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Thursday, May 24, 2012

John Lithgow and Grace Gummer (Photo by Joan Marcus)

On today’s show: Tony- and Pulitzer prize-winning playwright David Auburn, Tony- and Emmy Award-winning actor John Lithgow and Grace Gummer discuss the production of “The Columnist.” Director Philip Kaufman talks about his film about the passionate and tumultuous marriage between Ernest Hemmingway and Martha Gellhorn. The BBC’s A History of the World in 100 Objects takes a look at a sculpture made from decommissioned weapons from the Mozambique civil war. Plus, Thailand is the second largest supplier of foreign seafood on to the United States, and on Underreported, we’ll take a look at the use of slave labor in southeast Asian fisheries.

"The Columnist"

Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Auburn discusses “The Columnist,” along with its stars John Lithgow and Grace Gummer. It follows Joseph Alsop, a beloved and feared columnist who sits at the center of the Washington political world. As 1960s dawn and shake up America, the intense political drama Joe is embroiled in becomes deeply personal as well. “The Columnist” is playing at the MTC’s Samuel J. Friedman Theater through July 1.

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"Hemingway and Gellhorn"

Director Philip Kaufman talks about his film “Hemingway and Gellhorn.” It recounts the passionate love affair and tumultuous marriage of Ernest Hemingway and the war correspondent Martha Gellhorn, who were one of the first celebrity “power couples.” As witnesses to history, they covered all the great conflicts of their time, but they couldn’t survive was the war between themselves. “Hemingway and Gellhorn” airs Monday, May 28, on HBO.

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Underreported: Did Slaves Catch Your Seafood Dinner?

Thailand is one of the largest exporters of seafood to the United States. On today’s Underreported segment, Global Post’s senior southeast Asian correspondent Patrick Winn investigates claims that forced labor is used on Thai fishing boats.

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Backstory: Living Planet Report

The World Wildlife Fund has released its new Living Planet Report. Kate Newman, the Managing Director of Public Sector Initiatives and Field Programs at the WWF, assesses the state of global biodiversity.

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