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Friday, February 03, 2012

The New Yorker’s John Seabrook tells us what YouTube is doing to maintain its competitive edge. Tony- and Emmy award-winner Cynthia Nixon on her role in the Broadway revival of Margaret Edsen’s Pulitzer Prize winning play,“Wit.” The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at a form fitting gold cape that had been worn by a very powerful person in Bronze Age Britain. Then, we’ll take the temperature on the unusually warm weather we’ve been having. Plus, the next installment in our Please Explain series on How to Save the World takes a look at efforts to combat climate change.


John Seabrook on YouTube

John Seabrook talks about YouTube and the other new professionally produced channels that it plans to roll out over the next six months. It is part of a larger strategy, designed by YouTube’s Robert Kyncl and Salar Kamangar, to increase the amount of time people spend on the site. His article “Streaming Dreams: YouTube Turns Pro” appeared in the January 16 issue of The New Yorker.

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Cynthia Nixon on "Wit"

Tony– and Emmy Award–winner Cynthia Nixon discusses her role in “Wit,” where she portrays a brilliant and exacting poetry professor undergoing an experimental treatment for cancer. A scholar who devoted her life to academia, she must now face the irony and injustice of becoming the subject of research.

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What's Causing One of the Driest, Warmest Winters in History

Mark Fischetti, senior editor at Scientific American, explains why this winter has been unusually warm and dry across most of North America.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—Climate Change and How to Stop It

This week’s Please Explain, the third in our series How to Save the World, is about climate change and how to stop it. David Archer, professor of geophysical sciences at the University of Chicago, and author of The Long Thaw: How Humans are Changing the Next 100,000 Years of the Earth’s Climate, and Global Warming: Understanding the Forecast; and Klaus Lackner, Director of the Lenfest Center for Sustainable Energy at Columbia University’s Earth Institute join us to talk about carbon in the atmosphere, how and why it is causing climate change, and how to slow or stop climate change by using sustainable energy and carbon sequestration.

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Guest Picks: Cynthia Nixon

Cynthia Nixon was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about starring in the Broadway production of "Wit." She also told us that she's a huge fan of Garrison Keillor's. Find out what else she's a fan of!


Things We Learned This Week

A compilation of the random, unknown, and maybe important things we at the Lopate Show learned during the week of January 30.


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