A Celebration

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Friday, December 23, 2011

In a season so dominated by impulsiveness and with so many tempting sweets to eat, we kick off today’s show with a Please Explain look at the science behind will power. Then acclaimed director Wim Wenders discusses his 3D documentary “Pina,” about the choreographer Pina Bausch. Plus, in the second hour Leonard plays some favorite gospel recordings for the Christmas holiday!

Please Explain: Willpower

New York Times science writer John Tierney , co-author of Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength, talks about self-control. He's joined by Dr. Walter Mischel, Niven Professor of Humane Letters in Psychology, Columbia University. They'll explain how to build willpower and how conserve it for crucial moments.

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Wim Wenders on "Pina"

Director Wim Wenders talks about his 3D documentary “Pina,” about the legendary choreographer Pina Bausch. Wenders and Bausch had conceived a dance film like none seen before, but after her untimely death in 2009, Wenders continued with the project, turning it into a tribute, rendering the beauty and physicality of the dances and dancers of her Tanztheater Wuppertal ensemble. “Pina” opens in New York Friday, December 23, at the Walter Reade Theater, IFC Center, and BAM.

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Leonard's Christmas Gospel Hour

Leonard Lopate plays some of his favorites for his annual Christmas gospel hour.

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