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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Hank Haney describes the six tumultuous years he spent coaching Tiger Woods. We’ll look back at the life and work of Edith Wharton, the great American novelist who was born 150 years ago. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects examines a Viking treasure hoard. We’ll find out about a documentary on the New York Photo League, a cooperative of 20th-century activist photographers. And Frank Langella talks about his various encounters with a number of 20th century icons—from Sir Laurence Olivier to Jackie Onassis.

Coaching Tiger Woods

Hank Haney describes his tumultuous six years coaching Tiger Woods, and discusses what it takes to coach a superstar athlete. In The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods, Haney writes about the challenges of working with Tiger Woods, and looks at what makes him such a complicated person and such a gifted golfer.

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Celebrating Edith Wharton

Susan Wissler, Executive Director of The Mount, and writer Roxana Robinson talk about the 150th anniversary of Edith Wharton’s birth. They’ll look at the life, writings, and legacy of Wharton, one of America’s most celebrated writers. The Mount, the Lenox estate Wharton designed and where she wrote Ethan Frome and The House of Mirth, will be celebrating her birthday throughout 2012. The New York Society Library’s exhibition Edith Wharton's "New York City: A Backward Glance" is also on view.

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“Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York”

Nina Rosenblum and Daniel Allentuck discuss producing and directing the documentary “Ordinary Miracles: The Photo League’s New York,” about a cooperative of radical photographers, born out of the labor movement, who were determined to use their cameras as a tool for social change. Members included noted mid-20th century photographers Weegee, W. Eugene Smith, Aaron Siskind, Bernice Abbott, and Ruth Orkin, among others. In 1951 the U.S. Attorney General publicly blacklisted the Photo League for its left-leaning roots, and the group disappeared. “Ordinary Miracles” opens March 29 at the IFC Center.

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Frank Langella on Dropping Names

Frank Langella discusses his encounters with some of the past century's most famous people—Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Sir Laurence Olivier, Jackie Onassis, Montgomery Clift, among others. His memoir Dropped Names: Famous Men and Women as I Knew Them takes us into the private worlds and privileged lives of movie stars, presidents, royalty, literary lions, the social elite, and the greats of the Broadway stage.

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