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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

On today’s show: Andrew Delbanco examines the commercialization of college and looks at whether obtaining a broad education is becoming a thing of the past. We’ll learn about the life and work of the artist David Wojnarowic. Graphic artist Marjane Satrapi talks about writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums.” Plus, we’ll look into why the proposed Keystone XL pipeline has stirred up so much controversy.

College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be

Andrew Delbanco, Director of American Studies at Columbia University, explains why he worries that the traditional four-year college experience—a time for students to discover their passions and test ideas and values—is in danger of becoming a thing of the past. In his book College: What It Was, Is, and Should Be, he offers a defense of such an education, and argues that making it available to as many young people as possible remains central to America's democratic promise.

Share your thoughts: Did you find college worthwhile? Do you think the standard four-year college education should change?

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The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz

Cynthia Carr talks about the controversial artist David Wojnarowicz, whose artwork made headlines in 2010 when the National Portrait Gallery in Washington responded to responded to protests from the Catholic League and censored an excerpt of his short film, “A Fire in My Belly.” Carr’s biography Fire in the Belly: The Life and Times of David Wojnarowicz is a close look at the man who became one of the most important voices of his generation, from his unhappy childhood to his formative role in the time in New York's East Village to his death from AIDS in 1992 at the age of 37.

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Marjane Satrapi on "Chicken with Plums"

Marjane Satrapi discusses writing and co-directing the new film “Chicken with Plums,” based on her graphic novel of the same name. The story begins in Teheran in 1958, when renowned musician Nasser Ali Khan has lost the will to live since his violin has been destroyed. Finding no instrument worthy of replacing it, he decides to confine himself to bed and wait for death. Through the film a poignant secret of his life comes to light, a story of love that inspired his genius and his music. “Chicken with Plums” opens August 17 at Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Center.

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The Keystone XL Pipeline

John Richardson, Writer at Large for Esquire magazine, talks about the proposed oil pipeline from Canada to Texas, which is a flashpoint about ideas of capitalism. His article “Keystone,” in the September issue of Esquire, looks at the complex technical, economic, and environmental issues the pipeline raises.

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