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Thursday, January 12, 2012

On today’s show: Philip Galanes, the New York Times “Social Q’s” advice columnist, returns to field your questions about awkward workplace situations. Anna Deavere Smith talks about her one-woman “Let Me Down Easy.” The BBC’s series A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at an Olduvai Hand Axe! Plus our latest Backstory segments look at the hacker collective Anonymous and at the tenth anniversary of the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

Philip Galanes on Workplace Etiquette

Most of us spend a lot of our lives at work, and it can be tricky to know how to tactfully deal with problems in the office. Philip Galanes is here to help! He’s the author of the “Social Q’s” advice column for the Sunday Styles section of The New York Times. His latest book is Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Let us know what questions you have about how to navigate a workplace conundrum. Leave a comment, below.

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Anna Deavere Smith on “Let Me Down Easy”

Anna Deavere Smith discusses “Let Me Down Easy,” her one-woman show examines the miracle of human resilience through the lens of the national debate on health care. She interviewed 300 people on three continents, and she inhabits characters from a rodeo bull rider to a prize fighter to a New Orleans doctor during Hurricane Katrina, as well as former Texas Governor Ann Richards, cyclist Lance Armstrong, film critic Joel Siegel, and supermodel Lauren Hutton. “Let Me Down Easy” premieres on PBS January 13, at 9 pm.

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Backstory: Anonymous

Quinn Norton, a contributor to Wired magazine’s Threat Level blog, talks about the online collective Anonymous.

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Backstory: 10 Years of Guantanmo

The U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, turned 10 years old yesterday. Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald reporter, looks back at a decade of Gitmo.

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Guest Picks: Anna Deavere Smith

Playwright and actor Anna Deavere Smith was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss bringing her one-woman show, "Let Me Down Easy," to PBS's Great Performances. She also revealed what she's been listening to and what her (very healthy) comfort food is!

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Guest Picks: Dave Barry

Dave Barry was on the Lopate Show (along with Alan Zweibel) to discuss collaborating on their novel, Lunatics. He also told us about his love of cheese and why his 11-year-old daughter is dictating what he's listening to these days.

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Guest Picks: Alan Zweibel

Alan Zweibel was on the Lopate Show recently, along with Dave Barry, to discuss collaborating on their new novel, Lunatics. He also told us that he loves antique pens! Find out what else he's a fan of!

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