Guest Picks: Walter Murch

Monday, November 12, 2012

Film historian Walter Murch was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently to talk about translating the work of anti-totalitarian WWII journalist and writer Curzio Malaparte. He also told us about his love of particle physics and English muffins! Find out what else Walter Murch is up to these days.

What have you read or seen over the past year that moved or surprised you?

         The Life of Super-Earths, by Dimitar Sasselov


What are you listening to right now?

         KXPR Classical

What’s the last great book you read?

         The Sleepwalkers by Arthur Koestler


What’s one thing you’re a fan of that people might not expect?

         Particle physics


What’s your favorite comfort food?

         Thomas’ English Muffins


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Millie Guiteau from Belle Mead, NJ

Hi Mr. Lopate,

In all my years of listening to public radio. No program has moved me to write a response to it so strongly as the subject on Affirmative Action.

I happen to be a parent of a sophomore at Princeton University who also attended private schools all her life. I found his remarks both unsulting, ignorant and racist for his information is coming only from research not from real experiences. He is so full of it!!!

The truth is that, my daughter has had to work all her life four times harder than her white counter parts.She and I have watched them play around and not taking their grades seriously throughout high school only to what them end-up as well at an elite school. What would your guess call that?

I have watched my daughter stay up in high school until 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning. Giving back to the community, being very involved at school in every way, being the perfect citizen-not drinking, parting and involving in druks. Being a good daughter, sister and friend. Engaging in academic programs during the summer to improve and solidify her skills. And me throughtout the years, doing everything a parent should do toward the success of her child, for example, driving her to all those extra classes and activities, making sure she goes to the library and taking her to events and cultural places, etc. She finished top five of her class and received many awards at the end of high school. That is called hard work-not Affirmative Action. She deserves to be there just like any other white students. What do people want, no black people at all in those very selective schools? It is very unfortunate that she has worked so hard to get to where she is and people still do not respect that.

Your guest toward the end of the program even said,that it is best for them to go somewhere else. I could not help but heard a lot of resentment in his voice. He did also say that black minority students with foreign parents do get to be accepted to those schools more. It is true that a lot of the minority students there have foreign parents. I am from Haiti and have stressed to her since she was little the importance of a good education. Foreign parents are like that. That should only tell you that those kids deserve to be there. Those white kids who are complaining that they were not accepted because of Affirmative Action should take a closer look at their application and not blame the few minorities who are accepted. White kids are the majority in those schools unless they want an all white school.

Nov. 13 2012 03:27 PM

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