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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

On today’s show: Ellis Cose looks at how our ideas about race have shifted and that means for the country’s future. James Corden and Jemima Rooper talk about starring in the acclaimed British comedy now on Broadway, “One Man, Two Guvnors.” Then Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby talk about their roles in the off-Broadway play, “Lonely, I’m Not,” about a man who hasn’t a date—or a job—in four years. Bob Reiss talks about why oil companies are moving up to the Arctic, and how the new global battle for oil there will shape America’s future.

Ellis Cose on the End of Anger

Longtime columnist and contributing editor for Newsweek Ellis Cose examines the intergenerational shifts in how blacks and whites view and interact with each other. The End of Anger: A New Generation's Take on Race and Rage offers a fresh appraisal of the state of white guilt, black rage, and if a postracial America can ever exist.

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“One Man, Two Guvnors”

James Corden and Jemima Rooper talk about starring in “One Man, Two Guvnors,” a comedy by Richard Bean, based on the 18th-century Italian farce by Carlo Goldoni, “The Servant of Two Masters.”

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“Lonely, I’m Not”

Topher Grace and Olivia Thirlby discuss their roles in the play “Lonely, I’m Not.” The play is a comic journey that follows Porter, who has been married and divorced, earned seven figures as a corporate “ninja,” and had a nervous breakdown. He meets an ambitious young businesswoman who is overcoming her own obstacles to emotional success. “Lonely, I’m Not” is playing at the Second Stage Theater through June 3.

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The Eskimo and the Oil Man

Bob Reiss talks about Shell oil’s plans to sink exploratory wells in the waters off the North Slope of Alaska—a site that the company believes contains three times as much oil as the Gulf of Mexico. To write The Eskimo and the Oil Man: The Battle at the Top of the World for America's Future he traveled in America's High North over three years and spent time with scientists, diplomats, military planners, Eskimo whale hunters, and officials at the highest levels of the government to explore the issues dividing every American community wrestling with the balance between energy use and environmental protection, our love of cheap gas and the romance of pristine wilderness.

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Guest Picks: Olivia Thirlby

Actress Olivia Thirlby was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about her role in the off-Broadway play, "Lonely, I"m Not." She also told us that she's a fan of jazz. Find out what else she's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Francoise Mouly

New Yorker art editor Francoise Mouly was on the Lopate Show recently to discuss the process of honing the iconic covers of the magazine and shared some of the ones that didn't make it. She also shared what she's been reading recently and the comfort food she craves.

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