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Friday, September 09, 2011

We're starting the show with Please Explain today, and a look at the inner lives of dogs and what we know about how they perceive the world.  Then, the director of "Where Soldiers Come From" and two soldiers featured in the documentary talk about joining the military, going to war, then returning to civilian life. And restaurateurs Drew Nieporent, Michael Lomonaco, and David Bouley discuss the restaurant scene in downtown Manhattan after 9/11. Plus, poet Marie Ponsot explains why poetry help us through difficult times.

Please Explain: The Inner Lives of Dogs

For many of us, dogs are loyal friends and companions, but we know very little about how they see the world. On this week's Please Explain, we look at what we know about how dogs perceive the world and how dogs can be trained to help in search and rescue efforts.We’re joined by John Bradshaw, the Director of the Anthrozoology Institute at the University of Bristol and the author of Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet and Alexandra Horowitz, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Barnard College and Director of the Dog Cognition Lab and the author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know.

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Impressions of 9/11: William D. Cohan

9/11 had an impact on all of us. Earlier this year the Leonard Lopate Show staff asked a number of our guests to reflect on what the attacks meant to them and the country. Here is what William D. Cohan, an author and former investment banker had to say.

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Where Soldiers Come From

Heather Courtney, director of the film “Where Soldiers Come From,” and soldiers Matt Beaudoin and Cole Smith discuss the documentary, an intimate look at the young men who fight our wars and the families and towns they come from. Returning to her hometown, director Heather Courtney gains extraordinary footage; following young men as they grow and change from teenagers to soldiers to 23-year-old veterans facing the struggles of returning home.

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Downtown Restaurants After 9/11

Restaurateurs Drew Nieporent, Michael Lomonaco (formerly of Windows on the World), and David Bouley all had restaurants in lower Manhattan on September 11, 2001. They describe the impact of the attacks and their aftermath on the restaurant scene in downtown Manhattan, and how it's changed in the last decade.

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Impressions of 9/11: Gabriel Byrne

All this week we've brought you impressions of 9/11 from people we've spoken to over the past year. Our last installment in this series is from renowned actor Gabriel Byrne. Leonard spoke with him in May and after the show the staff asked him to reflect on the events 10 years ago.

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Poetry in Difficult Times

Marie Ponsot, author of six volumes of poetry, discusses how poetry can help us through difficult times. She reads from her work. Her latest volume of poetry is Easy.

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