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Monday, May 30, 2011

Today's show is a best-of, so we won't be taking any calls. But the comments page is always open!

On this Memorial Day, a special re-broadcast of the interview with the late photojournalist and filmmaker Tim Hetherington. Plus: David Brooks on The Social Animal; Ken Burns on civility and the Civil War; John Waters on his role models; Julie Berstein and Kurt Andersen of Studio 360 on the creative spark; and a conversation about being mixed race in America. 

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Restrepo"

Sebastian Junger, filmmaker/journalist and author of WAR, and filmmaker/photographer Tim Hetherington, discuss their film about the war in Afghanistan, "Restrepo."

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Ken Burns: From The Civil War to Civility

To commemorate the Civil War's 150th anniversary, PBS recently reaired Ken Burns' documentary "The Civil War." Burns, a documentary filmmaker for the past 30 years, talks about the continuing effects of the war and his new project, "Civility and Democracy."

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Being Mixed Race in America

The number of mixed race kids has risen by 50% in past 10 years. Interracial relationships are also on the rise. Terry Zealand and Faye Zealand, co-founders of the AIDS Resource Foundation for Children, discuss their interracial relationship and how things have changed since they got together in the 60's. 

Listeners: Did you grow up as a mixed race child? Are you a parent of a mixed race child? Any surprises about being mixed race? Source of pride? Identity confusion? Tell us about your experience!

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The Social Animal

David Brooks, columnist at the New York Times, will talk about his new book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement

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How Creativity Works

Where does creativity come from? Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, joins its founding producer Julie Burstein to talk about her new book, culled from the archives of the series: Spark: How Creativity Works  (Harper, 2011)

Leave your comment below! How do you find your creative spark? Is it more like going to work, or more like thinking and dreaming? And are you driven to create more by the beautiful, the terrible or the ordinary?

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John Waters' Role Models

John Waters, cult film director and the author of Role Models, talks about some of his favorite outsiders and what we should learn from them.

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