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Thursday, July 26, 2012

On today’s show: Philip Galanes, who writes the Social Q’s column for the New York Times, answers your questions about how to be a gracious house guest or host this summer. The inventor of the board game Cranium—and his brother—on the challenges of trying to start a business in Ghana. Tracie Bennett talks about her acclaimed portrayal of Judy Garland in the Broadway play, “End of the Rainbow.” Plus, our latest Backstory and Underreported segments.

Philip Galanes on Houseguest Hospitality

Benjamin Franklin once said that house guests were like fish – they start to smell after three days. More than 200 years later, weekend house parties can still create awkward, tense, or downright unpleasant situations for guests and hosts alike. Philip Galanes, New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of  Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today gives us tips on how to be a graceful guest or host.

Share your house guest quandaries and dilemmas—Philip Galanes will offer his sage advice!

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Bright Lights, No City

Whit Alexander, co-founder of the Cranium board game, and his brother, journalist Max Alexander, tell what happened when they traveled to Ghana, West Africa, so Whit could start a new business providing rechargeable batteries and other services to low-income villagers. In Bright Lights, No City: An African Adventure on Bad Roads with a Brother and a Very Weird Business Plan Max gives an account of bickering with Whit across the African bush, and learning to adapt to the challenges of living and working in Africa.

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"End of the Rainbow"

Tracie Bennett discusses her role as Judy Garland in “End of the Rainbow.” The play is set in December 1968, when Judy Garland is about to make her comeback... again. This drama offers insight into the inner conflict that inspired and consumed one of the most beloved figures in American popular culture, and it features some of Garland's most memorable songs.

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Backstory: Iraq After the U.S. Departure

Earlier this week Iraq was rocked by a series of coordinated attacks, which killed at least 115 people across the county. The associated press called the attacks the worst the country has seen in two years. Sebastian Walker, a correspondent for Fault Lines, on Al Jazeera English, looks at the situation in Iraq since the United States withdrawal.

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Backstory: Understanding Libor

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner told Congress yesterday that he warned UK officials about problems with the LIBOR interbank lending rate as early as four years ago. ProPublica’s Cora Currier joins us to explain the ongoing LIBOR scandal.

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