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Friday, June 03, 2011

Today we’ll broadcast Leonard’s discussion with three gospel legends—Cissy Houston, Ella Mitchell, and the Reverend Milton Biggham—at the Newark Museum in New Jersey. Then, Mark Rylance talks about starring in the Broadway production of “Jerusalem.” Liz Garbus discusses her new documentary, “Bobby Fischer Against the World.” Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about aspirin.

Gospel Music in Newark, NJ

Gospel stars Reverend Milton Biggham, Cissy Houston, and Ella Mitchell talk about the history of gospel music in Newark, New Jersey, their careers, and the great musicians they’ve worked with. The interview was taped during our event at the Newark Museum of Art in March.

The film "Rejoice and Shout," about the history of gospel music, is currently playing at Film Forum. It features many of the musicians that were discussed in the interview.

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Jerusalem on Broadway

Mark Rylance discusses his roles in Jez Butterworth’s new play “Jerusalem.” The show won the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Foreign Play and earned six Tony nominations, including a Best Actor nomination for Rylance. Set in the woods of South West England, it centers on Johnny "Rooster" Byron, who is a wanted man—the council officials want to serve him an eviction notice, his son wants to be taken to the country fair, his stepfather wants to give him a serious kicking, and a motley crew of friends wants his ample supply of drugs and alcohol.

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Bobby Fischer Against the World

Liz Garbus talks about her documentary “Bobby Fischer Against the World,” which chronicles the chess master’s meteoric rise, culminating in the historic 1972 match against Boris Spassky in Iceland, and looks at his withdrawal from competitions and the public eye, and the paranoia that derailed his life. “Bobby Fischer Against the World” will be shown on HBO Monday, June 6, at 9:00 pm.

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Please Explain: Aspirin

Aspirin is used to treat everyday aches and pains and has even been shown to prevent heart attacks, strokes, and maybe even some cancers. Alan Arslan, MD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecolgy and Environmental Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Center, and Diarmuid Jeffreys, author of Aspirin: The Remarkable Story of a Wonder Drug, discuss how aspirin works.

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