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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Getty)

Gary Dorrien takes a critical look at the Obama Presidency, from the left. Adrien Brody and director Tony Kaye discuss their new film, “Detachment,” about a substitute teacher. CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about trying his hand at writing fiction. A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at the Sutton Hoo helmet. Plus, our Gurus of How-to, Al and Larry Ubell, take your calls on home repair!

The Obama Question

Gary Dorrien offers a critique of Barack Obama's presidency and argues that progressives should not give up on Obama even though many have been critical of his time in office. In The Obama Question, Dorrien contends that Obama’s achievements have too often been discounted.

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta on His Novel

Dr. Sanjay Gupta talks about his novel, Monday Mornings. The story follows five surgeons at Chelsea General Hospital in Massachusetts who discuss their bad outcomes at something known as the Morbidity and Mortality conference. The novel is about what they learn from their mistakes, both professional and personal.

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Tony Kaye and Adrien Brody on "Detachment"

Director Tony Kaye and actor Adrien Brody discuss working together on the film, “Detachment.” Brody plays a substitute teacher who moves around often to avoid getting attached, but that changes when he accidentally becomes a role model to the students at a public school where the teachers are burnt out and the students are apathetic. “Detachment” opens March 16 at the Empire 42nd Street and Village East theaters.

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The Gurus of How-To Spring Forward

The Gurus of How-To, Al Ubell and Larry Ubell, are here to offer advice on home repair matters, from maintaining your furnace getting your air conditioners ready for the season.

Call 212-433-9692 with your questions or leave a comment below!

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Guest Picks: Sanjay Gupta

Dr. Sanjay Gupta was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his first novel, Monday Mornings. He also revealed that he's learned to eat fire!


Guest Picks: Tony Kaye

Director Tony Kaye was on the Lopate Show recently, along with actor Adrien Brody, to discuss his latest film, "Detachment." He also told us what he's been


Guest Picks: Adrien Brody

Actor Adrien Brody was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss his work on the new film, "Detachment," along with the film's director, Tony Kaye. He also revealed what his favorite comfort food is.


Object # 3: The Food Cart

Eating outside has always been a part of the New York City way of life. “The early colony was downtown,” Fabio Parasecoli of The New School told us. “Food had to be brought to southern Manhattan from the nearby farms.” Often, that food was sold and consumed on the street. (continue reading)


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