mate, heartthrob, and devoted friend that she found in Frank.

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