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Friday, February 24, 2012

New York Times reporter David Unger discusses the hidden costs of America’s obsession with absolute national security. Mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe talks about singing three major roles at the Metropolitan Opera this season. Also A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at a lacquered cup from China’s Han dynasty. Plus on today’s Please Explain, Jeffrey Sachs discusses the possibilities of world peace for the final installment of our How to Save the World series.

David Unger on America’s Pursuit of Security

Senior New York Times reporter David Unger investigates the hidden costs of America’s pursuit of absolute national security. In The Emergency State: America’s Pursuit of Absolute Security at All Costs Unger argues that the emphasis on security has distorted national politics and has failed to make us safer.

 

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Stephanie Blythe

American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe talks about her season at the Metropolitan Opera, performing in three major roles in three different styles. Earlier this year, she reprised her role in Handel’s Baroque opera "Rodelinda" opposite Renee Fleming; later this season she will star as Fricka, queen of the gods, in Wagner’s "Ring cycle"; and currently she’s in the role of Amneris in "Aida," one of the greatest mezzo-soprano roles in all of opera.

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Please Explain: How to Save the World—World Peace

This week's Please Explain is the final installment of our series How to Save the World. Jeffrey Sachs discusses whether it's possible to achieve world peace. He's Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. His most recent book is The Price of Civilization.

 

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Oscar Nominees on the Lopate Show

The 84th annual Academy Awards take place on Sunday, and a number of the nominees have been guests on the Leonard Lopate Show this year. Here’s a list of interviews with directors and actors (and even one football coach) that you can listen to to learn more about their work:

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