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Monday, October 01, 2012

From "Liv and Ingmar," Dheeraj Akolkar, 2012

MSNBC analyst and Salon columnist Joan Walsh looks at the roots of the growing divisiveness in American politics. Mark Helprin tells us about his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow. Luisa Weiss discusses her memoir, My Berlin Kitchen, about her transformation through food in Germany. Plus, Liv Ullman reflects on her relationship with Ingmar Bergman and Dheeraj Alkolkar’s new film about it.

What’s the Matter with White People

MSNBC political analyst and Salon columnist Joan Walsh looks at the cause and effects of the rise of divisive politics over the last 40 years in this country. In What’s the Matter with White People she makes the case that changes unleashed in the 1960s pitted Americans against one another politically in new and destructive ways—while economically, everyone fell behind except the wealthy.

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Mark Helprin's In Sunlight and in Shadow

Mark Helprin discusses his new novel, In Sunlight and in Shadow, which begins in New York in 1946. Harry Copeland, an elite paratrooper who fought behind enemy lines in Europe, has returned home to run the family business but his life is upended by a single encounter with a young singer and heiress.

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Luisa Weiss' Berlin Kitchen

Luisa Weiss tells what happens when she broke off her engagement to a handsome New Yorker, quit her dream job, and found her way to a new life, a new man, and a new home in Berlin—one recipe at a time. In My Berlin Kitchen: A Love Story (with Recipes) she shares stories of mending her broken heart through cooking.

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Liv and Ingmar

Filmmaker Dheeraj Alkolkar and Liv Ullman discusses the film “Liv and Ingmar,” about one of the great couples in the history of filmmaking—Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman. The film is an affectionate account of two intertwined lives that experienced the full spectrum of emotions together, survived extraordinary times, and left proof of the passion of their relationship both on and off-screen. The film will screen on October 1, at 6:15pm at the Walter Reade Theater and on October 9, at 8:45pm at the Francesca Beale Theater.

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