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Thursday, December 22, 2011

On today’s show: J. T. Rogers on Lincoln Center’s critically acclaimed production of his play “Blood and Gifts”—he’s here with two of the show’s stars: Jefferson Mays and Jeremy Davidson. Tony Award winners Jim Dale and Rosemary Harris discuss the Roundabout Theater Company’s production of Athol Fugard’s play “The Road to Mecca.” The son of celebrated but now somewhat unfashionable architect Edward Durell Stone, talks about his father’s contribution to 20th-century design. Plus, our latest Backstory segments look at the Bradley Manning trial and at the growing size of the Federal government’s various departmental police forces.

"Blood and Gifts"

Playwright J. T. Rogers talks about Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of “Blood and Gifts.” He’s joined by stars Jefferson Mays and Jeremy Davidson. The play tells the story of the secret spy war behind the Soviet-Afghan War of the 1980s. It’s playing through Sunday, January 8, at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.

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“The Road to Mecca”

Tony Award winners Jim Dale and Rosemary Harris talk about the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of Athol Fugard’s play “The Road to Mecca.” The production begins Athol Fugard’s 80th birthday celebration. Throughout the season, Signature will explore the works of Fugard, the South African playwright, director and actor, who also was honored with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement at the Tony Awards this past season. “The Road to Mecca” is playing through March 4 at the American Airlines Theatre.

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Edward Durell Stone, Legendary Architect

Architect Edward Durell Stone was both celebrated and scorned, and led a life that was both triumphant and embittered. Among his iconic projects are The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His son, Hicks Stone, discusses the controversial figure in 20th-century architecture, and his new biography, Edward Durell Stone: A Son's Untold Story of a Legendary Architect.

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Backstory: Bradley Manning Trial

Liza Goitein, co-director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, joins us to discuss the trial of Bradley Manning as it wraps up.

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Backstory: Swelling Federal Police Ranks

There are police forces tucked away in federal departments not typically associated with law enforcement, like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, and even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wall Street Journal reporter Gary Fields explains why these agencies have police powers and why the number of departmental police officers have swelled over the last few decades.

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