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Friday, November 09, 2012

On today’s show: NPR’s Ask Me Another host Ophira Eisenberg and her sidekick Jonathan Coulton are here with a special quiz for you! Actor Kevin Pollak talks about his new memoir, How I Slept My Way to the Middle. Playwright Colman Domingo discusses his latest work “Wild with Happy,” at the Public Theater. Plus, Please Explain is all about the good and bad microbes that live in our houses, hospitals, and workplaces!

Ask Me Another: A Quiz!

Ophira Eisenberg, host of Ask Me Another, and Jonathan Coulton, the show’s house musician, hold a special quiz for Lopate Show listeners and perform some songs. Ask Me Another starts its second season of recordings November 12, at 7:30 pm, at The Bell House in Brooklyn. Starting January 4 Ask Me Another will be broadcast weekly on public radio stations across the country.

Ask Me Another airs on 93.9 FM at 3:00 pm on Saturday and AM 820 at 12 noon.

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Kevin Pollak on How He Slept His Way to the Middle

Comedian and actor Kevin Pollak shares stories of working with film legends and of landing the coveted position of being a recurring guest on Johnny Carson’s The Tonight Show. He tells how he achieved his success, and the mistakes he made along the way, in How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs.

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"Wild with Happy"

Playwright Colman Domingo discusses his play “Wild with Happy,” in its world premiere at the Public Theater. Gil, an actor, finds his worlds colliding when his mother dies and he decides to have her cremated. But where should he scatter the ashes? And can he make a fairytale ending for her in the one place that made her wild with happy? “Wild with Happy” is playing at the Public Theater through November 11.

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Please Explain: The Microbes Inside

On this week’s Please Explain we’ll learn about the microbes, bacteria, and fungi in and around our households, hospitals and other buildings. Rob Dunn, biologist in the Department of Biology at North Carolina State University, project director of the Wild Life of Our Homes, and author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, and  Jessica Green, Director of the Biology and the Built Environment (BioBE) Center at the University of Oregon, explain what these microbes are, where they come from, the ways their presence and absence may directly influence our health and well being, and new research into how to the design and operation of buildings to promote both human health and environmental sustainability. 

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