Playing the Lead

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

On today’s show: Jeff Himmelman discusses his biography of Ben Bradlee, the editor of the Washington Post during Watergate. Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth talks about her role in Classic Stage Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” A History of the World in 100 Objects continues with a look at a buckskin map from the early American midwest. This week's Underreported segment takes a look at changes to the Martin Act, which now give investors more leeway to sue companies.

A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee

Jeff Himmelman talks about the career and influence of Ben Bradlee, editor of the Washington Post during Watergate. Yours in Truth: A Personal Portrait of Ben Bradlee traces Bradlee’s 45-year career—from his early days as a press attaché in postwar Paris through the Pentagon Papers, Richard Nixon’s resignation, the Janet Cooke fabrication scandal, and beyond.

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Bebe Neuwirth on “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Two-time Tony Award winner Bebe Neuwirth discusses her roles as Hippolyta and Titania in the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She’ll also talk about her new album, “Porcelain.”

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Backstory: Nouri Al-Maliki

Financial Times Middle East correspondent Michael Peel joins us to take a look at how Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has ruled his country and responded to the various crises in the region.


Underreported: The Martin Act & Investor Lawsuits

University of Pennsylvania law professor David Skeel explains the recent judicial expansion of the Martin Act of 1921, which now makes it easier for private investors to file lawsuits against investment firms.


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