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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll learn how our EPA protected a company involved in deadly mining practices in South Africa. We’ll talk to the whistleblower who was attacked by the company. Renowned choreographer Martha Clarke and award-winning writer Alfred Uhry talk about “Angel Reapers,” their latest theatrical collaboration. Jean Strouse tells us about the life and times of Alice James, the sister of William and Henry. Plus, Stephen Sondheim talks about his career, what makes a good lyric great, and his latest book: Look, I Made A Hat!

A Whistleblower, Corruption, and Retaliation at the EPA

Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo describes her efforts to get the government to investigate allegations that a U.S. multinational corporation was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of South Africans mining vanadium—a vital strategic mineral. When the EPA stonewalled, she blew the whistle. Her book No Fear: A Whistleblower's Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA chronicles the ways the corporation used to retaliate against her, why the EPA cost her her career, and her efforts to bring protection to all federal employees facing discrimination and retribution from the government.

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Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry's “Angel Reapers”

Choreographer Martha Clarke and writer Alfred Uhry discuss their latest collaboration, the dance/theater/music piece “Angel Reapers.” The work is suggested by the life of Ann Lee, founder of the Shaker movement, and the plot is woven throughout with movement, song and dance to bring to life this extraordinary 18th-century woman and the singular world she created. “Angel Reapers” is playing at The Joyce Theater through December 11. 

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The Life of Alice James

Biographer Jean Strouse talks about the life of Alice James, sister of famed writers William and Henry, and the only daughter in a family of brilliant and eccentric men. Alice James is a singular portrait embedded in a family history that dazzled her age and still interests ours.

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Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim discusses the second volume of his collected lyrics, Look, I Made a Hat: Collected Lyrics (1981-2011) with Attendant Comments, Amplifications, Dogmas, Harangues, Digressions, Anecdotes and Miscellany. Picking up where he left off in last year’s Finishing the Hat, Sondheim shares lyrics, excluded songs and early drafts, never-before-seen material from unproduced projects, anecdotes, his advice on songwriting, discussions of theater history and the state of the industry today, and exacting dissections of his work.

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Guest Picks: Alfred Uhry

Playwright Alfred Uhry was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss "Reaper Angels," his latest collaboration with choreographer and director Martha Clarke. He revealed his love of brisket and HGTV!

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Guest Picks: Martha Clarke

Director and choreographer Martha Clarke was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss "Angel Reapers," her collaboration with Alfred Uhry. She revealed what she's been reading and watching recently.

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Video: Questions for Ruth Reichl

Ruth Reichl tells us what are the most important ingredients to have on hand at home, and why the word "divine" should never be applied to food.

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