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Friday, January 18, 2013

On today’s show: We’ll find out how the epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder among the country’s veterans is spreading to their families. Writer, director, and producer Bill Persky looks back at the Golden Age of television and his work on “The Dick van Dyke Show” and “Kate and Allie,” and other hit shows. The curator of “Inventing Abstraction” at the Museum of Modern Art talks about how abstraction transformed art. Plus: this week’s Please Explain is all about our troubled postal service.

Is PTSD Contagious?

Mac McClelland talks about the epidemic levels of PTSD among veterans, and how it’s now spreading to their families. Her article "Hearts and Minds" appears in the January/February issue of Mother Jones magazine. It's published online as “Is PTSD Contagious?

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Creating the Golden Age of Television

Bill Persky, the five-time Emmy Award-winning writer, director, and producer of over 300 TV shows and films during the 1950s to the 1970s, including “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” “That Girl,” and “Kate & Allie,” talks about his life and career during the Golden Age of television comedy. In his memoir, My Life is a Situation Comedy, he shares his tales of the people he worked with and of a life well lived and vividly recollected.

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Inventing Abstraction at MoMA

Leah Dickerman, Curator in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, talks about the exhibition “Inventing Abstraction, 1910-1925.” Commemorating the centennial of invention of abstraction, the exhibition brings together over 350 works—including paintings, drawings, prints, books, sculptures, films, photographs, recordings, and dance pieces—to offer a sweeping survey of a radical moment when the rules of art making were fundamentally transformed.

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Please Explain: The Post Office

When you drop a letter in a mailbox, how exactly does it end up where it’s supposed to go? We’ll find out how the U.S. Postal Service works and why it’s struggling for survival. Nancy A. Pope, curator from the National Postal Museum and organizer of Systems at Work, and Richard John, professor at Columbia University School of Journalism and author of Spreading the News: The American Postal System from Franklin to Morse.

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