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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Political scientist Alan Wolfe on why he thinks we should pay more attention to evil in politics, and how there may in fact be a method behind acts we consider madness. Actress Mindy Kaling, the writer and co-executive producer of “The Office,” shares her observations on everything from romance to Hollywood. We’ll look at the numerous versions, spin-offs, and controversies surrounding Peter Pan, one of the most popular classics of children’s literature. We’ll find out about WQXR’s “Beethoven Awareness Month.” Plus, Simon Sebag Montefiore on his history of Jerusalem, a city that’s long been central to three faiths and is believed by some to be the site of Judgment Day.

Alan Wolfe on Political Evil

Political scientist Alan Wolfe examines political evil and why, in an age of genocide, terrorism, ethnic cleansing, and torture, it threatens us in ways radically different from tsunamis and financial panics. In Political Evil he looks at where and why evil is used for political gain, and sheds light on the creation of policy and on a concrete path to a more just future.

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Mindy Kaling Wonders: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Mindy Kaling, best known for her role as Kelly Kapoor on The Office, for which she’s also a writer and producer, shares her observations on romance, friendship, and Hollywood, and her career—from a Ben Affleck–impersonating Off-Broadway performer and playwright to a comedy writer and actress. In Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? she writes about what she thinks makes a great best friend, what makes a great guy, and what is the perfect amount of fame.

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The Annotated Peter Pan

Maria Tatar, chair of the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University, discusses editing The Annotated Peter Pan. She talks about what makes the story the perfect escape fantasy, which appeals to children and adults. This volume includes period photographs, full-color images by iconic illustrators, commentary on stage and screen versions, and J. M. Barrie's screenplay for a silent film.

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WQXR's Beethoven Awareness Month

Graham Parker, vice president of WQXR, and WQXR’s Elliott Forrest give details about the upcoming Beethoven Awareness Month,  which includes a “Where’s Beethoven?” photo contest and a 12-hour marathon of Beethoven’s piano sonatas performed by some of classical music’s brightest rising stars, including Joyce Yang and Jonathan Biss in Greene Space.

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Jerusalem: The Biography

Simon Sebag Montefiore looks at how did the small, remote town of Jerusalem became the Holy City, the “center of the world,” and the key to peace in the Middle East. Jerusalem: The Biography tells the city’s story through the wars, love affairs, and revelations of the kings, empresses, prophets, poets, saints, conquerors and whores who created, destroyed, chronicled and believed in Jerusalem.

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Guest Picks: Mindy Kaling

The actress, writer, and co-executive producer of The Office spoke to Leonard about high school, Hollywood and impersonating Ben Affleck. She also revealed love of basketball!

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Questions for Stacy Schiff

Biographer Stacy Schiff compares autobiography to a striptease, and she loves the word "espresso." Find out about her favorite books, authors, and why she's attracted to writing biographies.

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Lopate Books

On Reading Lists

A producer explains how working on the Lopate Show makes managing her reading list pleasantly complicated.

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