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Monday, February 18, 2013

On today’s show: we’ll have the first insider’s account of what happened during the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans last September 11th. David Ives talks about the off-Broadway production of a group of his short plays under the title “All in the Timing,” along with Carson Elrod, who is one of its stars. Kenny Vance on his latest album, “Acapella." Plus, a look at the New York City teachers and professors who were investigated during the Red Scare in the 1950s and 60s.

What Happened in Benghazi

Jack Murphy and Brandon Webb, editors of the special operations website, give an account of what happened during the Benghazi attack that claimed the lives of four Americans on September 12, 2012. Glen Doherty was killed alongside Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, and Ty Woods when the U.S. State Department and CIA headquarters in Benghazi, Libya, were sieged in a terrorist attack. The e-book original, Benghazi: The Definitive Report, is the result of Murphy and Webb's investigation to understand exactly what happened, as well as the role played by the Obama Administration, State Department, and CIA. 

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David Ives and Carson Elrod: “All in the Timing”

Playwright David Ives and actor Carson Elrod talk about “All in the Timing.” It's currently playing at Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters and has just been extended through April 14.

What have you read or seen over the past year (book, play film, etc…) that moved or surprised you?
Haneke's Amour

What are you listening to right now?

Stravinsky — everything

What's the last great book you read?
Wittgenstein's "Philosophical Investigations"

What's one thing you're a fan of that people might not expect?
English punk rock

What's your favorite comfort food?
What's "comfort food"?

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Kenny Vance "Acapella"

Kenny Vance celebrates the music of he grew up singing on Brooklyn street corners in the 1950s and 1960s with his new album, “Acapella.” The thirteen song collection also commemorates the 20th anniversary of the Planotones, which began as a fictional group led by Kenny in the cult classic film "American Hot Wax" and who have re-formed with him since 1992.

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Teachers, Professors, and Academic Freedom

Marjorie Heins, civil liberties lawyer and founding director of the Free Expression Policy Project, talks about how, in the early 1950s, New York City’s teachers and professors became the targets of massive investigations into their political beliefs and associations. Those who refused to cooperate in the questioning were fired. Her book Priests of Our Democracy tells of the teachers and professors who resisted the witch hunt, those who collaborated, and those whose battles led to landmark Supreme Court decisions. 

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Guest Picks: David Ives

Playwright David Ives came by the Lopate Show with actor Carson Elrod to talk about his play "All in the Timing." He shared his guest picks with us.

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Guest Picks: Chester Higgins

Photographer Chester Higgins was here on February 15 to talk about photographing the ruins of ancient Nubia. He shared a few of his favorite things.


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