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Friday, January 27, 2012

Still from "Come Back Africa," 1959, directed by Lionel Rogosin

Michael Rogosin discusses his father Lionel’s groundbreaking film “Come Back, Africa,” which depicted life in South Africa under apartheid. He’s joined by two fans of the film: Harry Belafonte and Robert Downey, Sr. Musician Storm Large tells us about her rocky life and her memoir, Crazy Enough. Today’s installment of the BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a jade axe. Plus, we continue our Please Explain series on how to save the world—this week, we’ll tackle population growth, and control.

“Come Back Africa”

The 1959 film “Come Back Africa,” Lionel Rogosin’s groundbreaking depiction of South Africa under apartheid, is playing at Film Forum from January 27 through February 2 in a newly restored 35mm print. Lionel Rogosin’s son Michael Rogosin, and Harry Belafonte and Robert Downey, Sr., talk about the film, which was very influential in their lives. The documentary “Sing Your Song,” about Harry Belafonte, is now playing at IFC Center.

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Storm Large, Crazy Enough

Storm Large talks about her rocky life and her memoir, Crazy Enough. She grew up with a mentally ill mother who was often institutionalized,  and set out on a destructive path to live her own life to the fullest, developing an addiction to heroin. She tells how reconnecting with her love of music brought her back from the edge.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—Population Growth and Control

This week's Please Explains is the second in our series on how to save the world—ways to approach complex global problems such as climate change, food supply, garbage disposal, the global water supply, and violence. Today we're looking at the population explosion—there are now 7 billion people on the planet. We're joined by Hania Zlotnik, director of the population Division at the Department of Economics and Social Affairs at the United Nations, and Dr.Joel E. Cohen, mathematical biologist and the head of the Laboratory of Populations at Rockefeller University and Columbia University, and author of How Many People Can the Earth Support?

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