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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his career in the NBA, his advocacy work, and his new book for children! Jonah Hill discusses his Oscar nominated role as Brad Pitt’s nerdy sidekick in “Moneyball.” Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a Chinese ritual vessel. Plus, we’ll have our latest Backstory segments.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Basketball Career and Advocacy Work

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all time leading scorer, talks about his career in basketball, his advocacy work, and his new children’s book, What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors. It looks at some of the black inventors who have made a difference in people’s lives and in the world.

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Jonah Hill on "Moneyball"

Actor Jonah Hill discusses his career and his Oscar-nominated role as Brad Pitt’s baseball-obsessed sidekick in the film “Moneyball.”

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Social Media and the 2012 Election

Sree Sreenivasan, professor of digital media and dean of student affairs at Columbia Journalism School, takes a look at the role social media is playing in 2012 election cycle.

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Backstory: American Manufacturing

More goods are being produced in American factories that in recent decades, but employment in those same facilities is falling. Adam Davidson, co-founder and co-host of Planet Money, a co-production of NPR and This American Life, discusses the decline of American manufacturing jobs and looks at why the jobs crisis will be so difficult to solve. He's the author of "Making It in America," in the January/February issue of The Atlantic.

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Guest Picks: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his latest book for children; his work with the State Department, promoting eduction; and his new documentary. He also revealed that he's a fan of Indian food!


Guest Picks: Jonah Hill

Jonah Hill was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his Oscar-nominated role in "Moneyball." He also revealed that he's a fan of architecture and interior design. Find out what he's been reading, watching and listening to!


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