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Monday, March 26, 2012

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman talks about his new report on Rupert Murdoch’s troubled media dynasty. Michael Tilson Thomas, the director of the San Francisco Symphony, discusses the city-wide celebration “American Mavericks” and his upcoming performances at Carnegie Hall. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at 12 figures buried in the tomb of a Tang era Chinese general. Plus, we’ll look at the controversy surrounding the plans to expand NYU.

Rupert Murdoch’s Scandal

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s reputation and his family’s fortunes, following allegations of invasion of privacy and journalistic impropriety by employees at Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World, a scandal that has prompted criminal investigations on both sides of the Atlantic. Frontline’s report “Murdoch’s Scandal” airs on PBS March 27, at 10 pm.

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Michael Tilson Thomas on “American Mavericks”

Michael Tilson Thomas, Music Director of the San Francisco Symphony, Founder and Artistic Director of the New World Symphony and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, discusses “American Mavericks,” celebrating the work of maverick composers, including John Cage, Edgard Varèse, John Adams, Steve Mackey, Morton Feldman, Steve Reich, Charles Ives, Meredith Monk, Mason Bates, and more. The series includes performances by Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony—along with Jessye Norman and Emanuel Ax, and a new breed of musical interpreters, including Alarm Will Sound, So Percussion, Matmos, Joan La Barbara, Jennifer Koh, Lisa Moore, JACK Quartet, and Jeremy Denk. Michael Tilson Thomas and the San Francisco Symphony will be performing at Carnegie Hall.

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The Debate Over NYU's Expansion Plan

New York University is the latest city institution to evoke controversy with its ambitious expansion plan, which would more than double the amount of density on two Greenwich Village area superblocks. Vin Cipolla, president of the Municipal Art Society, Brad Hoylman, Chair of Community Board 2, and Mark Crispin Miller, an NYU faculty member, discuss what the plan means for the city, for Greenwich Village, and for NYU faculty and students. The Municipal Art Society is hosting a panel discussion on the merits and drawbacks of the plan on March 27.

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Guest Picks: Michael Tilson Thomas

Conductor Michael Tilson Thomas was on the Lopate Show to discuss the American Mavericks series. He also told us about his love of James Brown!

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