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Thursday, December 08, 2011

Ahmad Chalabi was one of the key promoters of the Iraq War. On today’s show: 60 Minutes producer Richard Bonin tells the story of Mr. Chalabi, and how he tried to convince the Bush Administration to install him as the leader of Iraq after the invasion. Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross discuss starring in Noel Coward’s “Private Lives,”  on Broadway. We’ll take a look at a new exhibit of Diego Rivera’s murals at MoMA. On Backstory: what Argentina’s handling of its economic crisis a decade ago can tell us about how to deal with our own problems today. Plus, we’ll look at the latest efforts to stabilize the Eurozone.

Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey

Richard Bonin tells the story of Ahmad Chalabi, whose wealthy Shiite family was exiled from Iraq after a revolution that ultimately put Saddam Hussein in power. In Arrows of the Night: Ahmad Chalabi's Long Journey to Triumph in Iraq Bonin traces Chalabi’s efforts to stoke a desire for Iraqi regime change in the United States, and earn support for to installing him as overseer of U.S. interests in the Middle East. The outcome was perhaps the biggest foreign policy disaster in our history.

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Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross in "Private Lives"

Kim Cattrall and Paul Gross discuss their roles in the Noël Coward’s classic comedy “Private Lives.” Glamorous, rich and reckless Amanda and Elyot have been divorced from each other for five years. While honeymooning with their new spouses in Deauville, France, they meet again and their feelings for each other are rekindled. They hurl themselves headlong into love and lust without concern for scandal, new partners, or their past… for a little while, anyway. It’s playing at the Music Box Theatre.

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Diego Rivera's Murals at MoMA

Curator Leah Dickerman discusses the murals and career of Diego Rivera. “Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art” is on view at MoMA through May 14. The exhibition features murals, which are up to six feet by eight feet in size and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds, made of frescoed plaster, concrete, and steel. There are also three working drawings, a “portable mural” made in 1930, and smaller prints, watercolors, and drawings.

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Backstory: What OWS Can Learn From Argentina

In the late 1990s, Argentina spiraled into a recession not unlike our own. That economic crisis also spawned the “piquetero movement,” where activists pioneered a system of strategic roadblocks as a form of protest. Nikolas Kozloff, author of Revolution! South America and the Rise of the New Left, discusses what the piqueteros did and didn’t accomplish and what lessons Occupy Wall Street can learn from the movement.

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Backstory: Efforts to Stabilize the Eurozone

On today's second Backstory, we'll look at the latest efforts to stabilize the Eurozone as the debt crisis there continues. Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, gives us an update on the first day of meetings of European leaders in Brussels, and whether a proposed overhaul of the European treaty is likely to find support there.

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Guest Picks: Paul Gross

Actor Paul Gross was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Kim Cattrall, to discuss the Broadway revival of "Private Lives."

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Guest Picks: Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall was on the Lopate Show, along with co-star Paul Gross, to discuss starring the Broadway revival of "Private Lives." She also revealed her love of "Antiques Roadshow."

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