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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Former New York Yankee star outfielder Bernie Williams talks about his career, and the links he sees between his musical training and his performance as an athlete. We’ll look at how the sexual revolution came to post-war America. Songwriter Josh Ritter discusses his first novel, Bright’s Passage. Plus, Tony award-winning actor Bill Irwin and Bryan Doerries, artistic director of Outside the Wire, describe their recent trip to Guantanamo.

Bernie Williams

Former New York Yankee Bernie Williams describes how his talent at playing baseball was directly influenced by his musical training and his deep understanding of the similarities between musical artistry and athletic performance. Rhythms of the Game: The Link Between Musical and Athletic Performance, written with Dave Gluck and Bob Thompson, includes a series of conversations, narratives, and sidebars to reveal the influence of music and its rhythms on the game of baseball.

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How the Sexual Revolution Came to America

Christopher Turner talks about science, sex, and postwar America. In Adventures in the Orgasmatron: How the Sexual Revolution Came to America, Turner tells the story of the orgone box—which was thought to elevate one’s “orgastic potential”—and its creator, Wilhelm Reich, a psychoanalyst and disaffected disciple of Freud who brought his theories of sexual energy to America during World War II.

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Josh Ritter's Bright Passage

Songwriter Josh Ritter talks about his first novel, Bright’s Passage, and how he made the transition from writing music to writing a book. The novel tells the story of a journey taken by a father and his infant son, guided by a cantankerous goat and an angel.

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Habits of Highly Effective People at Guantanamo

One of the most popular books in the prison library at Guantanamo is The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by  Stephen R. Covey. Harper's magazine columnist Thomas Frank joins us to look at why a book designed for business executives might also be an effective tool for the de-radicalization of prisoners, at least in the minds of U.S. officials. Tom Franks writer the magazine's Easy Chair column.

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Theater of War

Bill Irwin and Bryan Doerries, artistic director of Outside the Wire, discuss their very recent trip to Guantanamo Bay, where a four-star general there has made Prometheus Bound mandatory reading for detention workers. Outside the Wire uses theater and a variety of other media to address public health and social issues. Its most widely known project, Theater of War, has presented more than 150 readings of Sophocles’ Ajax and Philoctetes at over 50 military sites throughout the United States, Europe, and Cuba.

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Guest Picks: Bill Irwin

Bill Irwin's favorite comfort food is mango. Find out what else he told us after his recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


Guest Picks: Bryan Doerries

Find out what Bryan Doerries is a fan of!


Guest Picks: Josh Ritter

Singer/songwriter Josh Ritter stopped by The Leonard Lopate Show to share what he's been reading and watching.


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