A Higher Plane

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

On today’s show: Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, and how human minds might be merged with intelligent technology. Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke tell us about their new production of “Ivanov.” Then, we’ll preview an upcoming performance of Bach’s Magnificat, performed with period instruments. Also, historian Kenneth T. Jackson talks about how our city has recovered from previous disasters.

Revealing the Secret of Human Thought

Futurist Ray Kurzweil discusses how the brain functions, how the mind emerges from the brain, and the implications of vastly increasing the powers of our intelligence in addressing the world’s problems. In How to Create a Mind: The Secret of Human Thought Revealed, he examines emotional and moral intelligence and the origins of consciousness and envisions the radical possibilities of our merging with the intelligent technology we are creating.

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Director Austin Pendleton and Ethan Hawke, who stars in the title role, discuss the Classic Stage Company’s new production of Anton Chekhov’s “Ivanov,” which continues the CSC’s Chekhov Cycle. As Chekhov’s first great dramatic anti-hero, Hawke takes on the role considered by many to be “the Russian Hamlet.” “Ivanov” is playing at the Classic Stage Company through December 9.


The American Classical Orchestra

Thomas Crawford, founding music director and conductor of the American Classical Orchestra, and oboe player Marc Schachman discuss the orchestra’s upcoming performance of Bach’s Magnificat and talk about playing on period instruments. On November 27, at 8 PM in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the orchestra joins longtime collaborators the choirs of Trinity Church, Princeton and Trinity Church, New Haven for a reawakening of the revelatory music of Bach’s multi-movement work for five soloists, choir, and orchestra: Magnificat.

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New York Recovering

Kenneth T. Jackson, Jacques Barzun Professor in History and the Social Sciences at Columbia University and author of The Encyclopedia of New York City: Second Edition, talks about how New York recovered from previous disasters.

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A Post-Sandy Thanksgiving: Ways You Can Help

Even as life has returned to normal in many parts of our area, recovery continues for those hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy, and for many affected by the storm, this will be a difficult Thanksgiving. Katie Benner, a writer for Fortune and the creator of Sandy Sucks, talks about volunteering in Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, and shares her plans to help cook a Thanksgiving dinner for those affected in Brooklyn. Caterer Jessica Alfreds ( is cooking and hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for those affected by Sandy at St. Mark’s Church.


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