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Friday, August 10, 2012

John Tuturro

John Turturro fills in for Leonard. He’s starred in a number of director Spike Lee’s films, and they’ll talk about the director’s latest “Red Hook Summer.” Then, we’ll look at efforts to find housing for people with psychiatric disabilities. Also, Barry Edelstein, the director of the Public Theater’s Shakespeare Initiative talks about his efforts to bring the Bard into prisons and senior centers. Plus our latest Please Explain looks at what goes into teamwork—from the basketball court to the office.

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John Turturro

Spike Lee

Spike Lee talks about his career as a filmmaker, and working with guest host John Turturro in the films “Do the Right Thing,” and “Jungle Fever,” among others. And he’ll talk about his new film “Red Hook Summer,” the latest in Spike Lee’s chronicles of Brooklyn. It’s about a young boy who spends the summer with his deeply religious grandfather in the housing projects of Red Hook. "Red Hook Summer" opens August 10 at Landmark Sunshine, AMC Empire, AMC Magic Johnson Harlem, and BAM Rose Cinemas.

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Pathways to Housing

Sam Tsemberis discusses founding Pathways to Housing in 1992, a program that addresses homelessness among people with psychiatric disabilities. Since its founding, Pathways has housed more than 600 people in New York alone, and the program maintains an 85% retention rate. In addition to its New York headquarters, Pathways to Housing now has program offices in Washington DC, Philadelphia and Vermont, and the Pathways Housing First model has been replicated in more than 40 cities across the United States, as well as in Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, and Portugal.

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The Mobile Shakespeare Unit's "Richard III"

Barry Edelstein, director of the Shakespeare Initiative for the Public Theater, talks about the Mobile Shakespeare Unit, which presents Shakespeare for free to prisons, homeless shelters, centers for the elderly, and other community venues throughout the five boroughs to audiences with limited or no access to the arts. It’s wrapping up a three-week tour of "Richard III," which made more than 15 stops across New York City and surrounding areas, including an army base in Brooklyn, Rikers Island prison, and a homeless shelter for adults with mental illness in Manhattan. “Richard III” will run at The Public Theater through Saturday, August 25.

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Please Explain: Teams and Teamwork

This week’s Please Explain takes a look at the art and science of teamwork. We’re joined by Scott Wiltermuth, Assistant Professor of Management and Organization, at USC’s Marshall School of Business, and Dr. John Krakauer, Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, Director, Center for the Study of Motor Learning and Brain Repair, the Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Neurology.

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Boxer Claressa Shields Wins Gold Medal

Seventeen-year-old boxer Claressa Shields won a gold medal in the Olympics Thursday. It’s the first time women have competed in boxing in the Olympics, and it has been her goal to box in London since 2009. Shields was on the Leonard Lopate Show in February, along with her coach Jason Crutchfield and former pro fighter Christy Halbert, and you can listen to that interview here.

Shields and the other women who competed for a chance to fight in the 2012 Olympics were the subject of a radio documentary produced by WNYC’s Marianne McCune. Go For It: Life Lessons From Girl Boxers.

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