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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

A scene from 'Die Walküre,' part of Robert Lepage's revamped 'Ring' Cycle for the Met (Ken Howard/Metropolitan Opera)

Auma Obama talks about her life in Africa and Europe, and about connecting with her brother, Barack Obama. Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects is about a Shi'a religious parade standard from Iran. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman looks at ways to end our economic slump.

Auma Obama on Life and Family

Auma Obama talks about her life in Africa and Europe, and her relationship with her brother, Barack Obama. Her memoir, And Then Life Happens, tells the story of her meeting Barack Obama for the first time in the 1980s, and how they built a lasting relationship, traveled together in Kenya, and researched their family history, and how she supported him in his political aspirations.

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“Wagner’s Dream”

Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, and Susan Froemke, director of the documentary “Wagner’s Dream,” discuss  the making of Richard Wagner’s four-part Ring Cycle. It was filmed over five years and gives a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the complex,  16-hours opera. “Wagner’s Dream” premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival April 25, opens in HD nationwide on May 7.

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Paul Krugman

Nobel Prize–winning economist Paul Krugman looks at the economic slump and discusses ways he thinks we can lift ourselves out of it. In End This Depression Now! he argues that a quick, strong recovery is possible if our leaders can find the "intellectual clarity and political will" to restore the economy.

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Conversations with the 2012 Tony Nominees

The nominations for the 2012 Tony Awards were announced on Tuesday, May 1, and you can hear Leonard's conversations with many of this year’s nominees. (You can find a full list of the nominees here.) The awards will be presented on June 10.

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