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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

On today’s show: Rodney King and his fiancee Cynthia Kelley talk about what happened to him that night in March 1991, how it set off a firestorm, and how he's recovered. Richard Zacks tells how Teddy Roosevelt tried to clean up the seedier parts of New York City in the 1890s. A History of the World in 100 Objects looks at a brass plaque depicting the oba, the king of the kingdom of Benin. Writer-director-producer Garry Marshall shares stories from his life in the worlds of television and film. Werner Herzog discusses his profiles of five inmates on death row.

Rodney King: from Rebellion to Redemption

Rodney King talks about what happened the night of March 3, 1991, when he was beaten and tasered by L.A. police officers—an incident caught on videotape, sparking national outrage. When the four police officers were acquitted 13 months later, riots broke out in Los Angeles. In The Riot Within: My Journey from Rebellion to Redemption, King writes about his struggle with alcohol addiction and coming to terms with the incident that made him a household name and caused him emotional and physical damage. He’s joined by his fiancée, Cynthia Kelley, who was one of the jurors from his civil trial against the city of Los Angeles.

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Theodore Roosevelt and Sin-Loving New York

Richard Zacks describes the lewd underbelly of 1890s New York and the efforts of Theodore Roosevelt, then police commissioner, to clean it up. In Island of Vice: Theodore Roosevelt's Doomed Quest to Clean Up Sin-Loving New York, tells how young Roosevelt’s crackdown succeeded, even too well.

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Garry Marshall's Happy Days in Hollywood

Writers, directors, and producer Garry Marshall discusses his journey from the Bronx to Hollywood and his time creating the television hits "The Odd Couple," "Happy Days," "Laverne & Shirley," and "Mork & Mindy," and movies like "The Flamingo Kid," "Beaches," "Pretty Woman," and "The Princess Diaries." His new memoir is My Happy Days in Hollywood.

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Werner Herzog's “Death Row Portraits”

Filmmaker Werner Herzog talks about his documentary “Death Row Portraits.” Conceived as a companion to “Into the Abyss,” his documentary about a triple homicide in Texas, “Death Row Portraits” focuses on five inmates awaiting their appointment with a lethal injection in the Texas and Florida prison systems. “Death Row Portraits” is playing April 25-26 at IFC Center.

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Guest Picks: Garry Marshall

Producer, director, writer, and actor Garry Marshall stopped by to reminisce about his long career. He shared a few of his favorite things with us.

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