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Friday, February 17, 2012

Director Sam Gold and actor Matthew Rhys discuss the Roundabout’s production of the John Osborne classic play “Look Back in Anger.” Then, two Harlem Globetrotters, Tiny Sturgess and Flight Time Lang, join us. The directors discuss the Oscar-nominated football documentary “Undefeated,” and the coach featured in the film, talk about the film. A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at an Olmec stone mask. And our Please Explain series on how to save the world continues with an examination of food security!

“Look Back in Anger”

Sam Gold, director, and Matthew Rhys, who plays Jimmy, discuss the Roundabout Theatre Company’s production of “Look Back in Anger.” Often regarded as a pivotal theatrical work of the last century, the play is a vibrant drama about four people struggling to live together and love each other in 1950s England. It’s playing at the Laura Pels Theatre.

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Harlem Globetrotters Tiny Sturgess and Flight Time Lang

Harlem Globetrotters Tiny Sturgess and Flight Time Lang talk about their basketball careers. The Globetrotters are playing in the New York area February 17-20. Flight Time Lang is an admitted reality TV junkie, and he and teammate Big Easy Lofton had an exciting ride on two seasons of the Emmy Award-winning series, “The Amazing Race.” Tiny Sturgess is the tallest professional basketball player in the world.

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“Undefeated”

Daniel Lindsay and T. J. Martin, directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary “Undefeated,” along with coach Bill Courtney. Manassas High School in North Memphis had never won a playoff game until Courtney came along and transformed the team. For player and coaches alike, the season is not only about winning games, it’s about how they grapple with the unforeseeable events that are part of football and part of life.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—Food Security

This week's Please Explain continues our series How to Save the World. Glenn Denning, Director, Center on Globalization and Sustainable Development at the Earth Institute at Columbia University, and J. Matthew Roney, Research Associate, Earth Policy Institute, examine the global food supply.

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Guest Picks: Norbert Leo Butz

Norbert Leo Butz was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss starring in a revival of Paula Vogel's play "How I Learned to Drive." He also told us what he's been listening to recently!

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Guest Picks: Elizabeth Reaser

Elizabeth Reaser was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss her role in the revival of Paula Vogel's play, "How I Learned to Drive." She also told us about her love of sharks!

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Guest Picks: Flight Time Lang

Harlem Globetrotter Flight Time Lang was on the Lopate Show recently, along with teammate Tiny Sturgess. He revealed his love of chili dogs. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Gary Carter with Leonard Lopate (2008)

Tribute: Gary Carter

Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter died February 16, at the age of 57. Known for his enthusiasm for the game and the number of exuberant hugs he gave to his teammates, Carter played for the Expos and joined the Mets in 1985. He was seen as a pivotal player in the Mets winning the 1986 World Series. Carter was on the Lopate Show in April 2008 to talk about his 19-year career in the major leagues.

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Tribute: Anthony Shadid

New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid died on February 16, at the age of 43, while on assignment in Syria. He had been covering conflict in the Middle East for almost 20 years, reporting for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, and The Associated Press. He was awarded two Pulitzer Prizes for international reporting, in 2004 and in 2010, for his coverage of Iraq for The Washington Post. Mr. Shadid was a guest on the Leonard Lopate Show many times, discussing in depth the politics and turmoil in across the Middle East. Leonard spoke to him most recently in April 2011 about covering the events in Libya and his own capture there, and about anti-government protests in Syria. You can listen to those interviews and others he's had with Leonard over the years:

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