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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Science Writer Dick Teresi delves into into some of the complex questions surrounding organ donation and the blurred line between life and death. The current Lord Mayor of Belfast, Ireland, talks about his city’s historic connections to the Titanic. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at a reliquary that houses what many believe to be a part of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus Christ. Sax player Bill Evans describes his genre-bending approach to jazz. Plus, Anthony Marx, the President of the New York Public Library, addresses some of the controversy surrounding his institution.

Dick Teresi on the Blurring Line Between Life and Death

Science writer Dick Teresi examines why what we think of as life and death, consciousness and nonconsciousness, is not exactly clear, and he looks at how this problem has been complicated by the business of organ harvesting. His book is The Undead: Organ Harvesting, the Ice-Water Test, Beating Heart Cadavers—How Medicine Is Blurring the Line Between Life and Death.

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Titanic Belfast

Niall O'Donnghaile, Lord Mayor of Belfast, discusses Belfast’s commemoration of the 100anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. Between the years 1909 and 1911, Belfast’s Harland and Wolff shipyard completed construction on the RMS Titanic. Belfast is remembering this tremendous vessel with the opening of a new museum, the Titanic Belfast.

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Bill Evans

Sax player Bill Evans talks about his new album, “Dragonfly,” and about performing at the Blue Note April 10-14, which will include special guest appearances by players of Evans' pedigree: namely Mike Mainieri on vibes, John Medeski on keyboards and fusion legend trumpeter Randy Brecker. “Dragonfly” is his 19th solo album and third with his Soulgrass band, and it features a fiery ensemble that fuses Evans' lineage with American blues, bluegrass, and progressive jazz.

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New York Public Library President Anthony Marx

New York Public Library President Anthony Marx talks about the library's plan for its 42nd Street building, and will address the criticism and controversy over those plans. that Scott Sherman and Caleb Crain raised on our show on March 12th

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Guest Picks: R. A. Dickey

Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about his memoir and to explain how to throw a knuckleball (it involves digging your fingernails into the ball behind the horse shoe and releasing it at the perfect moment to keep it from spinning).

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Guest Picks: Serge Bromberg

Film preservationist Serge Bromberg was on the Lopate Show to talk about restoring Georges Méliès' film "A Trip to the Moon," and other great classics. He shared a few of his favorite things with us.

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Guest Picks: Simon Callow

Simon Callow was on the Leonard Lopate Show talking about playing everyone from Hamlet to Juliet in the play "Being Shakespeare." You might know him from his roles in the movies "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "A Room with a View." He shared some of his favorite things with us—he had fabulous handwriting.

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