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Friday, February 08, 2013

On today’s show: Judith and Bill Moyers are joined by their son, William Cope Moyers, to discuss how families deal with addiction. Mike Daisey talks about his latest show, about how life on-line is influencing life off-line; he’ll also address the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China. Directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill on the Academy Award-nominated short “Redemption,” about people who survive by collecting bottles and cans. Plus, Please Explain is all about the role hearing plays in shaping our memories and our brains.

William Moyers and His Parents on Addiction

As the survivor of multiple relapses and near-fatal experiences with his addiction to alcohol and other drugs, William C. Moyers knows what it’s like to desperately need a good treatment program but not know how to find one. He and his parents, journalist Bill Moyers and Judith Moyers, talk about their experience confronting William’s addiction and the journey through intervention, treatment, and recovery. William Moyers’ book Now What? An Insider’s Guide to Addiction and Recovery leads readers through recognizing when someone needs help, finding a quality treatment program, navigating the treatment process, and establishing a support system after treatment.

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Mike Daisey's 'Faster Better Social...'

Mike Daisey talks about his latest theater work “Faster Better Social Click Like Touch Tweet Yes Yes!!1! (or, Our Slavery is Rich and Full),” and addresses the controversy surrounding his This American Life piece on Foxconn factories in China.

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Jon Alpert and Matt O'Neill's Documentary "Redemption"

Directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill discuss their Academy Award-nominated documentary short “Redemption.” They’re also joined by Susan, who is featured in the film, about New York City’s growing “canning” profession—more and more men and women survive redeeming bottles and cans they collect from curbs, garbage cans and apartment complexes. “Redemption” is an unexpected and intimate look at New York City’s post-industrial gleaners, struggling at the edge of society. "Redemption" is playing at IFC Center through February 14.

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Please Explain: Hearing and Sound

For this week’s Please Explain, the Leonard Lopate Show finds out how we process all the sounds we hear every day—from the hum of the heater to the wail of sirens to music to speech—and how it shapes our brains and behavior.

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Oscar Nominations on the Lopate Show

This year, the Leonard Lopate Show spoke with many of the actors, directors, and writers of films nominated for Oscars in 2013. The Academy Awards are being held Sunday, February 24.

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