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Thursday, August 30, 2012

The convention floor at the 2012 RNC (Anna Sale)

On today’s show: More from the Republican National Convention from Baratunde Thurston. We’ll also speak with the Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart about the presidential race so far. Director Roger Rees and Celia Keenan-Bolger talk about the “Peter and the Starcatcher.” Elgin James talks about his journey from foster care to filmmaking and writing and directing the film “Little Birds.” Plus, Jonathan Kozol discusses a group of inner-city children he has followed for 25 years.

Day Three of the Republican National Convention

Baratunde Thurston, WNYC special correspondent, author of How to Be Black, and former director of digital at The Onion, reports on how the Republican National Convention is going so far and what we can expect for the closing night.

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Jonathan Capehart on the Convention

Jonathan Capehart, of the Washington Post, discusses the speeches so far at the Republican National Convention and how the week in Tampa has shaped the election so far.

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Peter and the Starcatcher

Celia Keenan-Bolger, who stars as Molly in “Peter and the Starcatcher” and director Roger Rees talk about the Broadway production. In the play, based on the novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, a company of 12 actors plays more than a hundred characters, all on a journey to answer the question: How did Peter Pan become the Boy Who Never Grew Up? It’s playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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Little Birds

Elgin James talks about writing and directing “Little Birds.” He’s also discus his journey from the foster care system to homeless teen to gang member to filmmaking. “Little Birds” is semi-autobiographical, and is about two 15-year-old girls who live on the shores of the Salton Sea and test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other in an escape to Los Angeles. The film is playing at the Angelika.

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Jonathan Kozol on His Book Fire in the Ashes

Jonathan Kozol discusses the inequalities inflicted upon poor children. Kozol has persistently crossed the lines of class and race, first as a teacher, then as an author of books about the children he has called “the outcasts of our nation’s ingenuity.” His new book, Fire in the Ashes: Twenty-five Years Among the Poorest Children in America, is about a group of inner-city children he has known for many years, young men and women who have come of age in one of the most destitute communities of the United States.

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Guest Picks: Elgin James

Elgin James was on the Lopate Show to talk about his journey from being a gang member to making his first film, "Little Birds." He also told us about his love "Dawson's Creek." Find out what else Elgin's a fan of!


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