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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Gov. Chris Christie (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

On today’s show: journalists Bob Ingle and Michael Symons discuss the precipitous rise of New Jersey governor Chris Christie. Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Daphne Rubin-Vega, and director Emily Mann talk about the unorthodox revival of “A Streetcar Named Desire.” Ethan Hawke discusses his role in a new thriller called “The Woman in the Fifth.” The New America Foundation’s Peter Bergen examines the Obama Administration’s acceleration of the drone war in Yemen for our latest Underreported segment. And then the scientist who discovered discoverer of a huge and baffling plankton bloom deep under Arctic ice explains its implications for climate change and the global ecosystem.

NJ Governor Chris Christie's Rise to Power

Bob Ingle and Michael Symons talk about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has become a national Republican Party figure. Their book Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power offers the first in-depth portrait of the governor, looking at his roots, his early political career, his time in the governor’s office, and what his political future will likely be.

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“A Streetcar Named Desire” on Broadway

Nicole Ari Parker, who plays Blanche, and Daphne Rubin-Vega, who plays Stella, talk about their roles in the revival of Tennessee Williams’ play “A Streetcar Named Desire,” directed by Emily Mann. It’s playing at the Broadhurst Theater.

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Ethan Hawke on "The Woman in the Fifth"

Ethan Hawke discusses his role in the movie “The Woman in the Fifth,” a thriller about an American writer who moves to Paris and begins a romance with a mysterious and elegant widow. But things take a strange turn around him. "The Woman in the Fifth" opens at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, and Village East Cinema.

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Underreported: The Accelerated Drone War in Yemen

A report from the New America Foundation has found that the Obama Administration has dramatically escalated its drone war in Yemen. Peter Bergen talks about the report’s findings and their regional implications.

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Underreported: Massive Algae Bloom Found Under Arctic Ice

Scientists recently made an unlikely discovery under thinning arctic ice: a massive algae bloom. Kevin Arrigo, a biological oceanographer at Stanford University who led the NASA-sponsored mission that discovered the algae, explains how it changes our thinking about arctic ecosystems and how they’re responding to climate change.

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Guest Picks: Jeff Dupre

Find out what Jeff Dupre, producer and co-director of "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present," has been watching, reading, and listening to lately.

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Guest Picks: Matthew Akers

Filmmaker Matthew Akers, co-director of the documentary "Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present" recommends the documentary "Tchoupitoulas." Find out what else he recommends.

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Guest Picks: Marina Abramovic

Performance artist Marina Abromovic likes dirty jokes. Find out what else she likes.

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