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Thursday, November 10, 2011

New York Times advice columnist Philip Galanes takes your calls on the most confusing social problems and how to handle those awkward situations. Stockard Channing and Rachel Griffiths talk about starring in the hit Broadway production of “Other Desert Cities.” Colson Whitehead discusses his new novel about zombies, Zone One. On Backstory, Arundhati Roy tells us about the violent Maoist insurgency in India. And we’ll also look at spending in judicial elections.

Philip Galanes on "Social Q's"

Philip Galanes, author of the “Social Q’s” advice column for the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times, confronts today’s most awkward and pressing questions. He steers people through the treacherous terrain of modern etiquette, offering advise on how to deal with a range of situations: what to do if your dates drop you as soon as they meet your very attractive roommate to how to tell your mother-in-law to overshare on Facebook to whether it’s rude to knit at meetings. Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today is his new guide on how to navigate these and many other situations.

Do you need help with an awkward situation? Leave your question for Philip Galanes below, and he’ll address a few when he’s here on November 10 at noon!

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Stockard Channing and Rachel Griffiths on "Other Desert Cities"

Stockard Channing and Rachel Griffiths discuss the play "Other Desert Cities." Rachel Griffiths plays Brooke Wyeth, a novelist, who returns home to celebrate Christmas in Palm Springs with her parents, former members of the Reagan inner-circle—Stockard Channing plays her mother. When she tells them she's about to publish a memoir about an explosive chapter in the family's history, family turmoil ensues. "Other Desert Cities" is playing at the Booth Theater.

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Colson Whitehead on Zone One

Colson Whitehead talks about his new novel, Zone One, a wry take on the post-apocalyptic horror novel about zombies. A pandemic has devastated the planet, leaving behind the uninfected and the infected, the living and the living dead. Now the plague is receding, and Americans are rebuild­ing civilization, focusing on resettling Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain.

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Backstory: Maoist Rebels in India

Arundhati Roy discusses the Maoist insurgency in India and the fight against corporations looking to exploit the rare minerals buried in tribal lands. In Walking with the Comrades, Roy takes readers to the unseen front lines of this ongoing battle, chronicling her months spent living with the rebel guerillas in the forests. In documenting their local struggles, Roy addresses the larger question of whether global capitalism will tolerate any societies existing outside of its control.

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Backstory: The Increasing Influence of Money in Judicial Elections

In the last decade, spending on campaigns for state Supreme Court positions has more than doubled. On today’s second Backstory, Adam Skaggs, senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice, discusses why these races are attracting more and more money and what it means for our judiciary system.

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Guest Picks: Kevin Clash

Kevin Clash, the man behind Sesame Street's Elmo, was on the Lopate Show recently and he also told us that he's fan of the Weather Channel.

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Guest Picks: Cheryl Henson

Jim Henson's daughter Cheryl was on the show recently and she revealed what she's been reading and watching recently.

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Guest Picks: Basil Twist

Puppeteer Basil Twist was on the Lopate Show recently and he told us about his love of ice cream.

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Guest Picks: Rachel Griffiths

Rachel Griffiths was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to discuss her role in the Broadway production of "Other Desert Cities." She also revealed her love of Mel Brooks.

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Guest Picks: Colson Whitehead

Writer Colson Whitehead was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest novel, Zero One, and he told us what he's been reading recently.

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Guest Picks: Philip Galanes

Philip Galanes, the author of the Social Q's column in The New York Times, was on the Lopate Show recently. And he also shared what his favorite comfort food is!

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Guest Picks: Arundhati Roy

Writer Arundhati Roy was on the Lopate Show and she shared what she's been reading recently.

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