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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

We’ll look at the science of yoga with William Broad of the New York Times—from its many benefits to some dangerous. We’ll hear the story of the couple behind the landmark interracial marriage Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia with the director of a new documentary. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a tiny model of a chariot found in Tajikistan. Edward St. Aubyn tells about his latest novel, At Last. Plus, we’ll look at the contributions of American gay writers in the 20th century, including Gore Vidal, Tony Kushner, and others.

The Science of Yoga

William Broad talks about yoga, a practice thousands of years old. His book The Science of Yoga describes what’s uplifting and beneficial about the practice of yoga and what’s flaky and even dangerous. He looks at the burgeoning global yoga industry, which attracts true believers and charismatic hustlers.

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The Loving Story

Nancy Buirski, director of the documentary “The Loving Story,” recounts the love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 until they successfully fought their case in front of the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark 1967 Civil Rights decision ending marriage discrimination based on race. “The Loving Story” premieres on HBO on February 14, at 9 pm.

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Edward St. Aubyn on His Novel At Last

Edward St. Aubyn talks about his latest novel, At Last, which begins as friends, relatives, and foes trickle in to pay final respects to his returning character Patrick’s mother, Eleanor.

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The Gay Writers Who Changed America

Novelist Christopher Bram chronicles the rise of gay consciousness in American writing in the years following World War II to the present day. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America begins with a first wave of major gay literary figures-Tennessee Williams, Gore Vidal, Truman Capote, Allen Ginsberg, and James Baldwin, pioneers who set the stage for new generations of gay writers.

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Guest Picks: William Wellman, Jr.

William Wellman, Jr. was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his father's career as a director, including "Wings," which won the first Oscar for Best Picture. He also told us what he's been watching recently!

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Guest Picks: George Steel

George Steel, Artistic Director and General Manager of the New York City Opera was on the Lopate Show recently to give us a preview of the company's new season. He also revealed what he's listening to when he's not listening to opera!

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