Performing, Producing, and Protecting

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Friday, September 30, 2011

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt discusses his career, his new movie "50/50," and his collaborative online production company. Danny Burstein and Jan Maxwell swing by to talk about starring in the hit revival of Stephen Sondheim's classic but rarely performed musical "Follies." The director and two actors from the Mint Theater's production of "Temporal Powers" discuss the play. And Please Explain is all about endangered species!

Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt talks about his acting career and his new movie "50/50," about a young man whose life changes when he's diagnosed with cancer. The screenplay was written by Will Reiser, based on his own experiences, and stars Seth Rogen as the best friend. He also discusses hitRECord, a collaborative production company he started about five years ago. The first anthology of work, RECollection, features short films and videos, original songs, stories, poems, illustrations, photography.

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"Follies" on Broadway

Jan Maxwell, who stars as Phyllis Rogers Stone, and Danny Burstein, who stars as Buddy Plummer in the new production of "Follies," talk about their roles and the production. When former members of the "Weismann Follies" reunite on the eve of their theater's demolition, two couples remember their past and face the harsher realities of the present. The score features some of Stephen Sondheim's best-known songs. "Follies" is playing at the Marquis Theatre through January 22.

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"Temporal Powers"

Jonathan Bank, director of "Temporal Powers," and actors Rosie Benton and Aidan Redmond talk about the play. Written by Theresa Deevy and set in Ireland in the 1920s, it tells the story of Michael and Min, a broke and homeless couple who, after taking shelter in a crumbling ruin, discover hidden treasure. Min sees a chance to start a new life; Michael fears it's stolen and wants to give it to the priest. "Temporal Powers" is playing at the Mint Theater through October 9.


Please Explain: Endangered Species

Joe Roman, author of Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act; George Amato, director of the American Museum of Natural History's Sackler Institute of Comparative Genomics; and Ernie Cooper, from TRAFFIC, a joint wildlife trade monitoring network of the World Wildlife Fund and the International Union for Conservation of Nature, discuss the Endangered Species Act, which species are at risk and why, and the efforts are made to protect them.

If you have questions, call us at 646-829-3985, or leave a comment below!

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Monona Rossol on PCBs in New York Schools: A Follow-Up

Industrial hygienist Monona Rossol was on the show Friday, September 23, along with Miranda Massie of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, to look at the PCBs in schools and how to eliminate them. The segment got a lot of comments, and Monona offers responses to many of the questions listeners left that weren't answered during the interview on air. Listen to the interview and see Monona's responses here.

Here's an article about PCBs in New York Schools in the New York Times.


Guest Picks: Keith Miller

Bass Keith Miller was here to discuss going from playing college football to singing at the Metropolitan Opera and he revealed his love of fishing and what music he's listening to these days!

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