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Thursday, December 01, 2011

Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis on his acclaimed new biography of Cold War strategist George F. Kennan. Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy talk about their roles in the hit Broadway production of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur.” Nora Guthrie—Woody Guthrie’s daughter—and Nellie McKay discuss the new album of Woody Guthrie’s unrecorded songs, “Note of Hope.” Plus, our latest Underreported segments.

The Life and Influence of George F. Kennan

Yale historian John Lewis Gaddis talks about George Kennan, troubled Cold War mastermind. In the late 1940s, George Kennan wrote two documents that set the strategy of containment that defined U.S. policy toward the Soviet Union for the next four decades. He was also an architect of the Marshall Plan and would become an outspoken critic of American diplomacy, politics, and culture. George F. Kennan: An American Life took almost 30 years to write, is based on interviews with Kennan and his voluminous diaries and other personal papers.

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Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy on "Venus in Fur"

Nina Arianda and Hugh Dancy talk about their roles in the Manhattan Theatre Club’s new Broadway production of David Ives’ “Venus in Fur.” Arianda plays Vanda, a talented young actress determined to land the lead in a play based on the erotic novel, Venus in Fur. Her audition for the playwright/director, played by Dancy, becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse, blurring the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. It's playing at the Manhattan Theatre Club.

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A Celebration of Woody Guthrie

Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie’s daughter, and singer Nellie McKay discuss the new album “Note of Hope,” a celebration of Woody Guthrie, based on his words and writings. The collection features Grammy-winning bassist Rob Wasserman’s collaborations with Nellie McKay, and other performers. The tracks, primarily unpublished Guthrie writings, were written between 1942 and 1954 while he was living in New York City and Brooklyn.

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Underreported: The Stories You Missed in 2011

On this week’s Underreported, Foreign Policy’s Joshua Keating discusses “The Stories You Missed in 2011,” including India’s military buildup and the shrinking supply of camel meat in Saudi Arabia.

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Backstory: Drones and the History of Bombing

Drones are a key component of U.S. military operations all over the world—in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Yemen. But, a number of critics question their efficacy and their expanded use on the battlefield and off. Daniel Swift explores the nature of aerial warfare—both manned and pilotless—in his article "Conjectural Damage: A History of Bombing." It appears in the November issues of Harper’s magazine.

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Guest Picks: Nina Arianda

Nina Arianda was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss her starring role in the Broadway production of "Venus in Fur." She also revealed what her favorite comfort food is. (It's the same as her co-star Hugh Dancy's!)

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Guest Picks: Hugh Dancy

Actor Hugh Dancy was on the show to discuss his starring role in the Broadway production of "Venus in Fur" and he revealed, among other things, that he collects hands!

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