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Friday, September 21, 2012

A young football player adjusts his helmet before a game in a scene from Steve James’ “Head Games” (Courtesy Variance Films)

On today’s show: Find out how corporations often mislead, hide the truth, and even lie in the fine print in nearly every contract…and what you can do to protect yourself. Celebrated Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses his prize-winning book My Struggle. Director Volker Schlöndorff on his 1979 film “The Tin Drum,” now released in a new director’s cut, and his documentary of conversations he had with director Billy Wilder called “Billy, How Did You Do It?” And this week’s Please Explain segment is all about sports related concussions.

The Fine Print

David Cay Johnston explains the ways corporations hide sneaky stipulations in contract, often with government permission. In The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, he deciphers the jargon used in things like utility bills that cost you money, and he points out what’s missing—all the contractually binding clauses that companies hide but still enforce. Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against these devious practices.

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Karl Ove Knausgaard on My Struggle

Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses his book My Struggle. Almost ten years have passed since Karl O. Knausgaard's father drank himself to death, and Knausgaard probes into his past, dissecting struggles—great and small—with great candor and vitality.

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Volker Schlöndorff on "The Tin Drum"

Volker Schlöndorff discusses the director’s cut of his 1979 film “The Tin Drum,” an adaptation of Günter Grass’s first novel. He also talks about his documentary, “Billy, How Did You Do It?” about two weeks of filmed conversation with the director Billy Wilder. “The Tin Drum” is playing at Film Forum through September 27 and “Billy, How Did You Do It?” is playing September 23.

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Please Explain: Concussions and Sports

For this week’s Please Explain, director Steve James talks about his new film “Head Games,” a revealing documentary about the concussions in American sports, along with former Ivy League Football Player and WWE Wrestler Christopher Nowinski, author of the book Head Games. It covers eye-opening evidence and cutting-edge science on head trauma from the nation’s leading medical experts and gives first-hand accounts from the athletes, coaches, and parents.

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Video: Alex Prud'homme on Collaborating with Julia Child

When Alex Prud'homme was here for the Lopate Show Book Club conversation about Julia Child's memoir My Life in France, he shared some memories of his great-aunt and talked about what she was like to work with.

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