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Friday, October 07, 2011

The so-called West Memphis 3 were recently released from prison, and on today’s show, documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger give tell the story of the trio, who were given life sentences for a crime they didn’t commit. Then, we’ll take a look at the life and career of legendary jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones. We’ll also find out about an exhibit celebrating the 400th birthday of the King James Bible. Plus, you may already be a winner! This week’s Please Explain is all about lotteries!

Paradise Lost

Critically acclaimed HBO documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger discusses the “Paradise Lost” series, directed with Bruce Sinofsky. The latest of which, “Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory,” will be show on HBO in January 2012. The series follows three teenagers arrested in 1993 and wrongfully convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys, and “Paradise Lost 3” concludes with the release of Jason Baldwin, Damien Echols and Jessie Misskelley, the West Memphis 3, after serving 18 years in prison for a crime they didn’t commit.

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The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones

Paul Devlin talks about the jazz drummer Papa Jo Jones. Rifftide: The Life and Opinions of Papa Jo Jones presents Papa Jo’s Jones inimitable life and opinions, as originally told by Jones to jazz historian and novelist Albert Murray over the course of eight years, beginning in 1977. Devlin has transcribed, arranged, and written the book’s introduction.

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The King James Bible Turns 400

Liana Lupas and Tricia Pongracz, curators at the Museum of Biblical Art, tell us about the exhibition “On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400” at the Museum of Biblical Art. The exhibition presents touchstones of the translation process, examining how this work was and continues to be inspirational. It also features a series of paintings commissioned from Makoto Fujimura, a contemporary artist working in New York City.  "On Eagles' Wings" is on view at MoBiA through October 16.

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Please Explain: The Lottery

We’ll find out how lotteries work and why we play. Victor Matheson, Associate Professor of Economics at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, and  Brent Kramer, a data analyst at the Fiscal Policy Institute, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Borough of Manhattan Community College, tell us where lottery money comes from, where it goes, and look at what the odds are of winning it big!

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emen's Arab Spring activist Tawakkul Karman, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Liberian 'peace warrior' Leymah Gbowee

Leymah Gbowee Awarded the Nobel Peace Prize

Peace activist Leymah Gbowee was on the Leonard Lopate Show September 14, 2011, to talk about how she organized women across Liberia to force a peace in after 14 years of ravaging war. She united Muslim and Christian together and founded the Liberian Mass Action for Peace, launching protests and even a sex strike, to help bring an end to the devastating war. She shares the prize with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Tawakul Karman, a pro-democracy campaigner from Yemen.

On October 18, at 10:00 pm, the documentary "Pray the Devil Back to Hell," which features Leymah Gbowee, will be shown on PBS, as part of the series "Women, War & Peace."

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Steve Wozniak on Steve Jobs and the Early Days of Apple

In the early 1970's, two high school students named Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak met in an electronics class. The rest, as they say, is history. The pair went on to co-found Apple Computers, changing the way the world thought of the machines that few of us can do without. In 2006, Leonard spoke to Wozniak about founding Apple, prank-calling the pope, and his relationship with Jobs.

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