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Friday, June 01, 2012

On today’s show: we’ll take a look at why Chinese consumers prefer western products to their own national brands. Alan Alda and Nobel laureate Harold Varmus discuss the World Science Festival. Jeremy Shamos and Crystal Dickinson, two cast members from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Clybourne Park.” Plus, our latest Please Explain is all about vitamin D and other vitamins.

 

Culture, Communism, and China's Modern Consumer

China expert Tom Doctoroff discusses what makes China tick, and how the country’s distinguishing traits define and explain the country. In What Chinese Want: Culture, Communism and China's Modern Consumer, Doctoroff looks at the impulses and conflicts within Chinese civilization.

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Alan Alda and Dr. Harold Varmus on the World Science Festival

Alan Alda and Dr. Harold Varmus discuss the 2012 World Science Festival, May 30 – June 3. The Foundation’s mission is to cultivate a general public informed by science, inspired by its wonder, convinced of its value, and prepared to engage with its implications for the future.

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“Clybourne Park”

Jeremy Shamos and Crystal Dickinson discuss their roles in “Clybourne Park,” winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize and London’s Olivier award for Best Play. The play deals with race, real estate, and the volatile values of each. Act One takes is set in 1959, as community leaders try to stop the sale of a home to a black family, and Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood struggles with gentrification. “Clybourne Park” is playing at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

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Please Explain: Vitamins

Patsy Brannon, Professor of Nutrition, Cornell University explains what vitamins do and which are most important.

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Tributes: Paul Fussell

Paul Fussell enlisted in the army in 1943 -- and on his first morning on a battlefield, he woke to find corpses strewn in front of him. He was wounded, and awarded a Purple Heart as well as the Bronze Star for gallantry. Scarred by these experiences, he spent the rest of his life trying to demystify the romanticism of battle, beginning with his study of the Great War.  Military historian John Keegan, who was a friend of Fussell's, calls The Great War a "simply superb book that will be read long after he's dead." Paul Fussell was a guest a number of times on the Leonard Lopate Show, before he died recently at the age of 88.  And you can still hear one of those interviews from 2002.

 

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Guest Picks: Alex Hassle

Alex Hassle was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-stars Jonathan Pryce and Alan Cox to talk about starring in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker." He also told us he's a fan of the ukelele. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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Guest Picks: Alan Cox

Alan Cox was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-stars Jonathan Pryce and Alex Hassle, to talk about his work in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker." He also told us what he's been reading recently.

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Guest Picks: Jonathan Pryce

Jonathan Pryce was on the Lopate Show, along with co-stars Alan Cox and Alex Hassle, to talk about starring in Harold Pinter's "The Caretaker." He also told us what he's listening to these days.

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Guest Picks: Crystal Dickinson

Crystal Dickinson was on the Lopate Show recently, along with co-star Jeremy Shamos, to discuss her role in the Broadway play, "Clybourne Park." She also told us what she's been listening to recently.

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Guest Picks: Jeremy Shamos

Jeremy Shamos was on the Lopate Show, along with co-star Crystal Dickinson, to talk about starring in the Broadway play, "Clybourne Park." He also told us he's a fan of Radiolab. Find out what else he's a fan of!

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