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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Former Democratic senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin discusses the ways in which he thinks America got its response to 9/11 wrong. Sculptor Will Ryman talks about “Anyone and No One,” his new exhibit of site-specific works in Chelsea. Today’s edition of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a coin with the head of Alexander the Great on it. Haydn Gwynne talks about her role as the widowed Queen in the new production of “Richard III” now at BAM. Plus, we’ll look at the sexual counterrevolution and the impact fights over birth control, gay rights, and abortion are having on the 2012 election.


Senator Russ Feingold on the Post-9/11 Era

Former Democratic senator from Wisconsin Russ Feingold explains why he thinks the American public has gotten inadequate information to explain 9/11, Al Qaeda, and events related to the war on terror. In While America Sleeps: A Wake-up Call for the Post-9/11 Era, Feingold argues that the nation’s inadequate response to 9/11 have undermined our ability to adjust to America’s new place in the world, and has weakened our national security and our constitutional values. He suggests ways to engage with the rest of the world and fellow citizens in a more thoughtful way.

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Sculptor Will Ryman

Sculptor Will Ryman discusses his exhibition of new site-specific works at the Paul Kasmin Galleries in Chelsea, Anyone and No One, on view February 16—March 24. Formerly a playwright whose work was largely influenced by Absurdist philosophy, Ryman's works incorporate autobiographical, spiritual and art historical references.

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Haydn Gwynne on Her Role in "Richard III"

Haydn Gwynne talks about her role as Queen Elizabeth in the Bridge Project’s production of "Richard III" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, directed by Sam Mendes and featuring Kevin Spacey in the title role.

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The Sexual Counterrevolution in America

Nancy Cohen charts the birth of the sexual counterrevolution: how conflicts about sex, women’s rights and women’s roles, gay civil rights, and family values, have polarized national politics and unhinged the nation. In Delirium, she explores the reaction against the sexual revolution and the progressive movements that emerged from it—notably feminism and gay rights—and examines how it’s shaping the 2012 election season.

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Guest Picks: Will Ryman

Artist Will Ryman was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss, "Anyone and No One," his latest exhibition of site-specific work in Chelsea. He also told us what he's been reading and watching recently!

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