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Thursday, February 14, 2013

On today’s show: New York Times Social Q’s columnist Philip Galanes takes your calls and questions about how to navigate the social and romantic minefield that is Valentine’s Day. We’ll look at the life and work of fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga. Martin Moran talks about his one-man show called “All the Rage.”

Valentine's Day Advice from Philip Galanes

High expectations for romance can make Valentine's Day tricky, for single people and even for long-term couples. Expert Philip Galanes is here to give some advice on how to make the most of Valentine's Day, and how to navigate matters of the heart. He's the New York Times Social Q’s columnist and author of Social Q's: How to Survive the Quirks, Quandaries and Quagmires of Today.

Do you need advice on avoiding a dating debacle or how to handle a Valentine's Day social dilemma? Leave a comment below!

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The Workrooms and World of Balenciaga

Mary Blume looks at the life and work of fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most innovative and admired figures in the history of haute couture. In The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His Workrooms, His World, Blume tells the story of the man and his house through the eyes of the woman who knew him best, Florette Chelot, his adviser and saleswoman who worked with him for over 30 years.

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Martin Moran's "All the Rage"

Martin Moran discusses his one-man show, “All the Rage.” It takes the audience on a quest from west of the Rockies to south of Johannesburg, unearthing the unexpected connections and human hilarity that arise as he attempts to resolve an ancient riddle: how is it that we are compassionate in one moment and murderous in the next. “All the Rage” is playing at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater.

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New Arrests in UK Phone Hacking Scandal

Six more journalist who previously worked for The News of the World have been arrested as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal phone hacking. Rob Budden chief media correspondent for the Financial Times discusses the case.

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New Challenges to the Voting Rights Act

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation and the author of Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, previews an upcoming Supreme Court challenge to section five of the Voting Rights Act, which calls for specific parts of the country to obtain Justice Department approval before changing their voting laws or districts.

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Revisiting Downton Abbey

There are quite a few "Downton Abbey" fans here at the show, and we're pretty excited to watch the end of Season Three. In preparation for Sunday's finale, you can listen back to Leonard's conversation with Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern, and Joanne Froggatt. (You may know them better as Lord and Lady Grantham and Anna Bates.) They were on the show at the beginning of Season Two. You can also read Dan Stevens's Guest Picks!

Downton Abbey Cast Members on the Lopate Show

WNYC will be live-chatting during Sunday's finale, which starts at 9 pm. Join us!

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