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Monday, July 25, 2011

Guest host Julie Burstein talks to On Being host Krista Tippett about her new series that looks at how to rebuild civic life in America. Then, Nina Sankovitch discusses the books she turned to for comfort—and escape—after her sister’s death. We’ll find out why we often misunderstand the motives behind shoplifting. Plus, Don Cheadle discusses playing an FBI agent in the dark comedy, “The Guard.”

Guests:

Julie Burstein

Civil Conversations with Krista Tippett

Public Radio’s Krista Tippett, host of On Being, discuss her upcoming six-part series “Civil Conversations,” which will explore new ways Americans can connect across the bitterest and most divisive issues of our time and offers a model for how to engage with our differences rather than trade easy answers.

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Tolstoy and the Purple Chair

Nina Sankovitch tells why she turned to books for comfort, escape, and introspection after her sister’s death at age 46. She rediscovered the magic of writers such as Toni Morrison, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ian McEwan, Edith Wharton, and Leo Tolstoy, and through the connections she made with books and authors (and even other readers), her life changed profoundly, and in unexpected ways. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair tells her family’s story and explains how reading became the ultimate therapy.

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A Cultural History of Shoplifting

Rachel Shteir talks about the history of shoplifting, an ancient and largely misunderstood crime. The Steal: A Cultural History of Shoplifting discusses the real-life costs for retailers and consumers—shoplifting cost American retailers $11.7 billion in 2009.

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Don Cheadle

Actor Don Cheadle discusses his career, and his latest role, in “The Guard,” a comedic, fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced FBI agent. "The Guard" opens July 29 at AMC Empire 25, Angelika Film Center, and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

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