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Monday, April 09, 2012

Bow railing of R.M.S. Titanic illuminated by Mir 1 submersible behind the forward anchor crane. Rustcicles' slant shows the direction of the current. (© Emory Kristof/National Geographic/---)

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at the new technologies that have allowed researchers to visit the wreckage of the Titanic. Simon Callow talks about his role in the acclaimed new play “Being Shakespeare.” Film preservationist Serge Bromberg discusses some of the rare silent films from around the world that he’s saved. A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a carved wooden chair from the pre-European Caribbean. Peter Behrens tells us about his new novel, The O’Briens. And R. A. Dickey, of the Mets, describes his life, baseball career, and recent climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Unseen Titanic

Hampton Sides, author of the article “Unseen Titanic,” in National Geographic’s April issue, and Dr. James Delgado, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) archaeologist who was part of an expedition down to the Titanic, discuss the new technologies that have revealed the most complete—and most intimate—images of the famous wreck.

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Simon Callow on "Being Shakespeare"

Actor, author, and director Simon Callow discusses his role in the new play “Being Shakespeare.” Written and researched by preeminent Shakespeare scholar Jonathan Bate, Shakespeare’s prose is layered with British history and culture, providing a comprehensive picture of how Shakespeare’s childhood, schooling, and life during the Elizabethan period would have inspired his characters. Callow is the author if 16 books and has starred in the films "Amadeus," "A Room with a View," "Shakespeare in Love," "Four Weddings and a Funeral," among others. “Being Shakespeare” is playing at BAM April 4-14.

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Serge Bromberg on “A Trip to the Moon and Other Travels”

Film preservationist and entertainer Serge Bromberg talks about his recently restored color version of Georges Méliès’ film "A Trip to the Moon" and a selection of rare silent films from around the world. The program “A Trip to the Moon and Other Travels” is playing at BAM April 9, at 7 pm, and features silent shorts with live accompaniment from Bromberg, including: "A Trip Down Market Street" (1906), "San Francisco After the Catastrophe" (1906), "After the Ball" (1897), and "The Love Nest" (1923) a Buster Keaton short about a boat trip.


Peter Behrens Discusses The O'Briens

Peter Behrens discusses his new novel, The O’Briens, a family story that spans half a century. It begins with Joe O’Brien, the grandson of a potato-famine emigrant, and a backwoods boy, railroad magnate, and patriarch. The novel tells the story of a man, a marriage, and a family.


R. A. Dickey on Truth, Authenticity, and the Perfect Knuckleball

New York Mets knuckleballer R. A. Dickey details his transformation from a reckless, risk-taking loner to a grounded major leaguer. His memoir Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest for Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball reveals how despite his ups and downs on the field, his Christian faith, the love of his family, and a quest for self-awareness helped him emerge as one of the premier pitchers in the National League in 2010.

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May's Book Club Author, Teju Cole, on NPR's Morning Edition

Teju Cole was on Morning Edition this morning talking about composing Tweets about small, easily overlooked articles in the newspaper. Listen to that interview here!

And start reading his novel Open City and leave a comment or question for our Book Club discussion on May 7.



Mike Wallace at the Broadway opening of 'Bombay Dreams' on April 29, 2004

Tributes: Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace was the first person Don Hewitt hired for the staff of 60 Minutes. He would go on to accumulate 21 Emmys, five Dupont-Columbia journalism awards, and five Peabodys in the course of a career that spanned six decades. Mike Wallace died April 7 at the age of 93. He reminisced with Leonard in January of 2006 about his memoir, Between You and Me, and some of the highlights of his years in broadcast journalism, interviewing everyone from John D. Ehrlichman to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Barbra Streisand.


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