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Friday, January 13, 2012

On today’s show: the one and only Dolly Parton stops by to talk about her career in music and movies, and her role in the new film “Joyful Noise.” The documentary “Man on a Mission” looks at Richard Garriott’s quest to blast into space, and we’ll speak with him and the film’s director, Michael Woolf. Today’s segment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects examines an Ice Age carving of
two swimming reindeer. Plus our latest Please Explain is all about tuberculosis.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton talks about her career as a singer and actress. She's starred in "Steel Magnolias" and "Nine to Five," and her latest role is in the film “Joyful Noise.” She plays one of the leading ladies in the Divinity Church Choir in Pacashau, Georgia, who wants to update the choir’s traditional style. “Joyful Noise” opens January 13.

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"Man on a Mission"

Michael Woolf, director of the documentary “Man on a Mission: Richard Garriott’s Road to the Stars,” and the film’s subject, Richard Garriott, discuss Garriott’s lifelong quest to become the first son of an astronaut to blast into space. When eye problems made a career at NASA impossible, he turned to private space travel to launch into space. “Man on a Mission” opens at Cinema Village January 13.

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Please Explain: Tuberculosis

Tuberculosis remains one of the world’s deadliest diseases—accounting for 9.4 million cases and 1.7 million deaths in 2009, according to the WHO. Maryn McKenna, science journalist and author of Superbug, and Dr. Neil Schluger, Professor of Medicine, Epidemiology, and Environmental Health Sciences at Columbia University Medical Center and Chief Scientific Officer for the World Lung Foundation, give us a history of the disease, how it spreads, why it’s so hard to treat, and how drug-resistant TB has emerged and what it means for the future of treating the deadly disease.

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What's in a Twinkie?

Hostess Brands Inc., makers of Wonder Bread and Twinkies, filed for bankruptcy protection this week. In 2007, Leonard Lopate did a Please Explain on Twinkies, in which Steve Ettlinger, author of Twinkie, Deconstructed, explained what he found out about the preservatives and chemicals found in Twinkies.

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Things We Learned This Week

The Leonard Lopate Show's week in review.

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