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Friday, November 11, 2011

Sam Waterston, Kelli O’Hara, and Michael McKean talk about starring in the Public Theater’s production of "King Lear." Then we’ll look at the recent restoration of George Melies’s pioneering, hand-painted, 109-year-old film “A Trip To The Moon.” Charlotte Gainsbourg discusses her role in the new Lars von Trier film “Melancholia.” And Please Explain is all about how various New York City landmarks—like the Major Deegan expressway, the Goethals bridge, and Stuyvesant town—got their names.

King Lear at the Public Theater

Sam Waterston, who plays King Lear; Kelli O’Hara, who plays Regan; and Michael McKean, who plays Gloucester, discuss the production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” at the Public Theater. It’s playing through November 20.

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A Trip to the Moon

Serge Bromberg, of Lobster Films, discusses the hand-painted color version of Georges Méliès’ “Le Voyage dans la lune” (“A Trip to the Moon”) (1902), unseen for 109 years until its glorious new restoration by Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage, and talks about the world premiere of his and Eric Lange’s 2011 documentary “The Extraordinary Voyage.”  “The Extraordinary Voyage” and “A Trip to the Moon,” are both playing as part of MoMA’s “To Save and Protect” program.

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Charlotte Gainsbourg on "Melancholia"

Charlotte Gainsbourg discusses her role in the Lars von Trier film “Melancholia,” a psychological disaster film about the end of the world. It’s set at a wedding celebration, and as the lavish ceremony threatens to come undone due to family resentments and the bride's erratic behavior, true disaster looms above in celestial form. The planet Melancholia has suddenly appeared in the night sky, heading directly towards Earth. “Melancholia” opens November 11 at the Angelika Film Center and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas. She also discusses her recording career, and her latest album, "Stage Whisper."

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Please Explain: New York Road (and Bridge, Tunnel, and other Place) Names

Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University, and Lisa Keller, Associate Professor of History at SUNY Purchase, both editors of The Encyclopedia of New York City, second edition, explain who the people behind the names of familiar tunnels, bridges, and expressways are. From the Van Wyck, the Major Deegan, and the Bruckner to the Kosciusco Bridge, the Holland Tunnel to Tompkins Square Park, Washington Heights, and Astoria.

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Guest Picks: Kelli O'Hara

Actress Kelli O'Hara was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss her role in the Public Theater's latest production of "King Lear," and she also told us what her favorite comfort food is (it's the same as her co-star Michael McKean's).


Guest Picks: Michael McKean

Actor Michael McKean was on the Lopate Show recently -- on Nigel Tufnel Day -- to discuss his role in the Public Theater's latest production of "King Lear," and he told us what he's been listening to recently.


Guest Picks: Sam Waterston

Actor Sam Waterston was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the challenges of playing King Lear in the latest production at the Public Theater...and he also told us which recent film intrigued him.


Who Would You Name a Bridge After?

During today's Please Explain on the names behind New York highways, bridges, parks, and neighborhoods, Columbia professor Kenneth T. Jackson suggested we ask listeners who they think deserves a landmark to be named for. So let us know!

Who would you name a bridge, roadway, park or other New York landmark after, and why?

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