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Friday, November 30, 2012

On today’s show: We’ll find out about the complicated and often misunderstood history of Afghanistan. The director and two of the stars of a new production of “The Piano Lesson,” the fourth play in August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. A. M. Homes talks about May We Be Forgiven, her new dark-comic novel about 21st century suburban life. Please Explain is all about mold!

The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

Tamim Ansary describes the many battles within Afghanistan—struggles between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. In Games without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, he draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out.

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“The Piano Lesson”

Ruben Santiago-Hudson, director of “The Piano Lesson,” and Brandon Dirden and Roslyn Ruff, who play the leads, discuss the play, the fourth play of August Wilson’s epic Century Cycle. “The Piano Lesson” is a moving drama of family, history, and survival. In Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1936, the Charles family battle their surroundings and each other over their shared legacy – an antique piano. “The Piano Lesson” is playing at the Irene Diamond Stage at The Pershing Square Signature Center.

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A. M. Homes on May We Be Forgiven

A. M. Homes discusses her new novel, May We Be Forgiven. It’s a darkly comic novel of 21st-century suburban domestic life and the possibility of personal transformation.

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Please Explain: Mold

Mold is a common household nuisance—it can appear on shower curtains and in damp basements and on aging foods in the refrigerator, but it’s a major concern in the aftermath of flooding caused by Sandy. Industrial hygienist and environmental health expert Monona Rossol and microbiologist Chin Yang, of Prestige EnviroMicrobiology, explain what mold is, where it comes from, how it grows, what it can do to your home and health, and how to get rid of it.

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Guest Picks: David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-stars Sigourney Weaver and Kristine Nielsen, to discuss the Lincoln Center Theater production of Christopher Durang's "Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike." He's a big fan of cocktails!

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Guest Picks: A. M. Homes

A. M. Homes was here to talk about her latest novel. She shares a few of her favorite things.

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