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Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Glenn L. Carle talks about his years as a CIA agent and his work as an interrogator. Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, creators of “Sleep No More” describe their interactive theater piece. Paul Provenza and Billy Connolly talk about the world of comedy and the show “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.” We'll find out about the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger. And we'll find out about the 2006 Stella D’Oro strike.

The Education of a CIA Interrogator

Former CIA interrogator Glenn Carle talks about his years working as a CIA agent. The Interrogator: An Education tells about his most serious assignment—interrogating a top level al-Qaeda operative captured after 9/11 and held at one of the CIA’s notorious black sites. Carle explains why he began to seriously doubt whether the CIA had captured the right man, describes the underworld of the Global War on Terror, and looks at the ways in which war alters our institutions and American society.

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Sleep No More

Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle, from the British troupe Punchdrunk, discuss creating the interpretive, interactive theater piece “Sleep No More.” Over 100 rooms are on display in a renovated space in New York’s Chelsea gallery district, and accompanied by an eerie soundtrack, masked audience members walk at through the rooms, where performers re-enact scenes from Shakespeare’s “Macbeth.”

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The Green Room with Paul Provenza

Paul Provenza discusses his upcoming season of “The Green Room with Paul Provenza.” He’s spent a lifetime in the comedy trenches as a stand-up/director/producer, earning the trust and respect of his fellow comics and his audience.  He is best known for directing and co-producing the scathing documentary “The Aristocrats.” He’s joined by comedian Billy Connolly, who was featured in “The Aristocrats.” The new season of “The Green Room with Paul Provenza” starts on Showtime July 14.

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Whitey Bulger’s Arrest

Michael Patrick MacDonald talks about legendary Boston gangster Whitey Bulger and the repercussions of his recent capture. MacDonald is the author of All Souls: A Family story from Southie, about growing up in the tough neighborhood of Boston. He talks about why he thinks the FBI was paying Bulger as an informant although they knew he was the neighborhood kingpin.

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No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike

Michael Filippou, a shop steward featured in the film “No Contract, No Cookies: The Stella D’Oro Strike, andGeorge Kassai, a former Stella D'Oro baker, talk about the divisive strike at the Stella D’Oro factory in the Bronx. In 2006, Stella D’Oro was bought by Brynwood Partners, a private-equity firm that boasts of giving its investors a 30% return, and it demanded bakers accept wage cuts of up to 30%. The workers went on strike. After a long legal battle, the strike came to an end, but the owners responded by selling the business to a non-union plant in Ohio, and today the Bronx factory is closed. “No Contract, No Cookies” is directed by Jon Alpert and Matt O'Neill, and it premieres July 6 on HBO2.

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