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Thursday, June 07, 2012

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme stop by to discuss the new documentary “Neil Young Journeys.” Blues guitarist Buddy Guy reflects on his influential career and interesting life. Angelo and Gaia Gaja discuss making wine as a father-daughter team of vintners! Our latest Backstory segments take a look at the uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa and at the potential unraveling of the Euro.

Neil Young and Jonathan Demme on “Neil Young Journeys”

Neil Young and filmmaker Jonathan Demme talk about the documentary “Neil Young Journeys,” their third collaboration. It documents a drive Neil Young took in May 2011 from his hometown of Omemee, Ontario, to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall, where he performed the last two nights of his solo world tour. During the drive, Young recounted introspective stories from his youth to Demme, who wove these tales together with his music. “Neil Young Journeys” opens in New York June 29.

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Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy has been called the greatest blues guitarist of all time, influencing Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and the late Stevie Ray Vaughn, among others, and he’s the living embodiment of Chicago blues. In his new memoir, When I Left Home, Guy tells of moving from rural Louisiana to Chicago in the 1950s, the blues masters he played with, and the evolving culture of music that happened all around him.

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Winemakers Angelo and Gaia Gaja

Angelo Gaja and Gaia Gaja, father-daughter team of winemakers, talk about the legendary Gaja winery, which Angelo has run for 33years. Angelo Gaja is almost single-handedly responsible for the current vogue for Italian fine wine today. His daughter, Gaia, has been working closely to continue this legacy which includes expansion into two new properties in Tuscany.

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Backstory: The Eurozone Crisis

There’s been talk of Greece returning to the drachma and now the European Union and Germany are said to be exploring the possibility of rescuing Spain. On this week’s first Backstory, Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, talks about the latest developments in the ongoing economic crisis in the Eurozone.

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Backstory: Sectarian Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

There has been an uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa recently, including the rise of Islamist groups in Mali, Somalia and Nigeria. Eliza Griswold, a Guggenheim Fellow and author of the book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, examines what’s happening and why.

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Guest Picks: Buddy Guy

Legendary blues guitarist Buddy Guy was on the Lopate Show recently to talk about his fascinating life and his long career singing and playing the blues. He also told us about singing "Sweet Home Chicago" with Pres. Obama. Find out what else he's listening to!

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