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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On today’s show: On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone gives us a rundown of the News International phone hacking scandal. Then, our Underappreciated summer reading segment looks at Theodor Fontane, considered by many to be Germany’s greatest novelist before Thomas Mann. Also, we’ll mark the New York Public Library’s centennial! Plus, we’ll find out why the arts flourished in 1960s Los Angeles.

Brooke Gladstone on the Murdoch Hacking Scandal

On the Media’s Brooke Gladstone gives a rundown of the Rupert Murdoch phone hacking scandal and looks at how it’s been covered by the media, how far and wide the scandal has spread, and what the repercussions of it will be in the British press, government, and here in the United States.

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Underappreciated: Theodor Fontane’s Effi Briest and Irretrievable

This summer’s first Underappreciated segment is on 19th-century Realist writer Theodor Fontane. Professor Edith H. Krause, Professor of German and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Duquesnes University, discusses Fontane’s best known works—his 1896 novel Effi Briest, considered a masterpiece of realist fiction alongside Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, and his 1892 novel Irretrievable, which was recently re-published by New York Review of Books.

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New York Public Library Celebrating 100 Years

Elaine Charnov, director of education, programming and exhibitions at the New York Public Library, talks about the exhibition “Celebrating 100 Years,” which includes artifacts belonging to literary giants such as William Shakespeare, Charlotte Brontë, and Jorge Luis Borges along with historically important items from the Age of Discovery to the creation of the Soviet Union, World War II, the Civil Rights movement, and the AIDS crisis. The exhibition is organized into four thematic sections: Observation, Contemplation, Society, and Creativity, and is on view through December 31.

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The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s

Hunter Drohojowska-Philp describes the art scene in 1960s Los Angeles and looks at the artists—among them Ed Ruscha, David Hockney, Robert Irwin, Bruce Nauman, Judy Chicago and John Baldessari—who rose to international prominence. Rebels in Paradise: The Los Angeles Art Scene and the 1960s tells how the scene came into being and why a prevailing Los Angeles permissiveness and 1960s-style spawned countless innovations and was the epicenter of cool.

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