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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Philip Seymour Hoffman and Linda Emond in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," directed by Mike Nichols (Photography by Brigitte Lacombe for New York Magazine)

On today’s show: Director Mike Nichols and actress Linda Emond discuss the new Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” Lynn Sherr talks about why we swim and why humans are so attracted to water. Today’s installment of A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a small gold model of a llama. On Backstory we’ll learn about efforts to save great apes. Plus, we’ll look at the rise of Brazil as a regional and world superpower.

“Death of a Salesman”

Mike Nichols talks about directing Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman.” He’s joined by Linda Emond, who plays Linda Loman. “Death of a Salesman” is playing at the Barrymore Theatre.

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Why We Love the Water

Lynn Sherr discusses the joys of swimming and the effect it has on our lives. Swim: Why We Love the Water looks at how swimming has changed over the millennia, how this ancient activity is becoming more social today, and our relationship with the water.

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Backstory: Preserving the Great Apes

On today’s first Backstory, Ofir Drori talks about his fight to protect apes from extinction, and discusses the endangered worlds in Africa—not just of animals but of people. He’s the author of The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent.

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Backstory: Brazil

Joseph Leahy, Brazil bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks about Brazil's economy, its rising global profile, and President Dilma Rousseff and her recent visit to the United States. We’ll also look at preparations for both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.

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Underreported: Human Guinea Pigs for Pharmaceuticals

On today’s Underreported, directors Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher talk about the people who serve as human test subjects for medications being developed by pharmaceutical companies. They look at how those medications are being marketed, sold, and used throughout the United States after they’ve been approved. It’s the subject of their documentary, “Off Label,” which is being shown at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Guest Picks: Frederic Boyer

Frédéric Boyer, the Artistic Director of the Tribeca Film Festival, spoke to Leonard recently (along with Geoff Gilmore) about this year's festival. He also shared what he's been reading, listening to and eating recently.


Guest Picks: Geoff Gilmore

Geoff Gilmore, chief creative officer of Tribeca Enterprises, was on the Lopate Show recently, along with Frederic Boyer, to give us a preview of the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival. He also told us which books, music, and yes, movies he's enjoyed recently.


Tributes: Dick Clark

It’s somehow fitting that Dick Clark seemed to defy the ravages of time – since he hosted the long-running show, “American Bandstand,” which helped bring rock’n’roll into the mainstream.  He also hosted the annual televised New Year’s Eve party every year since 1973 until 2004 – with a break for a stroke – but then continued in some capacity until this past December.  He died at the age of 82.  But he still lives on – through the magic of video and radio – including Leonard’s interview with him from May of 1997.


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