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Friday, March 30, 2012

Edward Albee and Jane Alexander join us on today’s show to talk about the revival of “The Lady from Dubuque.” Then, actress Michelle Yeoh and director Luc Besson discuss “The Lady,” their new film about Burma’s Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, Todays’ installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at the stone head of the Buddha. Plus, Please Explain is all about bullying.

Edward Albee and Jane Alexander on “The Lady from Dubuque”

Playwright Edward Albee discusses “The Lady from Dubuque,” along with actress Jane Alexander, who is starring in the Signature Theatre Company’s production of the play. “The Lady from Dubuque” is playing at the End Stage Theatre at the Pershing Square Signature Center.

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Michelle Yeoh and Luc Besson on “The Lady”

Actress Michelle Yeoh and filmmaker Luc Besson discuss their film “The Lady,” a biography of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi, the quiet and determined head of Burma’s democracy movement. The film took years of work, and sometimes subterfuge, to make it. At one point, Yeoh was even deported from Burma. “The Lady” opens on April 11 at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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Please Explain: Bullying

Bullying is commonplace in schools, but in recent years cyber-bullying, suicides, and school shootings have shown bullying to be a very serious issue. On this week’s Please Explain we’ll find out what constitutes bullying and aggression among children (and adults), its repercussions, and how parents, children, and schools should address it. We’re joined by Elizabeth Englander, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University, and Jessie Klein, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Adelphi University, and author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools.

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Things We Learned This Week

A roundup of the interesting, strange and profound things we learned on the Lopate Show this week.

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Guest Picks: Edward Albee

Playwright Edward Albee and actress Jane Alexander were on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the new revival of Albee's play, "The Lady from Dubuque." We also found out that the celebrated playwright has been reading some great books lately and that he loves peanut butter. Find out else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Jane Alexander

Jane Alexander and playwright Edward Albee were on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the revival of "The Lady from Dubuque." She also told us about her love

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Tributes: Adrienne Rich

In Adrienne Rich’s verse, the political and the poetical were intensely intertwined.  One critic said that “her body of work can be read as a series of urgent dispatches from the front.”  Widely anthologized and widely read, her voice was distinctive.  She died at the age of 82 from complications of rheumatoid arthritis.  You can hear her interview with Leonard from October, 1993. 

Adrienne Rich on the Leonard Lopate Show on October 25, 1993

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