The Past, Future, and the Sea in Between

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Al Gore explains what six key things will shape the future—from shifting military power to scientific breakthroughs to climate change. Sam Roberts marks the 100th anniversary of Grand Central Terminal. Peter Hook, a founding member and bass player for Joy Division, takes us behind the scenes of the band’s three years together. And we’ll start off our show with Fabien Cousteau and marine toxicologist Dr. Susan Shaw, who discuss the biggest threats to the health of the world’s oceans and waterways.

How Healthy Are the Oceans?

Fabien Cousteau, a filmmaker, oceanographic explorer and grandson of Jacques Cousteau, and marine toxicologist Susan Shaw talk about the health of the oceans and conservation. Susan dove into the BP oil slick in May 2010 to assess the impact of oil and the chemical dispersants used to clean the spill, which had a devastating impact on marine life in the Gulf and human health.

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Grand Central Terminal at 100

When Grand Central Terminal opened in 1913, it immediately became one of the most beautiful and recognizable Manhattan landmarks, and to celebrate its centennial, Sam Roberts of The New York Times looks back at Grand Central's conception, history, and the cultural effects the station has had on busy commuters and tourists. His book Grand Central: How a Train Station Transformed America looks at the way the station spurred suburban expansion and fostered the nation's westward movement via the railroad.

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Peter Hook of Joy Division

Joy Division founding member and bass player Peter Hook tells the story of the band, which is credited with reinventing music in the post-punk era, and influencing U2, Morrissey, R.E.M., Radiohead, and numerous others. In 1980, just after the release of their groundbreaking debut, “Unknown Pleasures,” and on right before their first U.S. tour, the band’s lead singer, Ian Curtis, committed suicide. Hook’s book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division recounts how four young men from Manchester and Salisbury, with makeshift instruments and a broken-down van, created a new sound that would define a generation.

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Al Gore Looks Toward the Future

Former Vice President Al Gore tells Leonard Lopate what will drive global change in the decades to come.

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Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel on the Lopate Show in 2008

On Thursday, Senator Chuck Hagel, Pres. Obama's nominee for Secretary of Defense, will testify before the Senate Armed Forces Committee. As he prepares for his confirmation hearings, you can hear his 2008 conversation with Leonard Lopate about his memoir, America: Our Next Chapter: Tough Questions, Straight Answers.

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